Review: 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' offers more of the same, plus Forest Whitaker

I don't have many kind things to say about the new "Criminal Minds" spin-off, "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," which debuts tomorrow night at 10 on CBS, so let me say one good thing up front. In the first episode of the show, the team of FBI agents headed by Forest Whitaker's Sam Cooper gets called in to deal with the abduction of a little white girl in a Cleveland suburb. As they're making their initial canvass, Agent Beth Griffith (Janeane Garofalo) is approached by a black woman from the inner city who complains that her own daughter went missing a week earlier, and she didn't receive any kind of huge police/FBI/media dragnet like this girl has. That the show is in any way willing to touch on the disparity - both in real life and in fictional crime shows like this - in attention between crimes against white and black children is laudable, even if the way the matter is dealt with winds up being fairly trite and easy. (Hint: the black mother's arrival is less a piece of social commentary than a plot point.) So that's something. As for the rest of "Suspect Behavior" - the most redundant spin-off title since "NCIS" (which, remember, was launched out of "JAG") originally called itself "Navy NCIS" - it suffers from all the things that have kept me from having much use for the parent show all these years. Read More....


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