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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 310 episodes, 2005-2019
Kirsten Vangsness ...  Penelope Garcia 308 episodes, 2005-2019
A.J. Cook ...  Jennifer Jareau 289 episodes, 2005-2019
Joe Mantegna ...  David Rossi 260 episodes, 2007-2019
Thomas Gibson ...  Aaron Hotchner 256 episodes, 2005-2016
Shemar Moore ...  Derek Morgan 253 episodes, 2005-2018
Paget Brewster ...  Emily Prentiss 181 episodes, 2006-2019
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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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Their job is to catch criminals. Their specialty is to think like them. See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

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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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Kirsten Vangsness isn't formally included in the main cast until the second season. See more »

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Most serial killers are either caught in the act, caught due to extreme carelessness on their part or confess when they are arrested. Almost none have ever been caught due to the result of profiling by the FBI or any other agency. See more »

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Penelope Garcia: Rainmaker, how wet do you want it?
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Used to be a good series
22 February 2016 | by candelachSee all my reviews

Criminal Minds started out really well. A little bit of psychological and sociological background being introduced to the general public to get a grasp on criminal profiling. The episodes were entertaining, the characters relatable yet realistically flawed. However from season 6 on, this series just spiraled downward. The cases lost the grip they had had on the audience, became dull and left you cold. In an attempt to make up for unimaginative cases and the routine that had set it when watching the team profile, gore and violence was increased and to even it out cheesy background plots for the characters were added. Sometimes it's just better to quit while you're ahead.


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