Personally, I think that Supernatural is an interesting and original show. The myths they pick every week may have been done by other shows and movies, but Supernatural handles them differently than these other shows. If new shows can't use a topic old shows have used then shows like X-Files, Buffy and Angel would never have been created because lots of shows and movies tackled the subject of vampires and demons long before these shows ever showed up. What makes the shows different is how they cover the subject matter, not that they often times cover the same subject.
I’ll get us started, by discussing three episodes that have been criticized as ripping off other shows:
Sure, Charmed did a Wendigo episode, but the Charmed writers completely hacked up the Wendigo legend and twisted it into something completely unrecognizable. In fact, it was more of a Werewolf story than the Wendigo legend by the time the Charmed writers were finished with it.
Dead in the Water
Creepy kids in the water were around long before Samara climbed out of a well in The Ring. Other than a wet creepy kid, DiTW and The Ring have little in common. DiTW was a eerie episode with some genuine fright moments. Plus, Dean bonding with Lucas was heartwarming and sad at the same time, because the viewers realized just how much of his mother's death that Dean remembered and how much that has affected his life.
I think Phantom Traveler was kind of an homage to a classic Twilight Zone episode that starred William Shatner (I can't remember the episode title), but I don't think it ripped anything off.
So, compare and contract Supernatural to other shows to your hearts' content!
Edited by Lotamoxie, Nov 4, 2005 @ 5:23 PM.