132 votes


NBC 1996

Blessed with an uncanny ability to use the clues left at crime scenes to “see” what happened, forensic psychologist Dr. Samantha “Sam” Waters is one of the FBI’s most valuable assets. But her life and career are shattered when a serial killer murders her husband, and she retreats into self-imposed exile. Created by Cynthia Saunders (L.A. Law) and starring Ally Walker (Singles, While You Were Sleeping) PROFILER is a taut, stylish thriller that explores the darkest corners of the human psyche. Coaxed back to the Bureau by her mentor Bailey Malone (Die Hard‘’s Robert Davi) Sam picks up where she left off, using her gift–and the help of an elite team of specialists–to unravel high-profile cases that stymie other investigators.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Profiler

Profiler - S1E11

#1 - Doppelganger


Season 1 - Episode 11

A murder at a home for the criminally insane has all the landmarks of one of the institution's residents, but he insists upon his innocence--and Sam backs up his contention.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.

Profiler - S1E16

#2 - Film at 11


Season 1 - Episode 16

In New York, a vigilante is exacting "justice" on people recently acquitted of crimes--and filming his murders for broadcast on the evening news.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Profiler - S3E19

#3 - Grand Master (2)


Season 3 - Episode 19

Sam continues to study the case of Bryce Banks, a 13-year-old chess prodigy, whose life might still be in danger and deals with ‘Pretender' Jarod (impersonating a police detective named Doyle) whom is looking after Bryce. Her fears are proven right when Bryce disappears. Sam and Jarod suspect the enigmatic Father (aka: Ronald Dain) is using the boy in his revenge plans by killing all the members of a top-secret project 20 years before involving brainwashing. Meanwhile, Sam grows more suspicious of Jarod‘s true origins and finally discovers his fugitive life status. (End Game (1) aired on The Pretender, season 3, episode 19.)

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

Profiler - S1E9

#4 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice


Season 1 - Episode 9

As Sam and the VCTF work a series of ritual murders on Indian reservations, Bailey's FBI ID turns up pinned to the body of Jack's latest victim.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.

Profiler - S1E22

#5 - Venom (2)


Season 1 - Episode 22

Just as Sam figures out the identity of the "venom killer," Jack strikes again, first by framing the FBI and VCTF by impersonating an agent and beating up a few suspects, and then abducting both Sam and the killer.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.

Profiler - S4E2
#6 - Reunion (2)
Season 4 - Episode 2

A kidnapped Sam (Ally Walker) stalls for time as the murderous Jack of All Trades (Dennis Christopher) twists the facts hoping to convince her that she too will kill -- when the subject and timing are right -- while a recovering Bailey (Robert Davi) and new profiler Rachel Burke (Jamie Luner) grope for clues about Jack's hideout. But Jack shows a new card when he lures Sam's young daughter, Chloe (Evan Rachel Wood), into his web of deceit by convincing her that her mother was responsible for her father's slaying.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Profiler - S1E3
#7 - Unholy Alliance
Season 1 - Episode 3

Sam investigates a series of murders which bear striking similarities to the methods of a killer whom Bailey put in prison 10 years earlier. Sam suspects that the real culprit is still free, and through her gifted insight, she finds clues in the ancient I Ching art of divination that lead her to a high-ranking military officer, who may be protecting the slayer.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
Profiler - S1E7
#8 - Night Dreams
Season 1 - Episode 7

The VCTF investigates a series of kidnappings that has Atlanta in a panic. The case proves difficult, and when a connection is finally made, Sam realizes that time is running out.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Profiler - S1E14
#9 - Shadow of Angels (1) (a.k.a. Noblesse Oblige)
Season 1 - Episode 14

As Sam and her colleagues close in on Jack, they are forced to interrupt their pursuit to investigate a bizarre murder where a man is buried under thousands of silver coins--a preamble to a series of killings that point toward an eccentric, powerful family.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Profiler - S1E8
#10 - Cruel and Unusual
Season 1 - Episode 8

Sam probes a series of murders that appear linked to a death row inmate while Jack prepares to select his next victim--from among the VCTF team.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



I watched this when it originally aired but never finished it. And I couldn´t remember why. So I decided to re-watch and it came back why I quit. That Jack plot already became very boring somewhere in the middle of the second season, it just wasn´t going anywhere. And catching him was to easy a task in the end if you consider what kind of complexity they wrote into the character in the first place. It didn´t help that the actor playing Jack in the third was different from the one who did it the first two years. The first Jack was a genius, obsessed maniac. The one we finally see is a sad excuse of that and reminds me more a poor mans Dr. Lecter. (Suplement: After further watching I should withdraw that part of the comment, it is premature - if you´ve watched you know why. This may explain some things but it didn´t helped the show from where I stand because now all of a sudden it seems "Jack" has been a group of people.) Than there is Dr. Waters - the know-it-all. Everytime someone is making a suggestion on a case, with here it´s always "No, that´s not it" and then comes the lecture-like explanation why they are wrong. I never felt any sympathy for her and her situation as I never felt drawn to any character of the show. They also tried a lot of different sub-plots in the second season f.e. Baileys daughter or his relationship with the ex-wife of a colleague (or his own ex for that matter) but they too went nowhere because they were either closed out to fast or never really developed further. The other characters in the show never got much of a background so they appear unintertesting. I´m writing this while I´m a quarter into the third and maybe some of the things mentioned above will change. I will go through the end this time but for me this is at best an average crime show. I´ve already had a couple of episodes that couldn´t grap my attention and just played in the back. After the conclusion of the Jack-plot I decided not to go along with the show any longer. There just isn´t anything in it that interests me.

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