Television Without Pity

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Television Without Pity (often abbreviated TWoP) is a website that provides detailed TV show recaps and related discussion forums. It is one of the most public faces of media fandom.

Its philosophy is "spare the snark, spoil the networks". So while the site is all about adoring TV, it is heavily sarcastic and iconoclastic in its approach. The recaps are often amusing even if you don't watch the TV show, although sensitive fans may find them a bit brutal.

On 27 March 2014 it was announced that the site would be closed. source. After fan complaints it was announced that the archived material from the site would remain public Source.

Running Gags and Monikers

Items which found their origin at TWoP:


Prevalent topics of discussion on TWoP:

Other:

  • CANCELLED! Unrelated to Supernatural, this is a not-so-affectionate moniker Demian has bestowed upon the show he used to recap, Charmed. He made his hatred of the show in later seasons no secret, and CANCELLED! is frequently referenced in his Supernatural recaps and the forums alike.

Notable People

Demian

Supernatural Recapper Extraordinaire – Demian is the current Supernatural recapper and has recapped the Pilot and nearly every episode from the season two premiere on. He also moderated the forums until TWoP_Barnes took over those duties for the most part. Even before he took over recapping for Drunken Bee, he could be found chiming in on the forums, expressing an interest in the show. Previously recapped Charmed.

In a canonical shout-out, in 5.09 The Real Ghostbusters, the fan playing Dean is called Demian, and is in a relationship with Barnes.

Drunken Bee

Former recapper (episodes 1-02 through 1-22) and forum moderator. Subsequently recapped Friday Night Lights.

Cindy McLennan

Acted as a temporary recapper for episodes 4-02 through 4-10 after Demian broke his arm. Currently recapping Supernatural's new lead-in, The Vampire Diaries.

TWoP_Barnes

A recent addition to TWoP has been the forum moderators (or "mods"), who took over the bulk of the recappers’ moderating duties. TWoP_Barnes is the current mod for the Supernatural forum. Has referred to herself as “Ms. No-Boards-on-Boards”, given the frequency at which she warns posters for breaking that particular rule.


In a canonical shout-out, in 5.09 The Real Ghostbusters, the fan playing Dean is called Demian, and is in a relationship with Barnes.

Sympatico

In 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, Dean discovers the online fandom for the 'Supernatural' books. After remarking that for fans "they sure do complain a lot", he notes a poster called Simpatico says "the demon storylines are trite, cliched and overall craptastic..."

Simpatico is the name of a poster on the Television Without Pity message boards.

Recaps

About the Recaps

Not originally a show TWoP covered, Supernatural’s pilot (Pilot) was recapped by chance when Charmed recapper Demian choose to cover the show for a TWoP “Recapper’s Choice” event. Supernatural was added to TWoP’s line-up on November 3rd, 2005 when Drunken Bee became available to recap it after the cancellation of the show she was currently recapping, Head Cases. Shortly prior to the start of season of season two, Drunken Bee left to recap Friday Night Lights and Demian was able to take over the recapping duties for Supernatural on account of Charmed going off the air.

With the exceptions of the Pilot and 3.07 Fresh Blood, every episode has a recap title which refers to Sam and Dean Winchester as "The Hardy Boys".

Couch Baron recapped one episode in season three while Demian was on vacation. Cindy McLennan acted as a temporary recapper in season four (from 4.02 on) due to Demian breaking his shoulder. There is a character called Cindy McLennan in 4.22 Lucifer Rising.

Recap Factoids

  • Highest Episode Grade Awarded: A+, for What Is And What Should Never Be, The Monster at the End of This Book, and Weekend at Bobby's
  • Lowest Episode Grade Awarded: F, for Ghostfacers, Family Matters, Defending Your Life, Season 7, Time for A Wedding!, Party On, Garth, and The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.
  • Average Episode Grade: B (Drunken Bee: B-; Demain: B; Couch Baron: A-; Cindy McLennan: B+)
  • Most Frequently Awarded Episode Grade: B+ and B- (Drunken Bee: C+; Demian: A and B-; Couch Baron: A-; Cindy McLennan: A)

Raoul

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Raoul, Demian’s imaginary recapping partner, was conceived from the image of a dragon on all the Supernatural pages at TWoP. Raoul was formerly known as the “Big Gay Dragon” or the “Big Gay Supernatural Dragon”, an idea sparked by this comment made by Demian: "That is the gayest dragon I've ever seen in my life."

In the recaps, Raoul is presented as having an affinity for gore (or, as Raoul would prefer, “GORE!”). Raoul frequently mentions his imaginary husband, 24’s Jack Bauer, whose show is apparently dripping with gore. Raoul became quite attached to the flaming Supernatural title card for season two – he exclaims “Eeeeeeeeeeeee!” when the title card pops up in nearly every season two episode recapped. He is also fond of the "blood burst" title card of season five, frequently giving out an "Eeeeeeeeeeeee!" of pleasure as it appears.

Raoul’s name was selected by TWoP members in the "Name That Dragon!" poll

In September, 2007 all the show-related clip art images, including Raoul, disappeared from TWOP during a re-design of the site.

Recap Charts

Click on the recap title link to read a Supernatural recap.

Season One

Average Grade: B

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
1-01 Pilot Get Your Kicks On Route 666 Demian A
1-02 Wendigo The Hardy Boys Camp Out Drunken Bee C+
1-03 Dead in the Water Acqua di Hardy Boys Drunken Bee A-
1-04 Phantom Traveler The Hardy Boys Resolve to Exorcise More Drunken Bee B
1-05 Bloody Mary Off With the Hardy Boys’ Heads! Drunken Bee B-
1-06 Skin The Hardy Boys Need To Exfoliate More Drunken Bee B
1-07 Hookman The Lord God Your Hardy Boys Drunken Bee C
1-08 Bugs The Hardy Boys Go Native Drunken Bee C+
1-09 Home The Hardy Boys Do the Zelda Rubenstein Thing Drunken Bee A-
1-10 Asylum The Hardy Boys Are Not the Boss of Each Other Drunken Bee B-
1-11 Scarecrow The Hardy Boys Go Off to See the Wizard Drunken Bee B+
1-12 Faith The Hardy Boys Get Religion Drunken Bee B-
1-13 Route 666 The Hardy Boys Get Some Drunken Bee C-
1-14 Nightmare The Hardy Boys Get the Night Sweats Drunken Bee B+
1-15 The Benders The Hardy Boys: It’s What’s (Almost) For Dinner Drunken Bee B+
1-16 Shadow The Hardy Boys Are Daddy’s Boys Drunken Bee B+
1-17 Hell House The Hardy Boys 2.0 Drunken Bee C+
1-18 Something Wicked The Hardy Boys Toil and Trouble Drunken Bee C+
1-19 Provenance The Hardy Boys and the Art of Getting Laid Drunken Bee B+
1-20 Dead Man’s Blood The Hardy Boys Meet The Lost Boys Drunken Bee C+
1-21 Salvation The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Genetics Drunken Bee C+
1-22 Devil’s Trap It’s Time To Put This Hardy Boys Thing to Bed Drunken Bee B+

Season Two

Average Grade: B

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
2-01 In My Time of Dying The Hardy Boys Get Frisky Over A Pottery Wheel Demian A-
2-02 Everybody Loves a Clown The Hardy Boys And The Case Of The Idiot Children Demian B-
2-03 Bloodlust The Hardy Boys Stifle Their Gag Reflexes Demian B
2-04 Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things The Hardy Boys Have A Suisse Mocha Moment Demian C+
2-05 Simon Said The Hardy Boys Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For Demian C
2-06 No Exit The Hardy Boys Meet Nancy Drew Demian C-
2-07 The Usual Suspects The Hardy Boys Spew Blasphemous Profanities Demian B+
2-08 Crossroad Blues The Hardy Boys Don’t Want No Mean Mistreaters Demian B+
2-09 Croatoan The Hardy Boys Go Viral Demian C-
2-10 Hunted The Hardy Boys Need Their Space Demian A-
2-11 Playthings The Hardy Boys Check In To The Overlook Hotel Demian C+
2-12 Nightshifter The Hardy Boys Are So Screwed Demian A
2-13 Houses of the Holy The Hardy Boys Get Touched By An Angel Demian C
2-14 Born Under a Bad Sign The Hardy Boys Learn Posession Is Nine-Tenths of The Law Demian A
2-15 Tall Tales The Hardy Boys Work Each Other’s Last Damn Nerve Demian C+
2-16 Roadkill The Hardy Boys Realize Hope Floats Demian B-
2-17 Heart The Hardy Boys Cough Up A Hairball Demian B-
2-18 Hollywood Babylon The Hardy Boys Do Hollywood Demian A
2-19 Folsom Prison Blues The Hardy Boys Try Not To Drop The Soap Demian A
2-20 What Is and What Should Never Be The Last Temptation of the Hardy Boys Demian A+
2-21 All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 1 The Hardy Boys, Defeated! Demian B-
2-22 All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2 The Hardy Boys, Triumphant! Demian C-

Season Three

Average Grade: B-

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
3-01 The Magnificent Seven The Hardy Boys Cure Insomnia Demian C-
3-02 The Kids Are Alright The Hardy Boys Schedule Vasectomies Demian B-
3-03 Bad Day at Black Rock The Hardy Boys Have a Furry Fetish Demian B-
3-04 Sin City The Hardy Boys Get Molested Demian C
3-05 Bedtime Stories The Hardy Boys Wet The Bed Demian B+
3-06 Red Sky at Morning Aunt Gertrude Gropes The Hardy Boys Demian D
3-07 Fresh Blood Move Over, Buffy... Couch Baron A-
3-08 A Very Supernatural Christmas The Hardy Boys Have To Muddle Through Somehow Demian A
3-09 Malleus Maleficarum The Hardy Boys Vanquish The Charmed Ones Demian C
3-10 Dream a Little Dream of Me The Hardy Boys In The Sky With Diamonds Demian B-
3-11 Mystery Spot The Hardy Boys Freeze Their Butts Off Waiting To Worship A Rat Demian B+
3-12 Jus in Bello The Hardy Boys Got This Plan Demian A
3-13 Ghostfacers It's The Hardy Boys' Party Demian F
3-14 Long-Distance Call The Hardy Boys Should Start Screening Their Calls Demian C-
3-15 Time Is on My Side The Hardy Boys Do The Ultra-Violent Demian B
3-16 No Rest for the Wicked To Hell With The Hardy Boys Demian A-

Season Four

Average Grade: B

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
4-01 Lazarus Rising The Hardy Boys: Now On A Mission From God! Demian A
4-02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester The Hardy Boys Get Déjà Vu All Over Again Cindy McLennan A-
4-03 In the Beginning A Hardy Boy Goes Back To The Future Cindy McLennan A-
4-04 Metamorphosis The Hardy Boys Face The Strange Ch-Ch-Changes Cindy McLennan A
4-05 Monster Movie The Hardy Boys Do The Monster Mash Cindy McLennan A
4-06 Yellow Fever The Hardy Boys Dick Around Cindy McLennan B-
4-07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester The Hardy Boys Go From Wags To Witches Cindy McLennan B
4-08 Wishful Thinking Two Hardy Boys In A Fountain Cindy McLennan B+
4-09 I Know What You Did Last Summer The Hardy Boys' Sympathy for the Devil, Part I Cindy McLennan A
4-10 Heaven and Hell The Hardy Boys' Sympathy for the Devil, Part II Cindy McLennan D+
4-11 Family Remains The Hardy Boys Meet Bristol Palin Demian C-
4-12 Criss Angel Is a Douchebag The Hardy Boys Pull a Rabbit Out of Their Hat Demian B-
4-13 After School Special The Hardy Boys Might As Well Kill Themselves Demian A-
4-14 Sex and Violence Sex and The Single Hardy Boys Demian B
4-15 Death Takes a Holiday The Hardy Boys Full-On Swayze That Mother. Again. Demian A-
4-16 On the Head of a Pin The Hardy Boys Go Where Angels Fear to Tread Demian A-
4-17 It's a Terrible Life The Hardy Boys Are Well-Respected Men Demian B+
4-18 The Monster at the End of This Book The Hardy Boys Are NOT Having SEX With Each Other! GOD! Demian A+
4-19 Jump the Shark The Hardy Boys Nuke the Fridge Demian B
4-20 The Rapture The Hardy Boys Just Have Their Party On TV Demian C-
4-21 When the Levee Breaks Crying Won't Help The Hardy Boys Demian C
4-22 Lucifer Rising The Hardy Boys Raise a Little Hell Demian A-

Season Five

Average Grade: C+

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
5-01 Sympathy for the Devil The Hardy Boys Are Still Not Having Sex With Each Other! Demian B-
5-02 Good God, Y'All The Hardy Boys Gotta Have a Friend in Jesus Demian B-
5-03 Free to Be You and Me The Hardy Boys Get Snuggly, Hugly, Mean and Ugly Demian C+
5-04 The End The Hardy Boys in the Garden of Good and Evil Demian A-
5-05 Fallen Idols The Hardy Boys Spend One Night in Paris Demian C+
5-06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future The Hardy Boys Meet the Antichrist Demian C-
5-07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester The Hardy Boys Make It A Manwitch Night Demian D-
5-08 Changing Channels Hail Hardy Boys, The Lord is With Thee! Demian B+
5-09 The Real Ghostbusters Let's Go LARPing With The Hardy Boys! Demian A-
5-10 Abandon All Hope... Every Hardy Boy Plays the Fool Demian A
5-11 Sam, Interrupted The Hardy Boys Suffer From "Exhaustion" and "Dehydration" Demian B+
5-12 Swap Meat The Hardy Boys Are, Like, Stuck In This SUCKFEST Demian D-
5-13 The Song Remains the Same The Hardy Boys Go Back To The Future. Again. Demian A-
5-14 My Bloody Valentine The Cracky Boys Crack The Crack Crackman Of The Crackopacrack Demian A
5-15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid The Hardy Boys Spell "Trouble" T-R-U-B-I-L Demian C-
5-16 Dark Side of the Moon TOh, Hardy Boys, Do You Know What That's Worth? Demian B
5-17 99 Problems The Hardy Whores Do Dallas Demian D
5-18 Point of No Return The Secret of the Island Treasure Demian D+
5-19 Hammer of the Gods The Hardy Boys Mock The World Turtle Demian C
5-20 The Devil You Know The Hardy Boys Waste An Hour Of Our Lives Demian D
5-21 Two Minutes to Midnight The Hardy Boys Cut Their Meat and Lick the Gravy Demian B+
5-22 Swan Song It's Better For the Hardy Boys to Burn Out Than Fade Away Demian C-

Season Six

Average Grade: C

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
6-01 Exile on Main St. The Hardy Boys...Don't Do Much of Anything, Actually Demian D
6-02 Two and a Half Men The Hardy Boys Schedule Vasectomies. Again. Demian C
6-03 The Third Man The Hardy Boys Wanna Take a Ride on Your Disco Stick Demian B-
6-04 Weekend at Bobby's The Hardy Boys Aren't in This Episode At All Demian A+
6-05 Live Free or Twihard Do The Hardy Boys Dazzle You? Demian D-
6-06 You Can't Handle the Truth And The Hardy Boys Shall Make You Free Demian B-
6-07 Family Matters Family Matters Demian F
6-08 All Dogs Go yo Heaven Cave Canem, Hardy Boys! Demian D-
6-09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe... Clap Your Hands If You Believe... Demian D
6-10 Caged Heat Caged Heat Demian C
6-11 Appointment In Samarra Death Becomes The Hardy Boys Demian B-
6-12 Like a Virgin The Hardy Boys Call It "Just A-Drifting" Demian N/A
6-13 Unforgiven The Hardy Boys Have This Condition Demian B+
6-14 Mannequin 3: The Reckoning The Hardy Boys Experience Acute Renal Failure Demian C-
6-15 The French Mistake Hardy Boys Only Pawn In Game Of Life Demian D
6-16 ...And Then There Were None Ten Little Hardy Boys Demian D
6-17 My Heart Will Go On What The Hardy Boys Impose, That Men Must Needs Abide Demian A-
6-18 Frontierland A Fistful Of Hardy Boys Demian B
6-19 Mommy Dearest What Are Hardy Boys Doing In This Closet? Demian A
6-20 The Man Who Would Be King Stop The Hardy Boys -- I Want To Get Off Demian C
6-21 Let It Bleed The Hardy Boys Tell Lies, and I Got Proof Demian C
6-20 The Man Who Knew Too Much Que Sera Sera, Hardy Boys Demian D

Season Seven

Average Grade: -

Episode Title Recap Title Recapped By Grade
7-01 Meet the New Boss The Hardy Boys Keep Losin', When They Oughta Not Bet Demian B-
7-02 Hello, Cruel World Did You Know The Hardy Boys Are Utterly Insane? Demian B+
7-03 The Girl Next Door It's Like The Hardy Boys Aren't Even Trying Anymore Demian D
7-04 Defending Your Life Let the Hardy Boys Be Relinquished and Abandoned Demian F
7-05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil See The Funny Little Hardy Boys Demian D+
7-06 Slash Fiction The Hardy Boys Sound Like Sensible Fucking Men Demian A-
7-07 The Mentalists The Hardy Boys Are Still Talking About Dead Amy Demian A
7-08 Season 7, Time for a Wedding! The Hardy Boys Are Overstaying Their Welcome Demian F
7-09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters The Hardy Boys Don't Know Dick Demian B
7-10 Death's Door The Hardy Boys Cough Up The Hairball Demian B+
7-11 Adventures in Babysitting Dear Mister Hardy Boy, Play Us A Tune Demian D
7-12 Time After Time The Hardy Boys Talk Of Killing Time Demian B-
7-13 The Slice Girls The Hardy Boys Really Need To Wrap That Shit Up Demian D
7-14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie The Hardy Boys Shoot Rainbows Out Of Their Ass Demian C+
7-15 Repo Man The Life Of A Hardy Boy Is Always Intense Demian C-
7-16 Out with the Old You Guys Should Totally Come To The Hardy Boys' DJ Night! Demian D-
7-17 The Born-Again Identity Wake Up, Little Hardy Boys Demian D+
7-18 Party On, Garth Have A Drink On The Hardy Boys Demian F
7-19 Of Grave Importance You in Danger, Hardy Boys Demian A-
7-20 The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo The Hardy Boys Pander Shamelessly To Geeks Demian F
7-21 Reading Is Fundamental Battle Hymn of the Hardy Boys Demian B
7-22 There Will Be Blood The Hardy Boys Drink Your Milkshake! They Drink It Up! Demian D
7-23 Survival of the Fittest They Should Have Cancelled The Hardy Boys Years Ago Demian C-


Forums

Forum Structure

There is a message board style forum for Supernatural (link). The forums are very strictly moderated, however that does not seem to stop participation. The Supernatural forum is divided into three sub-forums:

  • Supernatural General Gabbery – all general Supernatural discussion goes on in this sub-forum. Episode threads, spoilers, media, and the like can all be discussed here.
  • Boys Will Be Boys – where most characters (past and present), and a few actors, have their own individual discussion threads. Dean’s ’67 Chevy Impala (Metallicar) has its own thread.
  • The Quest – fan fiction, fan art, and Supernatural-related games can be found here, amongst other things.

Forum Rules

Before venturing into the forums, it’s important to read the rules. Breaking any one of the rules can cause your post to be edited by a moderator and/or receive a warning. At worst, you could be banned.

Supernatural-Specific Forum Rules

Acronyms are a big no-no – notably for episode titles. Shortening is fine: for example, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things can be shortened to "Dead Things" but one cannot use “CSPWDT”.

Occasionally particualr sub-forums are locked either for a short length orf time, or permanently if the moderator deems fannish discussion has becoem too heated or consistently off topic. "the Brotherly Bonds" thred which was meant to focus on Sam and dean's relationship was closed in February 2009 due to fans consistently using iot as a place "where they can prove for all time how the show and the other brother mistreats their favorite brother". Source. The thread was re-opened breifly at the end of Spetmber , but closed again on Ocotber 19, 2009.

Banned phrases:

  • Mary Sue – Demian banned this word after it was being used both excessively and exhaustively to describe Jo Harvelle both prior to and after her first appearance on the show.
  • mindrape – As with “Mary Sue”, Demian banned this word when it was being used ad nauseum to describe Andy Gallagher’s behavior and how it affected other characters in Simon Said.
  • terms Dean Girls and Sam Girls. Conflict between the two lead to the closing of the "Brotherly bonds" discussion forum.

Spoilers on the Forums

TWoP has very lax spoiler rules in comparison to the rest of fandom, so the spoiler-phobic should be wary. Anything that has been either officially released by the CW (such as episodic promotional photography or episode promos) or in mainstream media is not considered a spoiler. As of February 2009, no more discussion of spoilers was allowed in the Supernatural section at TWoP, though posting the spoilers themselves is fine. Moderator TWoP_Barnes stated that this was because spoiler discussion degenerated into "an arena for pissing contests between fans."

Forum Threads

See Television Without Pity Threads.