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Why The Criminal Minds TV Show Is So Successful

Updated on August 23, 2017

The Criminal Minds TV Show is a favorite! Reasons Why I Watch Criminal Minds

The Criminal Minds TV Show is one of our favorite programs.  My wife and I  DVR it every Wednesday night, and watch it after church.   The genre of police programming is not our first choice, but this one is a big exception.  This lens highlights some of the reasons why, and I also include many links to articles, information and trivia that you, the fan, will find interesting and helpful.  If you like Criminal Minds, please leave a comment at the end of this lens.

The Criminal Minds TV Show is an American police technical drama that features a squad of FBI profilers who focus more on the criminal than the crime itself.  Their near genius analysis provides entertainment and information which leaves the viewer with the feeling of seeing into the unsub's (Unknown Subject of an Investigation) mind.  This keen insight generally leads to a capture or kill of the bad guy.  The drama is heavy, but the uniqueness of the characters provides some light humor as the family atmosphere of the team is revealed.   This makes the horrendous serious nature of the plots with all its suggested gore more than bearable. We root for the good guys, laugh at the humor, anticipate the well timed quotes given in each episode, marvel at the insights of the team, and rejoice at the capture of the serial killers.  This is fun!

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Jason Gideon (Played by Mandy Patinkin)
Season one:  FBI Unit Chief

2. Aaron Hotchner (Played by (Thomas Gibson)

Season one: Supervisory Special Agent.
Season two, three & four: FBI Unit Chief
Season five: Supervisory Special Agent.
Season six: FBI Unit Chief

3. Elle Greenaway (Played by Lola Glaudini

Season one: Supervisory Special Agent.

4. Derek Morgan (Played by (Shemar Moore)

Season one, two, three & four: Supervisory Special Agent.
Season five: FBI Unit Chief
Season six:  Supervisory Special Agent.

5. Spencer Reid (Played by (Matthew Gray Gubler))

All Seasons: Supervisory Special Agent.

6. Emily Prentiss (Played by (Paget Brewster))

Season two, three, four, five, six: Supervisory Special Agent

7. Jennifer Jareau (Played by (AJ Cook))

Seasons 1-5
SSA - Media Liaison

8. Penelope Garcia (Played by (Kirsten Vangsness))

All seasons

9. David Rossi
(Played by Joe Mantegna)
Seasons 3- 6
Supervisory Special Agent


Criminal Minds Season 8 - 2013

The eighth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 26, 2012. The series was officially renewed for an eighth season on March 14, 2012.(Wiklipedia)

Cast of Characters - Portrayed by

David Rossi - Joe Mantegna

Derek Morgan - Shemar Moore

Dr. Spencer Rei-d Matthew Gray Gubler

Jennifer "JJ" Jareau - A. J. Cook

Penelope Garcia - Kirsten Vangsness

Alex Blake - Jeanne Tripplehorn

Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner - Thomas Gibson

Erin Strauss - Jayne Atkinson - 1 episode

Beth Clemmons - Bellamy Young - 1 episode

Jack Hotchner - Cade Owens - 1 episode

Henry LaMontagne - Mekhai Andersen - 2 episode

Kevin Lynch - Nicholas Brendon - 2 episodes

Maeve Donovan - Beth Riesgraf - 3 episodes

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Criminal Minds TV Show Quotes on YouTube

One of the most entertaining parts of the Criminal Minds TV show are the awesome quotes with each episode. I love them. Luckily, most have been captured on Youtube. Give these a gander!

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Which Season of Criminal Minds Do You Like Best?

What is your opinion of the Criminal Minds TV Show? I would like to hear your thoughts. - Leave comments here!

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      Silvia 2 years ago

      I love this show since the start when CSI comes on after I change the channel

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @anonymous: Thanks and have a great day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Reruns of Criminal Minds are played Davis daily in our home.

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Great lens, I absolutely love Criminal Minds :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      luuurrrrvvvv this show!!! REID!!! <3

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Each episode of this series is so well put together and is so interesting that you will not even think of changing the channel. Great lens!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Great lens! I too am a fan of the show. I think Reid is my favorite character.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love criminal minds and keep hoping it gets back to its past glory. The agent rossi character is unbelievable, at best, and his acting is not on par with the others!!! Why can't the CBS see this??? he is not a super hero; its supposed to be a team not robin hood and his merry men.

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      Inkhand 6 years ago

      I agree it is the clever plots of the Show that make it successful.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Definitely a great show! My apologies to Reid for misspelling his name above :)

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      nsixx99 6 years ago

      I love this show and I think it got so much better after Patinkin left, I just really did not like the Gideon character.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Love this show. Reid is awesome. Thanks for the lens!

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      chocsie 6 years ago

      Great lens! I absolutely love this show and all the characters!

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      what an exciting lens! i shall catch this show soon! cheers

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens about some of my favorite characters and one of my favorite TV shows. Thanks for all the great info!

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      Jen 7 years ago from Canada

      Really great lens. I love Morgan, Reid, and JJ.

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      I put my two cents in (above) . . . so you know I love this show. Blessed!

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      TheBigSquid 7 years ago

      Criminal Minds has to be the best show on the box, awesome lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I really enjoy this show. It is great to see the interaction between the characters.