It can be hard for a super-fan (pun intended) to be stumped by Supernatural trivia. But this list from TV Over Mind has got some pretty good stuff.
1. Supernatural premiered on The WB on September 13, 2005. It received an early pickup for a full first season after only airing four episodes. Originally, series creator Eric Kripke planned the series to only last for three seasons. As the show continued to grow in popularity, Kripke expanded the storyline to last through two additional seasons. The show was once again renewed so Kripke created a new plot to take the show when the sixth season began. Krikpe had been developing the thriller for over a decade before the pilot was filmed.
2. The original characters’ names on Supernatural were intended to be Sal and Dean. This was creator Eric Kripke’s way of paying homage to the novel On the Road which was written by Jack Kerouac. Kripke quickly decided that Sal was not a name well-suited for a main character, so he chose Sam instead. The brothers’ last name was originally going to be Harrison, to pay tribute to actor Harrison Ford. Since there was a Sam Harrison living in Kansas, the last name had to be changed for legal reasons. Kripke likes the Winchester Mystery House in California so he chose that as the surname for the brothers.
3. Series Creator Eric Kripke was a fan of television shows that featured signature cars. Some of those shows were Knight Rider which featured KITT (1982 Pontiac Trans Am) and The Dukes of Hazard which showcased General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger). Because of this, Kripke wanted to include a vehicle the guys would drive around on Supernatural. The original plan was to have a 1965 Ford Mustang, but that was changed to a 1967 Chevy Impala. Kripke’s neighbor claimed that a ’67 Impala is the type of car people fear and has a trunk big enough to store a dead body.
4. Supernatural is filmed primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, but other locations have been used over the last nine seasons. The pilot episode was filmed in Los Angeles. The third episode of season one entitled, “Dead in the Water,” was shot at Buntzen Lake, which is located in Anmore, British Columbia. “Simon Said,” which was the fifth episode of the second season was filmed at the Cleveland Dam located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. A majority of the episodes are shot on a military base the has not been operational for years.
5. The seventh episode of the first season of Supernatural featured an urban legend website called Hellhounds Lair. The website was created by the shows producers. If you visit the website today, it will take you to the official site of the CW Network. The thirteenth episode of season 3 entitled, “Ghostfacers” featured more on the Hellhounds Lair. The owners of the website create their own reality show based on ghost hunting. Supernatural producers created another website for the fake reality show. Like the other website, if you visit the page it will in turn take you to the CW’s website.
6. You can also read about the Winchesters in comic book form. There have been three comic book series written about Supernatural. Each series features six different comic books and is published by Wildstorm, which is a part of DC Comics. The first series calledSupernatural:Origins focuses on the early years of Sam and Dean. There is also mention of how their father John became a hunter. The second series named Supernatural: Rising Son chronicles Dean becoming a hunter like his dad. The third series titled Supernatural: Beginnings End focuses on Sam going to Stanford.
7. The CW recently found another hit with The Originals, which is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The creators of Supernatural wanted to try the same thing with their show . The title of the spin-off was going to be called Supernatural:Bloodlines and was going to focus on the hunter and monster culture, but be set in Chicago. The backdoor pilot was featured on the twentieth episode of season nine of Supernatural. The show was not picked up by the CW for the 2014-2015 season; however, the network is still interested in another possible spin-off.
8. The most watched season of Supernatural was the very first season. The average weekly viewers was 3.81 million and was ranked 165th overall. In comparison, the first season of The Vampire Diaries averaged about 3.66 million viewers each week. The least watched season of Supernatural was season seven, which attracted a little over 2 million fans every week. The eighth season saw a 500,000 viewer increase compared to season 7, which is part of the reason the show was renewed for a ninth season. The avergae total number of viewers for all seasons combined is 2.8 million.
9. Supernatural has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. Two of the nominations came in 2006 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. Supernatural would also receive the nomination for Editing in 2008. The sci-fi thriller has also been nominated for seven Saturn Awards and two GLAAD Media Awards. Supernatural has received six People’s Choice Awards. In 2014, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Mischa Collins won for Favorite TV Bromance.
10. In the early seasons of Supernatural, Dean announces what his cell phone number is. Unlike other TV shows that feature fake phone numbers, the number 1-866-907-3235 actually works. If someone called the number, they would receive a voicemail message from Jensen Ackles that said, “This is Dean Winchester. If this an emergency, leave a message. If you are calling about 11-2-83, page me with your coordinates.” The number now goes to a fax machine. Cougar Town had a similar concept where cast members would answer the phone and talk to fans.
Did you learn anything surprising? Supernatural is set to return with its tenth season this October.