Supernatural ran for 15 seasons on The CW between 2005 and 2020. With 327 episodes, creator Eric Kripke explained how the show was on air for so long.

Supernatural was originally planned to be on air for only five seasons, but it ended up running for 10 more seasons. Creator Eric Kripke, who is now behind Prime Video’s hit show The Boys, explained to The Hollywood Reporter what helped Supernatural last so long. The phenomenon, he explained, wouldn’t be able to replicate in the current environment.

Supernatural followed two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, on their search to fight every evil there is, saving people from all kinds of mystical creatures. It starred Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and the series acquired a very loyal fanbase which helped it get renewed every year, to some’s dismay. The show’s quality wasn’t always top-notch, and there were several “filler” seasons that fans disliked, but the quality, chemistry between the leads, and the attachment to the characters helped it keep going.

” Supernatural did just well enough that it just wasn’t in the red.”

“Supernatural was not an expensive show to produce,” Kripke explained when addressing making cult hits years ago. “The Boys’ budget is quite a lot bigger by a factor of… a couple. (Laughs.) That’s part of the corner that I think streamers have found themselves in — for better or worse. Audiences now expect feature film quality, especially their genre stuff.”

Kripke continued, “Supernatural did just well enough that it just wasn’t in the red. And when we started, it was the network of Gossip Girl and 90210. We were the one Goth kid in the back of the class — but, by the time we left, the entire place was genre-nerd central. Now the market demand is to just make really expensive stuff — like us, Fallout and House of the Dragon.”

Eric Kripke Would Be Interested in a Supernatural Reboot

Since late last year, there has been a lot of chatter surrounding a Supernatural revival. Nothing has been yet confirmed, but its lead actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, agreed they would love to revisit the series. Kripke himself shared his support for continuing the series if they found the right story.

“Of course, I’d want to see it,” Kripke told Collider last month. “Whether I’m a part of it depends on, could I find something fresh about it that I have never seen before? Obviously, I’ve told a lot of those stories, but if there was something out there that really surprised me, I love that universe, and I’d be interested in looking at that. It’s tricky to find what story in that universe hasn’t been told, but if someone can find one, I’m all in, baby.”

Kripke also addressed the fans in his recent interview, noting, “God knows my Supernatural fan base is a massive, loving and terrifying force. I don’t dare cross them, and I’m grateful for their existence.” So far, there’s been no official announcement of a Supernatural revival or reboot.


By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.