Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) is only twelve years older than his on-screen oldest son, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester).
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 Latin inscription on the barrel of the Colt gun says "Non timebo mala", which translates to "I will fear no evil".
None of the cast or crew members ever expected the show to last as long as it has. Misha Collins (Castiel) has stated that at the one hundredth episode party, someone said, "Maybe we'll see you at the two hundredth!", and everyone laughed at the idea, thinking the show would be long gone by that time. The party for the two hundredth episode of the series took place in October 2014. The 300th episode of the show aired in February 2019.
Misha Collins (Castiel) originally read for the role of a demon in his audition, because the angels were a secret at the time.
Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) dislocated his shoulder while wrestling with Osric Chau (Kevin Tran). The writers were then forced to make up a story as to why Sam was wearing a sling in the beginning of season ten.
The characters Alastair and Crowley reference notorious occultist Aleister Crowley.
Originally, Jensen Ackles auditioned for the role of Sam Winchester. When Jared Padalecki came in and read for Sam, a slight re-casting 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.
While it may be coincidental, 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 thirty-eight years for paranormal reasons. According to legend, the reason for the constant building, was that a medium told 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.
Riverview Hospital, a large mental health facility used as the main set in season one, episode ten, "Asylum", has also substituted for a prison, a regular hospital, and an apartment building on different episodes of the series. This is evidenced by seeing the same distinctive staircase in different episodes.
Whenever Sam is shown sleeping in a bed, wide shots typically show that his feet hang over the end of the bed, a silent testament to how tall he is.
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".
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.
With the CW's announcement that the series was renewed for a twelfth season, It breaks the current record for the second longest running consecutive science fiction series, second to the BBC's Doctor Who (1963). Smallville (2001) (which also featured Jensen Ackles) held the record previously.
Creator Eric Kripke only planned for the show to last for five seasons, which is why the season five finale was titled "Swan Song". Also, the record company for Led Zeppelin was Swan Song Records.
The show often shared its extras with Psych (2006), as the two shows filmed in the same area.
In the original draft, Dean was supposed to have lots of tattoos, but the show's budget couldn't allow it.
In season two, Linda Blair guest-starred as a detective investigating the brothers. At the end of the episode, she said, "I need you two out there doing what you do best. I know I'll sleep better at night." This is clearly a nod to her role as Regan in The Exorcist (1973), as she was possessed by a demon. As the brothers walk away Dean says, "Does she look familiar to you?" Then he exclaims that he is craving pea soup, which was what Blair projectile-vomited in The Exorcist (1973).
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.
Many episodes are either named after movies (Supernatural: Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (2006), Supernatural: The Usual Suspects (2006), and Supernatural: I Know What You Did Last Summer (2008)) or classic rock songs (Supernatural: In My Time of Dying (2006), Supernatural: Born Under a Bad Sign (2007), Supernatural: What Is and What Should Never Be (2007), Supernatural: Sympathy for the Devil (2009), and Supernatural: When the Levee Breaks (2009)). also a record label of kansas, "point of know return", only they changed "know" to "no".
The role of Ruby was written for Kristen Bell, but she turned it down. Katie Cassidy was cast instead.
While filming season two, Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) broke his wrist while performing one of the stunts on the show.
The only known sources of income for the Winchesters are credit card scams, poker games, and playing pool.
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles auditioned for the role of Superman (Clark Kent) in some form. Padalecki was a finalist for Director McG's movie, while Ackles was the second choice to play a young Clark Kent in Smallville (2001). He was later cast as Jason Teague in season four
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 2009.
Jared Padalecki had to leave Gilmore Girls (2000) to be on this show. The same happened with Jensen Ackles, who had to leave Smallville (2001). Both shows were from The WB .
This show's fan base is repeatedly referenced throughout the show, and even makes a few special appearances, including the two hundredth episode. This was made possible through the character Chuck Shurley, and his prophetic book series about the Winchesters.
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 blues player Robert Johnson, who in turn, borrowed it from another blues 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.
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".
If you look closely, you'll notice that many episodes use the set of Bobby's house. In the main room, the wallpaper never changes. Also, the layout of the kitchen is always the same.
Dean's car, up until season two, episode twenty, "What Is and What Should Never Be", 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.
Sam and Dean often use a Latin exorcism rite called the "Rituale Romanum". Translated to Enlgish it means: "We exorcise you, every impure spirit, every Satanic power, every incursion of the infernal adversary, every legion, every congregation and diabolical sect. Thus cursed demon, and diabolical legion, we adjure you. Cease to deceive human creatures and to give to them the poison of eternal Perdition. Go away, Satan, the inventor and master of all deceit, the enemy of humanity's salvation. Be humble under the powerful hand of God, tremble and flee! I invoke by us the sacred and terrible name at which those down below tremble. From the snares of the devil, free us, oh Lord. So that you may make your Church safe to serve you freely, we ask you, hear us. So that you may destroy the enemies of your sacred Church, we ask you, hear us."
Show Creator Eric Kripke is a big fan of classic rock, and thus wanted it to be played on the show. He wrote in the pages of the pilot script "CUE MUSIC And you can take your anemic alternative pop and shove it up your ass. Dean plays bass thumping, pile driving (Led Zeppelin), and he plays it loud."
Hannah the angel first appeared as a nurse at the hospital in season one, episode twelve, "Faith", and she also played a young mother in season one, episode eighteen, "Something Wicked".
All four members of the band Led Zeppelin have been used as aliases for the brothers. In season eight, Sam and Dean used the aliases Bonham (for John Bonham) and Jones (for John Paul Jones). In an earlier season, they used Plant (for Robert Plant) and Page (for Jimmy Page).
In season one episode 3 "Dead in the water", Sam and Dean, posing as U.S. Wildlife Service agents, use the aliases "Agent Ford" and "Agent Hamill". This is a reference to Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), of which Jensen Ackles (Dean) is a huge fan.
Whenever a character is having a drink from a "to go" cup through a straw, especially Dean, you almost always hear a gurgling sound as if the cup is almost empty, even if it was just purchased, which is an all-too-common sound effect used on television shows and movies.
Whenever the brothers are introduced (by their real names) by themselves or others they are almost always referred to as Sam and Dean rather than Dean and Sam. This is a nod to Jared Padalecki's name being displayed first in the opening credits. Only in season one, episode nine, "Home", and season eight, episode fourteen, "trail and error" and again meeting Metatron in season eight, episode twentyone, "the great escapist" do they refer to themselves as Dean and Sam.
After the first season, the show was picked up by The CW after The WB merged with UPN, forming The CW.
Creator Eric Kripke's original choice for the Winchesters' car was a 1965 Mustang. He changed his mind after a neighbor said to him that it has to be a '67 Chevy Impala, "because you can put a body in the trunk. You want a car that, when people stop next to it at lights, they lock their doors."
Sebastian Roché (Balthazar), Misha Collins (Castiel), Kurt Fuller (Zachariah), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), and Robert Englund (Dr. Robert) appeared on Charmed (1998).
Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester) is only nine years older than Jensen Ackles, who plays her elder son.
In season two, episode twelve, "Nightshifter", the magazine that Ron shows Sam and Dean (disguised as F.B.I. Agents) has a picture of a humanoid metal robot, or "Mandroid" as Ron insists on calling it, with the caption "Cyberman". The name "cyberman", and the likeness of the robot, are references to Doctor Who (1963), with the cybermen being prominent antagonists in the show.
Marc Singer and Bruce Campbell were the original choices for the John Winchester role.
In season two, episode eighteen, "Hollywood Babylon", while walking to Stage 9, Dean mentions wanting to take time off and go swimming, to which Sam responds "This seems like swimming pool weather to you, Dean? It's practically Canadian." This is a nod to the actual filming locations in the show, which are all in Canada.
Dean's car, a 1967 Chevrolet Impala, is shown to have police-style spotlights on the front of car during the first three seasons. In later episodes, they are missing. The car wranglers state that this is because they had a hard time finding additional Impalas of that year with the police-style spotlights.
Misha Collins has created something on Tumblr called "Mishapocalypse" where on April 1, everyone in the "Supernatural" fandom does the following: Posts pictures of Misha, changes their profile picture to Misha's serial killer face, refers to each other as Misha and trick other fandoms.
The character of Bobby Singer was originally supposed to be named Bobby Manners, after Robert Singer and Kim Manners, who had both greatly contributed to the show. However, after discovering that there was an actual Bobby Manners, the character's last name was changed to Singer.
A crossover with Smallville (2001) was proposed, but scrapped. Sam and Dean would have to save Tom Welling from the infamous "Superman curse" that has supposedly victimized several actors that have played Clark Kent/Superman.
The boys started wearing suits, to appear more professional, in the fourth episode. This is also the first episode where you see demons.
In season four, episode eighteen, "The Monster at the End of This Book", when Sam and Dean meet the man who writes about them, they eat in a diner called Kripke Hollow, named after Producer Eric Kripke.
In a season two episode, Amber Benson plays "vegetarian" vampire Lenore, who refuses to feed on humans. She is best known for her character Tara, a witch who is friends with, and helps the title character, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
This is the second time Jensen Ackles has played a sibling to a character named Sami/Sammy, as he previously appeared on Days of Our Lives (1965) as Eric, twin brother to Alison Sweeney's Samantha Brady. Sweeney's character usually went by the name Sami. Ackles' character tends to call his brother Sam, "Sammy" on this show.
On January 8, 2017, it was announced that the show was renewed for a thirteenth season.
Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), stated once that after he and Jared (Sam Winchester) had their first and only fight, he knew that he and Jared would become good friends.
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.
Jensen Ackles and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have had connections to the characters of Batman and Superman. Ackles had a voice role in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010), as well as a supporting role in the fourth season of Smallville (2001). Morgan had a cameo role as Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Ty Olsson (Benny Lafitte) also appeared in season two, episode three, "Bloodlust", as a different "vegetarian" vampire named Eli.
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are one year older than their characters: Padalecki was born in 1982, and Ackles in 1978, while Sam and Dean were born in 1983 and 1979, respectively.
In season two, episode four, "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things", after a fight with a spirit, Sam states that he thinks he broke his hand. In the next few episodes, he is seen with a cast on his right arm. This is because Jared Padalecki broke his wrist during a stunt on the previous episode, so his injury was written into the script to explain the presence of his cast in the following episodes.
Although it has never been confirmed when the last season of this show will be, it was hinted that it could be their fourteenth or fifteenth season. However, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, said recently that they would like to exceed past the three hundred episode mark (fifteen seasons).
The motel rooms where Sam and Dean stay overnight in each episode used to have a room divider of some sort.
In the first couple of seasons, the Winchester brothers were often mistaken for a gay couple.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jared Padalecki, and Jensen Ackles have all been associated with the name "Dean". Padalecki's character in Gilmore Girls (2000) was named Dean, Ackles' character on this show is named Dean, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan's middle name is Dean.
Lauren Tom (Linda Tran) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) appeared on an episode of Grey's Anatomy (2005). Season two, episode thirteen, "Begin the Begin".
Both Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) have had their partners on the show, Danneel Harris and Genevieve Cortese respectively. Danneel played Sister Joe, and Genevieve played Ruby.
Castiel dresses just like John Constantine. John Constantine is a fictional antihero in the DC comic world that fights supernatural forces and the forces of hell.
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles did remakes of classic horror movies that were released in 2009. Padelecki starred in Friday the 13th (2009) with Danielle Panabaker, and Ackles starred in My Bloody Valentine (2009) with Jaime King. King and Panabaker also work on CW shows, King on Hart of Dixie (2011), and Panabaker on The Flash (2014).
Around season six, the brothers start wearing Suunto-brand watches. Dean wears the Suunto Core, and Sam wears the Suunto Vector.
In season two, episode eighteen, "Hollywood Babylon", when Sam and Dean go to Hollywood, and are taking the tour, the tour guide mentions Gilmore Girls (2000) being shot just as Sam says they need to get off. Jared Padalecki played a prominent role on that show before being cast on this show.
In season two, episode eighteen, "Hollywood Babylon", the posters on the writers' office wall depict a Monster Horror Truck and Carnival, both of which were storylines in season one. Also, the director of the horror film in this episode's storyline, is Executive Producer McG.
The area code used by Sam and Dean (785) is the same as the actual area code of Lawrence, Kansas.
Titus Welliver (one of the Four Horsemen) and Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer) played evil versus good brothers on Lost (2004).
In season five, episode three, "Free to Be You and Me", in Sam's phone contacts, the last person under the letter C is "Cassidy", and the first under B is "Butch" (Butch Cassidy).
In the show, Jared Padalecki plays Sam Winchester. Sam Winchester's brother's name is Dean. Padalecki played Dean Forester in Gilmore Girls (2000).
Both guest stars Alaina Huffman and Katie Cassidy have portrayed DC Comics heroine Dinah "Laurel" Lance/Black Canary. Huffman on Smallville (2001) and Cassidy on Arrow (2012) and its spin-offs.
The jewel in the ring of the horsemen, matches the color of the horse they ride or in the case of the show their car. But, Pestilence is supposed to be white while Death is supposed to be pale green. The horsemen and the color is as follows. Pestilence - White, War - Red, Famine - Black, Death - Ashen or Pale Green, as a corpse
Jared Padalecki packed on 35 pounds of muscle for Supernatural. His weight boosted from a skinny 185 pounds to a solid, muscular 220 pounds.
As of January 3rd, 2019, the highest rated episode of Supernatural is the season 5 finale titled "Swan Song" with a 9.7 rating. Following in the second highest spot is Season 5 Episode 8 titled "Changing Channels" with a 9.6 rating.
Angels were introduced in season four, when Castiel appeared for the first time. Dean didn't believe in angels, unlike Sam. With Castiel and the other angels, this show soon turned into Apocalypse, changing the whole concept to match Christian ideology.
Sam and Dean's brother, father, and grandfather, have had roles on Grey's Anatomy (2005).
Prior to their casting for this show, both lead actors had previous experiences with horror films: Jensen Ackles starred in Devour (2005) and Jared Padalecki played a prominent role in House of Wax (2005).
Actor Gil McKinney auditioned for the role of Sam Winchester. Eight years later, he was cast as Henry Winchester, Sam and Dean's paternal grandfather.
Resembles, by concept, The Forsaken (2001) starring Brendan Fehr and Kerr Smith as two vampire slayers who team up and drive across America in the same car, with a similar mission of the Winchester brothers, except being just best friends instead.
Season 3 remains the shortest season so far with only 16 episodes. The other seasons have 22 or 23 episodes.
The show is ending after season 15, as it was stated by Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins
On March 22, 2019 Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins posted a video revealing that season 15, which will air in the 2019-2020 television season, will be the show's last. On March 31, 2019 Ackles and Padalecki took the stage at a Supernatural convention in Las Vegas where they addressed the decision. "This was a community decision," Padalecki said.