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When David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) joins the team, he makes a comment that their offices are better than "that bunker" the BAU used to work out of. The comment isn't metaphorical. The actual BAU (in its many earlier incarnations and titles) used to operate out of a bunker former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had built below FBI headquarters in Quantico, VA.
The character 'Penelope Garcia' was supposed to be in only one episode, but tested so positive she was added to the main cast.
The character of Special Agent Reid was a child prodigy, having graduated from high school at the age of 12. Matthew Gray Gubler, describing what may form his character's genius, has said that Reid may have Asperger's syndrome and perhaps even be mildly schizophrenic. Reid's mother was schizophrenic herself.
In the show's opening credits, mug shots of real-life serial killers and mass murderers are shown. Among the killers shown are John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Richard Ramirez ("The Night Stalker"), Theodore John Kaczynski ("The Unabomber"), Timothy McVeigh, Lee Harvey Oswald, Susan Smith.
In the beginning of season 5, Dr. Spencer Reid is shot in the leg. This injury was unplanned but had to be written in because of Matthew Gray Gubler's real-life severe knee injury which left him unable to walk for over four months. After a third surgery, Gubler started using a cane but was unable to walk normally for the next five months. As of December 2009, Gubler was once again able to walk unassisted.
Most of the playful banter between Morgan (Shemar Moore) and Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) stems from the way the actors talk to each other in real life.
When Matthew Gray Gubler initially auditioned for the show, he was told that he was not right for the part. However, he was called back to audition again a few more times and was consistently told that he wasn't right for the part. After a number of auditions, Gubler was eventually given the role.
JJ's son is played by A.J. Cook's actual son, Mekhai Andersen. Thomas Gibson's son, Travis Gibson, appeared in an episode that he directed. Joe Mantegna's daughter, Gia Mantegna, made a guest appearance in season 3.
David Rossi has mentioned he knows Ringo Starr. There is even a picture of him and Starr on Rossi's desk. Joe Mantegna and Ringo Starr are friends in real life.
Despite the fact that he is a genius, Dr. Spencer Reid is technophobic. He very rarely uses a computer, he doesn't have email, he doesn't have a smart phone and he would rather use an abacus over a calculator. Peneolpe Garcia was able to give each team member a tablet, however continues to give Reid paper files.
Matthew Gray Gubler does not wear matching socks because he thinks it's unlucky. In a few of the episodes you can see his mismatching socks.
Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are Godparents to JJ's son, Henry.
Kirsten Vangsness isn't formally included in the main cast until the second season.
Dr. Spencer Reid has an IQ of 187, has an eidetic memory and can read up to 20,000 words per minute.
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.
The original title for Criminal Minds was Quantico, and the pilot was filmed in Vancouver. In the Quantico script, Jason Gideon was named Jason Donovan.
Mandy Patinkin, who plays Gideon, has a son named Gideon.
Reid is afraid of the dark because of the "inherent absence of light."
Lola Glaudini left the series during the second season because she was unhappy living in Los Angeles and wanted to return to her native New York City.
Dr. Spencer Reid holds doctorate degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Engineering as well as Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He is currently studying for a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy as well.
In real life, actress AJ Cook revealed she hates 'Cheetos'. The writers therefore made it so JJ is the opposite and loves them, often showing her eating a packet.
Matthew Gray Gubler was once photographed by famed photographer Mia Grace who had a small part in the series' pilot episode.
Rossi's full name is David Stephen Rossi. Gideon named his son, Stephen, after Rossi.
Reid writes a letter to his mother every day so he doesn't feel so guilty about not visiting her.
Kirsten Vangsness is the only main cast member to also be in the main cast of the short lived spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011).
In a 2012 interview in New York Magazine, Mandy Patinkin said that he greatly regrets ever having accepted his role on "Criminal Minds": "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again. I'm not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals]. But I'm concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn't what you need to be dreaming about. A show like Homeland [on which Patinkin began appearing in in 2011] is the antidote. It asks why there's a need for violence in the first place."
One of the signature images of this show is the brief shot of a business jet flying the team to a crime scene. Often these shots are paired as book-ends at the beginning and end of an episode, with voice-over of a cast member reciting a famous quotation. The jets shown are always Gulfstream products, including models G-IV, G-V, and G-450. Occasionally the shots are reversed left-to-right (e.g., episodes "A Thin Line" and "I Love You, Tommy Brown"). The tail numbers shown are often registered to Gulfstream Corporation, indicating that the shots are taken from Gulfstream publicity materials.
On the show, suspects are routinely referred to as "unsubs", or unknown subjects.
In the time between Lola Glaudini's departure from the show and Paget Brewster's arrival, footage is used in the opening credits that originally featured Glaudini. The footage, from episode 1.03, is digitally altered so that Glaudini does not appear.
CBS aired an episode after Super Bowl XLI (2007) in the hopes of transforming the series from a relatively modest hit into a top ratings performer. The episode featured cameos by Super Bowl announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
Penelope Garcia was hired by the FBI as a technical analyst after she was arrested for illegally hacking into their computer database. She was given the choice of working for the Bureau or being sent to federal prison.
Reid has memorized all of Rossi's books and biography.
Mandy Patinkin's characters in both this show and Dead Like Me (2003) have many similar interests. They are both shown to be capable and enthusiastic chefs, and both have an affinity for art.
JJ collected butterflies as a child.
Before joining the BAU, Derek Morgan was a highly decorated member of the Chicago Police Department's bomb squad and is an expert at defusing explosives.
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This is the second time that Thomas Gibson ( Aaron Hotchner ) and Nicholas Brendon ( Kevin Lynch ) have been in a project together the first was Pyscho Beach Party ( 2000 )
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Emily Prentiss' birthday is October 12, 1970.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster were fired after the fifth season. According to Brewster, CBS did this to save money. Brewster was suddenly brought back for the sixth season but her character was written out towards the end of the season. Cook was replaced with Rachel Nichols. Brewster was rehired for the seventh season as she still had a season left on her contract. Cook signed a new contract to return and Nichols was fired. Brewster left after the seventh season because she did not like how CBS treated her.
Gideon is the only main character that has died in the series. Although, he didn't die while he was on the show, he died 8 years after his departure.
In an episode when Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) is looking into a case that could involve his father, he returns to his hotel room to find Rossi and Morgan watching a soap opera (The Young and the Restless). This is a reference to Shemar Moore (Morgan) who had a recurring role on the show.

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