Guide to Supernatural Season 1 for newcomers

Supernatural -- "Good God Y'All" -- Photo: David Gray/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Good God Y'All" -- Photo: David Gray/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

Supernatural has been on-air for 14 years, and for someone who hasn’t watched the show, this guide will tell them what Season 1 was all about and what to expect from it.

It might sound crazy for us fans who have been watching Supernatural since day one from 2005, but a lot of the viewers who do watch the show in 2019 weren’t even in double-digits in their ages at that time.

New viewers come with every season and these people need to be aware of what the show is about. After all, Supernatural is hardly much like it was in Season 1 than how it is now in Season 14. This means that potential new fans need to be aware of what the first season was about, and we’re here to tell you just that.

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The story

It starts out with a family of four – a father, mother and two sons – who are attacked in the middle of the night by a man with Yellow Eyes. The mother is captured and forced to burn on the ceiling of the room belonging to the younger boy, who is only six-months-old.

The elder brother, four-year-old Dean, carries his baby brother out of the house as it goes up in flames. The father, John Winchester, vows to find Yellow Eyes – revealed to be a Demon – and avenge the death of his wife.

Cutting to 22 years later, Sam is visited in the night by Dean, from whom he has been estranged for two years, and Dean informs him that their dad has been missing from his “hunting trip”. Turns out, Sam and Dean spent their childhood hunting all sorts of supernatural creatures with their father and now they team up to find him.

The season chronicles the brothers’ hunts while tracking clues that will lead them to John. Along the way, the boys face issues such as Sam’s reluctance to continue the hunting life and Sam’s mysterious powers that were bestowed to him by the Yellow-Eyed Demon on the night their mother died.

Supernatural — “Crossroad Blues” — Photo Sergei Bachlakov/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “Crossroad Blues” — Photo Sergei Bachlakov/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

The heroes

Sam and Dean are the only two characters you’ll find in every episode. The brothers are, in fact, the only characters who can be considered main at all as every episode features side characters the two come across. The only recurring characters are John, who is missing for most of the season, and Meg, a mysterious girl who has a very malicious secret hidden.

Sam takes the role of the main character in Season 1 as we see him deal with the loss of his girlfriend, who is killed in the same way as his mother. Sam also learns more about his powers as each episode passes, with him struggling to come to terms with the hunting lifestyle.

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Sam is the more level-headed of the brothers. He rationalizes the situation and doesn’t let his emotions take control of him. Though he’s the younger brother, when it comes to maturity, Sam might be ahead of Dean in this regard.

Dean takes more of a supporting role in Supernatural Season 1. He places Sam before everything else; there’s no one out there who can get to Sam if Dean is still standing. His greatest wish is to see his father and brother together and for the three of them to be a family once more.

Dean is more impulsive, yet he isn’t without sentiment. He takes his time opening up, but when he does, he doesn’t let that person go. Dean also grows to be more of the breakout character as his funny moments shine and we sympathize with how burdened he feels.

Supernatural — “The Benders” — Credit: The WB / Sergei Bachlakov — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — “The Benders” — Credit: The WB / Sergei Bachlakov — Acquired via CW TV PR /

The best episodes

Ironically, despite being a show that concerns supernatural creatures, the best episode of the season goes down to “The Benders”. This episode sees the boys fall prey to a sadistic family that makes a sport out of hunting innocent people. It’s a horror-themed episode that will have you shaking in your boots.

The pacing, timing, twists, all are delivered beautifully so you feel like you’re watching a horror movie. And even though we know the boys won’t die, it’ll have you second-guessing this notion

Scarecrow” is another episode that is a highlight of Season 1. Not only does it have a Wicker Man feel to it with its eerie plot, but it also has great character insight into both Sam and Dean. We see how Sam’s priorities are to find John and return to his life while Dean doesn’t question John’s orders even once. The episode introduced Meg, who would play a pivotal part for the rest of the season. The mystery of the story brings the horror element perfectly.

The baddies

As mentioned above, Old Yellow-Eyes takes the role of the Big Bad for this season. He seldom appears, only showing up in the first episode and right near the end, but his presence is felt throughout Supernatural Season 1. He also orchestrates everything the Winchesters come across through the year before bringing his full appearance to the forefront by the finale. Yellow-Eyes is a thoroughly frightening antagonist who might just give you nightmares.

The secondary villain role is taken up by Meg, who antagonizes the Winchesters directly through the season. Unlike Yellow-Eyes, Meg appears more often by being a thorn in the heroes’ side at regular intervals. She also has a mean streak that makes her scarier than the other supernatural beings we see through the season.

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