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**Detroit Free Press**
A slick 'n' grim crime procedural piled high with deadly dull cliches
It's kind of good
Big talent meets weak script and every TV crime cliche known to prime time.
It's not clear how seriously Patinkin takes the whole thing--it's the same
actorly mystery that makes David Caruso's whispery
bitterness such a kick on CSI: Miami. [31 Oct 2005, p.39]
The whole project feels salaciously sleazy,
unless you're enjoying the proceedings, in which case it's juicily depraved.
**Wall Street Journal**
From the evidence of the first few episodes, "Criminal Minds"
may be a hit, and deservedly.
Matthew Gray Gubler
Dr. Spencer Reid
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau
, a crack
of FBI profilers
from Quantico to the focal point of the
activity of various serial
. There they investigate the
from the crime
, compose a profile and try to
the next fatal strike. Top
is academic Jason Gideon, with his more by-the-book
right hand man Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner. The still
is an erudite on everything except
, Penelope Garcia a
computer whiz who gets access to
database etc. As they are mobile,
with local police and FBI agents is
but often poses jurisdictional and other
, as do some
The CBS procedural drama Criminal Minds centered around
the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, whose job it was to psychologically profile the country's most dangerous criminals. Heading the unit was Jason Gideon (
), who despite an abundance of personal problems was a positive genius at getting "inside" the heads of serial killers and other habitual predators, enabling him to anticipate the criminals' next moves and to (hopefully) prevent their future crimes. Other members of Gideon's "mind hunters" included Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner (
), Derek Morgan (
), Elle Greenway (
), Richard Slessman (DJ Qualls), Tim Vogel (
), and Dr. Spencer Reid (
). Originally titled Quantico and executive produced by
), the weekly, 60-minute Criminal Minds debuted with a special preview on September 22, 2005.
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