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Criminal Minds 

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The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

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Series cast summary:
Matthew Gray Gubler ...  Dr. Spencer Reid 313 episodes, 2005-2019
Kirsten Vangsness ...  Penelope Garcia 311 episodes, 2005-2019
A.J. Cook ...  Jennifer Jareau 292 episodes, 2005-2019
Joe Mantegna ...  David Rossi 263 episodes, 2007-2019
Thomas Gibson ...  Aaron Hotchner 256 episodes, 2005-2016
Shemar Moore ...  Derek Morgan 253 episodes, 2005-2018
Paget Brewster ...  Emily Prentiss 184 episodes, 2006-2019
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Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. Written by Huggo

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The way to a criminal is through his mind. See more »


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Official Sites:

CBS [United States] | Sky [UK]

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USA | Canada

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English

Release Date:

22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mentes Criminosas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

In a 2012 interview, in New York Magazine, Mandy Patinkin said that he greatly regrets ever having accepted his role on the show: "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do 'Criminal Minds' in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again. I'm not making a judgment on the taste (of people who watch crime procedurals). But I'm concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn't what you need to be dreaming about. A show like Homeland (2011) (on which Patinkin began appearing in 2011) is the antidote. It asks why there's a need for violence in the first place." See more »

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The series has many instances where records that would only be stored in print form are actually stored digitally. These include employment records from closed businesses, foreign birth/death records and incorporation documents where the participants are seeking anonymity. See more »

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Penelope Garcia: All hail the goddess of information.
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I like the content and the characterizations of "Criminal Minds."
30 October 2005 | by ccreechSee all my reviews

I have watched each episode of Criminal Minds, and I agree with the writer from Canada about this show (and also about their comments on NCIS, which seems to have more spark and humor than the other CSI shows).

Mandy Patinkin turns anything he's in to pure gold, and I hope "Criminal Minds" will get a long run! The plots are engaging, the cast interacts well together, and nobody comes off as being too "preachy," as you get with some of the CSIs and Law & Orders.

Thanks for the opportunity to support a fine show which is up against some tough competition. I watched "Lost" quite a bit it's first season, but finally got bored with it because it never seemed to have any resolution. Just episode upon episode of wondering why it wasn't going anywhere. In other words, "Lost" lost me! And I'm starting to get that same feeling with "Desperate Housewives," too. When I was a kid I really enjoyed ongoing serials; but not that much anymore....

Shows like Criminal Minds and Numbers and NCIS manage to make you think you've watched a complete story; and from my point of view, I respond to that kind of entertainment much, much better!


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