Sep. 22, 2005
Returning Series
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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Criminal Minds

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.Each member of the BAU brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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The Las Vegas, Nevada-born actor, Matthew Gray Gubler also worked as a model before becoming an actor. ...

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Dr. Spencer Reid is a Supervisory Special Agent. He is a genius who graduated from Las Vegas High School at age 12, and holds PhDs in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Engineering, as well as BAs in Psychology and Sociology, and, as of season four, is working on a BA in Philosophy. It has been revealed that he has an IQ of 187, can read a dizzying 20,000 words per minute, and has an eidetic memory. Most of the members on the team are intimidated by his profound knowledge. He is habitually introduced as "Dr. Spencer Reid", in contrast to the other agents' introductions as "Supervisory Special Agent". The purpose of this, as explained by Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner in the pilot episode "Extreme Aggressor", is to create a respectable first impression of Spencer, deflecting judgments about his age. His mother, Diana Reid (Jane Lynch), suffers from schizophrenia, and is currently committed to a mental institution. In the season seven episode "Proof", Spencer completely ignores SSA Jennifer Jareau for not telling him the that SSA Emily Prentiss was alive. Spencer is also the godfather of Jennifer's son Henry. In the eighth season Spencer is involved with a woman whom he has never met in person due to the fact she is being stalked. Reid watches her die the first time they ever meet in person when her stalker finally catches up with her in the episode "Zugzwang". The stalker commits murder-suicide. Reid is devastated by the loss but returns to work quickly.

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12x14 - Collision Course
Season 12, Episode 14
04x08 - Masterpiece
Season 4, Episode 08
10x01 - X
Season 10, Episode 01
06x09 - Into the Woods
Season 6, Episode 09
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Dr. Spencer Reid Quotes

11x22 - The Storm Season 11 / Episode 22: - The Storm

Penelope Garcia: If we're talking about vacations, guess where I'm going.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Hmm. To visit Emily?
Penelope Garcia: Yes. How did you know that?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Because nothing else would make you this excited.
11x22 - The Storm Season 11 / Episode 22: - The Storm

Dr. Spencer Reid: Where's Hotch being held?
David Rossi: I don't know yet. I have calls out.
Dr. Tara Lewis: Metro SWAT took him in?
David Rossi: Yeah, but it has to be bigger than that.
Dr. Spencer Reid: JJ's on her way here right now. She couldn't explain everything on the phone because she's with the kids.
Penelope Garcia: Okay, maybe Hotch was SWATted. That's an extreme prank that gamers pull on their opponents, where they fake a 911 on them. It's recently escalated among celebrities.
David Rossi: If it was a prank, they wouldn't have arrested him.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Unless they didn't know. If someone called 911 and said that Hotch is a threat, SWAT has to respond. Which means somewhere, there's a record of that call.
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