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Criminal Minds

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Genre Crime Drama
Running time 40–45 minutes
Created by Jeff Davis
Starring Lead Actors
Opening theme Original by Marc and Steffan Fantini
Country of origin USA
Original channel CBS
Original run September 22, 2005–present
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 255
List of episodes List of Episodes
Official website Criminal Minds at
IMDB profile Criminal Minds at

Criminal Minds is an American crime drama series 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.[1] 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.

Opening CreditsEdit

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.

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 1st Version

Original version from series debut

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 2nd Version

Adding Penelope Garcia as main character

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 3rd Version

Emily Prentiss substitutes Elle Greenaway as main character

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 4th Version

Jason Gideon leaves the series

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 5th Version

David Rossi joins as main character

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 6th Version

Jennifer Jareau leaves the series

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 7th Version

Ashley Seaver substitutes Emily Prentiss as main character

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 8th Version

Jennifer Jareau and Emily Prentiss rejoin as main characters

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 9th Version

Alex Blake substitutes Emily Prentiss as main character

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 10th Version

Kate Callahan substitutes Alex Blake as main character

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CRIMINAL MINDS. Opening Credits. 11th Version-2

Kate Callahan leaves the series







  • Season One: aired from September 22, 2005, to May 10, 2006.
  • Season Two: aired from September 20, 2006, to May 16, 2007.
  • Season Three: aired from September 26, 2007, to May 21, 2008. The industry-wide Writers' Guild of America strike interrupted its production in late 2007, and its last pre-strike episode aired on January 23, 2008. Following the resolution of the strike, the show returned to air on April 2, 2008.
  • Season Four: aired from September 24, 2008, to May 20, 2009.
  • Season Five: aired from September 23, 2009, to May 26, 2010.
  • Season Six: aired from September 22, 2010, to May 18, 2011.
  • Season Seven: aired from September 21, 2011, to May 16, 2012.
  • Season Eight: aired from September 26, 2012, to May 22, 2013.
  • Season Nine: aired from September 25, 2013, to May 14, 2014.
  • Season Ten: aired from October 1, 2014, to May 6, 2015.
  • Season Eleven: aired from September 30, 2015, to May 4, 2016.
  • Season Twelve: will begin airing late 2016.

Season Ratings AveragesEdit

Series Season TV Season Ranking Viewers A18-49 ratings
Season One 2005-2006 #28 12,630,000 4.5
Season Two 2006-2007 #24 14.050,000 5.0
Season Three 2007-2008 #24 12,780,000 4.5
Season Four 2008-2009 #11 14,950,000 5.2
Season Five 2009-2010 #16 13,695,000 3.6
Season Six 2010-2011 #10 14,111,000 3.8
Season Seven 2011-2012 #15 13,395,000 3.7
Season Eight* 2012-2013 #8 14,591,000 4.1
Season Nine* 2013-2014 #10 14,415,000 3.8
Season Ten* 2014-2015 #9 14,320,000 3.7

  • Seasonal rankings based on average total viewers.
  • Ratings averages Live + 7 of first and reruns (on its timeslot) airings.
  • Season marked with *: Reruns and specials ratings NOT included


See the list of episodes.


The first 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[2]. 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.

The second spin-off, Beyond Borders, was introduced in the episode of the same name, and was green-lit by CBS to premiere in the 2015-2016 TV season, with an initial 13-episode order.

It focuses on the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. Heading the department is Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise), a seasoned 20-year veteran of the Bureau. The team he trusts with his life includes Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney), a former military hero with split-second profiling skills he honed on the battlefield, and Russ "Monty" Montgomery (Tyler James Williams), the unit's compassionate, brilliant tech analyst who additionally liaises stateside with the families of those in trouble while his group is far from home. These agents are dedicated to safely returning U.S. residents home by profiling and identifying criminals who are beyond the country's borders.


Criminal Minds is syndicated for broadcast on several channels from all over the world, including:

  • Argentina
    • AXN
  • Australia
    • Channel 7
    • FX
  • Austria
    • ATV
  • Belgium (Esprits criminels)
    • RTL
    • Vijf TV
  • Brazil
    • AXN Brazil
    • Globo (Mentes Criminosas)
  • Canada
    • CTV
    • A&E
    • ION TV
    • Bravo
    • CBS
  • Czech Republic (Myšlenky zločince)
    • Prima Family
  • Denmark
    • Kanal 5
  • Estonia (Kurjuse kannul)
    • Kanal 2
  • Finland (Criminal minds - FBI-tutkijat)
    • Nelonen
    • FOX
  • France (Esprits criminels)
    • TF1
  • Germany
    • Sat.1
    • Kabel 1
  • Greece (Diavolika myala)
    • ANT.1 TV
  • Hong Kong
    • Rewind Network's HITS TV
  • Hungary (Gyilkos elmék/Kriminális elmék)
    • RTL Klub Televízió
    • AXN
    • Cool TV
  • India
    • Star World Premiere HD
  • Ireland
    • RTE Two
    • LIVING
    • Virgin 1
  • Israel (מחשבות פליליות)
    • yes stars Action
    • yes stars Action HD
  • Italy
    • Rai Due
    • Sky
  • Japan
    • WOWOW Prime
  • Mexico (Mentes criminales)
    • Azteca 7
  • The Netherlands (criminal minds)
    • Veronica
  • New Zealand
    • TVNZ
  • Norway
    • TV2
  • Romania (Minti criminale)
    • Pro TV.
    • AXN
  • Russia (Мыслить как преступник)
    • HTH
  • Slovakia (Myšlienky vraha)
    • Markíza
    • Joj
  • South East Asia
    • Rewind Network's HITS TV
  • Spain (Mentes criminales)
    • AXN Europe
    • Cuatro/FDF
  • Sweden
    • Kanal 5
  • Switzerland
    • 3+
  • Taiwan
    • Rewind Network's HITS TV
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
    • Sky LIVING
  • United States
    • CBS
    • A&E
    • ION TV

PC and Mac GameEdit


  • Fan mail address:
    Criminal Minds
    500 S. Buena Vista
    St. Burbank, CA 91521


  1. Wikipedia article on John Douglas, Mindhunter
  2. Reuters

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