Shows you should be watching: "Supernatural"

     Who wouldn't want to watch a show where the Horseman of Death is obsessed with diner food?

     Welcome to "Supernatural," where monster hunters wear as much flannel as regular hunters but boast much bigger arsenals, and their prey includes everything from ghosts to Egyptian gods.  

     The best thing about "Supernatural" by far is the character-driven plot. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have effortless chemistry as monster-hunting brothers Sam and Dean, and even seven seasons into the show their characters continue to develop in organic and intriguing ways.

      The writers expertly juggle subplots while pushing their craft to the limit. Last season, Sam and Dean were transported to an alternate reality where they were the stars of a show called "Supernatural." This continued the tradition of meta-episodes like "Changing Channels," in which Sam and Dean were transported through multiple television show tropes. Another episode was shot in black and white as an homage to old monster movies.

     Many longtime fans have criticized the show's recent direction, and while seasons one through five had a much more consistent long-term arc, the show still crackles with clever writing and colorful characters. As an added bonus, now that the series is up on Netflix, you can watch it from the beginning.

     "Supernatural" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on the CW.