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


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When Matthew Gray Gubler initially auditioned for the show, he was told that he was not right for the part. However, he was called back to audition again a few more times and was consistently told that he wasn't right for the part. After several more auditions, Gubler was eventually given the role. 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 »

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Michael Russo: Look, I don't speak smartass.
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Criminally Mind Blowing
15 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a quality programme, I found it a few weeks ago it was on after CSI Vegas and myself and the girlfriend decided we would give it ago, After all variety is the spice of life. Within ten minutes we were hooked the cast is so well assembled we especially love Dr Spencer Reid, He is comes a cross like a real nervous geek, In his own words he looks like a teaching assistant. I think the stories are very well thought out, and the acting is super. I never thought I could take Thomas Gibson as a serious actor after Darma and Greg. But I think he is so good in this, You can almost hear his brain ticking over as he mulls over any given situation. As for the rest they all gel so well together. This programme will raise the tension so high within the first ten minutes and will leave you hanging of the edge of the edge of your seat until the last very moment. It's amazing. This programme has definitely made it into my must watch TV schedule along with the CSI franchise Cold Case and Law and Order SVU.


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