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Jim Beaver's character (Bobby) was only supposed to make a one-time appearance.
An important aspect of the show's music is classic rock, most of which comes from creator Eric Kripke's own record collection, although one of his favorite bands - Led Zeppelin - has always been too expensive to license.
Originally Jensen Ackles auditioned for the role of Sam Winchester. When Jared Padalecki came in and read for Sam a slight recasting was done. Producers called Jensen and asked if he'd rather use his charm for Dean, saying he was the Han Solo character of the duo and what kid didn't grow up wanting to be Han Solo? Jensen accepted. It became known that he was previously interested in that role, because Dean was funny.
To keep their cover as fighters of the Supernatural, Sam and Dean Winchester often pose as agents from varying agencies (FBI, Homeland Security, CDC, etc). The pseudonyms they use as officials are often direct allusions to rock stars, such as agents "Angus and Young," an homage to Angus Young from AC/DC or agents "Tyler and Perry," an allusion to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Several times in particular Dean refers to himself as "Van Halen," an allusion to any member of the famous '80s rock band. In later seasons, the Winchester brothers refer to themselves as agents "Plant and Page," an allusion to the members of "Led Zeppelin," (Eric Kripke's' favorite band) or agents "Shaw and DeYoung," an allusion to the members of "Styx," some of whose music is featured in the series.
There is a particular clock that shows up in almost every episode.
Many of the episodes are based on existing legends, myths, and ghost stories. For example the episode "Crossroads" is based in part on the legend of Robert Johnson - who in turn borrowed it from another Blues singer.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) is only 12 years older than his on-screen oldest son, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester).
Riverview Hospital, a large mental health facility used as the main set in the season 1 episode Asylum, has also substituted for a prison, a regular hospital, and an apartment building on different episodes of the show. This is evidenced by seeing the same distinctive staircase in different episodes.
Early on in the series, Dean's cell number is given, and for a while the studio had it set up so that anyone dialing the number would hear Jensen Ackles reading the message: "This is Dean Winchester. If this is an emergency, leave a message. If you are calling about 11-2-83, page me with your coordinates." The number is 1-866-907-3235. This number now leads to a fax machine, but it is not known where that fax machine ends up.
The show often shares its extras with Psych (2006) as the two shows film in the same area.
Many episodes are either named after movies ("Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things", "The Usual Suspects", "I Know What You Did Last Summer") or classic rock songs ("In My Time of Dying", "Born Under a Bad Sign", "What is and What Should Never Be", "Sympathy For The Devil", "When The Levee Breaks").
Every single season finale except for season 1 begins with a recap montage of the key moments of the season, to the tune of "Carry On Wayward Son."
The character Lilith, a white-eyed demon introduced in season 4, is the name of the child of Aleister Crowley.
While it maybe coincidental the choice of the name Winchester for the family is interesting. There is a rather famous mansion in California built by Sarah Winchester, wife of the gun magnate, which was under constant construction for 38 years for paranormal reasons. According to legend the reason for the constant building was a medium telling Mrs. Winchester that if she ever stopped building the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles would come after her. The strange design of the mansion is also attributed to this. It was built with dead ends and stairs to nowhere allegedly to confuse spirits.
The car Sam and Dean drive is a 1967 Chevrolet Impala, which has been nicknamed the Metallicar by fans of the show. The show uses five black Impalas. Dean has nicknamed the car "Baby".
The role of Ruby was written for Kristen Bell. But she turned it down, Katie Cassidy was cast instead.
The Latin inscription on the barrel of the Colt says 'non timebo mala', which translates to 'I will fear no evil'.
Sam's birthday is May 2nd (born in 1983). In 2007, this also became the birthday of executive producer and creator Eric Kripke's son, which Kripke describes as "Creepy".
Dean's birthday is January 24th (born in 1979).
Both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles auditioned for the role of Superman/Clark Kent in some form. Padalecki was a finalist for director McG's reboot while Ackles was the second choice to play a young Clark Kent in the show Smallville (2001). Jensen was later cast as Jason Teague in Season 4.
Dean's car, up until episode 2.20, had Kansas (the brother's origin state) plates with the number KAZ 2Y5. It currently now has Ohio (Supernatural's creator Eric Kripke's home state) plates with the number CNK 80Q3.
The characters Alastair and Crowley pay homage to notorious occultist Aleister Crowley.
While filming season two, Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), broke his wrist after performing one of the stunts on the show.
Both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki grew up in Texas - Jensen in Richardson, and Jared in San Antonio.
Unusual for a male-lead fantasy series, most of the viewer demographic are females.
The original concept had a reporter going to investigate the urban legends and writing about them in his column instead of having the Dean and Sam concept.
The only known sources of income for the Winchesters are credit card scams, poker games and playing pool.
The character of "Bobby Singer" was named after executive producer Robert Singer.
The fourth season is dedicated to Kim Manners, a longtime executive producer and sometime director for the show (as well as for past TV shows such as _"The X-Files" (1993)_) who died in January 2009.
All four members of the band led Zepplin have been used as alias for the brothers. In season 8 Sam & Dean use the alias Bonham & Jones. In a earlier season they use Plant & Page.
After the first season, the show was picked up by The CW because The WB merged with UPN to form The CW.
The round blue/skull sticker on the top of Sam's season one laptop is from a prominent local North Vancouver mountain bike company, Deep Cove Bike Shop.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Producers considered several methods of motivating Sam to take to the road with Dean. Turning Jessica evil was an option briefly, but in taking a page from Star Wars it was decided that her death would be the ultimate motivation for leaving home.
Genevieve Cortese' was cast as the character Ruby for the fourth season (replacing Katie Cassidy), and her character eventually becomes romantically involved with Sam (Jared Padalecki). In their real lives, Cortese and Padalecki also became romantically involved, and after they married in 2010, she changed her last name to "Padalecki" both personally and professionally.
Several references throughout his appearances on the series point toward the character Rufus Turner (played by Steven Williams) being Jewish. He makes jokes about Hanukkah and keeping kosher, and most significantly, when he dies, the Winchester brothers and Bobby give him a funeral in a Jewish cemetery and discuss his level of Jewish ritual observance (or lack thereof). Although the funerals for previous hunters had included a ceremonial funeral pyre, the show makes a point of showing that Rufus gets buried without cremation (since cremation is against Jewish tradition).

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