Criminal Minds

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Name: Criminal Minds
Abbreviation(s): CM
Creator: Jeff Davis
Date(s): September 22, 2005-present
Medium: Television Series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Official CBS Site
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Criminal Minds is an American crime show about a team of profilers in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, which specializes primarily in catching serial killers.


The show first began airing on 22 September 2005 and has been renewed for a 15th and final season as of 2019. The current main characters are:

  • Emily Prentiss, played by Paget Brewster: As of of Season 12, the BAU's Unit Chief, taking over from Hotch. Was not part of the main cast from season 8 - season 11, but returned later.
  • Spencer Reid, played by Matthew Gray Gubler: youngest member of the team, and a certified genius with "an IQ of 187, an eidetic memory, and can read 20,000 words a minute." Original member of the team.
  • Jennifer Jareau, played by A.J. Cook: Also known as JJ, the team's communications liaison until season 7, at which point she begame a profiler. Original member of the team.
  • Penelope Garcia, played by Kirsten Vangsness: The team's tech geek. Original member of the team, but started as a recurring character in season 1.
  • David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna: one of the founders of the BAU and popular author. Came out of retirement in season 3 to rejoin the BAU
  • Luke Alvez, played by Adam Rodriguez: Used to be part of the FBI Fugitive Task Force, joined the team in season 12
  • Tara Lewis, played by Aisha Tyler: profiler and forensic psychologist, member of the team as of season 11
  • Matt Simmons, played by Daniel Henney: originally a character on the Criminal Minds spin-off series Beyond Borders, which only lasted one season. Originally introduced as a guest star in a crossover episode in season 10, he later became a full member of the BAU in season 13.

Past main characters are:

Important recurring characters are:


The fandom is notable for having a lot of femslash as well as slash and het, partially due to the fact that the women in the main cast are usually as well-developed as the men in the cast. While Spencer Reid is by far the most popular character (possibly because he's an extreme Woobie), all the main characters have active fans and enthusiastic fan fic-writers.

Notably, everyone in the current team has been shipped with someone else on the team. Popular pairings include Spencer Reid/anyone (though especially Aaron Hotchner/Spencer Reid and Derek Morgan/Spencer Reid), Aaron Hotchner/Emily Prentiss, Emily Prentiss/David Ross, Aaron Hotchner/David Rossi, Aaron Hotchner/Derek Morgan, Jennifer "JJ" Jareau/Emily Prentiss, and Penelope Garcia/Derek Morgan. Penelope Garcia is a popular character just for being generally awesome, but she's shipped less often than the other team members.


  • Casefic: Like many fandoms based on procedural television, quite a few pieces of fan fiction take the form of casefics.
  • Clooney the dog: In the episode "Secrets and Lies" it is revealed that Derek Morgan has a dog named Clooney; though the dog was never again mentioned on the show, he is quite popular in fanfic.

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