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Criminal Minds 

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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 323 episodes, 2005-2020
Kirsten Vangsness ...  Penelope Garcia 321 episodes, 2005-2020
A.J. Cook ...  Jennifer Jareau 302 episodes, 2005-2020
Joe Mantegna ...  David Rossi 273 episodes, 2007-2020
Thomas Gibson ...  Aaron Hotchner 256 episodes, 2005-2016
Shemar Moore ...  Derek Morgan 253 episodes, 2005-2018
Paget Brewster ...  Emily Prentiss 194 episodes, 2006-2020
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Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.) is a subsection of the F.B.I. 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 B.A.U. 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 B.A.U. - 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 B.A.U. have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. Written by Huggo

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Their job is to catch criminals. Their specialty is to think like them. 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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Trivia

Other Acronyms and Abbreviations used in FBI personnel matters :
  • AC - Applicant Coordinator
  • BFTC - Basic Field Training Course
  • BI - Background Investigation
  • CS - Critical Skill
  • COE - Condition of Employment or Conditional Job Offer (CJO)
  • M&G - Meet & Greet at Field Office (FO) for SA Interview
  • Mobility Agreement - or Mobility Waiver, which states that as a Special Agent, you accept the possibility of transfer as a condition of your employment
  • P2 - Phase II of Special Agent Interview
  • PFT - Physical Fitness Test
  • Poly - Polygraph or more formally known as Personnel Security Polygraph
  • PSI - Personnel Security Interview
  • NAT - New Agent Trainees, step before one becomes a Special Agent
  • NIAT - New Intelligence Analyst Trainees
  • SA - Special Agent
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Agent Rossi reveals the anniversary of the traumatic death of the parents of the three siblings to be 20 years, but in an earlier episode he says that it was the 21st anniversary. See more »

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Special Agent Derek Morgan: So tell me, what does keep young Dr. Reid awake at night? Wait, let me guess. Memorizing some obscure textbook? No, no, no. Working on cold fusion? No, I got it, I got it, I got it. Watching Star Trek and laughing at all the physics mistakes?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Actually, there aren't that many scientific errors in Star Trek, especially considering how long ago it was made. There are certain improbabilities, but not that many outright errors.
Special Agent Derek Morgan: Right.
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Absolutely brilliant
9 November 2005 | by bch035See all my reviews

This is one of the best shows I have ever watched (and I watch some of the best on TV - The West Wing, all of the Law and Orders, House MD). On Wednesday nights, I use to watch "The West Wing", but then that moved to Sunday. I started to watch "Head Cases", but to my great disappointment (though not surprise) that was cancelled. So, on a whim, I tried out "Criminal Minds". I have never made a better TV decision.

Criminal Minds is a psychological thriller that keeps your undivided attention. Like Law & Order, no one character gets the direct star treatment. I have seen seven episodes, and I still do not have a favorite character (which is highly unusual for me). I love them all. Every single week, this is the only show I can hardly wait for.

If you like plots that keep you thinking and guessing while having plenty of physical and mention action, this show is definitely for you.


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