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(2005– )

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Sex & Nudity

  • People are often shown kissing and sex is occasionally implied. Characters are sometimes seen in their underwear. There are many cases where rape is strongly implied and many cases where rape is clearly committed (the most disturbing of which, some might argue, is the implied rape of a young boy being held captive on the Appalachian Trail). A main character goes through a pregnancy. She is not married to the father of the baby, although they are in a serious relationship.

Violence & Gore

  • As well as crime scenes. There's also a variety of fights that occur. Some are heated arguments while others involve knives, guns and fists. Sometimes these fights escalate to full on throwdowns. Scenes of mayhem occur too such as fires, explosions, ambush and chase scenes.
  • A large variety of murders are shown, as are the resulting dead bodies. The bodies vary in gore from episode to episode, as does the amount of blood. Some cases are more violent than others. These can range from kidnapping, robberies, fires, explosions, home invasions, and even ritualistic cases.


  • Most often used: (Son of a) bitch, damn, and crap
  • Occasional religious profanities include "Oh my God" and "Jesus Christ".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Certain episodes show characters consuming alcohol and occasionally smoking. Some cases involve or revolve around drugs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The series can be intense at times but the ending of episodes are usually upbeat taking off of the intensity a bit.
  • Some episode aren't as violent or intense as other episodes. Giving them a TV-PG rating.
  • There are attempted crimes with victims as well. Most of the time, The team is successful in saving these victims and catching the criminal.
  • The replicator storyline is very unsettling and can be hard to watch at times.
  • There is heavy psychological tension throughout the series too.
  • Some episodes focus on the past of a character. These flashbacks can be seen as intense or upsetting.
  • The main focus of the show is digging into the minds of psychopathic criminals. Certain descriptions of these people can range from fairly mild to rather graphic. Each episode varies.
  • Many scenes involve torture, murder or rape.
  • Some characters suffer from an emotional trauma, which results in some episodes being sad to watch.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • One episode has a character kill a criminal by repeatedly hitting him in the face with his fists. It's shown in the criminals point of view so nothing is seen. The act only stops when another character comes in and stops them. However the aftermath isn't shown but is heavily implied.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In the episode "Red Light" Reid grabs a woman by her neck and pins her against a wall. This is frightening due to the fact that Reid is usually a calm and collected person and seeing him snap is definitely not expected of him. However, he does show remorse soon after.
  • In an earlier season a main character is killed off. This is very depressing. Later on it's revealed that she staged her death. This reveal could potentially make viewers angry or confused.

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