Favorite Criminal Minds Episodes

by gmoney573 | created - 24 Jul 2016 | updated - 24 Jul 2016 | Public

In no particular order. Doesn't include season 1 yet. May be spoilers in descriptions.

*** = extreme favorite >>> = only kind of a favorite

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1. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Boogeyman (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While the team profiles a killer in a small town, Hotch must stay and deal with Elle who is beginning to unravel.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,814

2. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Empty Planet (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a bomber targets Seattle, the BAU has to determine if it's a protest group or an individual with a much different agenda.

Director: Elodie Keene | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,466

3. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Last Word (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two serial killers send the BAU to St. Louis, and a new team member reports for duty.

Director: Gloria Muzio | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,402

4. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Profiler, Profiled (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Derek is arrested as a serial killer, and the team must delve into his secrets in order to free him.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,637

5. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Revelations (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Reid has been kidnapped, and the BAU's only things to profile are a house, a computer, and the live feed the kidnapper is sending to them.

Director: Guy Norman Bee | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,700

6. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Legacy (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A detective presents himself at the BAU, asking for help because the homeless in his area have begun to disappear.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,451

7. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Doubt (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team tries to identify a serial killer based on a shaky profile with devastating consequences.

Director: Gloria Muzio | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,340

8. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: In Name and Blood (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With Gideon still missing, Hotchner puts in for a transfer and Prentiss tenders her resignation, but both are drawn back to work by a serial killer targeting women in a particularly heartless fashion.

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,403

9. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Seven Seconds (2007)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The unit works against the clock when a little girl disappears in a mall, believing a serial killer has struck a second time and the first girl died within an hour of abduction.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,426

10. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: About Face (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team gains a new, familiar. member and some growing pains while trying to find the latest victim of a killer who puts up wanted posters of his victims before he abducts them.

Director: Skipp Sudduth | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,351

Frick yeah Hotch “We didn’t have that ten years ago” “What do you mean?”

11. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Identity (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The unit has to deal with the militia when they're called to rural Montana to track a killer who's obsessed with his mentor.

Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,365

12. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Penelope (2007)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

More is learned about Garcia while the team tries to find the persistent unsub threatening her.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,315

13. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Birthright (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team travels to Fredericksburg, Virginia, where women are being abducted, burned and mutilated. Soon it turns out that similar killings happened in the 1980s.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,417

>>>Love you Hotch team leader baby comforting your team

14. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: 3rd Life (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two teenage girls go missing, one of which is soon found dead and freshly buried. The team soon suspects that the killings are related to the witness protection program.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,565

15. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Damaged (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rossi determines that the case that haunts him has gone unsolved too long on its 20th anniversary, and the team horns in on his investigation despite his displeasure. Elsewhere, Reid and Hotchner interview a manipulative death-row convict.

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,085

>>>Bad*** Hotch ready to kick butt.

16. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Elephant's Memory (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a spree killing begins in a small Texas town, Reid's identification with the killer may endanger the girl with him, and cause Reid to put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,157

17. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: In Heat (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team travels to Miami in pursuit of a serial killer whose conflicted sexual identity fuels his crimes.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,529

>>>LaMontayne!

18. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Crossing (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As a favor to the D.A. in Boston, Hotchner and Rossi profile a woman who murdered her husband, though the D.A. may not like their findings. Back at the office, J.J.'s personalization of a stalker case baffles the rest of the team.

Director: Guy Norman Bee | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,417

Baby, Hotch, no you tried in your marriage.

19. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Lo-Fi (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

People who apparently have nothing in common are being shot randomly in New York City and the team must determine whether it is the work of a single shooter or a team.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,155

HOTCH IS HAPPY FOR JJ

20. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Mayhem (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As the city is on high alert, the team begins to believe that they have made a mistake with the profile and that everything the terrorists have done so far may in fact just have been diversion for something even bigger.

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,282

21. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Angel Maker (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On the anniversary of a serial killer's execution, a murder spree which appears to be connected to him begins and the team must try and understand his mind in order to stop it.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,557

Poor baby Hotch’s ears hurt

22. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Minimal Loss (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Reid and Prentiss, having gone undercover into an underground cult to investigate child abuse, get trapped inside the compound when a federal raid on it goes bad.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,091

23. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Paradise (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A serial killer targeting couples stages their bodies in a way to make their deaths look like car accidents.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,416

Lol “Remind me to have her drug tested"

24. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Memoriam (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Driven by his nightmares, Reid stays behind in Las Vegas to find his father in order to find out the truth about Riley Jenkins' murder.

Director: Guy Norman Bee | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,134

25. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Masterpiece (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A serial killer turns himself in and challenges the team to find five people he has hidden somewhere before they die.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,683

26. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: 52 Pickup (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A greatly sadistic serial killer who disembowels women and forces them to clean it up before killing them proves difficult to catch thanks to his social charm and simple, yet clever, disguises.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,593

>>>Hotch’s scale

27. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Brothers in Arms (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Morgan, an ex-cop, takes it personally when a serial killer targets police officers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,337

>>>Mark Pellegrino

28. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Normal (2008)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A serial killer known as the Road Warrior is gunning down blonde women on roads in Orange County, California and the BAU suspect that the victims are surrogates and that it's only a matter of time before he kills the real one.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,479

>>>

29. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Soul Mates (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team suspects that a member of an affluent community is responsible for the disappearance of a young woman.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,242

30. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Bloodline (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A family consisting of two parents and their son break into a home, kill the parents and kidnap their daughter. As the investigation proceeds, the BAU team begin to suspect that what they're dealing with is bigger than they thought.

Director: Tim Matheson | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,333

>>>Hotch/Prentiss interrogation

31. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Zoe's Reprise (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A copycat serial killer is recreating murder techniques used by famous killers from the past.

Director: Charles S. Carroll | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,341

>>>

32. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Pleasure Is My Business (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A high priced call girl that is killing her clients must be found and stopped.

Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,503

Hotch in the elevator with the unsub/lol Hotch is a "whore"

33. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Demonology (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Prentiss learns from an old friend, John Cooley, that their mutual friend, Matthew Benton, just died from a heart attack. Prentiss had not seen either man in several years, both for ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,813

34. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Omnivore (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After being inactive for 10 years, Hotch's first BAU case, an elusive serial killer known as the Reaper, starts killing again.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,596

***

35. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: House on Fire (2009)

TV-14 | 39 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When the kill count of a mass-murdering arsonist active in a small town reaches 31, the BAU are called in.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,945

36. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Big Wheel (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team tracks down a highly obsessive-compulsive killer who targets blonde women and leaves messages to the police asking them to stop him.

Director: Rob Hardy | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,206

***Alex O'Loughlin was so good in this.

37. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: To Hell... And Back (2009)

TV-14 | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team head to Canada to investigate the disappearances of a number of homeless people, junkies and prostitutes and uncover something horrific.

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero, Charles Haid | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,591

Only the second half of this two parter, "...And Back". *** for "...And Back" though.

38. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Faceless, Nameless (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is threatening to kill a doctor's son and is killing a man a day until he is successful. Meanwhile, Hotch's absence is noticed by Prentiss.

Director: Charles S. Carroll | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,510

***

39. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Haunted (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Darrin Call, a psychotic, suffers a breakdown in a pharmacy in Kentucky and stabs 3 people to death before running off and the BAU are called in to catch him.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,951

Reid and Garcia gossipping about Hotch/angry Hotch

40. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Reckoner (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A hitman targeting people in some way guilty of children-related crimes brings the BAU to Rossi's home town.

Director: Karen Gaviola | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,926

Reid in trouble for traveling/stone cold Rossi

41. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Cradle to Grave (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The team hunts a suspect who impregnates young women and has them give birth before murdering them.

Director: Rob Spera | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,164

Hotch pushing Morgan

42. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Eyes Have It (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The BAU team tracks a serial killer who keeps the eyes of his victims as souvenirs.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,262

>>>Lol not in charge Hotch “Would you have?” “What?”

43. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Performer (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The BAU team follows a trail of murders that seems to align with the tour schedule of a rock star.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,446

>>>Team bonding over Rat Pack, White Album, Clockwork Orange

44. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Outfoxed (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While tracking a family annihilator, the BAU must seek advice from "The Fox," one of the most horrific killers from the team's past who has an ominous message for Agent Hotchner.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,168

>>>Foyet torturing Hotch

45. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: 100 (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.

Director: Edward Allen Bernero | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 2,685

***

46. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Slave of Duty (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Agent Hotchner takes a leave of absence from the BAU, the team must regroup to solve a home invasion case.

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,216

47. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Retaliation (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The BAU must profile a criminal's past in order to catch him after he escapes from custody and begins a killing spree.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,206

48. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Risky Business (2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A rash of startling teen suicides in a small Wyoming town is the focus of a BAU investigation.

Director: Rob Spera | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 1,983

>>>

49. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Fight (2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3