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The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

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 Dr. Spencer Reid (282 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Penelope Garcia (280 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Jennifer Jareau (261 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Aaron Hotchner (256 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Derek Morgan (252 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 David Rossi (232 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Emily Prentiss (153 episodes, 2006-2017)
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Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. Written by Huggo

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They Go Inside The Minds Of The World's Most Dangerous Criminals. See more »


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Mandy Patinkin, who played Gideon, has a son named Gideon. See more »

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A flashback scene shows that Morgan was involved in Garcia's recruitment. But an earlier flashback scene showed their first interaction as occurring when Garcia was already hired. See more »

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Special Agent Derek Morgan: So tell me, what does keep young Dr. Reid awake at night? Wait, let me guess. Memorizing some obscure textbook? No, no, no. Working on cold fusion? No, I got it, I got it, I got it. Watching Star Trek and laughing at all the physics mistakes?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Actually, there aren't that many scientific errors in Star Trek, especially considering how long ago it was made. There are certain improbabilities, but not that many outright errors.
Special Agent Derek Morgan: Right.
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This is a great show!
8 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really love this show. I have always been interested in criminal psychology, and after going to school for a degree in Criminal Justice, someone (my professor) told me that this show was starting up and to watch it.

It is so wonderful! It really goes in depth with how profiling really works. It keeps a great story line all the way through, with many twists and bizarre themes. The characters in the show are established very well, with interesting personalities that really hold the show together.

Crime+Psychology=Criminal Minds.

And that's the truth.


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