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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 Derek Morgan (250 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Dr. Spencer Reid (250 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Aaron Hotchner (250 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Penelope Garcia (248 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Jennifer Jareau (228 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 David Rossi (200 episodes, 2007-2016)
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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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Rossi's full name is David Stephen Rossi. Gideon named his son, Stephen, after Rossi. 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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Penelope Garcia: [answering call] Fount of all Knowledge, check my flow!
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.84 (2010) 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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