Criminal Minds Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 9:00 PM ET on CBS

60 minutes

Criminal Minds is a crime drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2005. It follows the adventures of an FBI profiling team from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) from Quantico, Virginia, that stars Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. Criminal Minds differs from many criminal system procedural dramas by focusing on the criminal rather than the crime itself.
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Jul 21, 2016 1:41PM EDT
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I dont really like this one. I dont know why tho.

I dont really like this one. I dont know why tho.

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by Kat316
May 19, 2016 10:04PM EDT
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Very creative show, love the twist and turns !

Very creative show, love the twist and turns !

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by marksus
Apr 30, 2016 9:46AM EDT
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A good show. some of the earlier concepts of how they get into the mind of the criminal have been dropped in favour of internal relationship but still a great show.

A good show. some of the earlier concepts of how they get into the mind of the criminal have been dropped in favour of internal relationship but still a great show.

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Apr 18, 2016 8:32AM EDT
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even after 11 seasons it still keeps me on the edge of my seat every episode! great cast and amazing crew!

even after 11 seasons it still keeps me on the edge of my seat every episode! great cast and amazing crew!

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Apr 17, 2016 8:03AM EDT
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I am a big fan of crime and such, and this one is one of the best series I've seen. The storyline, the characters, the chemistry between the characters, and everything else. Definitely one you have to see, even if you are not a fan of crime, this one will change your mind.

I am a big fan of crime and such, and this one is one of the best series I've seen. The storyline, the characters, the chemistry between the characters, and everything else. Definitely one you have to see, even if you are not a fan of crime, this one will change your mind.

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Apr 6, 2016 10:51AM EDT
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Great show

Great show

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by Lucy
Apr 5, 2016 5:29PM EDT
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Remember after season 9 I was convinced that the show was on its way out and the writing had turned from bad to downright awful? WELL SEASON 10 HAD BEEN THE STRONGEST FOR A LONG TIME. I’d say the show hasn’t had this good writing since series 7!
For more thoughts and feelings/spoilers, read on…

Season 10 kicked off with the introduction of new character Kate Callahan, who was definitely giving off more of a sassy Prentiss-like vibe from the start and she fitted in with the rest of the team right away. Her back story was fleshed out enough so that when the finale did come round, I was concerned for her daughter/niece’s well being and interested in her previous cases too.

The writers have obviously stepped up their game this series, with some inventive and fresh ideas for story lines and episodes this series, thank goodness! I can only think of 1 or 2 episodes which I’d call weaker or more ‘filler’ types but literally the quality of the show this time has been so much better than series 8 and 9m good to see CM back on form :) The plane crash episode was inventive, the BAU flashback back story episode was a great spin on things even though they killed Gideon off off-screen :((( and the episode set in a prison were all unique plots and gave all the characters the chance to have a role to play.

Favourite moments include Rossi finding out he has a daughter and grandson and being overwhelmed, Morgan and his girlfriend getting serious and ACTUALLY STAYING TOGETHER as well as all the Morgan/Reid moments that reappeared this season, hooray! Rossi being his usual sassy self and helping Kate settle into the team in the early episodes good to see, Rossi is at his best when he’s mentoring others :)

The series finale was the shortest one I think I’ve ever watched, only 39 mins and seemed to speed along a bit quickly, but hey interesting concept but it didn’t really feel like a ‘finale’ (or at least not up to the same emotional intensity as some of the previous finales) HOWEVER the episode they should have used for the finale was episode “Mr Scratch” - there have been Criminal Minds episodes that have made me go “yuck” or weep or jump but this beautifully directed episode GENUINELY SCARED ME. Definitely the creepiest episode I’ve ever watched and I was terrified for the fate of several of the characters - the part Hotch had to play in it all was heartbreaking. There definitely needs to be a follow up of the events of Mr Scratch at some point…

The only disappointments this season were that Hotch and Beth broke up offscreen (I know there were scheduling conflicts and all but still…) and Reid still hasn’t been given a happy love life (though it was hinted at, hooray!) The ending to the season did feel a wee bit rushed, but on the whole I really enjoyed almost all the episodes for the first time in years AND it was realistic and gripping too, yay!

I’m excited for the spinoff Criminal Minds Beyond Borders to air, the back door pilot was solid and left a lot of threads to tie up. Fingers crossed Criminal Minds itself gets a renewal, I think there’s still room for another season’s worth of stories, so long as the writers keep up their good work :D

Remember after season 9 I was convinced that the show was on its way out and the writing had turned from bad to downright awful? WELL SEASON 10 HAD BEEN THE STRONGEST FOR A LONG TIME. I’d say the show hasn’t had this good writing since series 7!
For more thoughts and feelings/spoilers, read on…

Season 10 kicked off with the introduction of new character Kate Callahan, who was definitely giving off more of a sassy Prentiss-like vibe from the start and she fitted in with the rest of the team right away. Her back story was fleshed out enough so that when the finale did come round, I was concerned for her daughter/niece’s well being and interested in her previous cases too.

The writers have obviously stepped up their game this series, with some inventive and fresh ideas for story lines and episodes this series, thank goodness! I can only think of 1 or 2 episodes which I’d call weaker or more ‘filler’ types but literally the quality of the show this time has been so much better than series 8 and 9m good to see CM back on form :) The plane crash episode was inventive, the BAU flashback back story episode was a great spin on things even though they killed Gideon off off-screen :((( and the episode set in a prison were all unique plots and gave all the characters the chance to have a role to play.

Favourite moments include Rossi finding out he has a daughter and grandson and being overwhelmed, Morgan and his girlfriend getting serious and ACTUALLY STAYING TOGETHER as well as all the Morgan/Reid moments that reappeared this season, hooray! Rossi being his usual sassy self and helping Kate settle into the team in the early episodes good to see, Rossi is at his best when he’s mentoring others :)

The series finale was the shortest one I think I’ve ever watched, only 39 mins and seemed to speed along a bit quickly, but hey interesting concept but it didn’t really feel like a ‘finale’ (or at least not up to the same emotional intensity as some of the previous finales) HOWEVER the episode they should have used for the finale was episode “Mr Scratch” - there have been Criminal Minds episodes that have made me go “yuck” or weep or jump but this beautifully directed episode GENUINELY SCARED ME. Definitely the creepiest episode I’ve ever watched and I was terrified for the fate of several of the characters - the part Hotch had to play in it all was heartbreaking. There definitely needs to be a follow up of the events of Mr Scratch at some point…

The only disappointments this season were that Hotch and Beth broke up offscreen (I know there were scheduling conflicts and all but still…) and Reid still hasn’t been given a happy love life (though it was hinted at, hooray!) The ending to the season did feel a wee bit rushed, but on the whole I really enjoyed almost all the episodes for the first time in years AND it was realistic and gripping too, yay!

I’m excited for the spinoff Criminal Minds Beyond Borders to air, the back door pilot was solid and left a lot of threads to tie up. Fingers crossed Criminal Minds itself gets a renewal, I think there’s still room for another season’s worth of stories, so long as the writers keep up their good work :D

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Mar 20, 2016 9:09PM EDT
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Love the entire series. Can watch the old episodes over and over again. One of the best shows out there.

Love the entire series. Can watch the old episodes over and over again. One of the best shows out there.

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Mar 17, 2016 4:39AM EDT
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Maybe it's the format, but it's a bit on the boring side.

Maybe it's the format, but it's a bit on the boring side.

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Mar 10, 2016 12:17PM EST
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Criminal Minds is amazing! Garcia and Derek just have that connection that certain characters dont have. With every episode from the moment it begins to the end it leaves you on the edge of your seats. It puts you into the minds of how serial killers, child abductors, terrorist... do what they do best.

Criminal Minds is amazing! Garcia and Derek just have that connection that certain characters dont have. With every episode from the moment it begins to the end it leaves you on the edge of your seats. It puts you into the minds of how serial killers, child abductors, terrorist... do what they do best.