Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 22, 2005
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
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.

Trivia Facts | Top Quotes | Goofs/Mistakes
  • On the show, suspects are routinely referred to as "unsubs", or unknown subjects.
  • Matthew Gray Gubler was once photographed by famed photographer Mia Grace, who had a small part in the series' pilot episode.
  • CBS aired an episode after Super Bowl XLI (2007) (TV) in the hopes of transforming the series from a relatively modest hit into a top ratings performer. The episode featured cameos by Super Bowl announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
  • The character of Special Agent Reid was a child prodigy, having graduated from high school at the age of twelve. Matthew Gray Gubler, describing what may form his character's genius, has said that Reid may have Asperger's syndrome, and perhaps even be mildly schizophrenic. Reid's mother was schizophrenic herself.
  • J.J. collected butterflies as a child.
  • Mandy Patinkin, who played Gideon, has a son named Gideon.
  • SPOILER: In the time between Lola Glaudini's departure from the show and Paget Brewster's arrival, footage is used in the opening credits that originally featured Glaudini. The footage, from season one, episode three, is digitally altered so that Glaudini does not appear.
  • The original title for Criminal Minds was Quantico, and the pilot was filmed in Vancouver. In the Quantico script, Jason Gideon was named Jason Donovan.
  • Mandy Patinkin's characters in both this show and Dead Like Me have many similar interests. They are both shown to be capable and enthusiastic chefs, and both have an affinity for art.
  • In the show's opening credits, mug shots of real-life serial killers and mass murderers are shown. Among the killers shown are John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Richard Ramirez ("The Night Stalker"), Theodore John Kaczynski ("The Unabomber"), Timothy McVeigh, Lee Harvey Oswald, Susan Smith (XII).
  • When David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) joins the team, he makes a comment that their offices are better than "that bunker", out of which the BAU used to work. The comment isn't metaphorical. The actual BAU (in its many earlier incarnations and titles) used to operate out of a bunker former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had built below FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.
  • SPOILER: In the time between Mandy Patinkin's departure and Joe Mantegna's arrival (a span of only three episodes) Thomas Gibson received the "Starring" credit.
  • Kirsten Vangsness isn't formally included in the main cast until the second season.
  • In a 2012 interview in New York Magazine, Mandy Patinkin said that he greatly regrets ever having accepted his role on "Criminal Minds": "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again. I'm not making a judgment on the taste (of people who watch crime procedurals). But I'm concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn't what you need to be dreaming about. A show like Homeland (on which Patinkin began appearing in in 2011) is the antidote. It asks why there's a need for violence in the first place."
  • One of the signature images of this show is the brief shot of a business jet flying the team to a crime scene. Often these shots are paired as book-ends at the beginning and end of an episode, with voice-over of a cast member reciting a famous quotation. The jets shown are always Gulfstream products, including models G-IV, G-V, and G-450. Occasionally the shots are reversed left-to-right (for example, episodes "A Thin Line" and "I Love You, Tommy Brown"). The tail numbers shown are often registered to Gulfstream Corporation, indicating that the shots are taken from Gulfstream publicity materials.
  • SPOILER: Lola Glaudini left the series during the second season, because she was unhappy living in Los Angeles, and wanted to return to her native New York City.
  • Dr. Spencer Reid holds doctorate degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Engineering, as well as Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He is currently studying for a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy as well.
  • Dr. Spencer Reid has an I.Q. of 187, has an eidetic memory, and can read up to twenty thousand words per minute.
  • Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are Godparents to J.J.'s son, Henry.
  • J.J.'s children are played by A.J. Cook's actual children, Mekhai and Phoenix Andersen. Thomas Gibson's son, Travis Gibson, appeared in an episode that he directed. Joe Mantegna's daughter, Gia Mantegna, made a few guest appearances.
  • SPOILER: In the beginning of season five, Dr. Spencer Reid is shot in the leg. This injury was unplanned, but had to be written in, because of Matthew Gray Gubler's real-life severe knee injury, which left him unable to walk for over four months. After a third surgery, Gubler started using a cane, but was unable to walk normally for the next five months. As of December 2009, Gubler was once again able to walk unassisted.
  • The character "Penelope Garcia" was supposed to be in only one episode, but she tested so positively, she was added to the main cast.
  • Reid writes a letter to his mother every day so he doesn't feel so guilty about not visiting her.
  • Reid is afraid of the dark because of the "inherent absence of light."
  • Reid has memorized all of Rossi's books and biography.
  • When Matthew Gray Gubler initially auditioned for the show, he was told that he was not right for the part. However, he was called back to audition again a few more times and was consistently told that he wasn't right for the part. After several more auditions, Gubler was eventually given the role.
  • David Rossi has mentioned he knows Ringo Starr. There is even a picture of him and Starr on Rossi's desk. Joe Mantegna and Ringo Starr are friends in real-life.
  • Kirsten Vangsness is the only main cast member to also be in the main cast of the short lived spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
  • Emily Prentiss' birthday is October 12, 1970.
  • SPOILER: In an episode when Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) is looking into a case that could involve his father, he returns to his hotel room to find Rossi and Morgan watching a soap opera (The Young and the Restless). This is a reference to Shemar Moore (Morgan) who had a recurring role on the show.

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