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Criminal Minds 

The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Spencer Reid (258 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Penelope Garcia (256 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Aaron Hotchner (256 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Derek Morgan (250 episodes, 2005-2016)
 Jennifer Jareau (237 episodes, 2005-2016)
 David Rossi (210 episodes, 2007-2016)
 Emily Prentiss (132 episodes, 2006-2016)


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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22 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Emily Prentiss' birthday is October 12, 1970. See more »


A flashback scene shows that Morgan was involved in Garcia's recruitment. But an earlier flashback scene showed their first interaction as occurring when Garcia was already hired. See more »


Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: How's it having Gideon around?
Penelope Garcia: You can have him back whenever you would like.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.83 (2012) See more »

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Diving into minds of lunatics and psychopaths has never been more entertaining!
10 April 2006 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Truly a great series worthy of praise. Many may say that this is a 'rip-off' of CSI but I've watched CSI and it caught me on for a bit, but after a while it just seemed to closed. Where CSI guides you through the story and gives a picture perfect ending and how you're supposed to perceive it, Criminal Minds lets you explore and judge for yourself. It doesn't preach too much and the stories are engaging and suspenseful! Excellent writing and great performances from the stars. It may begin cliché, but if you stay long enough it is a rewarding and entertaining view, and I don't feel it's going to let down any time soon. Give it a chance, or just watch episode 7 'The Fox'. It shows the best writing and acting in the show so far, in my opinion. Diving into minds of lunatics and psychopaths has never been more entertaining! Fantastic!

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