'All I saw was evil: Supernatural's Reactionary Road Trip

Brian Ireland

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    Supernatural is a highly-rated television series, which debuted in 2005 on the Warner Brothers network in the US. Creator Eric Kripke envisaged the story as a mythic road trip across America, with two brothers travelling through small-town America, fighting evil and righting wrongs. Although the brothers' iconic car (a 1967 Chevy Impala) and the road genre template - Sam and Dean are named after Sal and Dean, from Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel On the Road - establish Supernatural as a distinctly American production, the thematic fight between good and evil has attracted a wide international audience. This article explores these themes and places them in the context of post-9/11 America.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14-19
    Number of pages6
    JournalAmerican Studies Today
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2013


    • supernatural
    • Genre Television
    • American Television
    • 9/11
    • Gothic Tradition


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