Best 'Criminal Minds' Episodes

by Rockefellar | created - 14 Nov 2014 | updated - 03 Mar 2015 | Public

Top 4 solid places. I'm pretty confident in the ordering.

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1. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Riding the Lightning (2006)

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

The team of investigators interview husband and wife serial killers with their execution date set for two days time.

Director: Chris Long | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,898

2. 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: 1,618

3. 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: 2,724

4. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank (2007)

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

Frank is back on the hunt, and the team must protect Gideon while he profiles Frank again. Elsewhere, the team faces a review with some surprising results.

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

Votes: 2,181

5. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: No Way Out (2007)

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

Gideon matches wits against the most prolific serial killer ever found, and the results are surprising.

Director: John Gallagher | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 1,612

6. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: True Night (2007)

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

The team heads to LA to investigate a number of brutal killings which turn out to be related to the creator of a graphic novel, Jonny McHale.

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

Votes: 1,612

7. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Bittersweet Science (2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The BAU team investigates a string of brutal bludgeonings in Philadelphia and is led to the city's boxing scene in search of the killer. Also, Hotch makes a connection with an attractive runner as they both train for a triathlon.

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

Votes: 1,213

8. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Route 66 (2013)

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

During the BAU's initial briefing for their latest case, Hotch collapses. He is rushed to the hospital suffering from complications resulting from his near fatal stabbing by George Foyet ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,248

9. 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: 2,237

10. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Zugzwang (2013)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it's too late.

Director: Jesse Warn | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 2,411

11. 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: 1,458

12. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Strange Fruit (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While fixing a burst water main, a city works crew digs up the back yard of the home of the Johnsons - father Charles, mother Tina, and their middle aged son Lyle - upon Tina's approval. ... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,262

13. 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: 2,734

14. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Sex, Birth, Death (2006)

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

A young man seeks out Reid for help regarding his fantasies of killing prostitutes, just as a serial killer starts brutalizing prostitutes near the capitol.

Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,391

15. 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: 1,629

16. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: L.D.S.K. (2005)

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

The team chases a sniper in Des Plaines, Illinois who for some reason only wounds his victims.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,197

17. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: The Longest Night (2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As The Prince of Darkness continues his murderous rampage across California, the BAU go after him to save Detective Spicer's daughter from him.

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

Votes: 1,449

18. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Derailed (2005)

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

A paranoid schizophrenic takes other passengers on a train hostage, including Elle.

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore

Votes: 2,348

19. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Demons (2014)

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

When Reid is in serious condition after the shootout with the Preacher, the BAU begins to investigate the Sheriff's Deputies.

Director: Glenn Kershaw | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,991

20. 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: 1,719

21. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Our Darkest Hour (2010)

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

The BAU are called to California when a sadistic serial killer appears and begins killing people in the dark during the rolling blackouts.

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

Votes: 1,319

22. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Perennials (2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the BAU is solving.

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,258

23. Criminal Minds (2005– )
Episode: Final Shot (2013)

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

On a lunch hour in crowded Archer Plaza in Dallas, Texas, a sniper, firing twelve shots, manages to kill six people. The BAU has to figure out if it is a random attack, a targeted attack, a... See full summary »

Director: Bethany Rooney | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook

Votes: 1,161



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