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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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They don't just solve the crime. They solve the criminal. See more »


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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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16:9 HD
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Trivia

When David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) joined the team, he made a comment that their offices are better than "that bunker" out of which the B.A.U. used to work. The comment isn't metaphorical. The actual B.A.U. (in its many earlier incarnations and titles) used to operate out of a bunker former F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover had built below F.B.I. Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. 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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Referenced in Difficult People: Criminal Minds (2017) See more »

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Great Crime Drama
24 December 2005 | by Brkl30See all my reviews

Criminal Minds shows the viewers that it takes wits to beat the bad guys. The common link between CM & CSI is that the question of "How?" is always more interesting.

The only difference: CSI centers around physical evidence gathering & collecting the pieces to solve a puzzle.

Criminal Minds involves more psychology & sociology. We, as viewers, want to know what makes someone tick as a way to prevent crimes from occurring again.

Another reason why I enjoy this showed so much is how the characters put their expertise in play to solve some of the most twisted people around.

As casting is concerned: Patinkin is perfect as Jason Gideon. If you think about it, he's more like a professor citing famous lines from Einstein, Faulkner, etc.

When I first read those lines, it didn't make sense at first, but as you watch each episode , the lines that Gideon cites has more meaning to it.

For example: Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge.Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Gideon is saying that the human mind is the deadliest weapon of all, & we are capable of anything & everything of achieving all kinds of possibilities.

In conclusion, Criminal Minds is the kind the of show that anyone can enjoy.


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