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The horrors of class in Eric Kripke’s Supernatural
in Men with stakes
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This chapter focusses on Supernatural as a series that, in its early seasons, repeatedly calls attention to class and specifically the heroes’ alienation from the norms of televisual realism: a clean and spacious home with an enormous kitchen (somehow available to nearly every tv family this century) that reflects a stable home-life and financial ease. As in an earlier movie by the show’s creator, Eric Kripke, a lower-class background instantiates a deep vulnerability and uncertainty—an alienation from the Leave-It-to-Beaver conventions that televisual realism insists are both "normal" and desirable.

Men with stakes

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