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The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), 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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Matthew Gray Gubler ...  Dr. Spencer Reid 298 episodes, 2005-2018
Kirsten Vangsness ...  Penelope Garcia 296 episodes, 2005-2018
A.J. Cook ...  Jennifer Jareau 277 episodes, 2005-2018
Thomas Gibson ...  Aaron Hotchner 256 episodes, 2005-2016
Shemar Moore ...  Derek Morgan 252 episodes, 2005-2017
Joe Mantegna ...  David Rossi 248 episodes, 2007-2018
Paget Brewster ...  Emily Prentiss 169 episodes, 2006-2018
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Storyline

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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For these FBI agents, danger lurks inside. See more »


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22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Quantico See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Emily Prentiss' birthday is October 12, 1970. See more »

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Even though the BAU's office is located in Quantico, VA, most of the team members live in or around Washington, DC. This is very unusual. DC is a high cost of living area, but Quantico is less so. Quantico is also 35 miles south of DC. It'd make more sense for the team, who often need to respond quickly, to live in the Quantico area. 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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Diving into minds of lunatics and psychopaths has never been more entertaining!
10 April 2006 | by hippo_butt2000See all my reviews

Truly a great series worthy of praise. Many may say that this is a 'rip-off' of CSI but I've watched CSI and it caught me on for a bit, but after a while it just seemed to closed. Where CSI guides you through the story and gives a picture perfect ending and how you're supposed to perceive it, Criminal Minds lets you explore and judge for yourself. It doesn't preach too much and the stories are engaging and suspenseful! Excellent writing and great performances from the stars. It may begin cliché, but if you stay long enough it is a rewarding and entertaining view, and I don't feel it's going to let down any time soon. Give it a chance, or just watch episode 7 'The Fox'. It shows the best writing and acting in the show so far, in my opinion. Diving into minds of lunatics and psychopaths has never been more entertaining! Fantastic!


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