Ranking the Supernatural season premieres from worst to best

"Death's Door" - (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW©2011 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
"Death's Door" - (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW©2011 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Supernatural “Pilot” Image # SN100-8935 Pictured: Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin
Supernatural “Pilot” Image # SN100-8935 Pictured: Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin /

Season 1: Pilot

The Supernatural Season 1 premiere has a special place in my heart. After all, this was the start of the series. It introduced us to the Winchester brothers, their backstory, and the monsters in the world.

Using the Woman in White as the first creature was certainly an excellent idea. It set up the darkness that the show would be and made it clear that this would twist urban legends on their heads.

Pilots aren’t written for the public. They’re done for the network bosses to encourage them to pick up the series, but this Supernatural season premiere feels like it’s written for us. It does an excellent job of setting up the story for the Winchesters but leaving enough to make the second episode exciting (even if the monster isn’t really that scary).

Season 13: Lost and Found

The first half of last season has some of my personal favorite episodes. I enjoy the story arc for Jack, love the way the Apocalypse World was used, and enjoy the journey for the Winchester brothers together. The Supernatural Season 13 premiere is definitely one of those episodes that stands out the most.

It set up the expectations for the season. We got to meet Jack and see the power that he had. Most importantly, we realized that this boy could be good despite being the son of Lucifer–oh, and he viewed Castiel as his father, what was better than that?

The premiere also had a number of throwbacks to past seasons of Supernatural. That made this episode stand out in ways other premieres haven’t quite been able to.