Criminal Minds: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)


Season 1
Criminal Minds

Critics Consensus

Criminal Minds attempts -- largely unsuccessfully -- to disguise the ordinariness of its standard procedural premise with extra gore and highbrow literary references.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 118
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Air date: Sep 22, 2005
Air date: Sep 28, 2005
Air date: Oct 5, 2005
Air date: Oct 12, 2005
Air date: Oct 19, 2005
Air date: Nov 2, 2005
Air date: Nov 9, 2005
Air date: Nov 16, 2005
Air date: Nov 23, 2005
Air date: Nov 30, 2005
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"Criminal Minds" centres on the Behavioral Analysis Unit, a special section of the FBI that specialises in profiling, tracking, and apprehending serial killers and other compulsive bad guys. The programme's debut series stars Mandy Patinkin as the prickly Jason Gideon, widely recognised as the best profiler in the FBI; and Thomas Gibson as agent Aaron Hotchner. Their squad deals with a number of dangerous psychopaths, including a serial arsonist torching buildings at a college, a man who spends time pretending to be the father of various families before slaughtering them, and a deranged madman obsessed with King Arthur who pulls each member of the BAU out of their vacations by sending them individual clues. Meanwhile, each member of the unit struggles with how the intensity of their work life compromises their personal relationships.


Mandy Patinkin
as Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson
as Aaron `Hotch' Hotchner
Shemar Moore
as Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler
as Dr. Spencer Reid
Lola Glaudini
as Elle Greenway
A.J. Cook
as Jennifer
DJ Qualls
as Richard Slessman
Meredith Monroe
as Haley Hotchner
McKerrin Kelly
as Brenda Samms
Elisabeth Harnois
as Trish/Cheryl Davenport
Rhonda Aldrich
as Annie Stewart
Kirsten Vangsness
as Penelope Garcia
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Franklin Graney
Patrick Kilpatrick
as Vincent Perotta
Ellen Woglom
as Cherish Hanson
Amber Heard
as Lila Archer
Andy Comeau
as Mark Gregory
Robin Thomas
as Evan Davenport
Matt Letscher
as Vincent Shyer
Allison Dunbar
as Allison Crawford
Will Rothhaar
as Cory Bridges
Jeff DeSerrano
as Joe Reese
Daniel Zacapa
as Capt. Griffith
Gabriel Sunday
as Charlie Stuart
Val Lauren
as Freddy Candore
Laura Gardner
as Sylvia Gooden
Jason Olive
as Parker Dunley
Mark Totty
as Raymond McCarthy
Tom Virtue
as Gil Clurman
Mark Rolston
as Sheriff Hall
Ian Anthony Dale
as Det. Owen Kim
Joe Sikora
as Jimmy Baker
Matt Bennett
as Adam Boyd
Robert Pine
as Doug Gregory
Amanda Bernero
as Rebecca Bryant
Bryan McMahon
as Philip Bromwell
Patty McCormack
as Marcia Gordon
Dameon Clarke
as Chris Crawford
Mark Ralston
as Sheriff Hall
Stewart Skelton
as David Stuart
Trary Maddalone
as Jenna Alban
Tony Todd
as Eric Miller
Francesco Quinn
as Michael Russo
Maria Quiban
as Rosalie Escobar
Rae Ritke
as Veronica Hanson
Aaron D. Spears
as Gerald Dupree
Abraham Benrubi
as Frank Fielding
Jane Lynch
as Diana Reid
Jay Acovone
as Det. Morrison
Michael McGrady
as Sheriff Bridges
Tim Kelleher
as Adrian Bale
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Critic Reviews for Criminal Minds Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Patinkin, as team leader, exhorts his colleagues to try, try again - and do better. The entire "Criminal Intent" team would be wise to heed such advice, and quickly.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

It deserves to be banned by the FCC.

Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…

The mysteries have nice touches.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Solidly plotted and filmed, the pilot has a nice bookended structure that delivers a surprising, unexpected conclusion.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The series' many shortcomings were apparent in the premiere episode.

Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…

Criminal Minds doesn't present any spin on the crime TV genre you haven't seen before, save for taking savagery against female victims to new heights.

Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…

Good at being what [it is].

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Once you plummet below a certain level, trash is trash, and gradations become virtually meaningless. The only fix is a quick cancellation followed by an apology from all concerned.

Sep 22, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The problem with "Criminal Minds" is its many confusing maladies, applied to too many characters.

Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…

This series is like an orgy with the Encyclopedia Britannica and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. With serial killers and guns, naturally.

Sep 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Richard Shepard's poised direction sharply frames Jeff Davis' cut-and-dry script.

Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The subject may sound a bit familiar but the show's character and tone have more than average flair and spirit.

Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Criminal Minds: Season 1

  • Mar 30, 2019
    Grabbed my attention initially, but after a few episodes it's clear that the same template is used every episode with slight changes to the criminal.
  • Jan 25, 2018
    I’ve always enjoyed this show and I’ve watched it since I was young. They manage to come up with a new case each week and they also have overarching story lines which is great. All of the actors and actresses work so well together.
  • Dec 13, 2017
    Very good show! I'm just not a big fan of Elle.
  • Apr 02, 2017
    Criminal Minds, is an amazing Crime show that shows a little of how a Psychopath mind works, which makes this show even better!
  • Sep 14, 2015
    It doesn't have a promising start because of its 1st episode full of boredom, but that is the only exception, because after that bad start the stuff start being recomposed and it interesting plot, charismatic cast, wit and with a reasonable script it becomes one of the best police series ever made.
  • Sep 14, 2015
    It doesn't have a promising start because of its 1st episode full of boredom, but that is the only exception, because after that bad start the stuff start being recomposed and it interesting plot, charismatic cast, wit and with a reasonable script it becomes one of the best police series ever made.
  • Jun 24, 2015
    This show is one the better shows on T.V.
  • May 21, 2015
    Characters are incredibly stereotypical and rather boring. Leads share little chemistry and Gubler is especially obnoxious as the genius psychologist.
  • Sep 11, 2014
    I hope as the seasons progress, there is a bit less of 'I'm extremely serious about my work and you should know it by my tone.' "Broken Mirror" was the poorest ep so far. Plot didn't make sense -- the unsub had to be in too many places at once and had no accomplice? Scratching my head.

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