Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester)
”The French Mistake” (season 6, episode 15)
”The French Mistake” grabbed the No. 2 spot in our ranking of Supernatural‘s first 200 episodes, mostly because it’s the most meta of all meta episodes. During the hour, Padalecki and Jensen Ackles play Sam and Dean Winchester, who just so happen to find themselves on the set of a show called Supernatural, where everyone keeps calling them Jared and Jensen?
Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester)
”Death’s Door” (season 7, episode 10)
Ackles’ favorite hour ranked at No. 18 on our complete episode ranker. In the season 7 episode, Bobby spends his farewell hour on the show trying to fend off a reaper and get his favorite idjits a message. By episode’s end, he says goodbye to the boys before his fate is left up in the air.
Misha Collins (Castiel)
”The French Mistake” (season 6, episode 15) and ”Everybody Hates Hitler” (season 8, episode 13)
Most fans remember Collins’ great tweeting moment in ”The French Mistake,” but Collins’ second favorite pick is a season 8 installment that tells the story of a Rabbi, his golem, and, well, Hitler. Although we ranked it at No. 173, the title alone makes it a rather memorable hour.
Mark Sheppard (Crowley)
”Abandon All Hope” (season 5, episode 10)
Sheppard’s pick ranked in our top 10 (No. 7, specifically) mostly for its dramatic punch. In the season 5 episode, Sam and Dean enlist the help of Bobby, Cas, Jo, and Ellen to take down Lucifer. However, by the end of the hour, we’ve lost Jo and Ellen, and Lucifer has raised Death.
Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer)
”The French Mistake” (season 6, episode 15) and ”Hammer of the Gods” (season 5, episode 19)
Another ”French Mistake” fan, Pellegrino’s second pick is our No. 24. In ”Hammer of the Gods,” Sam and Dean find themselves at a hotel filled with gods (think Odin and Kali) who’ve gathered to discuss that pesky Judeo-Christian apocalypse. But the real kicker is the final showdown of the episode, when fan favorite Gabriel meets his demise at Lucifer’s hands. Then again, is Gabriel really dead?
Richard Speight Jr. (Gabriel)
”Changing Channels” (season 5, episode 8) and ”Swan Song” (season 5, episode 22)
Both of Speight’s picks ranked in our top 10, with ”Swan Song” in the No. 1 spot. Two totally different episodes in style and tone, ”Channels” features Speight’s Trickster sending the Winchester brothers to a television universe for some meta fun, while ”Swan Song” focuses on the apocalyptic showdown between Lucifer and Michael.
Rob Benedict (Chuck Shurley)
”The Monster at the End of This Book” (season 4, episode 18)
Not only does ”The Monster at the End of This Book” introduce the idea of prophets to the show, but the season 4 episode marks Benedict’s first appearance as Chuck. Add in the meta plot of the Supernatural book series, and you have the reason this episode ranked at No. 5 on our list.
Osric Chau (Kevin Tran)
”Reading Is Fundamental” (season 7, episode 21)
Kevin’s introduction means more to us now than it did then, which is why we ranked the episode at No. 77. However, the introduction of the Tablets is also instrumental in the rest of season 7 and all of season 8.
Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer)
”Weekend at Bobby’s” (season 6, episode 4)
In this season 6 episode, which we ranked at No. 117, Bobby does everything in his power to get his soul back from Crowley, from torturing demons to sending Sam and Dean to find Crowley’s bones. Spoiler: Bobby wins.
Jeremy Carver (Former showrunner)
”Faith” (season 1, episode 12)
Carver’s season 1 pick ranked at No. 49 on our list because it’s a crucial hour for the series. ”Faith” marks the show’s first real introduction into the world of religion that would later play a pivotal role. And let’s not forget the whole Dean-almost-died aspect of the episode.
Andrew Dabb (Showrunner)
“In My Time of Dying” (season 2, episode 1)
The second season opener impressively took the number 29 slot in EW’s ranking of the first 200 episodes. The hour saw Sam grappling with losing his older brother before John made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save Dean.
Eric Kripke (Creator)
”Changing Channels” (season 5, episode 8) and ”The French Mistake” (season 6, episode 15)
“My favorite episodes are always the funny ones and the ones that can break format,” Eric Kripke said of his choices. “When I sit down and want to walk down memory lane and pull up episodes of Supernatural, those are the ones I pull up, and I still laugh at them.”