Tonight the intrepid Winchester brothers take a bold step into one of the few paranormal realms they haven’t yet visited: the animated world of the original Scooby Gang and their Mystery Machine, as Supernatural enters its strangest crossover yet. Will some villainous ogre be unmasked by film’s end and say that famous phrase, “I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”? Who wouldn’t want to see Sam and Dean join forces to sleuth out a mystery with Shaggy, Scoob, Daphne, Velma, and Fred?
Probably no other long-surviving television series has delivered for its fans as much as Supernatural, so witnessing the monster-hunting brothers add a wacky animated mystery to their singular version of the X-Files is not all that unusual. And every time the show delivers one of those one-off, strange, meta episodes, stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles seem to be really good sports about it. This time, long-time angel pal Castiel (Misha Collins) gets to come along for the ride.
Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby Doo: Where Are You?, which originally aired for two seasons in 1969-1970 and featured the voice of American Top 40 host Casey Kasem as Shaggy, is almost at its 50th anniversary. Over the years in its several incarnations the Scooby Gang featured its own crazy assemblage of guest stars, everyone from Sandy Duncan, The Addams Family, Cass Elliot of The Mamas and the Papas, to the Harlem Globetrotters, Josie and the Pussycats, to Speed Buggy, Phyllis Diller, Don Knotts, from The Three Stooges to Batman and Robin. In a bit of a backward twist, Scooby and the gang get to be the guest stars tonight.
In the middle of its 13th season and still going strong, only 17 scripted series in the history of TV have lasted longer than Supernatural. Tonight’s episode “ScoobyNatural” adds to the show’s list of zany episodes like “Hunteri Heroici,” where cartoon rules become the norm, “The Real Ghostbusters” where the Winchesters find themselves the subject of a popular TV show complete with convention coverage and cosplayers playing them, “Changing Channels,” where the duo take on the roles of a 1980s buddy comedy series like Laverne and Shirley, “Fan Fiction” provides the series’ requisite musical episode, the brothers break down the fourth wall in “Monster at the End of this Book,” “Mystery Spot” provides the requisite Groundhog Day timeloop episode, and probably the funniest of them all “French Mistake” finds Sam and Dean learning they really are actors Jared and Jensen, only the reality they face has several crazy twists.
Here is a preview of tonight’s episode:
And here is a look behind the scenes of the episode (it has some spoilers so you may want to come back later to watch):
So set your DVR now, and bring your box of Scooby snacks. Join Scooby and the Gang with the Winchesters on Supernatural tonight at 7 p.m. Central on the CW network.