Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next move before they strike again.
David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) comes out of retirement to help the the Behavioral Analysis Unit lead by Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who's able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Also on the team are Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), the daughter of an ambassador and a surprise addition that neither Hotchner or Gideon signed off on; Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), an expert in obsessional crimes; Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), a classical misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; and Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau (A.J. Cook), a confident young agent who acts as the unit liaison for the team. Also helping the team is Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), the team's audio/visual technician.
Each member brings their own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in an attempt to stop them.
Criminal Minds Season 1
Episode 1: Extreme Aggressor
First aired: 9/22/2005
After a fourth woman goes missing in Seattle in a period of four months, the BAU is brought in to track down the abductor before he kidnaps again. Meanwhile, SSA Aaron Hotchner is asked to evaluate SSA Jason Gideon secretly to determine if he is really ready to work full-time again after returning from a six-month leave of absence.
Episode 2: Compulsion
First aired: 9/28/2005
The team of investigators tries to capture a serial arsonist who has been terrorizing a college campus. Most of the evidence from the fires had been burned beyond recognition, so Gideon and the BAU must rely on psychological analysis to identify the firestarter.
Episode 3: Won't Get Fooled Again
First aired: 10/5/2005
Gideon and the BAU track down a copycat bomber who has been terrorizing a quiet community. They determine the bomber is mimicking Gideon's nemesis, Adrian Bale, the man responsible for murdering Gideon's team in Boston several years earlier.
Episode 4: Plain Sight
First aired: 10/12/2005
The BAU travels to San Diego to stop a rapist and murderer who commits his crimes in the middle of the day. The suspect appears to blend into the neighborhood so well the local authorities have been unable to capture him.
Episode 5: Broken Mirror
First aired: 10/19/2005
The BAU investigates the kidnapping of a U.S. District Attorney's daughter and determines the kidnapper isn't seeking money - he is after her twin sister. The case becomes complicated because the kidnapper is always one step ahead of them.
Episode 6: L.D.S.K.
First aired: 11/2/2005
The BAU is asked to identify a killer who is shooting at victims in broad daylight, and the team works with local law enforcement officers to recreate one of the shootings.
Episode 7: The Fox
First aired: 11/9/2005
The BAU profiles a serial killer who takes families hostage and lives with them as a father figure during what is supposed to be their family vacations.
Episode 8: Natural Born Killer
First aired: 11/16/2005
When an undercover cop involved in a mob investigation goes missing, the BAU believes a serial killer rather than the mob has something to do with his disappearance. The probe leads to several unsolved missing persons cases.
Episode 9: Derailed
First aired: 11/23/2005
Elle, along with many others, is held hostage on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the U.S. government is monitoring him. Hotchner and Gideon are forced to play into the man's fantasy to save the people he has taken hostage.
Episode 10: The Popular Kids
First aired: 11/30/2005
The BAU is called to investigate the murder of two small-town high school students who may have been victims of a cult killing. Based on the crime scene evidence, the team begins to believe it is possible that someone other than a cult member may be responsible.
Episode 11: Blood Hungry
First aired: 12/14/2005
While Gideon is sidelined on crutches at FBI headquarters, Hotchner and the BAU go to Tennessee in an attempt to get inside the mind of a psychotic killer whose disorganized and erratic fantasies lead him to murder.
Episode 12: What Fresh Hell?
First aired: 1/11/2006
When a young girl is abducted in broad daylight from a playground in a seemingly safe neighborhood, the BAU initially believes her father is responsible. When he is able to provide an alibi, the team is forced to look for clues near where the girl lives to determine who is really responsible.
Episode 13: Poison
First aired: 1/18/2006
The team travels to New Jersey where several people have been poisoned, one fatally, with LSD 10 times more potent than the street version.
Episode 14: Riding the Lightning
First aired: 1/25/2006
After interviewing a married couple sitting on death row for serial murder, Gideon suspects the woman is actually innocent. But since she's set to be executed in two days, it's a race against time to prove it.
Episode 15: Unfinished Business
First aired: 3/1/2006
A serial killer reappears after 20 years of silence and contacts the BAU through Gideon's retired mentor, who had made his life's work tracking the killer, with the promise he will kill another victim in the next five days.
Episode 16: The Tribe
First aired: 3/8/2006
When college students in New Mexico are found tortured and murdered in an unoccupied house, the BAU suspects a group of killers with a knowledge of Native American rituals is responsible.
Episode 17: A Real Rain
First aired: 3/22/2006
The BAU travels to New York City to investigate a series of murders that appear to have been committed by a vigilante who is exacting revenge on other criminals who have been released by the justice system.
Episode 18: Somebody's Watching
First aired: 3/29/2006
Reid finds himself in danger when he falls for a starlet whose stalker has turned into a killer.
Episode 19: Machismo
First aired: 4/12/2006
The BAU travels to Mexico to aid in the capture of a serial killer who has targeted elderly women.
Episode 20: Charm and Harm
First aired: 4/19/2006
The BAU works to capture a serial killer who has evaded capture by altering his appearance.
Episode 21: Secrets and Lies
First aired: 5/3/2006
The BAU works with the CIA to identify a mole within that organization whose leaks are putting operatives at risk.
Episode 22: The Fisher King (1)
First aired: 5/10/2006
While on their separate vacations, each member of the BAU receives a clue from a psychopathic killer who challenges them to save his next victim.