There’s no better place to start than the beginning. While this isn’t exactly the beginning of John and Mary’s story — far from it — it is the beginning of “Supernatural,” and the story of their boys, Sam and Dean. The pilot episode (simply called “Pilot”) opens with the death of Mary Winchester, a moment that reportedly opened John’s mind to the supernatural and turned him on to a life of hunting. Because of this, Sam and Dean were raised as hunters, just as their mother was — though the pilot doesn’t delve into her background just yet.
Flash forward many years, and Sam is wrapping up his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, having left hunting behind for a normal life. Dean shows up on his doorstep and tells him their father has gone missing, possibly while trying to track down alone the yellow-eyed demon that killed his wife. While following his trail, they battle a monster-of-the-week known as the infamous “Woman in White.” Sam resolves to return to Palo Alto, only to find that the love of his life, Jessica, has been killed in the same way as his mother. Bereft, he joins Dean permanently, and the two begin a season-long journey to fight evil and find Dad.
This first episode is one of the show’s best and an excellent pilot that set up “Supernatural’s” epic 15-year journey. John and Mary Winchester are played here to perfection by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith, who became staples in the “Supernatural” world and made recurring appearances throughout.