Three of the best Criminal Minds episodes

Criminal Minds’ series finale still hangs in the air and, in looking back at the show’s impact, we share three of the best episodes, according to IMDb.

Criminal Minds is a popular CBS police procedural crime drama television series. IMDb describes the premise of the show as, “The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.” The show was created by acclaimed television producer, Jeff Davis. When the show premiered in 2005, the lead was Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid.

However, due to his sporadic absences, the show was eventually fronted by Joe Mantegna as Supervisory Special Agent and the Unit Senior Agent, David Rossi. Mantegna’s first appearance on the show was in 2007, during the third season, and he has since been there as the anchor. Other memorable leading cast members which were part of the show during the final televised season include A.J. Cook as Jennifer “J.J” Jareau, Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia and Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan.

The end of Criminal Minds

Following a 15-season run from 2005 until 2020, Criminal Minds took its final television bow back in February 2020. The reasons for the cancellation of the show were not detailed, which opened room for speculation.

Firstly, the continuous revolving door of actors is speculated to be one of the reasons for the cancellation. Looking at all the leading cast members mentioned before, they have all left and come back to the show. The continued change does result in uncertainty from viewers, which results in a loss of viewers. Moreover, to that point is a drop in viewership, especially in the last three seasons of the show. This is as the last three seasons failed to make even the top 40 most-watched shows, which was a feat it achieved with ease in the past.

A lifeline for Criminal Minds?

Following the announcement of the end of the series, avid fans of the show called for the show’s return. In an effort to quell the calls and calm disgruntled fans, in February 2021, Paramount Plus announced the imminent surprise revival of the series. However, the elation from the news would be short-lived and subsequently marred by uncertainty over whether the show will return or not. This is as former main supporting actress, Paget Brewster took to Twitter in July 2021 to suggest that the series finale was cancelled.

The post has neither been confirmed or denied by the channel or Paramount Plus. Moreover, her sentiments were speculated to be as she did not get the call to return to the show for the series finale. However, this does not mean that Criminal Minds will not return for the anticipated series finale.

Three highly rated episodes of Criminal Minds, according to IMDb

To date, no word has been shared on possible dates for the series finale of Criminal Minds. However, the show did have a lasting impact through the already available 15 seasons. In honour of the legendary run the show has had on television, below is a list of the top three rated episodes, according to IMDb. In total, there are 323 episodes of Criminal Minds, IMDb users have rated each episode out of 10.


The eleventh episode of season 11 is rated the best episode, with a score of 9.2/10. Co-written by Jeff Davis, Breen Frazier and Erik Stiller and directed by Heather Cappiello, the premise reads, “As Reid narrates to one of the hitmen how they tracked her, the BAU works to get him out of the hitman’s gunpoint.”

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The fifth episode of season 10 is the second-best episode, with a score of 9.0/10. Co-written by Jeff Davis, Simon Mirren and Erica Messer and directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, the premise is shared as, “The BAU profiles a child abductor who may have been keeping children for more than eight years.”


The fifteenth episode of season two is ranked the third-best episode, with a score of 9.0/10. Co-written by Jeff Davis, Chris Mundy and Andrew Wilderand directed by Guy Norman Bee, the premise is shared as, “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.”