The WORST Episodes of Supernatural

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Network: The CW

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as hunters, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons and gods that roam the earth.


#1 - Bloodlines

Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 2014

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 7.08
2,885 votes
Directors: Robert Singer
Writers: Andrew Dabb

#2 - Ghostfacers!

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 24, 2008

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 7.22
2,773 votes
Directors: Philip Sgriccia
Writers: Ben Edlund
The Chitters

#3 - The Chitters

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 27, 2016

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 7.31
2,836 votes
Writers: Nancy Won

#4 - Bugs

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 2005

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 7.33
3,312 votes
Directors: Kim Manners
Writers: Bill Coakley, Rachel Nave
Exile on Main Street

#5 - Exile on Main Street

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2010

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 7.36
4,275 votes
Directors: Philip Sgriccia
Writers: Sera Gamble
Paper Moon

#6 - Paper Moon

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 2014

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

star 7.36
2,458 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Adam Glass
Monster Movie

#7 - Monster Movie

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 2008

In a black-and-white world reminiscent of classic horror flicks, the brothers tangle with a vampire, a werewolf and a mummy who are thinning the crowds at a quaint Oktoberfest.

star 7.37
2,931 votes
Directors: Robert Singer
Writers: Ben Edlund
Paint It Black

#8 - Paint It Black

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 25, 2015

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 7.39
2,142 votes
Writers: Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming
Swap Meat

#9 - Swap Meat

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 28, 2010

Gary, a teenage nerd, conjures up a body-switching spell and changes bodies with Sam. Thrilled by his new handsome and built body, Gary (now Sam) investigates a case with Dean and takes advantage of his good looks and age by hitting on women and getting drunk. Meanwhile, Sam is stuck in Gary's teenage body, dealing with intrusive parents and high school.

star 7.40
3,398 votes
Directors: Robert Singer
Writers: Andrew Dabb, Dan Loflin
Family Remains

#10 - Family Remains

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 15, 2009

Dad, Mom, two kids and a dog. An all-American family doesn't stand a ghost of a chance against the bloodthirsty force that turns their new home-sweet-home into a haunted house.

star 7.45
3,242 votes
Directors: Kim Manners
Writers: Jeremy Carver
Halt & Catch Fire

#11 - Halt & Catch Fire

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 10, 2015

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 7.45
1,990 votes
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Red Meat

#12 - Red Meat

Season 11 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 30, 2016

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 7.48
2,709 votes
Writers: Andrew Dabb, Robert Berens
Two and a Half Men

#13 - Two and a Half Men

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2010

Sam investigates a case about missing babies whose parents are being murdered. At one of the crime scenes, he discovers a baby that was left behind and calls Dean for help. Reluctant to leave Lisa and Ben, Dean finally agrees to meet Sam and surprises his brother with how parental he has become. The brothers take the baby to Samuel, who decides to raise it as a hunter, which infuriates Dean. However, before they can decide the baby's future, a shape-shifter breaks in and attempts to kidnap the baby.

star 7.48
4,065 votes
Writers: Adam Glass, Eric Kripke
Long-Distance Call

#14 - Long-Distance Call

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired May 1, 2008

Sam and Dean search for a Crocotta that uses the phone and computer as a means to communicate with people. Its goal is to get people to commit suicide and take their soul. Dean gets some news from an unlikely source about a demon holding the contract to his soul.

star 7.49
2,933 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Sera Gamble
The Things They Carried

#15 - The Things They Carried

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 18, 2015

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 7.49
2,164 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Jenny Klein
Criss Angel Is a Douchebag

#16 - Criss Angel Is a Douchebag

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 22, 2009

Aging magician The Incredible Jay performs the dangerous Table of Death trick and emerges unscathed. Jay cheated the Grim Reaper, but one of his rivals didn't. He checked out while Jay was doing his act.

star 7.50
3,201 votes
Directors: Phil Sgriccia
Writers: Julie Siege
Fallen Idols

#17 - Fallen Idols

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 8, 2009

Sam and Dean head to a small town where people are murdered by famous dead icons. However the brothers come to a dead end when two teenagers reveal they saw Paris Hilton kidnap their friend.

star 7.51
3,381 votes
Directors: Jim Conway
Writers: Julie Siege
Shut Up, Dr. Phil

#18 - Shut Up, Dr. Phil

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 2011

Sam and Dean meet Maggie Stark, a witch who has unleashed her wrath on a small town, resulting in numerous deaths. Sam and Dean track down her husband, Donald, to see if he can help. Donald tells the brothers that Maggie is mad at him for having an affair and is taking it out on the townspeople.

star 7.52
3,597 votes
Directors: Phil Sgriccia
Writers: Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming
Stranger in a Strange Land

#19 - Stranger in a Strange Land

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2018

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 7.52
1,614 votes
Writers: Andrew Dabb
Mannequin 3: The Reckoning

#20 - Mannequin 3: The Reckoning

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 18, 2011

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 7.52
3,662 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Golden Time

#21 - Golden Time

Season 15 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 21, 2019

Sam and Dean are visited by an old friend. Castiel investigates the disappearance of a local teen.

star 7.52
912 votes
Jump the Shark

#22 - Jump the Shark

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 23, 2009

Meet the Winchester boys: Dean, Sam and... Adam. The Winchesters discover they have a younger half-brother, whose mother vanishes just as a long-dormant grave robber renews his ghoulish career.

star 7.54
3,185 votes
Directors: Philip Sgriccia
Writers: Andrew Dabb, Daniel Loflin
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

#23 - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 25, 2010

Sam and Dean investigate Bobby's home town where the dead are rising from the grave but instead of attacking humans, they are happily reuniting with their families. The brothers turn to Bobby for help but he tells them not to worry about it and to leave town. Suspicious, Dean investigates and comes face to face with Bobby's dead wife, who has no memory of what happened to her. Once the zombies start turning evil, the boys tell Bobby he has to kill his wife but he refuses.

star 7.54
3,951 votes
Writers: Jeremy Carver

#24 - Bitten

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 2012

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 7.54
3,377 votes
Writers: Robbie Thompson
Rock Never Dies

#25 - Rock Never Dies

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 1, 2016

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 7.54
3,399 votes
Writers: Robert Berens