7.4
132 votes
Profiler

Profiler

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 - S2E20

#1 - The Root of All Evil (2)

8.50

Season 2 - Episode 20

The team tries to catch a diabolical killer determined to take revenge on people who are so blinded by their love of money that they can't see the repercussions their actions have on the other side of the world, starting the with the setting off of incendiary car bombs outside a wealthy business office. The game between Jack and VCTF begins with Sharon as bait to lure Jack to the prison so they can catch him. But Jack has other plans. Meanwhile, Sam pays a visit to her long estranged father for the first time in 10 years. As she struggles to both deal with her father and the elusive avenging killer still committing bombings across the country, she soon makes the final connection to the killer in order to catch him.

The episode was rated from 4 votes.

Profiler - S1E11

#2 - Doppelganger

7.83

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 - S4E5

#3 - Infidelity

7.83

Season 4 - Episode 5

When Rachel and Bailey investigate a series of Ohio murders in which the mutilated victims are cheating husbands, they suspect that the killer is the vengeful boyfriend (guest star L.L. Ginter) of a woman (guest star Amanda Wyss) common to all of the dead men -- until she offers an unconvincing confession. Meanwhile, the VCTF team must contend with a local sheriff who wants to join their force, Grace must deal with her crumbling marriage and new pregnancy, and George is left limping after a painful car accident

The episode was rated from 6 votes.

Profiler - S1E16

#4 - Film at 11

7.80

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

#5 - Grand Master (2)

7.69

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
#6 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
7.64
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
#7 - Venom (2)
7.57
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
#8 - Reunion (2)
7.57
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
#9 - Unholy Alliance
7.49
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
#10 - Night Dreams
7.46
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.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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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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