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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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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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The way to a criminal is through his mind. See more »


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English

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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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16:9 HD
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Trivia

In the beginning of season five, Dr. Spencer Reid was shot in the leg. This injury was unplanned, but had to be written in because of Matthew Gray Gubler's real-life severe knee injury, which left him unable to walk for over four months. After a third surgery, Gubler started using a cane, but was unable to walk normally for the next five months. As of December 2009, he was once again able to walk unassisted. See more »

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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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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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Riveting - From the introduction of the first episode, I was hooked!
8 March 2006 | by ohiofreebirdSee all my reviews

From the introduction of the first episode, I was hooked! I especially enjoy the quotes and comments at the opening and closing of each episode. Of course, the plot and characters are what make it work. I'm not a "TV watcher." This is the only show I watch faithfully. Other than this, I watch the news or rent a movie. "Criminal Minds" is what I look forward to on Wednesday nights. The suspense, the variety of characters, the humor - what a nice mix. Pantikin is such a father figure for the cast. Matthew Gray Gubler as the resident genius Dr. Reid is a hoot! The women are gorgeous. Shemur Moore makes a sexy Derek.


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