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(2005– )


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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.
The character 'Penelope Garcia' was supposed to be in only one episode, but she tested so positive she was added to the main cast.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
JJ's children are played by A.J. Cook's actual children, Mekhai & Phoenix 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.
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.
Dr. Spencer Reid has an IQ of 187, has an eidetic memory and can read up to 20,000 words per minute.
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).
Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are Godparents to JJ's son, Henry.
Mandy Patinkin, who plays Gideon, has a son named Gideon.
The original title for Criminal Minds (2005) was Quantico, and the pilot was filmed in Vancouver. In the Quantico script, Jason Gideon was named Jason Donovan.
Reid is afraid of the dark because of the "inherent absence of light."
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.
Rossi's full name is David Stephen Rossi. Gideon named his son, Stephen, after Rossi.
Kirsten Vangsness isn't formally included in the main cast until the second season.
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.
During filming, Paget Brewster would often stash things in her boots such as her phone, scripts, cigarettes, etc.
Reid writes a letter to his mother every day so he doesn't feel so guilty about not visiting her.
Matthew Gray Gubler was once photographed by famed photographer Mia Grace who had a small part in the series' pilot episode.
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.
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.
On the show, suspects are routinely referred to as "unsubs", or unknown subjects.
Elle Greenaway is fluent in Spanish. Emily Prentiss and Spencer Reid are both fluent in multiple languages.
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.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's character, Kate Callahan left the show after one season. She was replaced on the team by Aisha Tyler's character, Dr. Tara Lewis. Hewitt and Tyler played best friends and co-workers on _Ghost Whisperer_.
Emily Prentiss' birthday is October 12, 1970.
Derek Morgan is from Chicago and has Northwestern University football memorabilia on his office shelves.
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Thomas Gibson and Mandy Patinkin had previously worked together on Chicago Hope (1994).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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.
Jason Gideon is the only main character to have died in the series. Although, Gideon didn't die while he was on the show, he died 8 years after his departure. However, there have also been characters that have faked their death or have coded and then brought back to life.
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.
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.
Derek Morgan's son, Hank Spencer Morgan, is named for both his father and Spencer Reid, Derek's 'little brother'.
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.
During the beginning of filming season 12, Thomas Gibson, who played SSA Aaron Hotchner, was fired after a confrontation between him and a producer for the show. This led to his suspension. After an internal investigation, and due to the fact that this was not his first altercation with a co-worker, he was terminated.

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