The show follows two brothers named Sam (played by Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (played by Jensen Ackles). They hunt monsters that roam the earth. According to an article published by CBR, the show has positive reviews by Rotten Tomatoes, with an 88% rating and 90% approval rating from viewers. According to IMDb’s user review aggregation, episodes score between eight and ten.
Supernatural is not the highest-rated show on television, but it does maintain a steady number of viewers. For the show’s thirteenth season finale, the show generated 1.63 million views. Even though the numbers have declined over the years, the show still manages to maintain viewers between 1.5 million and 3.5 million most of the time.
An additional aspect is that the show is family-oriented, which contributes to its strong bond with the fanbase. According to an article published by Hidden Remote, it states, “It shouldn’t be surprising that Supernatural won the hearts right away when they centered it around two brothers. And it wasn’t just about the brothers, but about them finding their father. Family love and loyalty was the thing that pushed them forward and made the audience care.”
Another aspect that makes the show interesting to watch is each episode takes on a different story. Supernatural doesn’t shy away from experimenting with episode plots. An episode can range from fighting killer toys to entering the world of Scooby-Doo. In short, each episode can be unpredictable, which can keep fans constantly engaged.
Lastly, what keeps the show going is the dedicated fanbase. According to Fansided, the show has one of the largest active fandoms on Tumblr. The show has inspired more than 125,000 fanfiction stories and been featured at Comic-Con following their pilot episode that premiered in 2005. The series has its own fan convention called “Salute to Supernatural.” Fans have the opportunity to meet the stars of the show. It is usually held over the weekend, Friday to Sunday, and has many guests.
The SPN Family has shown their dedication by voting for Supernatural in the People’s Choice Awards year after year. Supernatural has been nominated for the Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show award ten times, winning four times. In addition, it won the award for Favorite Network TV Drama in 2012, beating shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, House, and The Vampire Diaries.
The cast of Supernatural has praised the fandom for keeping the show alive over the years. At their final Comic-Con appearance in 2019, Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester said, “Thanks for showing up. Without you [the fans] we wouldn’t be here and it’s an amazing thing to see.”
The second half of season 15 was scheduled to return in the Fall of 2020. Now, it may be pushed back to January 2021. Supernatural is currently streaming on Netflix.