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The 10 Most Remarkable Quotes From The US Crime Series "Criminal Minds"

Updated on March 15, 2015

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The Criminal Minds Theme

Many Sources for Criminal Minds Quotes

Browsing the internet, you may find hosts of websites dedicated to Criminal Minds and its Opening and Ending Quotes.

Here is a short list of the most useful ones:

From A Real Fan

If you like the TV series "Criminal Minds" as much as I do, you probably are loving the opening and closing quotes in each episode, too. Maybe, you already have your own personal Top Ten list.

I am fascinated by these quotes in particular because of their mysterious, enigmatic, recondite, or ambigous character. They really make me think and reflect on my own life.

I have watched most of the episodes from the Seasons 1-5 and I really do look forward to watching the later seasons soon. I found the show having an astounding cast with intelligence, grit, character, and a human touch.

As the icing on the cake I would like to point out the opening and ending quotes. They always take the topic and focus of each episode further and often opens up a philosophic or esoteric dimension. Personally, it allows me to build a bridge from the elements of the series to my own life, my surroundings, environment, social class and clique. It puts the trials and tribulations of day to day live into another perspective. That are the reasons why I really like them so much in the series.

Criminal Minds Trailer

A Brief Summary Of The Plot

To start with I would like to give you a quick overview of the plot. I think, it is critical to understand the nature of the selection of the quotes for the specific episodes.

In this crime series, a crack team of FBI profilers from a sub-department called "Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU)" fly from Quantico, Vriginia, to the focal points of the criminal activities of various serial killers or to crime scenes of extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub).

The BAU is highly specialized in the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case.

The cases are weird, twisted and leave a bitter taste in your mouth at the end, there's not always a happy ending. They introduce the victims, make us like them and then kill them. So, we - the audience - have to suffer the loss, This way, they actually make you understand what kind of monsters normal/regular humans can be. The series does not only exploit intriguing serial killers. They dwell on the most common fears, those threats that we all live with, at the same time.

The work conducted by the BAU is being very time consuming and psychologically demanding. As a tragic consequence, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. The team members rather rely on each other with regard to comfort and consolation.

Criminal Minds is so intriguing because It really goes in depth with how profiling really works. It keeps a great story line all the way through, with many twists and bizarre themes. The characters in the show are established very well, with interesting personalities that really hold the show together.

I like the famous quotes which one of the team members tells in the end of each episode, which sums up the story perfectly and usually gives you something more to think about...

The Cast of Criminal Minds at the Paley Centre

Back row (left to right): Jayne Atkinson, Ed Bernero; By etrainer (Flickr: DSC01133) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Back row (left to right): Jayne Atkinson, Ed Bernero; By etrainer (Flickr: DSC01133) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Behind the Scenes of Criminal Minds

The Cast

This TV show clearly thrives on the basis of its great acters and actresses. The characters in the show are established very well, with interesting personalities that really hold the show together. In particular, Patinkin is an ideal cast as Jason Gideon. If you think about it, he's more like a professor citing famous lines from Einstein, Faulkner, etc.

It is vital to mention the main characters and its protagonists.

Here they are:

  • Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan (186 episodes, 2005-2013)
  • Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner (186 episodes, 2005-2013)
  • Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid (185 episodes, 2005-2013)
  • Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia (184 episodes, 2005-2013)
  • A.J. Cook as Jennifer Jareau (165 episodes, 2005-2013)
  • Joe Mantegna as David Rossi (136 episodes, 2007-2013)
  • Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss (125 episodes, 2006-2012)
  • Mandy Patinkin as Jason Gideon (47 episodes, 2005-2007)

Main Director:

  • Edward Allen Bernero


  • Jeff Davis

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Exciting Facts and Trivia

For fans of the show, it might be compelling to learn some behind-the-scenes scoop about their favorite Criminal Minds actor(s). Check this out:

Fact #1: Mandy Patinkin (Jason Gideon) left Criminal Minds in Season 3. This was not the first time the actor left a CBS drama series early on in its run. Patinkin also departed from the medical drama Chicago Hope, several years before the show came to an end. With Homeland, his latest showtime series, will Patinkin break his trend of only sticking with shows for their early years?

Fact #2: Veteran television actress Dina Meyer will guest star in Criminal Minds' 150th episode. She has worked with Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) once before.

Fact #3: Rachel Nichols had a brief stint on Criminal Minds last season, as rookie agent Ashley Seaver.

Seasons and Episodes

Originally aired
Sep 2005 - May 2006
Sep 2006 - May 2007
Sep 2007 - May 2008
Sep 2008 - May 2009
Sep 2009 - May 2010
Sep 2010 - May 2011
Sep 2011 - May 2012
Sep 2012 - May 2013
Sep 2013 - MAy 2014
Oct 2014 - today

Gag Reel & Bloopers - Season 4

Gag Reel & Bloopers - Season 7

Gag Reel & Bloopers - Season 8

12 Facts About Reid That You Probably Did Not Know

Dr. Spencer Reid is certainly one of the most fascinating and extraordinary characters in this movie series. At the same time, he is quite amicable and it is hard not to like him. Here are some facts, that you might not have learned about him:

  1. He’s a technophobe. Spencer doesn’t use email or have an iPad. He also doesn’t follow any sort of pop culture.
  2. He once asked J.J. out on a date.
  3. He’s obsessive compulsive.
  4. He was addicted to dilaudid. When Spencer was kidnapped by a serial killer with multiple personalities, he was forced to take the hallucinogens.
  5. He is Henry’s godfather. When J.J. gave birth to Henry, Spencer was the last person to visit.
  6. He likes soap operas.
  7. He is allergic to carbenicillin.
  8. He writes his mother every day.
  9. He likes magic. A Lot.
  10. He chose to attend Cal Tech, but mentions that he also graduated from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  11. He can read 20,000 words per minute.
  12. Spencer’s leg injury was originally unplanned, but was written in when Matthew Gray Gubler suffered a real-life knee injury that left him unable to walk for months.

You get more details and background information on these 12 facts on the following website:

The 10 Most Remarkable Criminal Minds Quotes

If you are familiar with this crime series, you already know that nearly every episode of the TV show begins and ends with a thought-provoking quote. Here is my personal list of the best ones:

  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein - (Season 1: Compulsion)
  • "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." - William Faulkner - (Season 1: Compulsion)
  • "Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable." - [attributed to] Shakespeare - (Season 1: L.D.S.K.)
  • "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal." - Albert Pine - (Season 1: Riding the Lightning)
  • "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent." - Mahatma Gandhi - (Season 1: A Real Rain)
  • "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell - (Season 1: Secrets and Lies)
  • "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." - Helen Keller - (Season 2: Aftermath)
  • "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato - (Season 2: The Boogeyman)
  • "Some of the best lessons are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future." - Dale Turner - (Season 2: Lessons Learned)
  • "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles." - Charles Chaplin - (Season 2: Legacy)


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