Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 20: “Unfinished Business”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 20 last night, I learned that it’s never too late to pass on advice and knowledge that could save someone from making the same mistakes we did.  Even though we don’t have any control over their decisions, taking a moment to remind them that we are here for them can sometimes make a world of difference.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Unfinished Business,” Sam and Dean try to track down Gabriel and are surprised when he shows up right at their doorstep, but usually that comes with a catch. Meanwhile, Jack and Mary decide what to do next in their fight against Michael, while alternate reality Kevin Tran makes a grave mistake.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 20 are:

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“Bonus.”

In the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean try to track down Gabriel with the help of one of Rowena’s locator spells.  They are held up at a seedy motel which really doesn’t have much going for it.  Well that is until Dean discovers that the bed vibrates.  Talk about a bonus.  Before they can finish their argument on where to look next, they got a knock at the door.  Gabriel makes their job much easier than they anticipated when he shows up wounded, looking for help from the Winchester brothers.  But what’s the catch?

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Other Kevin Tran…the traitor.

We finally get to see Jack and Mary in the other reality beyond the rift and they are trying to plan out their next move while they wait for Bobby to return.  Michael is proving to be a dangerous threat and leaves behind a prisoner in the dungeon, which is none other than Kevin Tran.  While many in the group call him a traitor, Kevin begins revealing important information about Michael’s plan.  He tells the group about the spell to open the rift and that Michael intends to invade our world.  Mary always tries to see the best in everyone, which includes Kevin, but Kevin seems to be too far gone.  He continues to explain what Michael promised him, which includes a one-way ticket to heaven where his mother will be waiting for him.  While one can feel sympathetic toward this broken version of Kevin, it’s hard to forgive him entirely, as we know what our very own Kevin Tran was capable of.  While both were prophets, this Kevin is unable to stand against Michael and activates the spell.  It’s a shame he didn’t have the Winchester brothers here to help influence him in this world.  While we don’t know how many casualties there are, Jack cloaks Mary with his wings so it looks like they will both be alright.

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“I can’t lose another boy.”

After Jack hears that Michael is trying to break him and is told that he will not be able to win, Jack is determined to go after Michael and stop him.  Mary warns him to stop and think about this, however.  She reminds Jack that she was very much like him before and that running in blind has consequences that can be irrevocable.  Even though Jack tries to tell her that he is strong and capable of stopping him, Mary pleads with him and tells him, “I can’t lose another boy.”  Clearly Jack and Mary have bonded and become very close in the world beyond the rift.  Mary remembers all too well what happened when she was taken from her own two boys and she can’t bear to have the past repeated.  But will Jack heed her warning?

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“I thought this story had porn stars.”

After Gabriel shows up looking for assistance, Sam and Dean agree to help as long as Gabriel helps them in return.  He begins telling them about his story of revenge, as he desperately wants to punish those who were responsible for selling him off to Asmodeus.  The kill list leads to Loki, the original trickster, who will be the most difficult of all to kill.  Sam and Dean agree to help but Dean is not really invested in this.  After Loki says, “So you’re Dean Winchester,” Dean dismisses him and tries to get to the fighting so this can all be over with.  After Gabriel puts an end to Loki, his mission is complete and he agrees to help the Winchester brothers who are a little surprised at this.  Gabriel reminds them that “a deal is a deal and tricks are for kids.”  While it looks like Gabriel is on board for now, can Sam and Dean really trust him?

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“Sam, I’m not going to apologize for trying to protect you.”

It’s getting to be quite routine for the last 10 minutes of Supernatural episodes to feature some kind of revealing and epic talk between our favorite brothers, but I guess they can’t really find the time to have a heartfelt discussion in the middle of a battle between Norse demigods and archangels.  Sam tries to get Dean to open up to him, refusing to be left on the sidelines or “at the kid’s table,” as he so eloquently puts it.  Dean tells him that he won’t apologize for trying to protect him and reminds him about what happened before, which led to Sam dying and ending up in hell.  Dean explains that “I don’t care what happens to me but I do care what happens to my brother.”  Sam appreciates the sentiment, but reminds Dean that they are in this together.  Even if that means dying, they will be together.  After all, the Winchester brothers are a package deal.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 17: “The Thing”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 17 last night, I learned that even when you think you can’t be redeemed, fear and regret can lead you to try to do the right thing against all odds.  That being said, there is always a catch…or Ketch involved.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Thing,” Sam and Dean are checking off their list of ingredients and are stumped by the Seal of Solomon, which causes them to track down a lead in Rhode Island.  Meanwhile, Ketch gets schooled by Asmodeus and makes the decision to turn the tables on him.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 17 are:

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Dean gets creative with Post-It notes.

Sam has been investing a lot of time in his research and falls asleep on top of a book, which inspires Dean to have a little bit of fun with him.  He carefully places post-it notes on the back of Sam’s shirt that read:  “Dum Dum,” “Kick Me”and“Ass face.”  Later on, Sam notices them in the mirror and is not amused, but Dean tells him they have other things to worry about now, but takes a moment to really appreciate his fine work.

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“I love books!”

As a refresher, Sam and Dean need four ingredients to open the door to the other world that Mary and Jack are trapped in.  They begin making their list and checking it twice and are currently short two ingredients:  The Seal of Solomon and the grace from an Archangel.  Sam and Dean have been searching for information on the Seal of Solomon to no avail, which leads them to go through the archives which Dean finds very tedious.  They eventually come across information from the Men of Letters who apparently discovered Solomon’s treasure.  In the treasure is a “jewel of the cosmos,” which Dean refers to as “a piece of kryptonite.”  They decide to head off to Rhode Island to track down the lead in another hideaway from the Men of Letters, as this is the only lead they have.

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“Kale is a garnish.”

When Sam and Dean stop in at a local diner in Rhode Island, Dean allows the waitress to bring him whatever is good.  Sam makes the healthier choice, however; and orders a type of Kale dish which disgusts Dean.  Sam begins talking about the importance of lowering his cholesterol.  Dean is impressed but explains that he is also “watching his cholesterol…watching it go way up.”

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“It’s like a Hallmark movie…but with tentacles.”

After Sam and Dean go down to the underground Men of Letters bunker in Rhode Island, they find an unexpected guest.  A woman named Sandy Porter is being held captive, but has been there for almost a hundred years.  Sam and Dean are stumped by this but welcome her to the future just the same and let her know that they will protect her.  They need to quickly make good on their promise, as followers of the Men of Letters begin surrounding the diner.  After Sam is captured, he learns that Sandy died many years ago and the monster that fed on her inhabits her body.  Sam quickly realizes that Dean is in a lot of trouble as apparently all the monster does is “feed and breed.”  Luckily for Dean, Sandy chooses him as the host for her lover trapped in the other world.  Sam and the other Men of Letters rescue Dean with perfect timing and send the monster back to its world, closing the rift for good.

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“What’s the catch?”

While Mr. Ketch tries to involve himself in Asmodeus’s plan, he quickly realizes that he is merely a servant in his eyes and not worth much at all.  Asmodeus tells Ketch that he sees that he is filled with fear, regret, and pain and that he can’t be redeemed.  He makes him feel even less when he simply tells him, “You’re mine.”  Mr. Ketch refuses to let this be his fate and makes the decision to break out Gabriel and bring him to Sam and Dean as a peace offering.  Sam and Dean are shocked to see Gabriel but are not about to turn Mr. Ketch away, especially since he possesses the last ingredient.  In return, Mr. Ketch wants protection from Asmodeus and “dibs on the top bunk.”  While Sam is hesitant, Dean quickly agrees and tells Sam that he and Mr. Ketch are going to go through the door alone.  Sam is left to hold down the fort and watch after Gabriel, but clearly doesn’t like the idea of letting his brother handle this on his own.  We know that the Winchester brothers are stronger together, but will this plan work the way Dean intends?  While I’m not sure they will be able to find Jack and Mary so easily, it seems like this is their only option right now.  What new threats will they find in the other world?  What will Sam encounter with Gabriel?  And it seems like we haven’t seen too much of Lucifer or Rowena lately, so you know that they will be re-surfacing sooner or later.  Let’s hope it’s not when the Winchester brothers are apart.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural  below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 15: Film Noir

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 15 last night, I feel like I just stepped out of a film noir from the 1940s.  While not set in black and white, the moody music in the background featuring jazzy trumpets and saxophones was a nice touch, almost bringing us back in time to see how Sam and Dean Winchester would manage to escape the mob.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “A Most Holy Man,” Sam and Dean begin their quest to find the first of the four needed ingredients to rescue their mom and Jack.  This takes them all over the country and they cross paths with several threats, but none of them are actually supernatural, which was very refreshing.  Either way, the mob ties and the numerous guns made the threat just as equally dangerous, as the two brothers seek the help of Father Lucca to obtain the skull of St. Peter.   My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 15 are:

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“The internet…not just for porn anymore.”

As Sam and Dean begin their research on where to start with finding the blood from a most holy man, Sam comes to the conclusion that it must mean the blood of a saint.  Not really knowing where to start, he turns to the internet for help and researches auctions of ancient religious relics, hoping to find somewhere to start.  While Dean is clearly impressed by the knowledge one can obtain from the internet, they set off to San Francisco to meet with someone who can hopefully point them in the right direction.

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Dean learns a new word.

After Sam and Dean meet with a beautiful young woman who has a thing for Sam, she points them in the direction of a collector located in Seattle.  Surrounded by wealth, the man is not about to let go of the blood of a saint for no less than a small fortune.  After quickly judging Sam and Dean’s own worth by their suits and “cheap ties,” he decides to strike up a deal with them.  He explains that if they procure a certain item for him, he will be willing to make a trade.  He asks them if they are up for some “chicanery” and Dean carefully waits for Sam’s approval before moving forward with this, clearly not knowing what this word means.  After getting the nod from Sam, Dean is down for the “chicanery” and is eager to get started.  However, things get complicated and messy when Sam and Dean cross paths with the mob and are now working for them to obtain the skull for a finder’s fee.  While not ideal, Sam and Dean are not about to say no to the mob boss, who explains that “failure is not an option.”

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“Look at you like a boy scout…always prepared.”

Even though there are no demons or angels around to get in the way of the Winchester brothers, they are still not having the easiest time locating the needed ingredient.  After tracking down their first lead to a hotel, Sam and Dean deal with a cop who clearly got his badge “out of a cereal box.”  While he goes to call back-up, Sam puts his Boy Scout skills to use to get them out of handcuffs so they can continue on their journey.  Sam has taken a lot of hits to the head recently too, which concerns Dean.  However, that doesn’t stop him from making a joke about how Sam has a head of “Disney princess hair” to protect him.

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“Oh look, it’s your girlfriend.”

After agreeing to work with Father Lucca, a priest who has traveled from Malta to help bring back the stolen skull of St. Peter, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to get it back.  However, when Sam heads in to meet with the mob boss with a suitcase full of money, he is in for a surprise when the other buyers surface as well, including the man from Seattle and the young woman they first met with in San Francisco.  While no longer on pleasant terms, she still insists on wishing Sam luck, but he doesn’t have nearly enough cash to come out on top.  Luckily, Dean and Father Lucca are not far behind.

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“1 down…3 to go.”

During the episode, it is clear that Sam and Dean understand the importance of obtaining the blood of a saint, however; they are blind to the “most holy man” right in front of them, Father Lucca.  Father Lucca has faith and understands the importance of doing what is right.  Dean initially doesn’t seem impressed when he discusses it with Sam:  “Friar Tuck over there…we don’t owe him anything.”  While this may be true, Sam realizes that they need to do what is right and help Father Lucca get the religious item back safe and sound.  They can deal with the aftermath later and figure out another way to get the blood of the saint, but they can’t deny a calling like this.  After they obtain the skull, the man from Seattle explains that there is no such thing as the blood of a saint to their disappointment.  When they are seeing Father Lucca off, he tells them what the pope called him which literally translates to “most holy man.”  It looks like doing the right thing paid off after all.  While it is important that they have successfully procured the first ingredient, perhaps Dean’s newly found faith is what is even more important.  New episodes of Supernatural return March 29thStay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural  below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 11: “Breakdown.”

Happy Friday TV fans! The weekend is almost here, but my day would not be complete without discussing our favorite brothers:  The Winchesters.  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 11 last night, online auctions have a whole new meaning for me, as Sam and Dean dealt with something well beyond the routine bidding on eBay.  You may want to think again about how badly you want to procure that collectible item.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Breakdown,” Sheriff Donna returns when her niece, Wendy has gone missing.  Even though it doesn’t initially seem like anything supernatural is going on, she is still relying on the help of Sam and Dean.  We are also re-introduced to Donna’s love interest, Doug, who is quickly thrown into a world of monsters and mayhem which may be too much for him to handle.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 11 are:

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Dean explains the importance of pancakes.

Sam is clearly still in a rut after everything that happened with “The Bad Place,” learning that their mother, Mary is still trapped with Jack in another world.  Sam tosses and turns in bed, refusing to wake up until after 10am, worrying Dean, who is typically the one you would imagine to sleep in on a rainy day.  Dean refuses to let his brother stew in his own misery, however; as he tries to distract him and cheer him up, even making a breakfast complete with pancakes.  When Sam tells him he isn’t hungry, Dean feels the need to go into a big brother lecture on the importance of pancakes, keeping the vibe light, but also reminding Sam that he is there for him and won’t give up.  While it seems like a small gesture, Dean knows his brother better than anyone else in the world, proving to be a good friend and an even better brother.

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Dean has a heart-to-heart chat with Doug.

When Sam and Dean show up to help Donna find her niece, they seamlessly embrace their familiar identities as FBI agents looking to do the right thing and help their…cousin.  Dean senses that the FBI agent he is talking to my check up on him so he backs off and lets him take charge, explaining that he is there for moral support and to get to the bottom of what happened to his family member.  Doug proves not to be the sharpest tool in the shed when he believes that Donna and Dean are actually related, comically inquiring about the recent family reunion.  Doug innocently seeks out some advice from Dean about Donna and Dean even teaches him “that’s how we do things in the FBI,” bringing him along for the ride to track down the killer.

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“It’s like eBay…kinda.”

Once the Winchesters stumble onto the Butterfly’s website, they are appalled by what they see.  There is an online auction going on while a victim is strapped to a chair, as the bids climb higher and higher, competing over body parts.  Sam realizes that they are chatting about the parts as if they were food…leading to the conclusion that it’s basically “take out for monsters.”  They discover there is something supernatural at play here after all, re-thinking their strategy on how they will rescue Donna’s niece and stop the evil in the nick of time.

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“Bring it Twilight.”

Once the tables are turned on the Winchesters and they realize they are dealing with vampires, Sam is taken hostage and Doug is turned into a vampire to Donna’s horror.  Dean is not afraid of the vampire cashier boy in the slightest, whipping out his blade and giving fans a catchy pun we can all appreciate, “bring it Twilight.”  While there is hope for Doug to get a cure before he is permanently changed, our attention quickly shifts to Sam’s safety when we learn that the bids are hitting some new records.  Vampire and monster bidders everywhere relish the idea of snacking on the hunter, Sam Winchester and are looking to win the auction no matter what the cost is.  The FBI agent reveals that he was the Butterfly killer all along, spinning a horrifying story about how he actually thinks he is saving lives by keeping the vampires occupied so they are not roaming the streets.  Sam’s heart gets auctioned for an impressive $500K but the show is over and Dean comes in to save the day, shutting down bids everywhere.

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Doug can’t handle a life with monsters.

While I was relieved to see that Doug was alright, something in my gut told me that we wouldn’t be seeing him again.  While he has a sweet and loving relationship with Donna, he could already feel the void as if she had been keeping something from him.  When he gets tossed head first into the horrifying world of monsters, it’s too much for Doug to handle.  He clearly cares for Donna, but he wants something normal and routine…something that Donna can’t give him because this is more than a job for her, it’s a calling.  While this sets the path for Donna to embrace her new destiny with the “Wayward Sisters,” I can’t help feeling incredibly sad for her.  Donna deserves love and happiness but understands his decision.  Sam and Dean are all too familiar with a life on the road away from attachments, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be there for emotional support, helping each other along the way.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural  below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Ranking the top 5 siblings from television: Family is where the heart is.

As we are in the midst of the holiday season, it’s a time to re-connect with family and remember what’s truly important in life.  Many of us have an unspoken bond with our siblings, whether it is inside jokes or a similar laugh, which is natural when you have all grown up together and faced many of the same challenges and shared similar memories.  This really got me thinking about siblings on television and how difficult it must be to create that connection instantly.  The actors on these shows already have the complicated task of portraying their roles and diving deep into what makes that particular character tick.  However, when you also need to add on a believable and real connection as siblings, this becomes even more difficult to capture.  For today’s topic, I am going to be ranking my top 5 siblings from television.  The siblings I chose are not just cast well.  Rather, they become so believable as siblings that I have to bring up Wikipedia on my phone just to double check that the actors are not relatedPlease note spoilers are ahead.  My top 5 siblings from television are:

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Brandon and Brenda Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210.

The Minnesota Twins!

Who could forget when twins, Brandon and Brenda Walsh move from Minnesota all the way to glamorous Beverly Hills, California.  While the twins quickly realize that West Beverly High is not like any other high school they have ever seen, they fast-track into a superficial bubble where they are faced with difficult decisions.  Luckily, the twins have each other to support one another.  Some of my favorite moments on the show are when Brandon or Brenda would make a huge mistake and they would end up meeting in their Jack and Jill bathroom, relieved to see their other half so they could confide in them.  Brandon and Brenda share quite a bit of fights along the way and introduce new friends like Kelly and Dylan into the mix, but there is something about their bond as siblings that is wholesome and unbreakable.  Fans were disappointed when Brenda left the show, wondering where that would leave Brandon now that his beloved sister was gone.  While Brandon still kept viewers hooked with his charm and good sense of right and wrong, the earlier episodes with the Walsh twins had something truly special that could not be so easily replaced even with new cast members.

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Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam Gallagher from Shameless.

“Hey, sometimes life throws a couple swings at you. But we’re Gallaghers, okay? And there’s two things that we’re really good at:  knowing how to get back up, and knowing how to party.” (Shameless)

This list would not be complete without the Gallagher siblings we have watched grow up over the years.  Fiona has the difficult task of taking care of her five younger siblings since their parents are rarely present…and when they are it’s like they are children too.  While this forced Fiona to grow up very quickly, she has always made it clear that family comes first.  The Gallagher siblings may appear to be a group of untamed misfits, but at the end of the day they are truly there for one another.  The family faces many problems over the seasons ranging from losing their house to Fiona winding up in jail.  When Fiona was not around, Lip and the others recognized that they now needed to step up.  Whether that meant collecting money in a jar for the electric bill or making sure that Liam was actually fed breakfast, the siblings are forced to grow up fast in a world that seems to be against them, but they are resilient and strong.

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Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows from Prison Break.

“I’m breaking out, and you’re going to make sure my brother goes with me.” (Michael from Prison Break)

How many of us would tattoo our entire bodies with the blueprints of a prison and commit a crime so that you could help break your brother out of prison?  Seems extreme, right?  But Michael Scofield is a genius and will not stop until he frees his brother, recognizing that his brother was framed for a crime that he didn’t commit.  While this show keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with each new challenge that gets in the way of the escape, what keeps you coming back for more is the undeniable connection between Michael and Lincoln.  Lincoln is the older brother and used to take care of Michael when he was younger.  Michael feels like he owes him and has guilt about turning his back on him previously when he asked for help.  He sacrifices everything to help him escape, redefining what unconditional love means in the process.  Michael and Lincoln always have each other’s backs and their physical resemblance is uncanny.  Even though they are not related, I found myself repeatedly searching online to see if perhaps they were distant cousins to no avail.

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The Halliwell Sisters from Charmed.

“The power of 3 will set us free!” (Charmed)

Charmed has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.  I always enjoy watching shows that feature a supernatural premise, but this series goes beyond that.  The sisterly bond between Prue, Piper, and Phoebe Halliwell is so heart-warming that you truly believe they are sisters.  In moments where one of the sisters faces an unstoppable evil or comes close to death, their heart-breaking tears even get me crying.  Through all of the evil monsters and demons they face as witches, they take the time to bond and fight over things normal sisters would, such as trying to stealing the other one’s boyfriend or remembering to ask before borrowing a favorite outfit.  This light comedy combined with some intense drama and action along the way makes this show truly unique.  Much like 90210, Shannen Doherty left the show, which had fans wondering how Prue could ever be replaced.  You couldn’t just recast her because the sisterly bond is what captured so many viewers.  Fans would have been put off if they just tried to pretend like another actress was the oldest sister. The producers and writers were smart enough to add in a new story-line where Piper and Phoebe discover that they have a half-sister they never knew about previously who could help re-establish the power of 3.  Whether you were on board with this or not, Paige stepped in seamlessly to fill the void Prue left and the sisterly bond continued to stay strong.

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Dean and Sam Winchester from Supernatural.

“You saved my life over and over.  I mean, you sacrifice everything for me, don’t you think I’d do the same thing for you?  You’re my big brother.  There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you.”  (Sam from Supernatural)

So my number one pick for best siblings on television has to go to my favorite brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester.  The series has lasted for 13 seasons and is still going strong.  Like Charmed, this show features a supernatural premise…hence the title.  Sam and Dean are forced to grow up quickly when their mother dies when they are young and they follow in the shadow of their father’s footsteps to become hunters.  The brothers travel from place to place to take on cases and help save innocent lives, but deal with some powerful obstacles along the way.  Whether it is getting trapped in hell or purgatory or working with angels or demons, the brothers refuse to let death get in the way.  They support each other no matter what.  When one brother is going through a difficult time, the other recognizes that he needs to step up and help pick up the pieces.  Out of every show I have ever watched, the bond between Sam and Dean is the most real and uplifting.  You don’t doubt for a second they are brothers and you never give up on them.  What’s so great about the brothers is that they also have quite a few hilarious moments together as well, ranging from running away from an adorable Yorkie to reluctantly facing a child-hood fear of clowns.  This reminds viewers that the brothers are human and while their calling is to fight the good fight, they are not afraid to share some laughs too.  Fans love when the brothers show up posing as FBI agents, wondering what new dynamic duo they will pretend to be.  Like our own families, Sam and Dean portray the good, the bad, and everything in between, truly representing what it means to stick by one another through thick and thin.

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite siblings from television.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

“Supernatural” Lucky season 13: How has the longest running show on the CW lasted?

Can a television series air for 13 seasons and still bring in viewers without becoming stale?  The CW’s Supernatural series is currently on lucky or perhaps unlucky season 13 and it begs the question, how has this show lasted so long?  A few thoughts come to mind as I myself am a long-time fan of the show.  For starters, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are believable as brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester and have an undeniable bond.  Viewers connect and empathize with them as you find yourself on the edge of your couch clutching your popcorn, wondering if one of these challenges along the way will ultimately separate the brothers forever.  That being said, they have survived hell, purgatory, and whatever else has been thrown their way while still keeping a sense of humor through it all.  Is the brotherly bond enough to keep the Supernatural series from becoming tiresome, however?

 

For me, it also comes down to the clever way that the writers integrate episodes that some critics may refer to as fluff.  Episodes like season 4’s “Yellow Fever,” where the opening scene reveals Dean running for his life from an adorable Yorkie or season 9’s “Thinman,” which has a creepy vibe brewing until you find out that it involves fan favorites, the Ghostfacers, are brilliant.  Throughout the serious plot twists or the enemies that come their way, whether it involves angels or demons, this can sometimes wear on you as a viewer.  Incorporating episodes where Sam and Dean are just merely going out on hunter adventures keeps it exciting and fresh, while giving true fans that sense of nostalgia that hooked them onto the show in the first place.  It’s the reason why shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Charmed which were also favorites of mine, did not have as long as a run as Supernatural.  These shows eventually ran their course, while Supernatural keeps going strong.   It follows the main plot for the season while strategically sprinkling in fun and lighter episodes that remind you why you keep coming back for more.

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl