Why I love Supernatural and How it Helped me Practice English

By Morgana Li

[3 minute read]

It has been 15 years since the first episode of Supernatural aired on The CW. Now the series has come to its final season and the finale aired on Nov. 19, 2020. I became a part of the Supernatural family in 2015 when I watched ten seasons in order to catch up to the current episodes. The story itself is about hunting supernatural monsters, ghosts, and demons that come from folklore and myths. While watching, however, I realized that Supernatural is also a show about family, friendship, sacrifice, and humanity. Though the plot may not always make sense, the show has created many multidimensional characters that the audience loves. 

The main characters are Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, and Castiel. Dean and Sam are brothers, and Castiel (Cas) is an angel. They go on adventures across the country saving people from supernatural monsters. What fascinated me most is the way they treated each other and how they showed their humanity despite significant challenges. At first, Sam and Dean were the only consistent characters in the show, but others soon joined the main storyline. Castiel became one of the most significant characters as he slowly became closer to Sam and Dean, who warmly welcomed him into their family. In their dysfunctional family, they were always willing to sacrifice everything for each other. As Sam said to Dean, “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you.” I think one must be incredibly lucky to have someone who loves you that much and to know that there are always people you can rely on.

Another interesting aspect of the show is watching the characters travel across the United States, living in motels, eating fast food, and passing through pretty much every state in the US. As an international student, I found it to be one of the best sources to learn about American culture and life, and I’d like to travel to many of the places I have seen them travel to on the show. Since Supernatural’s theme is about hunting monsters in America, many urban legends and different forms of folklore were introduced to me through the show, such as Bloody Mary, the Wendigo, the myth of the Hook Man, and more. The Bible also plays a role in the different legends discussed in the show. I learned many pop culture references based on these intriguing stories, which made it easier to communicate with native English speakers because I had more topics to explore and slang to use. One of the main characters, Dean, uses a lot of hilarious slang terms that are part of authentic American English, and these can be used in daily life by international students looking to blend more casual terms into their speaking. 

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Of course, every show has its drawbacks, and so does Supernatural. I got tired of the characters dying and resurrecting over and over again so the show could continue. In the last few seasons, it seemed like the writers had nothing left to explore. Nevertheless, it is a good show in general and I appreciate the amazing cast for recognizing different forms of love, as there is regular LGBTQ representation throughout the show. In this special time, we all need something to make us feel hopeful about all of the stressful things happening in the world. For me, watching Supernatural eased my nerves and made me believe I could solve my problems since they were easier to solve than the problems portrayed in the show. During quarantine, it is important for us to learn how to communicate with our family members about things that make us feel anxious. It is also important to learn how to open up and care for our loved ones during these difficult times.

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Morgana is an international student from China that graduated from the MAT-TESOL program of USC Rossier School of Education in December. Morgana loves western pop culture, and it was western pop culture that inspired her to learn English and to study abroad. She participated in the ALI Book Club for one semester and found it to be very helpful for practicing English and sharing her thoughts.