If you're a fan of Supernatural, you're probably already used to the dark and depressing tone of the show. Occasionally, however, producers give fans a treat by throwing in meta references or by allowing characters to demonstrate that they are aware of their own fictional nature. I've listed nine of our favorite meta episodes below:
The 17th episode of the first season not only marked the Ghostfacers' debut, it's also the first installment of Supernatural that significantly toyed with meta nods. Paranormal investigators Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spangler made plenty of Buffy references while their website called Hell Hound's Lair had an internet fan following that can bring the tales they read to life.
Sam and Dean investigated the haunting of the set of the horror movie Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning in the season 2 episode "Hollywood Babylon." This installment exposed the network's comments to series creator Eric Kripke about Supernatural, jabbed at his movie Boogeyman and featured many of the the show's crew members.
The 13th episode of the third season of Supernatural marked the first installment filmed following the Writers Guild of America strike. It featured Sam and Dean working a case in the set of the reality TV series Ghostfacers, which stars Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spangler. The hand held camera style of the episode was a nod to the horror movie The Blair Witch Project while the low budget unscripted format alludes to the kind of programming that would take over scripted shows like Supernatural if the strike had continued.
"The Monster at the End of This Book"
In this episode, Sam and Dean discovered a series of books that are named after episodes of the show and are based on their lives over the past four years. They also find out that there is an online fandom.
"The Real Ghostbusters"
In season five, Sam and Dean attend a Supernatural Convention where they investigate real ghosts.
"Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!"
In this episode, Supernatural books super fan Bekcy sets her sights on Sam and gives him a love potion in attempt to get him to marry her.
Sam and Dean deal with the Trickster, who manages to plant the brothers in various TV shows like Dr. Sexy M.D., a Japanese game show, a commercial and a sitcom.
When Sam and Dean are framed for a series of murder-robberies by two Leviathans that take the forms of the Winchester brothers, the show pays homage to films like Pulp Fiction, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Natural Born Killers as similar lines and scenes are played out. There is also a meta dig at the fact that Sam and Dean keep coming back from the dead.
"The French Mistake"
Sam and Dean found themselves on the set of the TV series Supernatural in "The French Mistake," where everyone thought they were actors Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Misha Collins, who plays Castiel on the series, spent a lot of time on Twitter in the episode, much like in real life. Jared's real life wife Genevieve Padalecki, also known as Ruby on Supernatural, also made an appearance. This episode was basically a tribute to Supernatural fans as it featured real members of the cast and crew and tapped on several running gags.
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