Supernatural in Pop Culture

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You really know a TV Show has had an impact when it starts getting referenced itself in popular culture. The following are references to Supernatural on TV, comics, and books.

MAD

Sam and Dean about to get "Glee'ed".

MAD is an animated comedy show on the Cartoon Network. It is based on MAD Magazine, which has been running since 1952. Like the magazine, the series parodies popular shows, movies and products. Supernatural has been referenced three times on the show.

  • Season 1, Episode 26 (June 20, 2011) "GleeVR". Sue Sylvester from Glee has invented a DVR machine that turns any TV show into a musical -- including Supernatural. Watch the sketch here.



Sam and Dean in "My Supernatural Sweet 16".


Jeopardy!

"What is Supernatural?" has been the correct answer on the quiz show Jeopardy, such as on this occasion from 2011.

Enchantment Emporium

In the novel Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff, the character Charlie says she follows the Winchester rules when driving "driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole" - a quote from Dean to Sam in 1.01 Pilot.

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X-Factor

X-Factor is a spin-off from the popular X-Men franchise, produced by Marvel Comics. X-Factor: Scar Tissue produced in June, 2011 contained a reference to Supernatural.

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Batman

In "Resolve" (Batman Vol. 2, Issue 18) published in March 2013, Harper Row tells her gay brother Cullen that she has left a couple of his favorite Supernatural episodes with "shirtless Winchesters" on his hard drive.

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Out for Blood

In Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey on page 18: “Come on, we’ll go drink hot chocolate and watch some old Supernatural episodes on DVD. Dean Winchester always cheers you up.”

Curtis

A Sunday morning cartoon strip about the day-to-day life of an African American family in the inner city.

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Justified

Jim Beaver played Sheriff Shelby on the TV series Justified from season 2-4. A minor character at first, he became a central figure in season four. In the episode "Get Drew" which aired on March 12, 2013, Jim had his character exclaim "Balls!" -- Bobby Singer's oft-used expletive.

The Good Wife

Well -- almost. In episode "The Wheels of Justice" of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife which aired on March 31, 2013, a character uncovers some Vampire Diaries porny fan fiction originating from her boss’ IP address and email. Executive Producer Robert King said that before deciding on The Vampire Diaries they also contemplated "Sons of Anarchy fan fiction and incestuous fan fiction for Supernatural."

Hawaii 5-0

On the Hawaii 5-0 episode which aired on May 6 2013, "Hoʻopio" or "To Take Captive", a poster of Jared and Jensen can be seen in the bedroom of a kidnapped girl by her abductor who was trying to present a normal facade to the police.

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Wizard of Id

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Blood and Bullets

Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck is the tale of Deacon Chalk, monster bounty hunter. The book includes the quote:

"Sam and Dean will tussle with a vampire, but usually they are chasing down demons."

The audio book is read by Jim Beaver.


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Olive Garden

In late 2014, the restaurant chain Olive Garden, included many references to Supernatural in it's Tweets.


Astroglide

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Noone is quite sure how it started, but sometime in 2015 the social media twitter for personal lubricant @Astroglide revealed its love of the Supernatural fandom, and #TeamDestiel in particular. They often live tweet episodes, use Dean and Castiel to promote their product. and in 2016 were a sponsor of Wayward Cocktails

Guild Wars 2

A tombstone for John Winchester cab be spotted in the Queensdale graveyard from the MMO game Guild Wars 2.

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Silk

On February 18, 2015, SuperSleepy became part of the Marvel Universe when it was mentioned in Silk written by Robbie Thompson. In the story, when Cindy's roommate Lola talks about going to a viewing party for SuperSleepy: "Its this new show about a cop and an angel and they fight monsters and its rad..."

Silk cover by Dave Johnson

This Ain't Supernatural

This Ain't Supernatural XXX is a porn parody of Supernatural by Hustler. In the film (a broad riff on 6.15 The French Mistake) Sam, Dean and Castiel end up in an alternate universe where they are porn stars.

The Walking Dead

A beautiful thing happened after the bloody The Walking Dead season 7 premiere -- with Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the middle, fandom gave us some great memes and then Jensen, JDM and even Michael Cudlitz got in on the action.

Jensen tweeted this picture "Hey Dad, you left something in the Impala. #spnfamily #walkingdead"

Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade is an online comic strip focused on gaming culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. Supernatural has featured twice to date.

Penny Arcade strip May 2016.
Penny Arcade strip June 2017.

Arby's

In 2.06 No Exit, the father of the Nebraska family enter Harvelle's Roadhouse while Jo and Ellen are arguing says "We'll just... check out the Arby's down the road." Arby's is a fast food restaurant chain. In October 2016, the chain tweeted out a picture of a burger, and an anti-possession symbol in ketchup with the caption "Carry On Wayward Son." Eric Kripke responded with a tweet saying "Wait, this is a thing?? It’s weird, how flattering I find this. @Arbys #SPNFamily" In January 2018, Arby's used an Impala made from carton in a Twitter ad. After Eric Kripke commented, they sent him the Impala. Kripke responded with a photo and said "I never realized how much I needed a #Baby made out of an @Arbys carton -- until RIGHT THIS SECOND. Thanks, Arby's (another thing I never realized I'd say). @cw_spn #SPNFamily"

Arby's Supernatural tribute.
Kripke with Arby's Impala

Superstition

Superstition follows the Hastings family, owners of a funeral home and cemetery in New Orleans, who also help their small town deal with demonic incursions. In the pilot episode the character Calvin Hastings asks family patriarch, Isaac, about the weapons he has in the trunk of his car, asking: “You got an arsenal all laid out back there like Sam and Dean?” For which Isaac replies, “Oh yeah.” Watch the scene here.

Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

In Spider-Man vs. Deadpool #23, Robbie Thompson snuck in a Supernatural homage!

Deadpool meets Supernatural!

The Cats that Told a Fortune

From The Cats that Told a Fortune by Karen Anne Golden, book three of The Cats That Cozy Mystery Book 3.

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