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In the crime thriller series Criminal Minds, a team of FBI profilers tries to get inside the psychology of criminals in order to track them down. The team works for the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Their goal is to analyze the behavioral patterns of crime perpetrators. From these patterns, they will extract profiles that will lead them to the identity of the criminals.

Each member of the team has a special skill. They are drawn from a familiar set of character types. The gruff older veteran is an especially skilled profiler. The former lawyer is a keen student of manipulation. A female agent is a specialist in sexually motivated crimes. A black agent is a former athlete and resident of Chicago housing projects. He also has a hot temper. An eccentric genius is socially awkward. But he's also unmatched in his comprehensive knowledge of all science and technology.

The members of the team solve crimes. But at the same time, they juggle off-the-job relationships. These relationships happen between team members and with other characters, too.

The series debuted on CBS in 2005. The final episode of its 15th and final season aired in February 2020. The series and its cast won multiple People's Choice Awards. Its three Emmy Awards nominations were for Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

The original Criminal Minds series spawned two spin off series on CBS. Both of these spin offs ended before the end of the parent series in 2020. The franchise is also the basis of a Korean adaptation and a video game.

Criminal Minds is a Drama series that is currently running and has 15 seasons (324 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 2005. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

Criminal Minds is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Criminal Minds on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on CBS
15 Seasons, 324 Episodes
September 22, 2005
Drama
8.1/10
Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna
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Criminal Minds Full Episode Guide

  • Following an explosive face-to-face encounter with Everett Lynch, a.k.a. "The Chameleon," Dr. Reid suffers from a brain injury and, while experiencing hallucinations, is visited by ghosts from his past. Also, the BAU makes a shocking discovery about Lynch that affects Rossi personally, and the entire BAU team comes together to celebrate Rossi's retirement.

  • It has been a year since Rossi nearly died at the hands of Everett Lynch, a.k.a. "The Chameleon," and he has developed some new theories, with inspiration from his former partner, Jason Gideon. The BAU team sets out on an epic hunt to capture Lynch.

  • Prentiss and J.J. are faced with important decisions to make about their futures as the BAU travels to Beaumont, Texas to investigate a series of murdered businessmen.

  • When the BAU team travels to Denver to investigate several murders, Prentiss is forced to evaluate her relationship with Special Agent Andrew Mendoza.

  • After a father and daughter get kidnapped, a former foe of the BAU returns with very specific demands for Dr. Reid that give a whole new meaning to the phrase "wheels up".

  • Following a series of fatal shootings, the BAU team travels to Des Plaines, Ill. to investigate what appears to be a copycat serial killer. Their efforts are thrown off track when members of the BAU are targeted.

  • The members of the BAU enjoy a Saturday off in vastly different ways. While Rossi and Prentiss help Simmons assemble a new crib, Garcia leads a hacking competition, and Dr. Reid strikes up a conversation with a woman named Maxine.

  • The BAU team investigates a series of seemingly random fatal explosions throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • With a member of the BAU in the hospital, the team searches for Everett Lynch (Michael Mosley), and his daughter, Grace. Also, Spencer has a meaningful visit with his mother, Diana Reid (Jane Lynch), while she's experiencing a period of lucidity.

  • The BAU team investigates an UnSub with striking similarities to Rossi's latest obsession, "The Chameleon," a.k.a. Everett Lynch, who nearly killed him and then disappeared.

  • Wedding bells are ringing as Rossi prepares to marry Krystall. But first, the BAU team travels to Los Angeles to investigate a series of fatal shootings in broad daylight following car accidents.

  • The BAU leads the investigation into a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine.

  • Rossi questions his actions in the aftermath of a near-death struggle with a serial killer who appears to have outsmarted the BAU.

  • Prentiss and The BAU team fly to Iowa to investigate the disappearance of three 10-year-old children who appear to have been abducted from their homes in the middle of the night, with surveillance video from a neighborhood park as their only lead to finding the children's whereabouts.

  • The BAU team heads to Portland, Ore., to investigate a chilling abduction that may be linked to a local couple killed in their home a week earlier.

  • Prentiss faces her past when the BAU is sent to investigate the murders of prominent businessmen, all of whom are missing their hearts. Also, Prentiss plans a romantic first date with Mendoza, but the evening is cut short by an urgent call from Rossi.

  • A professor from Lewis' past tips off the BAU to an alarming number of overdose deaths of patients who just completed rehab.

  • The BAU investigates a double homicide and kidnapping in New Hampshire. Also, Rossi's plans to elevate his relationship with Krystall don't go as planned.

  • It's literally a race against the clock for the BAU to capture the vigilantes behind a series of attacks taking place every 27 minutes in the nation's capital. Prentiss and Unit Chief Andrew Mendoza lead the effort to identify the Unsubs and what's motivating them.

  • The BAU investigates a spooky local ghost story of the "Tall Man" and the clues it provides when two people go missing in the woods of East Allegheny's Dead Man's Conservatory, and a third mysteriously surfaces the following day with limited details as to what happened to her friends. To assist with the case, JJ reluctantly returns to her hometown, triggering emotional flashbacks to age 11 and her older sister's tragic death.

  • 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 killed under similar circumstances. Also, Prentiss is concerned about Garcia's behavior in the aftermath of her abduction and has an idea of how to help with the healing process.

  • When packages with gruesome contents are delivered to six people in the Washington, D.C. area, the BAU must first figure out what connects the recipients before they can identify the UnSub. Also, Simmons and Kristy struggle to connect with their son, David, who is suspended from school for aggressive behavior.

  • When Reid and Garcia are abducted by a mass murderer, it's up to the rest of the team to find them; the BAU looks to their past to solve why the two heroes have been targeted.

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Criminal Minds Video Clips & Extras

And In The End Clip (00:22) Family Tree Clip (00:16) Rusty Clip (00:17) Ghost Clip (00:16) Saturday Clip (00:17) Spectator Slowing Clip (00:22) Awakenings Clip (00:31) Truth Or Dare Clip (00:22)