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Criminal Minds (2005– )

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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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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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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The way to a criminal is through his mind. See more »


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22 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are Godparents to JJ's son, Henry. 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 »


Jason Gideon: [Hotch is commenting about Garcia to Gideon] Garcia?
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: Penelope...? The tech with the glasses...?
Jason Gideon: The room... the one with all the screens?
[Hotch nods]
Jason Gideon: I like her. She's great.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Episode #1.27 (2009) See more »

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Riveting - From the introduction of the first episode, I was hooked!
8 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

From the introduction of the first episode, I was hooked! I especially enjoy the quotes and comments at the opening and closing of each episode. Of course, the plot and characters are what make it work. I'm not a "TV watcher." This is the only show I watch faithfully. Other than this, I watch the news or rent a movie. "Criminal Minds" is what I look forward to on Wednesday nights. The suspense, the variety of characters, the humor - what a nice mix. Pantikin is such a father figure for the cast. Matthew Gray Gubler as the resident genius Dr. Reid is a hoot! The women are gorgeous. Shemur Moore makes a sexy Derek.

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