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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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 Dr. Spencer Reid (280 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Penelope Garcia (278 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Jennifer Jareau (259 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Aaron Hotchner (256 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Derek Morgan (251 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 David Rossi (230 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Emily Prentiss (151 episodes, 2006-2017)
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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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For these FBI agents, danger lurks inside. See more »


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Agents Kate Callahan and Elle Greenaway are the only agents on the team to always be referred to by their first names. The other agents throughout the series: Jason Gideon, Aaron Hotchner, Emily Prentiss, Derek Morgan, Spencer Reid, Ashley Seaver, Jennifer Jareau, Penelope Garcia, Alex Blake, Tara Lewis, Luke Alvez, and Stephen Walker are almost always referred to by their last names. However, Agents Hotchner and Jareau are always called by their nicknames: Hotch and J.J., respectively. See more »

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Agent Rossi reveals the anniversary of the traumatic death of the parents of the three siblings to be 20 years, but in an earlier episode he says that it was the 21st anniversary. See more »

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Special Agent Jason Gideon: Confucius once said, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Denial (2016) 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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