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Most of the playful banter between Morgan (Shemar Moore) and Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) stems from the way the actor and actress talk to each other in real-life.
The character "Penelope Garcia" was supposed to be in only one episode, but she tested so positively, 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", out of which the BAU used to work. 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, Virginia.
The character of Special Agent Reid was a child prodigy, having graduated from high school at the age of twelve. 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 several more auditions, Gubler was eventually given the role.
J.J.'s children are played by A.J. Cook's actual children, Mekhai and Phoenix Andersen. Thomas Gibson's son, Travis Gibson, appeared in an episode that he directed. Joe Mantegna's daughter, Gia Mantegna, made a few guest appearances.
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.
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.
Dr. Spencer Reid has an I.Q. of 187, has an eidetic memory, and can read up to twenty thousand words per minute.
Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are Godparents to J.J.'s son, Henry.
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).
Mandy Patinkin, who played 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.
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.
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, et cetera.
Reid is afraid of the dark because of the "inherent absence of light."
Kirsten Vangsness isn't formally included in the main cast until the second season.
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.
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."
Matthew Gray Gubler was once photographed by famed photographer Mia Grace, who had a small part in the series' pilot episode.
Elle Greenaway is fluent in Spanish. Emily Prentiss and Spencer Reid are both fluent in multiple languages.
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 (for example, 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.
Reid has memorized all of Rossi's books and biography.
Paget Brewster and Aisha Tyler guest starred in Friends (1994), as girlfriends of Joey, that went on to date one of the other men. Kathy (Paget) went on to date Chandler, while Charlie (Aisha) went on to date Ross.
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 (2005).
J.J. collected butterflies as a child.
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.
Agents Kate Callahan and Elle Greenaway are the only agents on the team to always be referred to by their first names. The other agents throughout the series: Jason Gideon, Aaron Hotchner, Emily Prentiss, Derek Morgan, Spencer Reid, Ashley Seaver, Jennifer Jareau, Penelope Garcia, Alex Blake, Tara Lewis, Luke Alvez, and Stephen Walker are almost always referred to by their last names. However, Agents Hotchner and Jareau are always called by their nicknames: Hotch and J.J., respectively.
Thomas Gibson and Mandy Patinkin had previously worked together on Chicago Hope (1994).
Derek Morgan is from Chicago, and has Northwestern University football memorabilia on his office shelves.
It was the networks' decision to cast Damon Gupton for the show. Showrunner Erica Messer had to create the character for him to play.
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Emily Prentiss' birthday is October 12, 1970.
The third Touchstone, later ABC Studios-produced show not to be aired on ABC. The other two ABC Studios-produced shows that have aired and/or still airing on CBS are: The Amazing Race (2001) and Ghost Whisperer (2005).
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The only series in the "Criminal Minds" franchise without an Oscar nominee in the top-billed role. Forest Whitaker (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)) won Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland (2006), and Gary Sinise (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)) earned a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for Forrest Gump (1994).
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Jason Gideon and David Rossi were the two agents that formed the basis for he BAU. The characters as young men were featured in the story "Nelson's Sparrow". But the older characters were never featured together, and the actors that portray them (Mandy Patankin and Joe Mantegna) have never acted together.
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Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis) and Michael Rooker (Chief Carlson) also worked on Archer (2009).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the beginning of season five, 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.
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.
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 eight years after his departure. However, there have also been characters that have faked their deaths, 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 three episodes) Thomas Gibson received the "Starring" credit.
Derek Morgan's son, Hank Spencer Morgan, is named for both his father and Spencer Reid, Derek's "little brother".
During the beginning of filming season twelve, 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.
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 season one, episode three, is digitally altered so that Glaudini does not appear.

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