Criminal Minds Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 10:00 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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Sep 30, 2017 12:23AM EDT
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Great!!!!!!!

Great!!!!!!!

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Aug 27, 2017 3:04PM EDT
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I've loved this for 12 seasons and cannot wait for season 13. 2005 was a good year.

I've loved this for 12 seasons and cannot wait for season 13. 2005 was a good year.

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by Lucy
Jul 23, 2017 3:02AM EDT
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Season 12 was a solid season that had to overcome some writing difficulties - introducing two members of the team, as well as hide away from the firing of another. The show was also brave enough to do an interesting two main arc to liven up the back end of the season. The show veterans managed to pull off a nicely rounded (if not that original) story, complete with cliffhanger!

The individual case stories are solid, and Mr Scratch is a reoccuring theme throughout the season, without being too overbearing. Stand out episodes include 12x02 which highlights JJ and Will’s relationship, 12x07 which gave insightful backstory into Tara’s character and 12x09 featuring the returning storyline of Rossi and Yates and dramatic climax of their relationship.

The back end of the season bravely deals gives a storyline featuring Spencer Reid and his mother dual prominance with the usual ‘cas of the week’ stories. In episode 12x13, Spencer gets arrested and has no memory of the crime. Over the course of the final 10 episodes, pieces of the story are revealed leading to a stand off between an unsub from last season, teaming up with a one off chracter from season 4 (which was weird, until I realised it was one of the actors own children playing the role). It was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and the first time for a long time that one of the main characters has been in great personal danger (that hasn’t been resolved almost instantly) so it packed a punch at times.

Most of the actors have been playing their characters for over a decade now and deliver great performances effortlessly. Pleased to see the return of Prentiss to the team, which felt effortless and bought a much needed dynamic to the group. Agent Lewis still needs some more fleshing out, and new characters Alvez and Walker didn’t have huge amounts to do but I have high hopes for season 13.

Sidenote: It is really refreshing to see such a representative cast on a crime drama show. There are four female actresses (half the team), ethnic diversity, the characters differ in terms of job, background and profession too with Spencer being the only white male - and not your typical crime drama protagonist at that. It is definitely the best representations of from law enforcement I have seen on a tv show in some time - keep it up CBS!

Season 12 was a solid season that had to overcome some writing difficulties - introducing two members of the team, as well as hide away from the firing of another. The show was also brave enough to do an interesting two main arc to liven up the back end of the season. The show veterans managed to pull off a nicely rounded (if not that original) story, complete with cliffhanger!

The individual case stories are solid, and Mr Scratch is a reoccuring theme throughout the season, without being too overbearing. Stand out episodes include 12x02 which highlights JJ and Will’s relationship, 12x07 which gave insightful backstory into Tara’s character and 12x09 featuring the returning storyline of Rossi and Yates and dramatic climax of their relationship.

The back end of the season bravely deals gives a storyline featuring Spencer Reid and his mother dual prominance with the usual ‘cas of the week’ stories. In episode 12x13, Spencer gets arrested and has no memory of the crime. Over the course of the final 10 episodes, pieces of the story are revealed leading to a stand off between an unsub from last season, teaming up with a one off chracter from season 4 (which was weird, until I realised it was one of the actors own children playing the role). It was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and the first time for a long time that one of the main characters has been in great personal danger (that hasn’t been resolved almost instantly) so it packed a punch at times.

Most of the actors have been playing their characters for over a decade now and deliver great performances effortlessly. Pleased to see the return of Prentiss to the team, which felt effortless and bought a much needed dynamic to the group. Agent Lewis still needs some more fleshing out, and new characters Alvez and Walker didn’t have huge amounts to do but I have high hopes for season 13.

Sidenote: It is really refreshing to see such a representative cast on a crime drama show. There are four female actresses (half the team), ethnic diversity, the characters differ in terms of job, background and profession too with Spencer being the only white male - and not your typical crime drama protagonist at that. It is definitely the best representations of from law enforcement I have seen on a tv show in some time - keep it up CBS!

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Jun 30, 2017 5:22AM EDT
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Criminal Minds, what can I say? So far it's been 12 seasons of pure awesome!
The series follows a group of FBI Profilers who work in the BAU (Behavioral Analyst Unit). Each episode focuses on the team working cases and the personal lives of the team members, showing the problems that arise when juggling your personal and professional lives when you have such a demanding and dangerous career.
It has had 2 spin off shows and is coming back for it's 13th season in September, clearly showing how brilliant this show actually is! If you happen to live under a rock and have never seen an episode; get watching NOW! You won't regret it!

Criminal Minds, what can I say? So far it's been 12 seasons of pure awesome!
The series follows a group of FBI Profilers who work in the BAU (Behavioral Analyst Unit). Each episode focuses on the team working cases and the personal lives of the team members, showing the problems that arise when juggling your personal and professional lives when you have such a demanding and dangerous career.
It has had 2 spin off shows and is coming back for it's 13th season in September, clearly showing how brilliant this show actually is! If you happen to live under a rock and have never seen an episode; get watching NOW! You won't regret it!

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Jun 10, 2017 11:36AM EDT
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Love this show and the characters. The cases are really interesting, too. Can't wait until the new season starts already.

Love this show and the characters. The cases are really interesting, too. Can't wait until the new season starts already.

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by rubin59
May 8, 2017 1:10PM EDT
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I love this show. Have ever since the first one. BUT now they have this show playing same night same time different channel as Law and Order SVU. Which SUCKS. It causes me to miss a lot of this show. I hate Morgan left last season and hope it doesn't hurt the show. This is second to law and order svu for me for sure. Love it.. I think they need to bring Hotch back.. whatever happened.. whoever got mad.. needs to sick it up for the sake of this show. And Morgan definetely needs to come back. He added the well needed spice to this show and I love the friendship, live and chemistry between him and Penelope. I still love this show but that one guy is too stiff and adds nothing to the show. Now the one who use to be on CSI Miami... I do love him.. I don't want this show to be cancelled.. so we really need Hotch and Morgan back!!

I love this show. Have ever since the first one. BUT now they have this show playing same night same time different channel as Law and Order SVU. Which SUCKS. It causes me to miss a lot of this show. I hate Morgan left last season and hope it doesn't hurt the show. This is second to law and order svu for me for sure. Love it.. I think they need to bring Hotch back.. whatever happened.. whoever got mad.. needs to sick it up for the sake of this show. And Morgan definetely needs to come back. He added the well needed spice to this show and I love the friendship, live and chemistry between him and Penelope. I still love this show but that one guy is too stiff and adds nothing to the show. Now the one who use to be on CSI Miami... I do love him.. I don't want this show to be cancelled.. so we really need Hotch and Morgan back!!

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by Sarah_G
Jan 25, 2017 7:19AM EST
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Ried and Hotch are overrated. JJ and Garcia deserve more screen time. Tara is way more interesting than Emily but she doesn't have much screen time nor a proper arch. Female characters (and actresses) are treated like ish, but, hey, they're just women, who cares, right? Elle deserved better.

Ried and Hotch are overrated. JJ and Garcia deserve more screen time. Tara is way more interesting than Emily but she doesn't have much screen time nor a proper arch. Female characters (and actresses) are treated like ish, but, hey, they're just women, who cares, right? Elle deserved better.

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Jan 12, 2017 9:57AM EST
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"Criminal Minds" - another crime time tv show? No, I don't think so. Yes, it does have all the typical elements of one, but it can differentiate itself through two things: interesting characters and outstanding cases, that feel just a touch more real and creepy than in other murder-tv-shows.

"Criminal Minds" - another crime time tv show? No, I don't think so. Yes, it does have all the typical elements of one, but it can differentiate itself through two things: interesting characters and outstanding cases, that feel just a touch more real and creepy than in other murder-tv-shows.

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Nov 6, 2016 5:22AM EST
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WAS my favourite show, but it is just not the same without Hotch.

WAS my favourite show, but it is just not the same without Hotch.

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Nov 4, 2016 1:23PM EDT
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I love this show it's the best and its sad derk morgan left the show. he was my faviote person in the show

I love this show it's the best and its sad derk morgan left the show. he was my faviote person in the show