Criminal Minds: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)

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Criminal Minds

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

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 133

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Air date: Sep 22, 2005

The team profiles a serial killer who has abducted a woman who may still be alive. Meanwhile, Agent Aaron Hotchner is asked to evaluate Agent Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), who suffered a breakdown after his actions in an investigation led to the deaths of several agents. Morgan: Shemar Moore. Elle: Lola Glaudini. Reid: Matthew Gray Gubler.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2005

The team searches for a serial arsonist who's terrorizing a college campus, but hits a wall in their investigation when the behavior doesn't fit their standard profile of an arsonist. Gideon: Mandy Patinkin. Hotch: Thomas Gibson. Reid: Matthew Gray Gubler. Morgan: Shemar Moore.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2005

The team searches for a copycat serial bomber whose MO is identical to that of Adrian Bale (Tim Kelleher), the bomber responsible for killing six of Gideon's agents, and Gideon confronts Bale in prison to see if he's linked to the crimes. Joe Reese: Jeff DeSerrano. Gil Clurman: Tom Virtue. Det. Morrison: Jay Acovone.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2005

The team heads to San Diego after six rape-murders occur over a three-week period, crimes perpetrated by a killer who glues his victims' eyes open. Brenda Samms: McKerrin Kelly. Franklin Graney: Kirk B.R. Woller. Capt. Griffith: Daniel Zacapa. Marcia: Patty McCormack.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2005

The team profiles a kidnapper who abducts a teen (Elisabeth Harnois) and demands $500,000 for her return. But what's most intriguing is his fixation on the girl's twin sister: She is the only person he wants to talk to and he demands that she make the drop-off. Meanwhile, Hotch learns that his pregnant wife is having contractions, but she insists that he stay on the case and save the girl. Evan Davenport: Robin Thomas. Vincent Shyer: Matthew Letscher.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2005

The team searches for a sniper---or L.D.S.K. (Long Distance Serial Killer) in FBI speak---who has shot six people, but only in the stomach. But the task is daunting, in that there is no known profile for this type of criminal, since they are rare. Morgan: Shemar Moore. Elle: Lola Glaudini. Reid: Matthew Gray Gubler.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2005

A killer targets families with two children who are about to go on vacation, and holds them hostage for days before killing each family member. The case hits home for Hotch, as he has just become a father. Haley: Meredith Monroe. Allison Crawford: Allison Dunbar. Chris Crawford: Dameon Clarke.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2005

The team works with a Baltimore FBI unit to find a killer described as a "pure psychopath" who tortures and mutilates his victims, when it's believed that he's holding an undercover agent (Joe Sikora) captive. Vincent: Patrick Kilpatrick. Freddy: Val Lauren. Michael: Francesco Quinn.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2005

Elle is among a group of hostages being held on a train by a psychotic man who believes the government is monitoring him, and he demands to talk to the "higher authority." Elle: Lola Glaudini. Reid: Matthew Gray Gubler. Hotch: Thomas Gibson. Morgan: Shemar Moore.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2005

The team goes to a small town where a teen was murdered. A skeleton found at the crime scene suggests the death could be connected to a satanic ritual. It is also discovered that the victim was with a girl who is now missing and is possibly being held by the group responsible for the murder. Cory: Will Rothhaar. Cherish: Ellen Woglom. Veronica: Rae Ritke.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Criminal Minds Season 1

All Critics (13) | 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…

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

Like most good crime dramas, the long-running series offers detective stories full of interesting details and lots of suspense.

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Criminal Minds: Season 1

  • Jul 29, 2020
    Hate this show already . They let Hotch and Morgan go but still no issue. Started marking stupid directing mistakes still no issues and now last season starting to change everyone's personality all of the sudden and making two most liked characters to like each other whatttt!!!???? And have one "FBI" agent To put two suspects under arrest without her asking for backup and one little girl having such a good aim to hit JJ . Screw this show . Bunch selfish writers . Loved the show up until last few seasons
  • Jul 03, 2020
    It's a good intro season to one of my favourite crime tv shows. It shows unique looks into what makes people become serial killers, arsonists etc. It's a good watch I highly recommend.
  • Jul 01, 2020
    One of the most amazing crime show
  • May 01, 2020
    oh i liked this show much more than the other similar ones. i don't really care about the highbrow literary references. I really like the smart boy. he's soooo cute.
  • 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.

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