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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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Soon after the BAU steps in to help local law enforcement isolate a prime suspect for a ritualistic murder in Tallahassee, Fla., a second person who is related to the first victim is ...


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The BAU must determine what connects six people that each received a mysterious package in order to identify the Unsub. Also, Simmons and his wife Kristy must deal with their son, who ...


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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 22 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Matthew Gray Gubler ...  Dr. Spencer Reid 309 episodes, 2005-2019
Kirsten Vangsness ...  Penelope Garcia 307 episodes, 2005-2019
A.J. Cook ...  Jennifer Jareau 288 episodes, 2005-2019
Joe Mantegna ...  David Rossi 259 episodes, 2007-2019
Thomas Gibson ...  Aaron Hotchner 256 episodes, 2005-2016
Shemar Moore ...  Derek Morgan 252 episodes, 2005-2017
Paget Brewster ...  Emily Prentiss 180 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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The way to a criminal is through his mind. See more »


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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quantico See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

J.J. collected butterflies as a child. See more »

Goofs

The series has many instances where records that would only be stored in print form are actually stored digitally. These include employment records from closed businesses, foreign birth/death records and incorporation documents where the participants are seeking anonymity. 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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User Reviews

Diving into minds of lunatics and psychopaths has never been more entertaining!
10 April 2006 | by hippo_butt2000See all my reviews

Truly a great series worthy of praise. Many may say that this is a 'rip-off' of CSI but I've watched CSI and it caught me on for a bit, but after a while it just seemed to closed. Where CSI guides you through the story and gives a picture perfect ending and how you're supposed to perceive it, Criminal Minds lets you explore and judge for yourself. It doesn't preach too much and the stories are engaging and suspenseful! Excellent writing and great performances from the stars. It may begin cliché, but if you stay long enough it is a rewarding and entertaining view, and I don't feel it's going to let down any time soon. Give it a chance, or just watch episode 7 'The Fox'. It shows the best writing and acting in the show so far, in my opinion. Diving into minds of lunatics and psychopaths has never been more entertaining! Fantastic!


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