Criminal Minds

Criminal MindsNetwork: CBS
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: September 22, 2005 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster, Mandy Patinkin, Joe Mantegna, Lola Glaudini, Meredith Monroe, Meta Golding, Brian Appel, Jayne Atkinson, and Nicholas Brendon.

TV show description:      
This crime drama follows a unique team of profilers for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia.

Supervisory Special Agent/Unit Chief Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) at one time worked in the FBI Field Office in Seattle, but now heads up the BAU team. Divorced and with a son, Hotch works hard at balancing family commitments and work, yet admittedly doesn’t get to see his son as often as he’d wish. Occasionally his team refers to him as a “drill sergeant,” because of the high standards he holds them to, yet is even harder on himself.

Supervisory Special Agent Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) is the top profiler and the former Unit Chief. As Unit Chief he sent six agents into a Boston warehouse and all were killed by a bomb. He had a nervous breakdown and returned as Special Agent. He frequently helps his fellow profilers with their problems and eventually leaves the unit from burn-out.

Around the time that Gideon leaves, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), one of the founding fathers of the BAU, returns as Senior Supervisory Special Agent. He felt the need to come back to handle some unfinished business and finally solve one of his first cases. He initially has a hard time adapting to working within the current BTU climate. Three times divorced, Rossi is boisterous, occasionally abrasive, and emotional.

Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) is the confident and assertive son of a mixed race couple in a tough Chicago neighborhood. He earned a criminal record early on as a youngster after his father died. Very physically active, he attended Northwestern University on a football scholarship, is a Judo black belt, runs self defense classes for the FBI, and also worked in a bomb squad unit and as cop in Chicago. Morgan is known for being a huge flirt, but hasn’t been able to maintain a stable romantic relationship.

Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) graduated from a public high school in Las Vegas at the age of 12 with an IQ of 187. He holds PhDs in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Engineering, BAs in Psychology and Literature, is working on one in Philosophy, and can read 20,000 words a minute. His father abandoned the family because of his mother’s paranoid schizophrenia, and Reid also suffered extreme bullying in school. A good map-reader, Reid is often tasked with doing the geographic profiling. He also works well with words and is the team’s linguistic profiler.

Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (AJ Cook) is the team’s liaison with media and local police agencies. She’s not actually a profiler and has declined suggestions that she take classes to become one, despite being a crack shot. She decided to join the FBI after attending one of Rossi’s book readings during her senior year of college. After being involved with Detective William LaMontagne Jr. (Josh Stewart), she became pregnant with his child and kept the baby. He became a stay-at-home dad while she continues to work for the BAU.

Supervisory Special Agent Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini) was assigned to the BAU as an expert in sexual offense crimes. Her father was a cop who was killed in the line of duy and she is half Cuban and speaks Spanish fluently. She suffers extreme emotional trauma after being shot by a psychotic and who writes on a wall with her blood. After a brief return, Greenway hands in her badge.

Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), an ambassador’s daughter, replaced Greenaway and insisted that her influential mother did not pull any strings to get her the job. She became pregnant at 15 and got an abortion, then went on to attend Yale. She is fluent in many languages because of her childhood spent traveling with her mom. Prentiss briefly resigned from her position in the BAU, but was convinced to stay.

Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vansness) is the Computer Technician at BAU Headquarters in Quantico. Being orphaned at 18, she now counsels families of murder victims. She’s not always somber and often provides the rest of the team with some comic relief, being flamboyant and fun-loving. Despite her position on the team, she’s also on the FBI list for extremely useful or dangerous hackers. Her self-confidence is met with flirtatiousness from Morgan, yet they haven’t sought out a romantic relationship, and instead she is involved with fellow Technical Analyst Kevin Lynch (Nicholas Brendon).

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  1. sally says

    Will Criminal Minds be back 2014-2015 season.? I certainly hope so.
    I agree with so many of the above who wouldn’t miss it . I too watch it as often as I can on all channels its on.
    Please keep it for 2014-2015, and bring back Paget Brewer, her replacement is no where near as good, or interesting.

    • Ian says

      I decided I wouldn’t miss it (if it went away, that is!) and I was right. Stopped watching at the end of last season. The overall quality of the stories (writing) has gone downhill over the last couple of years as they get closer and closer to the bottom of the story barrel. As it was becoming a chore to watch anyway, the addition of JLH to the cast was all I needed for that final push out the door.

  2. tanya says

    I Love Criminal Minds I watch everyday every channel it airs on, I own all the season DVD that have been released. Cant get enough of the BAU. I never get bored.Its so entertaining

  3. tina says

    I love watching this show at night with my man. Its something we do every week. Its intense and i cant keep my eyes off it. I do really like how they tell about the lifes of the agents. Im almost more excited to see about the agents then who they are going to chase. I do belive its the most intense eye poping show on prime time.

  4. vore says

    I used to look forward to watching this show. I have 3 shows this season on disc I haven’t seen yet. I seem to have to be in a certain mood and almost have to force myself to watch it. They are taking violence and torture and torment to a whole new level. When a show needs to do that just for the shock value it become apparent they writers are running out ideas. It’s a shame I really used to like the show when Mandy Potemkin was on board. I think I know why he left.

  5. says

    I have watched this show since conception and never miss a show they have meshed all the right people to make a great show ,though they replaced 2 people it still works.It’s my favorite hit

  6. Frank says

    My wife, daughter, grand-daughter and I used to really enjoy this show; however, we now find ourselves changing the channel to something less gory and graphic. It’s unfortunate that the writers have chosen the gory and graphic over intrigue and suspense.

  7. says

    This is the best show ever. We love all of the characters. Please keep this show on. We watched the new spin off show last night, with the new characters, it was the worst show we have ever seen. Bad bad bad acting. We only want the real criminal minds cast. That new spin off show is a wash. Well at least non of them needs to be excited about best acting award, nor best tv series.For the worst tv series, all of the these so called actors, will win hands down. They are a joke.

  8. Thelma Tessemaker says

    This used to be a favorite in our lineup of TV viewing.
    I love my “Criminal Minds Family”, but the stories are not
    the same without my “JJ” – A J Cook.
    She was the glue holding the family together.
    Your writers have also changed. There was plot and
    intrigue but that all changed last year. It is messy, gorry, and
    my characters have lost their personalities. Please put us back
    on the 2008 platform, when the stories were”real” and solveable.
    We simply do not need to compete with the 18-49ers mentalities,
    with blood, guts, gore, pornography, and the “vampire” mentalities.
    Please, bring us back to reality.

  9. vore01 says

    I used to be a fan of this show. It’s seems now all the writers want to do is is offer up gratuitous violence week by week with very little in the way of real mystery writing. And now the current fad is offering up the violence using children as key characters in the storyline. I love a good mystery as well as the next person but the last episode just went over the line for me. It’s no wonder Mandy Potemkin left the show.

  10. Jazzmine Miles says

    I love this show. I really don’t make any plans when there is a mathron or a new episode on. I probably obsessed, but I don’t care. :)

  11. says

    best show on tv. never miss it. have gotten all my friends hooked. why does it not win more emmys? Each character is clearly defined and stays that way. Love them all but especially Spencer and Penelope. Look forward to the quotes and the flight home bringing closure. Truly an award winnin production.

  12. dido says

    This show is just the best ! One of the be drama shows ever, would never miss a show . The acting, the storylines,amazing. This is a must stay show.

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