Why 'Supernatural' Is Still Killing It At 300 Episodes

Why 'Supernatural' Is Still Killing It At 300 Episodes

In honor of "Supernatural" having its 300th episode, I thought I would discuss why I think this show is still thriving at 14 seasons, and why I think it can continue to thrive.

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In 2005, "Supernatural" aired its first episode. On February 7th, 2019, the show is airing its 300th episode. That's 14 years that it has been going on. No supernatural show that I've watched has lasted that long.

Maybe for those shows, the spark just went out, or it was just time for the show to come to an end.

"Supernatural" isn't like that. I can't even recall a time when I was bored with the show and felt like stopping. I binge-watched at least 9 seasons, and I've kept up with it ever since. It continues to surprise me.

Every season there's a new threat, and just when I think that they've explored all they can in the universe, they switch it up.

From bringing in angels and demons in season 4 to breaking the fourth wall in an iconic episode in season 7, to bringing back a cast member thought lost forever in season 11, and most recently, crossing over with Scooby-Doo, this show can always surprise its fans. They kill off the main characters at least once a season it seems, and even though we know they will always come back, the scenes still manage to be heart-wrenching.

Besides the constant twists and turns, another huge reason that I think "Supernatural" is still popular is that of the relationships in the show. And I'm not talking romantic relationships, because if you've seen the show, you know neither Sam or Dean have much luck in that department. But the brotherhood between Sam and Dean has been one of the most important aspects of the show, and one of the strongest sibling relationships I've seen on television.

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, who play Dean and Sam, are practically brothers not only on the show but in real life as well. They seem to be lifelong friends, and that relationship off-screen contributes to the way that the brothers care about each other on screen. It makes the scenes between them so much more dynamic and realistic, and much easier for us, as fans, to believe in the emotion portrayed in the scenes.

Going off of that, just the entire aspect of family is so strong in this show. It's written so well, which is why it gets me every time. This show is proof that family isn't only about blood. With the addition of Castiel, and more recently, Jack, this show builds on the family dynamic and the way that families will do anything just to protect each other.

The family aspect goes off screen as well. This show has brought so many people together. Whether it's fans who gush over their favorite characters and seasons who become lifelong friends, or even costars who end up having a life together. This show holds importance in so many people's hearts.

I believe that "Supernatural" is a show done right. They know how to keep the most viewer's interests. And I also just love the writing, the plot twists, the actors, the dynamic, all of it. Obviously, they're doing something right, if they've made it this far.

My hope is that this show will keep thriving for as long as it can. But regardless of when it ends, this show has changed my life, and I know it has changed many others, too. And that's what matters most.

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The 20 Best Episodes Of Spongebob Squarepants

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After nearly 20 years on the air, Spongebob Squarepants has become the staple of many childhoods for kids of all ages. Some of the most memorable episodes of this show have made a lasting impact on pop culture and it's own legacy as one of the most popular cartoons of all-time. Here are just 20 of the best Spongebob Squarepants episodes ever released.



20. Survival of the Idiots (Season 3)

Spongebob and Patrick find themselves locked inside Sandy's dome for the winter, leaving them to fend for themselves and find some form of entertainment.



19. Idiot Box (Season 3)

Spongebob buys a television solely for it's box, leaving Squidward to struggle with comprehending the simplicity of living off of imagination for entertainment.



18. Something Smells (Season 2)

Spongebob makes a Sunday Sundae that trashes his breath (and his reputation) across Bikini Bottom.



17. Squilliam Returns (Season 3)

Squidward takes over the Krusty Krab for the night in an attempt to impress high school rival Squilliam Fancyson and his elite group of friends.



16. No Free Rides (Season 2)

Desperate to get Spongebob out of the classroom, Mrs. Puff does whatever it takes to get the sponge his license - even if he doesn't deserve it.



15. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III (Season 2)

Left to housesit for their favorite undersea superheroes, Spongebob and Patrick release one of Bikini Bottom's most notorious villains (Man Ray) in exchange for his promise to be good.



14. Shanghaied (Season 2)

After being taken captive on the Flying Dutchman's ship, Spongebob and Patrick help the phantom scare everyone under the seven seas (sort of.)



13. Frankendoodle (Season 2)

Things get out of hand when a "magic" pencil falls into Spongebob's hands and one of his doodles runs haywire.


12. Graveyard Shift (Season 2)

The night shift gets the better of Spongebob and Squidward when a rogue ghost story haunts their every move throughout the evening.



11. Sailor Mouth (Season 2)

Spongebob and Patrick struggle to clean up their act after learning a dirty word they somehow cannot seem to stop saying, and Mr. Krabs won't have it.


10. The Camping Episode (Season 3)

Squidward tries to prove he's a true outdoorsmen (to no avail) after feeling challenged by Spongebob and Patrick's camp-out just feet from his home.



9. Mid-Life Crustacean (Season 3)

Mr. Krabs joins Spongebob and Patrick on a night of reckless fun in an attempt to get in touch with his inner youth and impress his daughter, Pearl.


8. Krusty Krab Training Video (Season 3)

The inner workings of the Krusty Krab are revealed in this episode dedicated to breaking down all of the hoopla surrounding the restaurant's success and "training" all prospective employees.



7. SB-129 (Season 1)

Squidward journeys through the space-time continuum after finding himself locked in the Krusty Krab freezer for thousands of years, bringing us one of today's most popular memes.


6. Club Spongebob (Season 3)

After launching Spongebob's treehouse into the middle of nowhere, Squidward desperately seeks an escape route while Spongebob and Patrick obey the orders of their master, the Magic Conch Shell.


5. Pizza Delivery (Season 1)

In one of Season 1's most iconic episodes, Spongebob and Squidward trek across the ocean to deliver the Krusty Krab's first ever pizza. Little do they realize they bit off more than they could chew.





4. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV (Season 3)

When Mermaid Man accidentally leaves his belt behind at the Krusty Krab, Spongebob goes on a mission to return it to him, as reluctant as he may be.


3. Rock Bottom (Season 1)

After finding himself stranded in the depths of Rock Bottom, Spongebob struggles to escape the town and it's dark clutches as buses repeatedly elude the sponge.



2. Chocolate with Nuts (Season 3)

In an attempt to live the "fancy life," Spongebob and Patrick travel door to door selling their chocolate in any way possible, encountering some colorful characters along the way.



1. Band Geeks (Season 2)

The Season 2 finale of this classic cartoon brings some of the heartiest laughs and the most memorable jokes in the entire series as Squidward struggles to get his ragtag marching band in shape for the Bubble Bowl.

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10 Shows to Binge Watch On A Rainy Day

This list of easy-to-binge, addictive shows will help you occupy your time when cuddled up in bed avoiding the rain.

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Springtime is supposed to be flowers blooming and spring break trips to the beach. But with Ohio weather, rain is all we get. If you find yourself stuck inside avoiding the rain, check out this list of shows to get your binge watch on!

1. Mindhunter

Following the story of how psychology was implemented into the FBI, Mindhunter alternates between psych lessons, love stories, and one-on-one time with serial killers. The creators casted and recreated the serial killers almost too well, which I think is the most compelling part of the show. Also, a lot of the scenes were filmed in Pittsburgh, where I am from, so that adds some excitement for me. P.S. for my theatre kids: Jonathan Groff is one of the two main characters and we all love Groff.

2. Big Mouth

Any Nick Kroll fans out there? If you haven't already, watch his hilarious, raunchy cartoon, Big Mouth! It follows his actual life childhood, with John Mulaney playing his best friend Andrew Goldberg. The series details the beauty and horror of puberty in the grossest, yet most relatable way possible. I think I watched the first season in a little less than a week and the second season in two days, so it is definitely bingeable. Kroll voices most of the characters, which is easily my favorite thing about the show. Check out this video to see the genius behind this amazing show.

3. You

If you haven't heard of this show, you are actually living under a rock. Everyone and their mothers are watching You. Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, goes into full stalker mode after meeting Guinevere Beck. I've never watched Gossip Girl (I know, shame on me), but you might recognize the creep as Dan Humphrey. Twitter fell in love with him, despite his psychotic tendencies, so beware!

4. How to Get Away With Murder

OK. Right behind Mindhunter, this is my absolute favorite show. Every time a new season gets released on Netflix, I finish that puppy like it's nothing. The stunning Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, a law professor and defense attorney. She creates a team of five students to help her with cases, and they quickly get involved in a sticky murder case. Every episode features a new case, but there are also larger cases that are covered throughout the whole series. The acting in this is actually INSANE. I had never heard of pretty much all of the actors, besides Viola Davis and Matt McGorry, before watching, but OMG ARE THEY AMAZING OR WHAT?! Besides that, the storylines are hard not to get sucked into and the topics covered make you think a lot. Oh, and intense cliffhangers force you to press play on the next episode.

5. Queer Eye

Queer Eye is a feel-good show if I've ever watched one. The "Fab Five" travels to give makeovers and advice to men around the nation, and boy are they good at it! The transformations in every episode are heartwarming and impressive. It's basically Extreme Home Makeover, but for straight men.

6. Atypical

Sam Gardner, a high-schooler on the autism spectrum, is the protagonist of this beautiful show. Sam's main goal throughout the show is to find a girlfriend, and ultimately independence. The show, in my opinion, accurately depicts how autism affects family relations and adolescence. Obviously, shows following characters with disabilities tend to glorify the lives of disabled people. We should not define people by their disabilities and celebrate them for doing everyday actions; this is not treating them equally - you would not celebrate an able-bodied person for doing something as mundane as going on a walk or washing dishes. However, extreme triumphs, like getting into college, which Sam accomplishes, are appropriate to celebrate. That being said, I recommend this show to anyone, as it is eye-opening, but I ask that you keep in mind the points I've shared above.

7. Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld and cool cars and coffee and your favorite comedians - what could be better? This awesome series is really entertaining and an easy watch. Their conversations cover a range of topics and it's really cool to see these comedians as normal people getting coffee, instead of performers.

8. Dancing Queen

Everyone loves Dance Moms. Well, picture a dance studio where the dancers are ten times better, they go to real competitions, and it's all run by drag icon, Alyssa Edwards. That is Dancing Queen in a nutshell. The show also follows Edwards's family and past, love life, and stardom in the drag world.

9. The Keepers

Do you like True Crime? The Keepers is the show for you! This docuseries digs deeper into the murder case of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a Catholic teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. The series also follows the closely linked sexual abuse case of Father Joseph Maskell who served the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The whole story is absolutely crazy and the insane amount of evidence they found would make you think that this case would be easy to solve. There a ton of cases like this linked to Catholic dioceses around the nation, but The Keepers gives you personal anecdotes and pushes the boundaries.

10. Glee

Glee is that one show that I watch when I've caught up on all of my other shows. It is so easy to binge and never gets old. It covers basically any topic you can think of AND they sing and dance. How much better could it get? I will admit, the later seasons are not the best, but it's a great show nonetheless. I think I could probably fill a whole notebook with references, some much more cheesier than the rest, and I can't forget about all of the plot lines that made absolutely no sense, but that's not stopping me from watching!

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