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Season Thirteen is the thirteenth season of Criminal Minds. On April 8th, 2017 CBS announced the renewal of Criminal Minds for the 2017-2018 TV season, with a standard initial order of 22 episodes. The season premiered on September 27, 2017.


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Image Title Airdate Writer Director Season Episode Series Episode
1301 WHEELS UP "Wheels Up" September 27, 2017 Breen Frazier Glenn Kershaw 1 278
The BAU teams up with Matthew Simmons to save one of their own from Mr. Scratch.
1302 TO A BETTER PLACE "To A Better Place" October 4, 2017 Bruce Zimmerman Diana Valentine 2 279
When the remains of three people are found in suitcases, the BAU works to determine if there is any connection.
1303 KILLER APP "Killer App" October 18, 2017 Stephanie SenGupta Alec Smight 3 280
The BAU travel to Silicon Valley to uncover the mastermind that used a state-of-the-art drone to commit a workplace shooting.
1304 BLUE ANGEL "Blue Angel" October 11, 2017 Christopher Barbour Sharat Raju 4 281
The BAU is sent to Detroit to help locate an unsub attacking successful businessmen.
1305 THE BUNKER "The Bunker" November 8, 2017 Karen Maser Aisha Tyler 5 282
The BAU work to determine similarities between multiple missing women in the hopes of finding their kidnapper.
1306 LUCKY STRIKES "Lucky Strikes" October 25, 2017 James T. Clemente Tawnia McKiernan 6 283
Derek Morgan drops by the BAU to help comfort Garcia when a case brings back memories of a case from her past.
1307 DUST AND BONES "Dust and Bones" November 15, 2017 Erica Meredith Marcus Stokes 7 284
The BAU travels to Austin, Texas to search for an unsub that is hunting down highly respected community members.
1308 NEON TERROR "Neon Terror" November 22, 2017 Erik Stiller Bethany Rooney 8 285
The BAU travels to Miami to stop an unsub who gives footage of his crimes to the media.
1309 FALSE FLAG "False Flag" December 6, 2017 Breen Frazier Joe Mantegna 9 286
The BAU travels to Roswell, New Mexico to find an unsub who killed two people belonging to the same conspiracy group.
1310 SUBMERGED "Submerged" January 3, 2018 Bruce Zimmerman Rob Bailey 10 287
The BAU searches for an unsub responsible for multiple backyard pool homicides.
1311 FULL-TILT BOOGIE "Full-Tilt Boogie" January 10, 2018 Erica Messer and Kirsten Vangsness Simon Mirren 11 288
When the wife of a small town's police chief is almost murdered, the BAU travels to Virginia and uncovers multiple disturbing secrets.
1312 BAD MOON ON THE RISE "Bad Moon on the Rise" January 17, 2018 Karen Maser Christoph Schrewe 12 289
When brutal casualties are reported in New York, the BAU is called to investigate.
1313 CURE "Cure" January 24, 2018 Christopher Barbour Glenn Kershaw 13 290
The BAU travels to Washington D.C. to uncover the meaning behind a series of messages left in the mouths of multiple murder victims.
1314 MIASMA "Miasma" January 31, 2018 Erica Meredith Leon Ichaso 14 291
The BAU travels to New Orleans to find the unsub responsible for filling a recently-discovered mass grave in a local cemetery.
Screenshot "Annihilator" March 7, 2018 Erik Stiller Rob Bailey 15 292
Assistant Chief Linda Barnes joins the BAU in investigating a quadruple homicide in St. Louis.
Screenshot "Last Gasp" March 14, 2018 Stephanie SenGupta Adam Rodriguez 16 293
Screenshot "The Capilano's" March 21, 2018 Erica Messer Matthew Gray Gubler 17 294
Screenshot "The Dance of Love" --- --- Joe Mantegna 18 295
Screenshot "---" --- --- --- 19 296
Screenshot "All You Can Eat" --- Karen Maser Diana Valentine 20 297
Screenshot "Mixed Signals" --- Erica Meredith and Erik Stiller Alec Smight 21 298
Screenshot "---" April 25, 2018 --- --- 22 299


The season will begin where the previous season left off, showing the results of Peter Lewis' vehicular attack on the BAU. Both Kirsten Vangsness and Daniel Henney confirmed that a member of the team will be abducted from the crash site and Garcia will contact Matthew Simmons to help with the aftermath of Peter's attack.[1]

The season will also focus on Spencer Reid's future with the Bureau following his being framed for murder by a trio led by Cat Adams in the previous season.

On June 12, 2017, it was announced that Damon Gupton will not reprise his role as Stephen Walker for this season due to being fired by CBS after one season. Eight days later, it was announced that Daniel Henney will be filling in the void left by Gupton, reprising his role as Matthew Simmons from the recently canceled spin-off series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

In August 2017, Kelly Frye, the actress who portrayed Matthew Simmons' wife Kristy in Beyond Borders, announced via Twitter that she would reprise her role in the original series this season, beginning with the fourth episode. The couple's sons, David and Jake, portrayed by child actors Declan Whaley and Ezra Dewey respectively, will also return this season as recurring characters, also starting with the fourth episode.

Erica Messer confirmed that Jamie Kennedy, who portrayed cannibalistic serial killer Floyd Feylinn Ferell in the Season Three episode Lucky, will reprise his role in the sixth episode, which will have a heavy impact on the stories and emotions of several characters.

Matthew Gray Gubler will direct an episode for the season, which will revolve around clowns. Also, Aisha Tyler will direct the season's fifth episode. On September 27, Kirsten Vangsness announced that Adam Rodriguez would also direct an episode this season.

On October 12, 2017, it was announced that Shemar Moore will reprise his role as Derek Morgan in the sixth episode of Season Thirteen. In this episode, he will be helping Penelope Garcia persevere through a case that has emotionally affected her.

On January 16, 2018, it was announced that Days of our Lives veteran Drake Hogestyn is set to guest-star on an upcoming episode in an "elite" role as Senator Richards, who is described as a "powerful congressman and part of the D.C. elite."[2]

Opening Credits

Criminal Minds Season 13 Intro HD

Criminal Minds Season 13 Intro HD

Season 13 Opening Credits
Daniel Henney joins as Matthew "Matt" Simmons