Criminal minds is one of the most iconic crime dramas, ending after a 15-season run from 2005 to 2020 with over 300 episodes and a revival premiering on Paramount+. Many factors have contributed to the show’s continued success, and while it has pushed barriers by exploring the violent and depraved minds of its unknown subjects (unsubs), it still managed to evoke moments of levity to offset its dark tone.
Criminal minds Follow the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit (BAU) as they solve crimes and catch serial killers through behavioral analysis and profiling. As the series progressed, it improved by featuring a more inclusive and diverse cast, as well as its multi-faceted portrayal of its female characters. With the revival of the series, Criminal Minds: Evolution, audiences can look forward to the return of some of their favorites including David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (AJ Cook) and Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster). While its format is changing to be more broadcast-friendly, focusing on a mastermind behind multiple unsubs played by Zach Gilford over the course of a season, it will be interesting to see how it maintains its successful formula.
Criminal Minds does the absurd in the best way
procedural dramas like Criminal minds They are known for taking a long hard look at the darker side of human nature. However, this series has shown that it can be as disturbing as it is absurd and endearing. For example, he doesn’t always take himself seriously, as is evident with Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) and Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), who represent one of the best platonic friendships on television. They often share quirky one-liners and flirty jokes, which counterbalances the heavier moments. It’s also Garcia’s entire existence, with Vangsness recently speaking about reprising the role of her in the revival, whose bubbly nature, moral code, and colorful fashion sense brighten up the series.
Then there are the cases themselves, which can require suspension of disbelief and can be ridiculous at times. For example, in season 5, episode 12, “The Uncanny Valley,” the unsub was kidnapping women, drugging them, and dressing them up as real-life dolls. In season 10, episode 6, “If the Shoe Fits”, a woman was killing men with her high heels and putting phones to her mouth with an alarm set for midnight. This episode was inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella, with the character murdering these men when they didn’t measure up to her version of Prince Charming.
Criminal Minds explores the depths of human depravity
Criminal minds does an excellent job of delving into the minds of murderers and criminals, demonstrating the depth of human depravity. As a result, the BAU has tackled some troubling cases. series, like Hannibalwhose creator requested a fourth season, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU)which just set a record breaking season 24, also provides character studies and detailed looks at the drivers of horrifying crimes. Criminal minds has several episodes that capture this as well. In season 8, episode 10, “The Lesson”, bodies were found with disarticulated limbs, with the BAU later realizing that the victims had been turned into puppets.
This episode, directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, was said to be one of the most graphic of the entire series. Then came Season 4, Episodes 25 and 26, “To Hell…” and “…and Back”, this one was very disturbing and featured one of the highest body counts ever seen on the show. When people start disappearing from the streets of Detroit, the team follows clues to a pig farm in Canada. There they discover a box filled with almost 100 pairs of shoes, which was the result of a scientist having his brother experiment on people. Amid the existing criminal and procedural dramas, Criminal minds’ Suspense, action, and character arcs keep it a streaming favorite, while delivering just the right amount of absurdity and depravity.
All 15 seasons of Criminal Minds are streaming on Hulu and Paramount+. The spin-off, Criminal Minds: Evolution, premieres November 24 on Paramount+.