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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 (276 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Penelope Garcia (274 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Aaron Hotchner (256 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Jennifer Jareau (255 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Derek Morgan (250 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 David Rossi (226 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Emily Prentiss (147 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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Their job is to catch criminals. Their specialty is to think like them. See more »


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J.J. collected butterflies as a child. See more »

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Even though the BAU's office is located in Quantico, VA, most of the team members live in or around Washington, DC. This is very unusual. DC is a high cost of living area, but Quantico is less so. Quantico is also 35 miles south of DC. It'd make more sense for the team, who often need to respond quickly, to live in the Quantico area. See more »

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Penelope Garcia: All hail the goddess of information.
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I like the content and the characterizations of "Criminal Minds."
30 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched each episode of Criminal Minds, and I agree with the writer from Canada about this show (and also about their comments on NCIS, which seems to have more spark and humor than the other CSI shows).

Mandy Patinkin turns anything he's in to pure gold, and I hope "Criminal Minds" will get a long run! The plots are engaging, the cast interacts well together, and nobody comes off as being too "preachy," as you get with some of the CSIs and Law & Orders.

Thanks for the opportunity to support a fine show which is up against some tough competition. I watched "Lost" quite a bit it's first season, but finally got bored with it because it never seemed to have any resolution. Just episode upon episode of wondering why it wasn't going anywhere. In other words, "Lost" lost me! And I'm starting to get that same feeling with "Desperate Housewives," too. When I was a kid I really enjoyed ongoing serials; but not that much anymore....

Shows like Criminal Minds and Numbers and NCIS manage to make you think you've watched a complete story; and from my point of view, I respond to that kind of entertainment much, much better!


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