Why I Hate… SUPERNATURAL

By: C.T. [Couch Tater]

Yes, that’s right. I said it.

I have a major hate-on for SUPERNATURAL. I don’t dislike or feel ambiguous toward the show, but feel pure, unadulterated hate.

Now I know that for some of you, them’s fightin’ words. Mention SUPERNATURAL and many of you — our host, the TV Addict himself — go weak in the knees and look for new superlatives with which to sing its praises, all of which leaves me saying… “seriously?”

For the record, nobody was more stoked for the launch of this show than I, a lover of just about all things horror. Yes, I’m the guy who can be found sitting in the corner of a dark bar making a case for the argument that the second Nightmare On Elm Street flick — Freddy’s Revenge — should not be considered a true sequel in much the same way that Season of the Witch (which is completely free of Michael Meyers) should not be considered a true Halloween flick. And every month, I run to the mailbox to get the latest novels from my horror book of the month club (featuring such authors as Richard Laymon, Edward Lee and Douglas Clegg).

Yeah, I like my horror.


So when the WB announced a series which they promised would offer weekly thrills and chills, I was there with bells on. At the very least, I hoped for something BUFFY-esque, combining witty scripts with great writing. This being television, I suspected the promised chills would most likely be, at most, shivers.

But the series failed to deliver even those. Worse, the scripts tried to pass off cliched dialogue as witty banter, and the special effects were… um, let’s be kind and call them on par with CHARMED.

Worse, Jensen Ackles idea of acting seemed to involve speaking in a voice that sounded kind of like a little boy imitating a grown man. Or maybe Keith Olbermann imitating Bill O’Reilly. And while Jared Padalecki has never been the greatest of actors, he seemed more bearable as a second banana on GILMORE GIRLS (where he played Rory’s first love, Dean) than as a lead here.

But the biggest sin was, for me, the complete lack of actual scares. While I dug the idea that each week the show would sort of recreate a ghost story/urban legend that we were familiar with, the format actually resulted in predictable tales and a lack of suspense.

At that point, I stopped tuning in regularly and instead became an occasional viewer, so forgive me if some of what I’m about to say is inaccurate. I have no doubt I’ll be corrected by the Winchester brothers’ legions of fans. That said, one thing I can not stand is when a show introduces an overall arc (which this one had from the beginning as the boys sought to figure out the truth about the death of their fricasseed mom) and yet feels as if it’s making things up as it goes along. At some point during season two, it was established that several other women had died in exactly the same manner as the late Mrs. Winchester, with the women literally burning out when their children were six months old. And yet in the very first episode, it was seeing his girlfriend turn into a ball of flames which convinced Sam to join Dean on their demon quest. Unfortunately, Sam’s girlfriend did not have a six month old child, meaning that the season two revelation was not thought through for continuity.

Worse, when it came time to expand the cast in season three, they introduced an oh-so-original character named Bela who fulfilled practically every missing clichen in the book: She’s exotic (“She has an accent! Ohhh!”), amoral (“She’s bad… but does good things!”) and fulfills the need for a love/hate relationship (Will Dean sleep with her kill the malicious minx?).

Now, I’m not saying SUPERNATURAL is the worst show on television. I’m not necessarily even saying it’s bad. (Okay, yeah, I sort of am.) What I am saying is that it’s not what it could have been. I hate seeing a show fail to live up to its potential. I hate seeing people fawn over a show that fails to live up to its potential.

And maybe what I hate most of all is just not “getting” what it is that makes so many people go gaga for something that in my never-exactly-humble opinion is average at best.

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  • Dalia

    Jessica was killed because she got in the way of their plans for Sam,

  • Dalia

    In my opinion, i think seeing as you read/watch so much horror, your expectations were ridiculously high. I understand though, because people will hate supernatural like i hate cheesy pop music, im not going to be as ignorant as to say that you should love the show because its amazing, as people have said.
    (Not that i dont love the show <3 )

  • Rachel

    You hit it right on the head. The lead actors are pure Estrogen Brigade Bait. That’s the only reason this show is successful, because it’s obvious Kripke just wiped his arse with a strip of celluloid and called it a day.

  • Spnchick90

    I still love the show, but its some things they need to change with season 6. I know alot of shows have there seasons that leave you like wtf just happen.
    Everybody have there own taste in show I guess.

  • The-Creepy-Creeper

    Jess was killed, because YED knew that if he got rid of her, Sam would start hunting again. BTW cupcake, I’m very sorry you don’t get scared easily, but Supernatural is scary for some viewers. Also, if you don’t like the show, then fine, but don’t go around saying that the actors are bad. Because that is the biggest lie I’ve ever heard. One more thing, you know NOTHING about Supernatural, so dont go around pretending you know what the show is about, when you’ve only seen like what, two episodes? You want to rant? At least get your facts straight.

  • MaxBrk

    you have a lot of hate – dont worry, be happy =)

  • Bree7

    I agree completely. I LOVE Jared, he’s phenominal, but Jenson I cant stand and want to….I dont even know but I dont like him. Every time he opens his mouth, again, I dont act. I think the reason why I dont like him is: His voice irritates me and he CANT FUCKIN A.C.T. wheres Jared actually can and is phenominal. Can Jenson PLEASE be fired from SPN? Like the same exact day he got hired? PLEASE!

  • Guest

    Supernatural never really scared me either, except for when I was worried about one of the characters dying. frankly, the thing that even got me into supernatural was that I was depressed, and watching supernatural made me less depressed.

    Sure, sometimes I thought it had some bad story lines and overly angsty moments, but at times it was unexpectedly deep, and for me, those moments make up for all the crappy effects and lame fanservice.

  • http://twitter.com/Imuplateagain Rachel

    Supernatural
    never really scared me either, except for when I was worried about one
    of the characters dying. Frankly, the thing that even got me into
    supernatural was that I was depressed, and watching supernatural made me
    less depressed.

    Sure, sometimes I thought it had some bad story lines and overly
    angsty moments, but at times it was unexpectedly deep, and for me, those
    moments make up for all the crappy effects and lame fanservice.

  • Kia

    if you would have followed the show everything gets explained about jessicas death. it was because sam was becoming someone that wasn’t worthy of leading yellow eyes army.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivy.hale.39 Ivy Hale

    Heroes sucked after season one and VM was cool, not life changing or anything though, but don’t you talk about LOST. LOST for all its flaws and fallacies is still one the best tv shows you and I and the rest of humanity have ever been blessed enough to experience.

    And I don’t care that this is irrelevant or that the comment I’m replying to is 5 years old. You just don’t talk about LOST like that.

  • Kamzie

    Okay, everyone saying that supernatural needs to follow the bible: NO it does not. It’s not meant to follow the bible exactly. It puts it’s own spin about the apocalypse. it is NOT a religious show. And it is called supernatural because it is about supernatural things. Many supernatural things happen in this show. And no they do not hate all supernatural things. This is b.s. Obviously, none of you have understood what the show is about and have watched at least half of the entire show. And no, I am not a fangirl who swoons over the actors. I legitimately enjoy the story. I like how almost anything can happen in this show because it’s supernatural. I like how they put their own twist on things. I like how angels aren’t total saints and instead mostly complete douche bags. I like how Satan’s character can be actually likeable and humorous. And yes, after the first episode, I was disappointed. And yes this show isn’t perfect and not every joke hits the nail on the head. But as I kept watching, it’s just plain entertaining to me. It’s not supposed to be scary. It’s not about ghosts and horror, it’s about the supernatural, the unknown.

  • Kamzie

    No, not every fan of the show is a female who fawns over the actors. I myself like the show, and I do not find the actors attractive. Thank you. And yes, I am female.

  • Kevin Knauer

    been a while since someone commented on this article, but it’s still relevant. I say this because I had never seen or heard of this show before (I travel in real science circles, not so much the sci-fi circles, though I love sci-fi). Anyway, I routinely record Bones on TNT just to catch some of my favorite shows from the past, and recently, these DVR recordings include a couple of minutes of Supernatural, which must air before Bones. UGH! It only took me a few of these 2-minute exposures of this show to know I would NEVER waste my time watching an entire show. I finally did a search about Supernatural being a sucky show, and found this article, which mentions several things I noticed just in the few minutes I’ve watched…mostly the terribly cliché dialogue delivered by some dufus jock-type trying to sound like he has a deep voice. TOO FUNNY. I have noticed how many people hate this show, as well as how many love it. Who can possibly think it’s interesting, and who in the world can live through an entire hour of this cheesy dialogue child “wanna be a grown up” actor show….and count me as AMAZED it has survived seven seasons. UGH….and Firefly got cancelled in one year, go figure.

  • Kevin Knauer

    you have officially raised your “clueless” flag, actually finding this show entertaining

  • Kevin Knauer

    lololololololol the “I swear” part is priceless

  • Joanna B

    I agree with the lack of suspense – I adore SPN, but there is a pretty predictable formula to a lot of the episodes (not all, just a lot) – people die in the first two minutes, there’s a supernatural being, Sam and Dean figure out what it is, big climax, either Dean or Sam or both talk about their feelings/reveal a plot point, roll credits. I personally don’t mind that formula at all, but I can understand why others would find it to be a bit of a bore. Not to mention predictable.

    Here’s the reason I love Supernatural – I am absolutely in love with horror stories, but they scare me. I love ghost stories especially, but I can’t watch them because they scare the crap out of me and it’s not a pleasant experience. I love the story, just not the way the story is told because it freaks me out. Supernatural gives me a way to hear all these stories of ghosts and monsters and their origins (even if some of the supernatural lore is a little flawed) without sleeping with one eye open, and I really like that kind of thing. I also really like the characters and the chemistry they share, but again, that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Supernatural seems like a pretty love/hate show to me, and it’s a shame you didn’t get from it what I did, but there will probably be things you like that I hated so I can’t be mad. :)
    But do you know what I really, really despise about Supernatural? Like, I love the show, but I can acknowledge it has problems, and this is a major one; the writers are all too willing to lick the fans’ shoes clean. That;s really sweet in a way, it leads to some fun references to the fandom culture and of course, The French Mistake was hilarious and hardcore fans will love it, but it leads to a major problem. Almost every female character was written out because of negative fan reaction.
    Roll your eyes all you want, but you can’t deny that a good chunk of female characters were written out because of negative fan reaction, it was even admitted. Jo, Bela and Ruby; all gone. I can see why with Bela because she wasn’t a nice person and I can kinda see why people would hate her, but the thing is the argument I saw so often against Bela and Ruby was that they made Sam and Dean “look stupid”. No, Sam and Dean will never “look stupid”, they’ve always been smart. We’ve seen them be smart for two whole seasons. Smart people make mistakes, and *gasp* female characters may even outsmart them once in a while. And arguments against Jo… I never really saw any. The fans just flat out didn’t like her for no reason that I can see. Oh wow.
    If you have a legit reason to hate a female character, fine. All the above characters have problems. But for the love of God don’t use the “they make Sam and Dean look stupid” excuse, it’s utter garbage.
    Again, love SPN, hate certain aspects of it.

  • evocollinz

    I agree entirely to be honest, the actors are terrible and hard to truly “believe”. It sounds like they’re reading scripts. The special effects are also very lackluster. On the first episode when the two women appeared on the ceiling and the rooms caught on fire, I died. So much laughter at how big of a failure this show is, and how stupid it’s viewers must be to allow this series to last as long as it has.

  • Martine

    I absolutely HATE the show. Mostly because of the mean spirited, always violent and brainless plotlines and heroes. It gets difficult to watch a show when you really, really wish for Dean to get killed( and NOT come back) and don’t care if Sam lives or dies. There wasn’t one “bad guy” that i didn’t feel sorry for in the few seasons i watched it. The real kicker was the idea that God would ever have anything to do with a person like Dean. Which was implied. God doesn’t need hate filed people to do His dirty work, I don’t think. its an insult to Christianity.

  • Martine

    Don’t ALL women somehow get “in the way” on that show?

  • Danko

    seriously? i don’t have a major problem with some of the acting but this show went wayyyy down hill after Satan and Michael fell into a black hole (thought angels could fly?). All this time they were talking about how if these two angels went at it, it would literally reshape the ground beneath because they are so powerful?? Fu#$5ing retarded fight scenes through and through this series I have to say! and even after all the holding out and waiting for Satan to fight Michael it all amounts to nothing! “Hey there’s the Supernatural being get him!” Ahhhh they both slam against the walls and the being turns its back and focuses on one of them, only short after to get stabbed from behind and die… bla bla same boring shit over and over. They always win on some technicality or default of some sort. I thought these were suppose to be hardened warriors? not idiots who can only throw the occasional sloppy right hook? Then all the hype about the angels when Castiel first appeared and the fear in the demons eyes over them dissapears? What the hell? Now demons are on the same Playing field? This is just the tip of the iceberg…. Don’t even get me started on the Plot issues.

  • Cmos

    Why watch the show if u want everyone to die

  • Cmos

    The premise is actual intriguing but it’s execution it somewhat flawed

  • Cordelia

    I started watching this show with my sister and while I can ignore the misogyny as annoying as it is at times, Padalecki’s bad acting is so laughable it’s hard to ignore. Specially when you watch shows like Breaking Bad, AHS (Lange, Paulson, Rabe), and etc. He’s just so…fucking…bad. Both me and my sister sometimes laugh out loud at his attempts at ~acting~ and she actually kisses this show’s ass. I don’t even watch shows with so much “macho” bullcrap (like the fact that 90% of hunters, angels, demons, and well, everything, are men) but I do this because it’s the only thing she’ll watch so I guess I’ll go along.

  • disqus_Mii5nv9fJh

    reading this on 2014 as the show continuing its glamour – despite its not as goo as it was back in the kripke era- and continuing to be week to week form the first 3 highest rating and views on the network -this week was the highest rating and the second highest views- makes me ROFLMAO