Eleven years ago today, Supernatural premiered on The WB with the first of its 241-and-counting episodes. Since then, the show has taught us three things: It will go on forever, nothing can keep a Winchester down, and when picking the series’ top installments from each season, one is guaranteed a lot of Sophie’s Choice moments.
In honor of Supernatural Day, which celebrates more than a decade of our heroes saving people and hunting things, TVLine has done the near-impossible and selected the single best episode from each of the show’s 11 seasons. It wasn’t easy, but like Dean and Sam always do, we did what was necessary.
There were some very tough decisions — “Changing Channels” or “Swan Song” as Season 5’s finest offering? — as well as some no-brainers. There were also a couple of surprise upsets in our list. (Sorry, “Baby” and “The Monster at the End of This Book.”)
Plus: Which freshman outing marked a Supernatural turning point, nabbing itself a spot? Which two premieres bested their competition? And is there anything better than “The French Mistake”?
Click through the gallery below (or right here) for those answers and our picks, then hit the comments with your faves. And remember, Supernatural returns on its new night, Thursday, Oct. 13, at 9/8c on The CW.