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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 Aaron Hotchner (255 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Dr. Spencer Reid (254 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Penelope Garcia (252 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Derek Morgan (250 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Jennifer Jareau (233 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 David Rossi (205 episodes, 2007-2016)
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 Emily Prentiss (128 episodes, 2006-2016)
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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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Dr. Spencer Reid has an IQ of 187, has an eidetic memory and can read up to 20,000 words per minute. See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: The Harmful One (2016) 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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