Sep. 13, 2005
Returning Series
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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Stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as Dean and Sam Winchester. Ever since they were little, their father has been consumed with an obsession to find the evil forces that murdered his beloved wife, and recruited his two young sons to help. They have grown up as hunters of the supernatural, but conflicts between them continue to surface.

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  • SPOILER: Early on in the series, Dean's cell number is given, and for a while, the studio had it set up, so that anyone dialing the number, would hear Jensen Ackles reading the message: "This is Dean Winchester. If this is an emergency, leave a message. If you are calling about 11-2-83, page me with your coordinates." The number is 1-866-907-3235. This number now leads to a fax machine, but it is not known where that fax machine ends up.11-2-83 is Sam and Dean's mother Mary Winchester's death date.
  • The car Sam and Dean drive, is a 1967 Chevrolet Impala four-door sedan, which used to be known as the Metallicar by fans of the show. The show uses five black Impalas. Dean has nicknamed the car "Baby", as it is also known by fans today.
  • The only known sources of income for the Winchesters are credit card scams, poker games and playing pool.
  • Dean's car, up until season two, episode twenty, had Kansas (the brother's origin state) plates, with the number KAZ 2Y5. It currently now has Ohio (Eric Kripke's home state) plates, with a Franklin county sticker (25) and the number CNK 80Q3. The plates are changed again in later seasons to Oregon plates SMD 5B2, as seen in season seven, episode thirteen.
  • SPOILER: Producers considered several methods of motivating Sam to take to the road with Dean. Turning Jessica evil was an option briefly, but in taking a page from Star Wars, it was decided that her death would be the ultimate motivation for leaving home.
  • After the first season, the show was picked up by The CW after The WB merged with UPN, forming The CW.
  • While filming season two, Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), broke his wrist after performing one of the stunts on the show.
  • Many of the episodes are based on existing legends, myths, and ghost stories. For example, the episode "Crossroads" is based in part on the legend of Robert Johnson - who in turn borrowed it from another Blues singer.
  • Many episodes are either named after movies ("Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things", "The Usual Suspects", "I Know What You Did Last Summer") or classic rock songs ("In My Time of Dying", "Born Under a Bad Sign", "What is and What Should Never Be", "Sympathy For The Devil", "When The Levee Breaks").
  • The round blue/skull sticker on the top of Sam's season one laptop is from a prominent local North Vancouver mountain bike company, Deep Cove Bike Shop.
  • The character of "Bobby Singer" was named after Executive Producer Robert Singer. Dean jokes about that fact, during an episode where their lives are turned into a popular show, Robert Singer.
  • The original concept had a reporter going to investigate the urban legends and writing about them in his column, instead of having the Dean and Sam team up hunting concept.
  • Sam's birth date is May 2, 1983. In 2007, this also became the birthday of Eric Kripke's son, which Kripke describes as "creepy".
  • Dean's birth date is January 24, 1979.
  • Originally, Jensen Ackles auditioned for the role of Sam Winchester. When Jared Padalecki came in and read for Sam, a slight recasting was done. Producers called Jensen and asked if he'd rather use his charm for Dean, saying he was the Han Solo character of the duo, and what kid didn't grow up wanting to be Han Solo? Jensen accepted. It became known that he was previously interested in that role, because Dean was funny.
  • Riverview Hospital, a large mental health facility used as the main set in the season one episode "Asylum", has also substituted for a prison, a regular hospital, and an apartment building on different episodes of the show. This is evidenced by seeing the same distinctive staircase in different episodes.
  • The Latin inscription on the barrel of the Colt gun says "Non timebo mala", which translates to "I will fear no evil".
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) is only twelve years older than his on-screen oldest son, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester).
  • Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki grew up in Texas - Jensen in Richardson, and Jared in San Antonio. Both now live in Austin with their wives and children.
  • There is a particular clock that shows up in almost every episode.
  • An important aspect of the show's music is classic rock, most of which comes from Eric Kripke's own record collection, although one of his favorite bands - Led Zeppelin - has always been too expensive to license.
  • The role of Ruby was written for Kristen Bell. But she turned it down, Katie Cassidy was cast instead.
  • Jim Beaver's character (Bobby Singer) was only supposed to make a one-time appearance.
  • While it may be coincidental that the choice of the name "Winchester" for the family is interesting. There is a rather famous mansion in California built by Sarah Winchester, wife of the gun magnate, which was under constant construction for 38 years for paranormal reasons. According to legend the reason for the constant building was a medium telling Mrs. Winchester that if she ever stopped building, the spirits of people killed by people using Winchester rifles would come after her. The strange design of the mansion is also attributed to this. It was built with dead ends and stairs to nowhere allegedly to confuse spirits.
  • The characters Alastair and Crowley reference notorious occultist Aleister Crowley.
  • SPOILER: Several references, throughout his appearances on the series, point toward the character Rufus Turner (played by Steven Williams) being Jewish. He makes jokes about Hanukkah and keeping kosher, and most significantly, when he dies, the Winchester brothers and Bobby give him a funeral in a Jewish cemetery, and discuss his level of Jewish ritual observance (or lack thereof). Although the funerals for previous hunters had included a ceremonial funeral pyre, the show makes a point of showing that Rufus gets buried without cremation (since cremation is against Jewish tradition).
  • SPOILER: Genevieve Cortese was cast as Ruby for the fourth season (replacing Katie Cassidy), and her character eventually becomes romantically involved with Sam (Jared Padalecki). In their real lives, Cortese and Padalecki also became romantically involved, and after they married in 2010, she changed her last name to "Padalecki", both personally and professionally.
  • The fourth season is dedicated to Kim Manners, a longtime Executive Producer, and sometimes Director, for the show (as well as for past television shows such as The X-Files (1993)), who died in January 2009.
  • Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles auditioned for the role of Superman/Clark Kent in some form. Padalecki was a finalist for director McG's reboot, while Ackles was the second choice to play a young Clark Kent in the show Smallville. Jensen was later cast as Jason Teague in season four.
  • The show often shares its extras with Psych, as the two shows film in the same area.

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