Supernatural: Season 12 (2016 - 2017)


Season 12

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Twelve seasons in, Supernatural still finds ways to entertain, forging new paths bound to lead to fresh adventures ahead for the Winchester brothers.



Critic Ratings: 10


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Air date: Oct 13, 2016

Season 12 begins with Dean becoming overwhelmed when he comes face-to-face with his mother, Mary Winchester. Meanwhile, Sam fights for his life after Toni, from the Woman of Letters, shoots him.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2016

Lucifer takes over the body of a rock star. Meanwhile, Dean, Castiel and Mary try to rescue Sam, but Dean is uncomfortable with putting Mary in danger, even though she insists on going along.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2016

When a crying baby leads to death in a mysterious abandoned house, Mary, Sam and Dean decide to investigate. Meanwhile, Castiel's hunt for Lucifer leads him to begrudgingly partner with Crowley.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2016

Sam and Dean investigate a case that leads them to a devout religious family who live off the grid. The brothers realize that the parents are hiding a huge secret that could destroy them all. Meanwhile, Dean struggles to accept Mary's latest decision.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2016

After learning that the soul of Adolf Hitler has been trapped in a 1930's gold pocket watch, Sam and Dean must act quickly to prevent a group of Nazi necromancers from resurrecting the führer.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2016

Sam, Dean and Mary are forced into action when a demon starts picking off hunters one by one at a gathering to celebrate the life of late hunter Asa Fox.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2016

Lucifer realizes that as rock star Vince Vincente he can get his fans to do whatever he wants. Thrilled with this power, Lucifer arranges to play a secret VIP concert in order to kill all of them. But Sam, Dean and Castiel enter the underbelly of the music industry to stop him.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2016

Lucifer's search for power and influence in a vessel lands him in the White House where he the president unknowingly makes a deal with the devil. But Sam, Dean, Castiel, Crowley and Rowena band together to fight the Dark Lord.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2017

After being arrested for the attempted assassination of the President of the United States, Sam and Dean must find a way out of an underground, government-run, detention facility in the middle of nowhere. Determined to find her sons, Mary and Castiel seek assistance from an unlikely source.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2017

Lily Sunder steeps herself in black magic, honing her powers for over a century, to exact revenge on a band of angels who murdered her family. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean try to prevent Castiel from becoming her next victim.

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Season 12 of this fantasy drama picks up right where it left off, with Sam (Jared Padalecki) kidnapped by British Men of Letters member Toni Bevell (Elizabeth Blackmore); and Dean (Jensen Ackles) in shock at the sight of his mother, Mary (Samantha Smith), who's been long dead. Castiel (Misha Collins) is forced to partner up with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) to search for the vessel-jumping Lucifer, most notably played by guest star Rick Springfield. As Lucifer begins to possess more powerful and influential people to get what he wants, the hunters are forced to face the death of one of their own. While trying to stop Lucifer, the Winchester brothers are wrongly accused and arrested for his crime - leading Mary and Castiel to turn to an unlikely source to find them. Other notable guest stars include Rick Worthy and Alicia Witt.

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Critic Reviews for Supernatural Season 12

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (0)

Ultimately, the season premiere didn't blow me away, but it does have me interested in the new journey for the Winchester brothers.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 3.7/5 | Full Review…

Season 12 is off to a good start. I'm optimistic and intrigued. I'm digging the girl power and the traditional quips between our favorite characters and their adversaries. Let's see where we go from here.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The great news is that we're 12 years into Supernatural the show still feels fresh.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

All in all, "Keep Calm and Carry On" was an intriguing, if somewhat uneventful, episode that nonetheless offers a promising preview of the rest of the season.

Feb 7, 2020 | Full Review…

What is most troubling now... is that Mary Winchester was talking to Mick Davies about the British Men of Letters' plan for the United States: no more monsters. Great for everyone - sure - but at what cost?

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a very solid season opener.

Oct 17, 2016 | Full Review…

With the personal stakes raised like this, it's looking like this season will go back to the good old days.

Oct 17, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Supernatural can wring as much entertainment out of smaller, subtler moments as it does bombastic ones.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Supernatural is very much at ease with being a serialized story, but too often, each season can feel isolated from its brethren.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Those who have traveled on "the road so far" will undoubtedly want to continue the journey, for Supernatural season 12 has no shortage of heart, intrigue, or emotional resonance and isn't afraid to be genuinely disturbing.

Oct 13, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Supernatural: Season 12

  • Jul 02, 2019
    Catching up with the show before the conclusion. This season recaptures some of the season 5 magic. The show has been lost in the demons and angels storyline for quite some time, but it finally appears to be leading somewhere. 01/07/2019
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  • Oct 12, 2018
    A letdown from the last season, Season 12 of Supernatural scrambles to cobble together a story and ends up coming up with a pretty good one (not great but good). Sam and Dean struggle to reconnect with their estranged mother who's returned from the beyond, and their relationship is further strained when she joins the British Men of Letters who have come to America seeking to form a partnership with American hunters; meanwhile Lucifer is on the loose and fathers a Nephilim that has the potential to bring about a new apocalypse. Unfortunately the new additions to the mythology cause some problems, particularly in regard to the Mary Winchester and Lucifer characters. Still, on the whole more is gained than is lost. And both Mark Pellegrino and Samantha Smith return to reprise their characters and deliver strong performances. While it starts out rather weak, Season 12 of Supernatural develops some interesting plot threads that hold a lot of promise for the future.
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  • Jul 31, 2020
    The stakes are high enough to make this one of the better seasons.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    The storytelling still remains absorbing and keeps itself on a constant motion for seasons to come.
  • Oct 14, 2018
    A fantastic show with dynamic plot lines with spins on well known urban legends and spooks... From the first season, the chemistry between the characters & actors has been refreshing and believable; this is truly one of those shows that has the fuel to last for years to come! Great work from the cast & crew!!!
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  • Apr 20, 2018
    seasons 12 and 13 not watchable. no story line, no direction, a ship without a captain, flogging a dead horse by introducing, all the old characters. for a series that produced 288 ORIGINAL and different episodes these two seasons are very DISAPPOINTING. this season introduces a character that should never have been introduced into the story. omg what where the writers thinking. thank goodness dean winchester is still in it and keeps me watching ..apart from the occasional good episode the main story line is boring, repetitive and tiring. nothing much supernatural about this season.....
  • Apr 08, 2018
    it never stops being good. I've been watching since the beginning & although there's been some weak episodes, and weak characters (Mary, just die already), it still feels fresh and exciting for most episodes. sam and dean never fail, and the sense of humour helps. castiel and crowley are bonuses!
  • Mar 17, 2018
    Season 12 The Brittish Men of letters vs Hunters, a Castiel centric episode with Castiel in a different vessel for a very short period of time though, Lucifer finds a purpose and a awesome character development episode with a nice twist "Stuck in the middle with (you)" also a SHOCKING finale! great season! Awesome Series! In my opinion ITS THE BEST TV SERIES EVER! It has EVERYTHING That I LOVE in a TV. show or movie! It has a beautiful epic story. AMAZING Characters, it even has Comedy that just adds to the fun. And its action and suspense is so cool! Its just awesome my whole family loves it and it makes me so excited for every episode its my favorite thing to watch on TV by far! Oh, man I wish it could last forever! Hope that "Wayward Sisters" spin-off lives up to this masterpiece! Thank You creators, writers and everyone involved in "SUPERNATURAL" you are awesome! CARRY ON! I will love this show forever and I re-watch every episode whenever I can! I LOVE Supernatural and the SPN Family you guys rock! I also collect the cool books and stuff because I'm a super nerd for it. : ) I wish I could Give it 100 STARS!! It should have earned a oscar or something for how well it was made! I RATE IT 100,000 stars and UP!
  • Nov 30, 2017
    This entire season just beats a dead horse with reused concepts and ridiculous plots, throwing in yet another pointless villain.

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