Supernatural Family: Television Series Featuring SPN Alum

edmccarthy-dj-qualls-the-man-in-the-high-castleAfter 12 seasons, the Supernatural family has grown. Over the years, many actors, writers, and directors have contributed to the series. Some of the #SPNFamily have made headlines with their current shows, such as Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester) and Lauren Cohan (Bella Talbot) on The Walking Dead, but there’s a lot of other interesting series featuring Supernatural alum. Here are some television and web series that might appeal to those with a passion for all things Supernatural.

Kings of Con

Rob Benedict and Richard Speight, Jr. in Kings of Con

Rob Benedict and Richard Speight, Jr. in Kings of Con

Supernatural truly is king when it comes to the convention circuit. The cast frequently participates in cons, providing an opportunity for the greatest fandom in television to connect with series actors. Richard Speight, Jr. (Gabriel) and Rob Benedict (Chuck Shurley) know the convention life better than most, and drew upon their experience to create the comic web series Kings of Con. It’s not a behind-the-scenes reality show, but a scripted web series in which Speight, Benedict, and others play fictionalized versions of themselves. Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Jody Mills), Kurt Fuller (Zachariah), and Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester) play convention regulars, while Gil McKinney (Henry Winchester), Osric Chau (Kevin Tran), Sebastian Roché (Balthazar), Mitch Pileggi (Samuel Campbell), and Timothy Omundsun (Cain) also appear on the show. The 10-episode series is available through the new digital network Comic-Con HQ.

The Man in the High Castle

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Sebastian Roche as Reichsminister Martin Heusmann in The Man in the High Castle

This dystopian thriller is set in a world ruled by fascists. The Man in the High Castle is an original series created by Amazon, based loosely on a Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. The story is set in 1962 in an alternative timeline. The Axis powers have won World War II, and North America has been divided into puppet governments of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, with a Neutral Zone running between the two.  There’s tension between the two powerful empires as well as a resistance movement stirring up trouble. Though it’s a character-driven story, The Man in the High Castle focuses on the conflict created by a mysterious film. DJ Qualls (Garth Fitzgerald IV) plays loyal friend Ed McCarthy. If you’re a Garth fan, you’re sure to like Ed because he’s also earnest and kind. Rick Worthy (Alpha Vampire) plays Lem, a member of the resistance. In Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle Sebastian Roché (Balthazar) plays Reichsminister Martin Heusmann, Nazi and absent father. It’s a complex role, played well by Roché. You can watch The Man in the High Castle on Amazon.

Z Nation

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DJ Qualls as Simon Cruller/Citizen Z in Z Nation

Not only can you watch DJ Qualls (Garth Fitzgerald IV) in The Man in the High Castle, he’s also been one of the series regulars on Z Nation since this zombie apocalypse show started in 2014. Z Nation revolves around a group of people who traverse the zombie-filled American continent to get a man with immunity to California to develop a cure. Z Nation is a fun zombie romp, with surprising emotional moments. Qualls plays Simon Cruller, aka Citizen Z, the sole survivor at an NSA listening station in the Arctic circle, who helps to guide the team on their mission.  Z Nation is a clever and entertaining series, and you’ll enjoy watching Qualls do his part to save the world. Watch Z Nation on Syfy or through these providers.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

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The Rowdy 3, Martin (Michael Eklund), Vogel (Osric Chau), Gripps (Viv Leacock), and Cross (Zak Santiago), in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

This science fiction detective series, based on the Douglas Adams novels, debuted October 2016 on BBC America. Osric Chau (Kevin Tran) has one of the more interesting roles in the series, which is saying a lot because the show has a strange cast of characters. He plays Vogel, one of the Rowdy 3 – vampires who feed on emotion. He may not have much dialogue, but Chau has a pretty fun role that fans will enjoy watching. Keep an eye out for Ty Olsson (Benny LaFitte), who plays irate landlord Dorian. You can watch Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America. Don’t have BBC America? Check it out here.

Orphan Black

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Matt Frewer as Dr. Aldous Leekie in Orphan Black.

After witnessing the suicide of her doppelganger, a young woman who has spent her life bouncing around foster homes finds herself living in an unexpected world. Orphan Black is a fascinating science fiction series that touches on issues of morality and personal identity. Supernatural Horsemen Matt Frewer (Pestilence) and Julian Richings (Death) play recurring characters through several seasons of this riveting drama. Frewer plays Dr. Aldous Leekie, a scientist with questionable ethics, while Richings plays the mysterious Benjamin Kertland. Watch Orphan Black on BBC America, Space, and on these platforms.

The Magicians

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Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg in The Magicians.

After working as a writer, story editor, and producer on Supernatural, Sera Gamble had the unenviable task of taking over as showrunner when Eric Kripke left the series at the end of Season 5. After two seasons at the helm of Supernatural, Gamble left to try her hand at new projects. Gamble is currently the showrunner and co-producer of the Syfy series The Magicians. This supernatural show explores a secret magical society hidden within our own. It follows a group of college students discovering the mysteries of magic. Besides Gamble, some of the other Supernatural alum who have been involved with The Magicians include directors Guy Norman Bee and James L. Conway, writer David Reed, and actors Rick Worthy (Alpha Vampire) and Hannah Levien (Calliope from “Fan Fiction”). Watch The Magicians on Syfy, iTunes, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

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Jason Priestly and Cindy Sampson in Private Eyes.

If you’re looking for more ways to connect with the Supernatural family, there are a few other interesting shows to check out. Cindy Sampson (Lisa Braeden) stars alongside Jason Priestly in Private Eyes, a funny Canadian detective series on Global TV. Former Supernatural director Tim Andrew is currently involved with Teen Wolf, one of our favorite supernatural dramas. If you ever wondered why actor Katie Cassidy gave up her Season 3 gig as Ruby, check her out as a super series regular on the CW show Arrow.  Watching these series will allow you to catch up the Supernatural family while enjoying some terrific television.


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