|Running time||40–45 minutes|
|Created by||Jeff Davis|
|Opening theme||Original by Marc and Steffan Fantini|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Original run||September 22, 2005–present|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||218|
|List of episodes||List of Episodes|
|Official website||Criminal Minds at CBS.com|
|IMDB profile||Criminal Minds at IMDB.com|
Criminal Minds is an American Crime Drama on the CBS network. The show originally aired on September 22, 2005.
Creation and PremiseEdit
Criminal Minds was created by Jeff Davis and is produced by the Mark Gordon Company in association with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios. The show follows the investigative lives of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Virginia.
The unit itself is based entirely on the real-life BAU built by FBI Profiler John Douglas. The show's former main character, Jason Gideon, and current main character, David Rossi, are both partially based on John Douglas himself, with respect to different aspects of their personalities. The show abandons the common format of procedural dramas by focusing more on the criminals and their victims instead of the main cast.
Throughout the episodes, quotations from famous philosophers are often recited by the cast. These quotations are relevant to the episode's plot and help to bring the "pieces" of the case together. Previously, it was always Jason Gideon who recited them, but, since his departure, the rest of the cast have taken over; quotations mainly being quoted by the prominent character of that episode.
For the first five seasons, they changed just enough to reflect the changes in the main cast, keeping the original theme song created for the show intact. Starting with the first change made in Season Six (6th version), the theme song has been subtly updated and modernized, with electric guitars added that play the main four-note motif, along with the sound effect of an explosion towards the end.
Season One premiered on September 22, 2005, and Season Two premiered on September 20, 2006. Both of the seasons ran their respective episodes without any interruptions. Season Three, which premiered on September 26, 2007, was interrupted in late 2007 by the industry-wide Writer's Guild of America strike. It aired its last pre-strike episode on January 23, 2008. Following the resolution of the strike, the show returned to air on April 2, 2008. Season Four premiered on September 24, 2008; Season Five on September 23, 2009; Season Six on September 22, 2010; Season Seven on September 21, 2011; Season Eight on September 26, 2012; and Season Nine on September 25, 2013. Most recently, Season Ten premiered on October 1, 2014, and is still ongoing.
- Season One
- Season Two
- Season Three
- Season Four
- Season Five
- Season Six
- Season Seven
- Season Eight
- Season Nine
- Season Ten
Season Ratings AveragesEdit
|Series Season||TV Season||Ranking||Viewers||A18-49 ratings|
- Seasonal rankings based on average total viewers.
- Ratings averages Live + 7 of first and reruns (on its timeslot) airings.
- Season Eight and Nine: Reruns and specials ratings NOT included
The spin-off, Suspect Behavior, was introduced in The Fight and, after being green-lit by CBS, premiered on February 16, 2011 with a 13-episode order. Due to mild to bad ratings, only one season of 13 episodes aired before the show's cancellation on May 17, 2011.
It revolves around a new group of profilers, led by Sam Cooper (Forest Whitaker), who work outside the FBI bureaucracy. Beau Garrett played Gina LaSalle, a tough girl and recent FBI recruit who is loyal to Cooper and the object of flirting from Mick Rawson, an arrogant former military sniper who was portrayed by Matt Ryan. Michael Kelly played Jonathan "Prophet" Simms, a former criminal-turned-FBI agent. Kirsten Vangsness continued her role as Penelope Garcia, who was the team's technical analyst. Richard Schiff portrayed FBI Director Jack Fickler and Janeane Garofalo played Beth Griffith, the only BAU agent that didn't appear in The Fight.
Criminal Minds is syndicated for broadcast on several channels from all over the world, including:
- Aaron Hotchner - Thomas Gibson
- David Rossi - Joe Mantegna
- Kate Callahan - Jennifer Love Hewitt
- Derek Morgan - Shemar Moore
- Dr. Spencer Reid - Matthew Gray Gubler
- Jennifer Jareau - A.J. Cook
- Penelope Garcia - Kirsten Vangsness
- William LaMontagne, Jr. - Josh Stewart
- Kevin Lynch - Nicholas Brendon
- Diana Reid - Jane Lynch
- Jack Hotchner - Cade Owens
- Henry LaMontagne - Mekhai Andersen
- Beth Clemmons - Bellamy Young
- Mateo Cruz - Esai Morales
- Elle Greenaway - Lola Glaudini
- Jason Gideon - Mandy Patinkin
- Jordan Todd - Meta Golding
- Haley Hotchner - Meredith Monroe
- Ashley Seaver - Rachel Nichols
- Emily Prentiss - Paget Brewster
- Maeve Donovan - Beth Riesgraf
- Erin Strauss - Jayne Atkinson
- Alex Blake - Jeanne Tripplehorn
See the list of episodes.
PC and Mac GameEdit
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