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Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

Paramount+ 2005

An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds - S5E9

#1 - 100 (Season 5 - Episode 9)

The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 588 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S7E24

#2 - Run (2) (Season 7 - Episode 24)

As the BAU team continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers, the team determines that the suspects have a bigger target in the Nation's capital, and with one of the team still a hostage, they must work quickly to diffuse an explosive situation. Also, wedding bells ring for one of the BAU, and Prentiss ponders her future.

The episode was rated 8.34 from 270 votes.

Criminal Minds - S4E26

#3 - ...And Back (2) (Season 4 - Episode 26)

The BAU tracks a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada, and an agent's life is in peril.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 475 votes.

Criminal Minds - S2E15

#4 - Revelations (2) (Season 2 - Episode 15)

In this conclusion of a special two-part episode, finding the serial killer becomes critical to the BAU when the team realizes Reid is being held captive and a live feed of him being tortured is shown on the internet. Meanwhile, Reid's troubled childhood is revealed in flashback sequences as he drifts in and out of consciousness.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 605 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S6E18

#5 - Lauren (Season 6 - Episode 18)

As Prentiss faces off against Ian Doyle, JJ receives a call and returns to help them find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it's too late.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 533 votes.

Criminal Minds - S9E24

#6 - Demons (2) (Season 9 - Episode 24)

The investigation in Texas reveals a deep web of corruption; Garcia must save a friend.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 723 votes.

Criminal Minds - S2E23

#7 - No Way Out: The Evilution Of Frank (2) (Season 2 - Episode 23)

When the prolific serial killer Frank returns and murders Gideon's girlfriend, Gideon takes off to find him without telling the team where he is going. The BAU must then profile Gideon as well as Frank to find both of them.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 530 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S4E18

#8 - Omnivore (Season 4 - Episode 18)

Agent Hotchner revisits the first case he worked at the BAU when details come forth that one of the deadliest serial killers in New England's history has struck again after a 10-year hiatus.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 502 votes.

Criminal Minds - S3E20

#9 - Lo-Fi (Season 3 - Episode 20)

The BAU faces one of its toughest cases when the team is called to New York City to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working together.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 536 votes.

Criminal Minds - S1E22

#10 - The Fisher King (1) (Season 1 - Episode 22)

While on their vacations, each of the team receives a clue from a psychopathic killer challenging them to save his next victim.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 633 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S1E14

#11 - Riding the Lightning (Season 1 - Episode 14)

After interviewing a couple on death row for serial murders, Gideon suspects that the woman is actually innocent. But since she's set to be executed in two days, it's a race against time to prove it.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 671 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S5E16

#12 - Mosley Lane (Season 5 - Episode 16)

The BAU is called by local authorities in Ashburn, Virginia, to profile a predator who may have been abducting children for at least eight years.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 518 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S8E24

#13 - The Replicator (2) (Season 8 - Episode 24)

The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. Also, the BAU is called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses, and Hotch discovers that his estranged brother, Sean, is caught in the middle.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 318 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S7E23

#14 - Hit (1) (Season 7 - Episode 23)

When the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C., the team tries to negotiate the situation unfolding inside the bank, but the stakes rise when one of their own becomes a hostage.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 502 votes.

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Criminal Minds - S3E9

#15 - Penelope (Season 3 - Episode 9)

As a team member fights for life, the BAU continues the search for an attacker that leads the unit to believe the assailant could be someone close to the investigation.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 579 votes.

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Last updated: feb 02, 2023

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