Best Criminal Minds Episodes

by jtcarleton | created - 05 Jul 2013 | updated - 05 Jul 2013 | Public

My Favorite Episodes of Criminal Minds (Seasons 1-8)

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1. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Extreme Aggressor (2005)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The team travels to Seattle to find the captor of four missing women.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,830

2. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Zugzwang (2013)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it's too late.

Director: Jesse Warn | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 2,185

3. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Brothers Hotchner (2013)

TV-14 | 40 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Hotch receives a telephone call from his estranged New York based brother Sean, who he has not heard from in four years and coincidentally while Hotch and Jack are in New York visiting Beth... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bailey | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,003

4. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Replicator (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Immediately following the Ecstacy case in New York City, the Replicator has hacked into Garcia's computer system, on which he posts photographs of each of the team members in New York and ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,234

5. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: 100 (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,426

6. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Exit Wounds (2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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The team, including Garcia, go to the small town of Franklin, Alaska to catch a rapidly escalating serial killer before the locals take justice into their own hands.

Director: Charles S. Carroll | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,771

7. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Coda (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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The BAU are called to Louisiana to get information from an autistic boy who has witnessed his parents' abduction. Meanwhile, Prentiss calls in two old colleagues to track down Ian Doyle.

Director: Rob Hardy | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,877

8. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Valhalla (2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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When a series of killings occur on the BAU's home turf, Prentiss realizes that Ian Doyle is responsible.

Director: Charles S. Carroll | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,160

9. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Lauren (2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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While Prentiss has gone missing to track down Ian Doyle and finish him, her team attempts to track down her and digs deeper into her past.

Director: Matthew Gray Gubler | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,843

10. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Supply and Demand (2011)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Hotch calls an early morning meeting, the first he's called since Gideon left, which raises the curiosity of the team. He tells them that because of budget issues, there is going to be some... See full summary »

Director: Charles S. Carroll | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness

Votes: 988

11. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: It Takes a Village (2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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It's been seven months since Prentiss' death, and three months since JJ returned to the unit to fill Prentiss' empty position. Ever since Prentiss' death, Morgan had been working to find ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,315

12. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Painless (2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Ten years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Teng | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,514

13. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Hope (2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Garcia leading a victims' support group is a measure to deal with the guilt associated with the death of her parents when she was a teenager, they who were looking for her past curfew late ... See full summary »

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,743

14. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Snake Eyes (2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Early on a Sunday morning, a just woken up and extremely hung over Garcia is lamenting the fact of the huge argument she and Kevin had the previous night. Not one to face confrontation head... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,721

15. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Profiling 101 (2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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As a favor owed, Rossi presents a lecture to a university undergraduate class, the lecture at which the entire team participates to support their respected colleague. Their presentation, ... See full summary »

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,100

16. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Hit (2012)

TV-14 | 40 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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It's a lazy Saturday morning, a day off for the BAU. Beth has come over to Hotch's house to spend the day with him and Jack. JJ is playing with Henry while Will goes off to work. Morgan is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,339

17. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Run (2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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The team is still attending to the latest bank robbery committed by the Face Cards. Following an explosion inside the bank orchestrated by the queen of diamonds, the team, after assessing ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,359

18. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Broken Mirror (2005)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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One of a lawyer's identical twin daughters is kidnapped. The kidnapper contacts him and demands ransom money. The team's investigation, however, reveals that he doesn't really want the money, but both girls.

Director: Guy Norman Bee | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,432

19. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: L.D.S.K. (2005)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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The team chases a sniper in Des Plaines, Illinois who for some reason only wounds his victims.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,921

20. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Derailed (2005)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A paranoid schizophrenic takes other passengers on a train hostage, including Elle.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,082

21. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Secrets and Lies (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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The BAU team investigates a CIA counter-terrorism unit to identify a traitor who had a fellow agent murdered and who is trying to find and kill the unit's informant, a Saudi woman with two children who are in hiding.

Director: Matt Earl Beesley | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,928

22. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Big Game (2007)

TV-PG | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The slaughter of a wealthy couple just after a super bowl party puts the BAU on the trail of two killers.

Director: Gloria Muzio | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,376

23. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Revelations (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Reid has been kidnapped, and the BAU's only things to profile are a house, a computer, and the live feed the kidnapper is sending to them.

Director: Guy Norman Bee | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,442

24. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Jones (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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The BAU travels to New Orleans' French Quarter where a Jack the Ripper type serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,969

25. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Seven Seconds (2007)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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The unit works against the clock when a little girl disappears in a mall, believing a serial killer has struck a second time and the first girl died within an hour of abduction.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,222

26. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Penelope (2007)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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More is learned about Garcia while the team tries to find the persistent unsub threatening her.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,099

27. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: 3rd Life (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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Two teenage girls go missing, one of which is soon found dead and freshly buried. The team soon suspects that the killings are related to the witness protection program.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,386

28. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Lo-Fi (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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People who apparently have nothing in common are being shot randomly in New York City and the team must determine whether it is the work of a single shooter or a team.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,951

29. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Mayhem (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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As the city is on high alert, the team begins to believe that they have made a mistake with the profile and that everything the terrorists have done so far may in fact just have been diversion for something even bigger.

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,067

30. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Minimal Loss (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Reid and Prentiss, having gone undercover into an underground cult to investigate child abuse, get trapped inside the compound when a federal raid on it goes bad.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,886

31. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Masterpiece (2008)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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A serial killer turns himself in and challenges the team to find five people he has hidden somewhere before they die.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,479

32. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Demonology (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Prentiss learns from an old friend, John Cooley, that their mutual friend, Matthew Benton, just died from a heart attack. Prentiss had not seen either man in several years, both for ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,618

33. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Amplification (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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The BAU co-work with the U.S. Army to find the perpetrator behind an anthrax attack on a park in Annapolis, Maryland.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,937