Criminal Minds

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**Detroit Free Press**
Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
A slick 'n' grim crime procedural piled high with deadly dull cliches
**Chicago Sun-Times**
Reviewed by: Doug Elfman
It's kind of good
**Baltimore Sun**
Reviewed by: David Zurawik
Big talent meets weak script and every TV crime cliche known to prime time.
**People Weekly**
Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
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]
Reviewed by: Diane Werts
The whole project feels salaciously sleazy,
unless you're enjoying the proceedings, in which case it's juicily depraved.
**Wall Street Journal**
Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
From the evidence of the first few episodes, "Criminal Minds"
may be a hit, and deservedly.

Shemar Moore
Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler
Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. CookJennifer 'JJ' Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness
Penelope Garcia

Paget Brewster
Emily Prentiss

Joe MantegnaDavid Rossi
Mandy Patinkin
Jason Gideon


In this crime series, a crack team of FBI profilers fly from Quantico to the focal point of the criminal activity of various serial killers. There they investigate the evidence from the crime scenes, compose a profile and try to prevent the next fatal strike. Top brain is academic Jason Gideon, with his more by-the-book operational right hand man Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner. The still juvenile Dr. Spencer *Reid* is an erudite on everything except real life, Penelope Garcia a brilliant computer whiz who gets access to any database etc. As they are mobile, cooperation with local police and FBI agents is important but often poses jurisdictional and other problems, as do some witnesses and suspects.

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 (Mandy_Patinkin), 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 (Thomas_Gibson), Derek Morgan (Shemar_Moore), Elle Greenway (Lola_Glaudini), Richard Slessman (DJ Qualls), Tim Vogel (Andrew_Jackson), and Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew_Gray_Gubler). Originally titled Quantico and executive produced by Mark_Gordon (The_Day_After_Tomorrow), the weekly, 60-minute Criminal Minds debuted with a special preview on September 22, 2005.