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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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Series cast summary:
...  Dr. Spencer Reid 298 episodes, 2005-2018
...  Penelope Garcia 296 episodes, 2005-2018
...  Jennifer Jareau 277 episodes, 2005-2018
...  Aaron Hotchner 256 episodes, 2005-2016
...  Derek Morgan 252 episodes, 2005-2017
...  David Rossi 248 episodes, 2007-2018
...  Emily Prentiss 169 episodes, 2006-2018
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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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They don't just solve the crime. They solve the criminal. See more »


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On this show, Keith Carradine played Frank Breitkopf, a serial killer that had been killing for thirty years. On Dexter (2006), he played Frank Lundy, who hunted a serial killer that had been killing for thirty years. See more »

Goofs

The black SUVs used by the team frequently have US Government "G" plates. However, the plates are usually incorrect for the type of vehicle they are on. Plates with prefixes of G12 and G14 have been seen. G12 is a compact sedan and G14 indicates a large sedan, and would be incorrect for use on an SUV. The correct plate prefixes would either be G41 for a 2 wheel drive or G61 for a 4 wheel drive 1/2 ton vehicle. 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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This is a great show!
8 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really love this show. I have always been interested in criminal psychology, and after going to school for a degree in Criminal Justice, someone (my professor) told me that this show was starting up and to watch it.

It is so wonderful! It really goes in depth with how profiling really works. It keeps a great story line all the way through, with many twists and bizarre themes. The characters in the show are established very well, with interesting personalities that really hold the show together.

Crime+Psychology=Criminal Minds.

And that's the truth.


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