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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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Jeff Davis
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 23 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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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 257 episodes, 2005-2020
Shemar Moore ...  Derek Morgan 254 episodes, 2005-2020
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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Before joining the B.A.U., Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) was a highly decorated member of the Chicago Police Department's bomb squad, and is an expert at defusing explosives. See more »

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On several occasions, cases have taken place in Southern Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania all within several hours driving time from the BAU's QUantico headquarters. Yet the group is shown flying there in the executive jet available to them, a process that would actually take longer than driving, if flight prep time and travel to and from the plane are included. It would also be far more expensive.

It's very unlikely that a government agency would pay for extravagant travel when cheaper options are available. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl Davenport: This job... how do you stomach it?
Elle Greenway: The people I go after are cowards. They often prey upon the weaker members of society, such as women and children. There is nothing I would rather do than put the bastards away.
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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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22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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