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Criminal Minds (2005– )

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The cases of the BAU, an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.


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The team heads to Phoenix, Arizona to hunt a serial killer who tortures his victims using sleep deprivation. Hotch, Morgan, and Garcia continue their on going search for the dirty dozen.

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Series cast summary:
 Derek Morgan (246 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Dr. Spencer Reid (246 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Aaron Hotchner (246 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Penelope Garcia (244 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Jennifer Jareau (224 episodes, 2005-2016)
 David Rossi (196 episodes, 2007-2016)
 Emily Prentiss (126 episodes, 2006-2014)


Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. Written by Huggo

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Staying one step ahead of a killer takes a Criminal Mind. See more »


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Most of the playful banter between Morgan (Shemar Moore) and Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) stems from the way the actors talk to each other in real life. See more »


The black SUVs used by the team frequently have US Government "G" plates. However, the plates are usually incorrect for the type of vehicle they are on. Plates with prefixes of G12 and G14 have been seen. G12 is a compact sedan and G14 indicates a large sedan, and would be incorrect for use on an SUV. The correct plate prefixes would either be G41 for a 2 wheel drive or G61 for a 4 wheel drive 1/2 ton vehicle. See more »


Special Agent Derek Morgan: So tell me, what does keep young Dr. Reid awake at night? Wait, let me guess. Memorizing some obscure textbook? No, no, no. Working on cold fusion? No, I got it, I got it, I got it. Watching Star Trek and laughing at all the physics mistakes?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Actually, there aren't that many scientific errors in Star Trek, especially considering how long ago it was made. There are certain improbabilities, but not that many outright errors.
Special Agent Derek Morgan: Right.
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Like a train wreck
8 June 2007 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

The summary line isn't meant as a reflection of the show AS a disaster--on the contrary,I feel like this is a very intriguing concept of a show with very compelling and accomplished actors filling out the roles nicely--but rather my sense of the meat of each episode,which seems to be a week-after-week showcase of grisly,disturbing crime(i.e. you just can't look away no matter how much your senses tell you to).

A group of elite profilers for the FBI,quartered in Quantico,Langley,Virginia,investigate various heinous serial crimes. EAch member of the unit uses their specific talents to pick apart the crimes,examine them,piece them back together and trace them in order to solve and (hopefully)stop further crimes. They are led by a veteran agent named Gideon(MAny PAtinkin,always fantastic),and are anchored by agents Hotchner(Thomas Gibson),Morgan(Shermar Moore),Dr.Reid(MAtthew Gray Gubler),Greenaway(Lola Glaudini),Prentiss(PAget Brewster)and GArcia(Kirsten Vaugness). EAch case over the(so far)two seasons of the show has some sort of effect that is both broadly impacting and(to varying degrees)personally impacting on each and/or all of the members of the team,thus much of the grist for this show's mill.

I cannot truly profess a love for this show,but as mentioned earlier,I think that this show is cleverly crafted,well-read and almost irresistible once given a chance. However,a strong constitution and a willingness to explore the darker side of human nature will be required for viewing.

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