Criminal Minds

2005 - Present TV-MA 42m 8.1

A group of criminal profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) using behavioral analysis and profiling to help investigate crimes and find the suspect known as the unsub.

Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.) is a subsection of the F.B.I. 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 B.A.U. 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 B.A.U. - 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 B.A.U. have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life.

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Episode 1 Extreme Aggressor

1. Extreme Aggressor

Aired: Sep 22, 2005

The team travels to Seattle to find the captor of four missing women.

Episode 2 Compulsion

2. Compulsion

Aired: Sep 28, 2005

The team are called to an Arizona college when an arsonist who operates in a ...

Episode 4 Plain Sight

4. Plain Sight

Aired: Oct 12, 2005

A serial rapist-killer active in San Diego targeting middle class women glues...

Episode 5 Broken Mirror

5. Broken Mirror

Aired: Oct 19, 2005

One of a lawyer's identical twin daughters is kidnapped. The kidnapper contac...

Episode 6 L.D.S.K.

6. L.D.S.K.

Aired: Nov 2, 2005

The team chases a sniper in Des Plaines, Illinois who for some reason only wo...

Episode 7 The Fox

7. The Fox

Aired: Nov 9, 2005

The team attempts to catch a killer who preys on families while they are supp...

Episode 8 Natural Born Killer

8. Natural Born Killer

Aired: Nov 16, 2005

The disappearance of an undercover officer in relation to a triple murder put...

Episode 9 Derailed

9. Derailed

Aired: Nov 23, 2005

A paranoid schizophrenic takes other passengers on a train hostage, including...

Episode 10 The Popular Kids

10. The Popular Kids

Aired: Nov 30, 2005

The apparent death by Satanic ritual brings the BAU to a small town, and the ...

Episode 11 Blood Hungry

11. Blood Hungry

Aired: Dec 14, 2005

The BAU team must profile a delusional killer in rural Tennessee, and a famil...

Episode 12 What Fresh Hell?

12. What Fresh Hell?

Aired: Jan 11, 2006

The team must determine whether an abducted girl is the pawn in a bitter divo...

Episode 13 Poison

13. Poison

Aired: Jan 18, 2006

The apparent spiking of citizens of a town in New Jersey, puts the BAU on the...

Episode 14 Riding the Lightning

14. Riding the Lightning

Aired: Jan 25, 2006

The team of investigators interview husband and wife serial killers with thei...

Episode 15 Unfinished Business

15. Unfinished Business

Aired: Mar 1, 2006

When a serial killer reappears, the team works with a retired BAU agent who j...

Episode 16 The Tribe

16. The Tribe

Aired: Mar 8, 2006

The massacre of students using Native American rituals leads the team to cons...

Episode 17 A Real Rain

17. A Real Rain

Aired: Mar 22, 2006

The team travels to Manhattan to work with the NYPD in tracking and apprehend...

Episode 18 Somebody's Watching

18. Somebody's Watching

Aired: Mar 29, 2006

In town to conduct a seminar, Gideon and Reid become involved in a stalker ca...

Episode 19 Machismo

19. Machismo

Aired: Apr 12, 2006

The BAU is requested to assist on a case in Mexico to determine if there is a...

Episode 20 Charm and Harm

20. Charm and Harm

Aired: Apr 19, 2006

Team members track a known "chameleon" serial killer across the southeastern ...

Episode 21 Secrets and Lies

21. Secrets and Lies

Aired: May 3, 2006

The BAU team investigates a CIA counter-terrorism unit to identify a traitor ...

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Current Status: Returning Series

Network: CBS

Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller, Mystery