The WORST Episodes of Supernatural

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Network: The CW

The story revolves around two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester as they follow their father's footsteps, hunting down evil supernatural creatures such as monsters, demons, and even fallen gods while trying to save innocent people along the way. Continuing the "family business" after their father's death, the brothers soon discovered that the "hunt" doesn't just involve slashing and hacking monsters and demons but also dealing with more powerful creatures such as angels, reapers, and even Death.


#1 - Bloodlines

Season 9 - Episode 20

Sam and Dean investigate a case in Chicago, where they discover that various mafia-esque monster families are, unknown to humans, running the underbelly of Chicago. One is a family of shapeshifters run by Margo Lassiter, whose leadership is thrown into question when her brother David returns home. The other reigning family in town is made up of werewolves, lead by Julian Duval. While in Chicago, Sam and Dean meet Ennis, a man with a personal vendetta against the monsters. The Winchesters warn Ennis about heading into the hunter lifestyle, but Ennis refuses to listen and starts down a dangerous path.

star 7.34
1,490 votes
Directors: Robert Singer
Writers: Andrew Dabb

#2 - Bugs

Season 1 - Episode 8

Dean and Sam arrive in a town checking up a report of a mysterious death, and stop at a realtor's open house barbecue. Sam meets the realtor's son Matt, who is fascinated with bugs. Soon the town is invaded by swarms of deadly bugs, and there may be no way out.

star 7.44
1,337 votes
Directors: Kim Manners
Writers: Rachel Nave, Bill Coakley

#3 - Ghostfacers!

Season 3 - Episode 13

In a change of pace, Sam and Dean decide to star in a violent, profane reality show named Ghostfacers. The show takes them to the haunted Morton Mansion, and they soon realize they're in over their heads.

star 7.45
987 votes
Directors: Philip Sgriccia
Writers: Ben Edlund
Paint It Black

#4 - Paint It Black

Season 10 - Episode 16

Sam and Dean investigate a string of suicides committed by people with little in common other than the identical, grisly method of death – slow, self-administered disembowlment. All of the victims were members of a Catholic church and had recently given confession, leading the brothers to suspect the priest is somehow involved. Meanwhile, when Crowley captures Olivette, the leader of the Grand Coven, Rowena pleads her case to be allowed to practice magic freely again.

star 7.45
1,496 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming
The Chitters

#5 - The Chitters

Season 11 - Episode 19

In a small town in Colorado, mysterious disappearances happen every 27 years. Sam and Dean head to the town to investigate and meet two hunters who have a personal vendetta against these once-in-a-generation monsters.

star 7.51
2,457 votes
Writers: Nancy Won
Halt & Catch Fire

#6 - Halt & Catch Fire

Season 10 - Episode 13

A ghost starts killing people through various electronic devices. Sam and Dean discover who was killed and why this ghost is seeking revenge on a group of college students but what they can’t figure out is how he’s doing it. With three dead, the brothers must stop the ghost before he claims his next victim.

star 7.52
1,182 votes
Directors: John Showalter
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Exile on Main Street

#7 - Exile on Main Street

Season 6 - Episode 1

Sam is mysteriously released from Hell and seeks out his brother, trying to have a normal life. Together the brothers must join forces with their maternal grandfather, Samuel, and begin the fight anew.

star 7.52
1,084 votes
Directors: Philip Sgriccia
Writers: Sera Gamble
Stranger in a Strange Land

#8 - Stranger in a Strange Land

Season 14 - Episode 1

Sam enlists everyone’s help in trying to track down Dean, who can literally be anywhere. Meanwhile, Castiel may be in over his head after meeting up with an unreliable source. After being drained of his grace, Jack is adjusting to life as a human, learning new skills and figuring out how he fits in to this world of hunters.

star 7.57
1,429 votes
Writers: Andrew Dabb


Season 9 - Episode 15

A teenage girl is killed and the final selfie she took before the attack shows a ghostly figure in the background. Looking for something to keep them busy, Dean and Sam head to Washington to find the ghost. While the two interview the girl’s mother, Betty, they are surprised when she starts talking about cold spots and fritzing. When they ask her about bringing up paranormal signs, Betty replies that the "supernaturalists" who called earlier brought it up. Enter Harry and Ed, the famous supernaturalists.

star 7.57
1,449 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Jenny Klein
Paper Moon

#10 - Paper Moon

Season 10 - Episode 4

A recent string of werewolf attacks points to a surprising culprit – Kate, the werewolf Sam and Dean let live.

star 7.58
1,520 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Adam Glass
The Things They Carried

#11 - The Things They Carried

Season 10 - Episode 15

Despite Dean's directive to forget about looking for a cure for the Mark of Cain, Sam continues to do research. Dean suspects Sam is hiding something but decides to focus on a new murder case where they run into Cole. The three team up and learn a Khan worm is infecting men and turning them into murderers. Unfortunately, the worm makes its way into Cole.

star 7.58
1,502 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Jenny Klein
Red Meat

#12 - Red Meat

Season 11 - Episode 17

Sam and Dean battle a pair of werewolves who have captured two victims. Just as the brothers are about to win, one of the werewolves shoots Sam. Dean gets his brother and the victims out of the house but learns a pack of werewolves are hot on their tail, hoping to kill them all.

star 7.60
2,302 votes
Writers: Robert Berens, Andrew Dabb
Don't Go in the Woods

#13 - Don't Go in the Woods

Season 14 - Episode 16

Sam and Dean are baffled when they come up against a monster they have never heard of before; Jack does his best to impress a new group of friends.

star 7.61
1,011 votes
Route 666

#14 - Route 666

Season 1 - Episode 13

Sam and Dean head to Missouri to investigate mysterious car accidents involving black men.

star 7.61
1,244 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner
Mannequin 3: The Reckoning

#15 - Mannequin 3: The Reckoning

Season 6 - Episode 14

Ben calls Dean and tells him Lisa is in trouble. Dean leaves Sam to investigate a case alone and rushes home to rescue Lisa, however, he’s not prepared for what meets him at the door. Meanwhile, Sam discovers the men that were murdered were all a part of a cruel practical joke played on a female co-worker who went missing.

star 7.62
916 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Rock Never Dies

#16 - Rock Never Dies

Season 12 - Episode 7

Lucifer realizes that as rock star Vince Vincente, he can get his fans to do whatever he wants. Thrilled with this power, Lucifer arranges to play a secret VIP concert in order to kill all of them. Sam, Dean and Castiel enter the underbelly of the music industry to try to stop him.

star 7.62
3,047 votes
Writers: Robert Berens

#17 - Bitten

Season 8 - Episode 4

Sam and Dean investigate a bizarre murder in a college town. Close on the tail of their suspect, they bust into an apartment to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage. The footage begins with Brian, Mike and Kate hearing about an unusual animal attack in their town and the rest of the story is revealed through their eyes. Sam and Dean become unknowing participants in a unique student film.

star 7.64
1,174 votes
Writers: Robbie Thompson
Nightmare Logic

#18 - Nightmare Logic

Season 14 - Episode 5

After a hunt gone wrong leaves Maggie’s whereabouts unknown, Sam, Dean, Mary and Bobby race to find her, but what they find are their own worst nightmares.

star 7.64
1,217 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Meredith Glynn

#19 - Plush

Season 11 - Episode 7

Sheriff Donna calls Sam and Dean for help after a horrific murder with supernatural elements happens in her town. Sam continues to have visions and asks God for help, which frustrates Dean.

star 7.64
1,850 votes
Directors: Tim Andrew
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
The Hunter Games

#20 - The Hunter Games

Season 10 - Episode 10

After the massacre at the ranch, Dean, Sam and Castiel double their efforts to find a cure for the Mark of Cain but there is nothing in the lore that can help them. Desperate, Castiel comes up with an idea that Sam deems the "single worst idea I've ever heard." Meanwhile, Rowena continues to plot against Crowley, and Castiel tries to mend his relationship with Claire who is plotting revenge against Dean for killing her friend.

star 7.65
1,185 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming
Alex Annie Alexis Ann

#21 - Alex Annie Alexis Ann

Season 9 - Episode 19

Sheriff Mills calls Sam and Dean after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie. They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors, but finds out the hard way that family always comes first.

star 7.66
1,404 votes
Writers: Robert Berens
There's No Place Like Home

#22 - There's No Place Like Home

Season 10 - Episode 11

Sam is scanning the internet for suspicious paranormal activity and comes across a video of Charlie beating up a district attorney. Dean suspects she’s back from Oz and hunting on her own, assuming the district attorney must have been a demon. When they do find Charlie, they are shocked when she tells them why she really came back from Oz.

star 7.67
1,156 votes
Directors: Phil Sgriccia
Writers: Robbie Thompson
Beyond the Mat

#23 - Beyond the Mat

Season 11 - Episode 15

Dean sees an obituary notice for a wrestler he and Sam used to watch when they were kids. Deciding they need a break from tracking the Darkness, the brothers decide to attend the funeral to pay their respects. The funeral is full of wrestlers, including Shawn Harley, a hot shot new wrestler with a fiery temper who pushes everyone’s buttons, and veteran wrestler Gunner Lawless. Sam and Dean attend the next match to re-live one of their fondest childhood memories but when another wrestler turns up dead, play time quickly turns to work.

star 7.67
2,008 votes
Directors: Jerry Wanek
Writers: John Bring, Andrew Dabb
Love Hurts

#24 - Love Hurts

Season 11 - Episode 13

Sam and Dean investigate a set of murders on Valentine’s Day and discover they are dealing with an ancient curse. Once kissed by the curse, the person is marked to die.

star 7.67
2,049 votes
Directors: Phil Sgriccia
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Unfinished Business

#25 - Unfinished Business

Season 13 - Episode 20

Gabriel is back and drags Sam and Dean into his plot for revenge on the demigods who sold him to Asmodeus. Meanwhile, Jack's inflating confidence leads to reckless decisions that could put others in harm's way.

star 7.68
1,585 votes
Writers: Meredith Glynn