Criminal Minds (2005– )

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The cases of the BAU an elite group of profilers that analyze the nation's most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

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 Derek Morgan (221 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 Dr. Spencer Reid (221 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 Aaron Hotchner (221 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 Penelope Garcia (219 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 Jennifer Jareau (200 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 David Rossi (171 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Emily Prentiss (126 episodes, 2006-2014)
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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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In the time between Mandy Patinkin's departure and Joe Mantegna's arrival (a span of only 3 episodes) Thomas Gibson received the "Starring" credit. See more »

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The black SUVs used by the team frequently have US Government "G" plates. However, the plates are usually incorrect for the type of vehicle they are on. Plates with prefixes of G12 and G14 have been seen. G12 is a compact sedan and G14 indicates a large sedan, and would be incorrect for use on an SUV. The correct plate prefixes would either be G41 for a 2 wheel drive or G61 for a 4 wheel drive 1/2 ton vehicle. See more »

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Garcia: [Aaron's brother Sean emerges angrily from Aaron's office. Garcia, Elle, and J.J. are watching] That's him.
Elle Greenway: THAT'S Aaron Hotch's brother?
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: Sorry, I just don't see it.
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: [Aaron appears at the door of his office] Sean, all I'm saying is, you're 25 years old. It's normal for people in your position to seek alternatives...
Sean Hotchner: You know what? DON'T profile me Aaron!
Sean Hotchner: [Sean continues to storm away]
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: Now, I can see it...
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Referenced in The Killing: Seventeen (2013) See more »

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Predictable and melodramatic
10 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm a fan of police procedurals when they're done well.

Criminal Minds is OK. It's average. The characters aren't compelling, the Scooby Doo monster- per-episode formula is dull, the dialogue isn't interesting and the acting is hammy. Also, the way they discuss the killers just feels like somebody who has read a few books on Dahmer etc. and keeps squeezing references in to appear legitimate.

However, it's easy to watch, is probably a little step up from the god-awful C.S.I. Miami, and they structure the episodes well.

I feel like the main disappointment is that it had the potential to be so much better. Morbid curiosity is what attracts us to these kind of shows, but it could have set itself apart from the rest of the forgettable police procedurals the US churns out. Instead it used the serial killer angle as a gimmick and shuffled comfortably alongside the 'rest of them'.


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