Criminal Minds

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Criminal Minds
Criminal-Minds.svg
GenreCrime drama
Thriller
FormatPolice procedural[1]
Created byJeff Davis
StarringMandy Patinkin
Thomas Gibson
Lola Glaudini
Shemar Moore
Matthew Gray Gubler
A. J. Cook
Kirsten Vangsness
Paget Brewster
Joe Mantegna
Rachel Nichols
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes205 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)The Mark Gordon Company (2005–present)
Touchstone Television (2005–07)
ABC Studios (2007–present)
Paramount Television (2005–06)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–09)
CBS Television Studios (2009–present)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runSeptember 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) – present
Chronology
Related showsCriminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Criminal Minds
Criminal-Minds.svg
GenreCrime drama
Thriller
FormatPolice procedural[1]
Created byJeff Davis
StarringMandy Patinkin
Thomas Gibson
Lola Glaudini
Shemar Moore
Matthew Gray Gubler
A. J. Cook
Kirsten Vangsness
Paget Brewster
Joe Mantegna
Rachel Nichols
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes205 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)The Mark Gordon Company (2005–present)
Touchstone Television (2005–07)
ABC Studios (2007–present)
Paramount Television (2005–06)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–09)
CBS Television Studios (2009–present)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runSeptember 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) – present
Chronology
Related showsCriminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)
External links
Website
Production website

Criminal Minds is an American police procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia. The BAU is part of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.[2] The show differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on profiling the criminal, called the unsub or "unknown subject", rather than the crime itself. The show is produced by The Mark Gordon Company in association with CBS Television Studios (originally Paramount Network Television then CBS Paramount Network Television) and ABC Studios (originally Touchstone Television).

CBS announced in October 2009 that Legacy Interactive would develop a video game based on the show. The game would require players to examine crime scenes for clues to help solve murder mysteries. The interactive puzzle game was released in 2012, but the show's cast was not involved with the project, and as such it did not feature any of the voices of the cast.[3][4][5]

On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a tenth season.[6]

Background[edit]

When the series premiered in 2005, it featured FBI Agents Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer Jareau (A. J. Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). During season one, Vangsness was not a part of the main cast, but instead appeared as a recurring star. Since season two, she has been promoted to the main cast. In season two (2006-07), Lola Glaudini announced her departure from the show, as she was unhappy living in Los Angeles and wished to return to Brooklyn. She is replaced by Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), the daughter of an ambassador (Kate Jackson). Although fans were initially wary of Lola Glaudini's departure, Paget Brewster's role in the show has received large praise from fans.

In season three, Patinkin announced his departure from the show, because he was deeply disturbed with the content depicted in the show. He left apologetic letters for his fellow cast members explaining his reasons and wishing them luck. He is replaced by David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a former FBI agent and best-selling author. Although fans were devastated with Mandy Patinkin's decision to leave, Joe Mantegna's role in the show has been well received, and fans eventually accepted him and his character. In season four (2008-09), A. J. Cook became pregnant with her first child, fathered by her husband, Nathan Andersen. Her pregnancy was written into the show, where Jennifer goes on maternity leave after giving birth to a son named Henry (played by A. J. Cook's real-life son, Mekhai Andersen). Jordan Todd (Meta Golding), an FBI Agent from the Counterterrorism Unit, serves as Communications Liaison until Jennifer returns.

In season six, Jennifer is forced by Section Chief Erin Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) to accept a promotion at The Pentagon, causing her to leave the Behavioral Analysis Unit. In episode ten, she is replaced by Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols), the daughter of a horrific serial killer known as "The Redmond Ripper". Ashley transfers to the Domestic Trafficking Task Force after she graduates from the FBI academy. Later in season six, Emily is seemingly killed off, although she actually survives, she does not appear at all for the rest of the season. Also in season six, Jennifer returns twice as a special guest star. In May 2011, CBS chose not to renew Rachel Nichols' contract for season seven (2011-12), due to her character's negative reception from fans.

The cause of A. J. Cook's and Paget Brewster's departure was CBS making a controversial decision to release them from their contracts, which caused numerous angry letters sent from the fans to the studio. Because of this, A. J. Cook and Paget Brewster were re-hired by CBS, reprising as Jennifer Jareau and Emily Prentiss, respectively.[7][8] In February 2012, Paget Brewster announced her departure from the show after season seven[9] and is replaced in season eight (2012-13) by Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn), a professor at Georgetown University.[10] Paget Brewster made a guest appearance in the show's 200th episode, reprising as Emily Prentiss.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

CharacterPlayed byPositionSeasons
123456789
Jason GideonMandy PatinkinSenior Supervisory Special AgentMain
David RossiJoe MantegnaSenior Supervisory Special AgentMain
Aaron HotchnerThomas GibsonUnit Chief / Senior Supervisory Special AgentMain
Derek MorganShemar MooreSupervisory Special Agent / Tactical TrainerMain
Spencer ReidMatthew Gray GublerSupervisory Special AgentMain
Jennifer JareauA. J. CookSupervisory Special AgentMainRecurringMain
Elle GreenawayLola GlaudiniSupervisory Special AgentMain
Emily PrentissPaget BrewsterSupervisory Special AgentMainGuest
Alex Blake[11]Jeanne TripplehornFBI Linguistics Expert[11]Main
Jordan ToddMeta GoldingCommunications LiaisonMain
Ashley SeaverRachel NicholsFBI CadetMain
Penelope GarciaKirsten VangsnessTechnical Analyst / Communications LiaisonRecurringMain

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Eight complete seasons of Criminal Minds have been aired, with the ninth season starting on September 25, 2013. As of March 19, 2014, a total of 205 episodes have aired.

SeasonNo. of
episodes
Originally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleNorth America (R1)United Kingdom (R2)Australia (R4)Discs
122September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22)May 10, 2006 (2006-05-10)November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)[14]February 12, 2007 (2007-02-12)[15]November 3, 2007 (2007-11-03)[16]6
223September 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)[17]May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)[18]April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)[19]6
320September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21)September 16, 2008 (2008-09-16)[20]April 6, 2009 (2009-04-06)[21]March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)[22]5
426September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24)May 20, 2009 (2009-05-20)September 8, 2009 (2009-09-08)[23]March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)[24]March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)[25]7
523September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)[26]February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)6
624September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22)May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)[27]November 28, 2011[28]November 30, 2011[29]6
724September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)May 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)[30]November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)[31]November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)6
824September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)[32]December 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)[33]December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)[34]6
924[35]September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The premiere episode was met with mixed reviews, receiving a score of 42 out of 100 on aggregate review site Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[36]

Dorothy Rabinowitz said, in her review for the Wall Street Journal, that "From the evidence of the first few episodes, Criminal Minds may be a hit, and deservedly" and gave particular praise to both Matthew Gray Gubler and Mandy Patinkin's performance.[37]

The New York Times was less than positive, saying "The problem with "Criminal Minds" is its many confusing maladies, applied to too many characters" and felt that "as a result, the cast seems like a spilled trunk of broken toys, with which the audience - and perhaps the creators - may quickly become bored."[38]

The Chicago Tribune reviewer, Sid Smith, felt that the show "May well be worth a look" though he too criticized the "confusing plots and characters."[39]

PopMatters panned the show, saying the show "confuses critical thinking with supernatural abilities" and criticized the "stereotypical characters". The Los Angeles Times gave a similar review.[40] However, both reviewers praised Patinkin and Gubler's performances.[41]

American ratings[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Criminal Minds.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
SeasonEpisodesTime slot (EST)Original AiringRankViewers
(in millions)
Season premiereSeason finaleTV season
122Wednesday 9:00 pmSeptember 22, 2005May 10, 20062005–06No. 2812.63[42]
223September 20, 2006May 16, 20072006–07No. 2414.05[43]
320September 26, 2007May 21, 20082007–08No. 2412.78[44]
426September 24, 2008May 20, 20092008–09No. 1114.95[45]
523September 23, 2009May 26, 20102009–10No. 1613.70[46]
624September 22, 2010May 18, 20112010–11No. 1014.11[47]
724September 21, 2011May 16, 20122011–12No. 1513.20[48]
824September 26, 2012May 22, 20132012–13No. 2012.15[49]

* The season two episode "The Big Game" set a series-high rating by attracting an audience of 26.31 million viewers and a 18–49 rating of 9.3.[50]

DVR[edit]

The show ranked number nine in DVR playback (2.35 million viewers), according to Nielsen prime DVR lift data from September 22, 2008 – November 23, 2008.[51]

For the week of October 10, 2010, Criminal Minds ranked sixth in DVR playback (2.40 million viewers), and seventh in the demo playback (1.0 demo) according to Nielsen prime DVR lift data.[52]

Syndication[edit]

The series is in syndication on A&E Network, Bravo, and Ion Television.[53] Season nine of the show is broadcast on Star World Premiere HD in India, a few hours after the American telecast.

Spin-off[edit]

The spin-off debuted February 16, 2011, on CBS[54] but was canceled after a short 13 episode season due to low ratings.[55] On September 6, 2011, CBS DVD released The Complete Series on a four-disc set. It was packaged as "The DVD Edition".

References[edit]

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  2. ^ NCAVC homepage
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External links[edit]


Preceded by
Grey's Anatomy
2006
Criminal Minds
Super Bowl lead-out program
2007
Succeeded by
House
2008