Matthew Gray Gubler has been both in front of the camera and behind the scenes of CBS’ Criminal Minds.
If you are a fan of crime drama series, then CBS’ Criminal Minds is right up your alley. The show premiered its first episode in 2005 and concluded its final season on 19 February 2020. After 15 seasons on air, the series has won over ten awards, including an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award in 2007 and a People’s Choice Award in 2017. The show has undergone major changes over the years, which include the original cast being completely replaced, to having cast members direct the show.
Not only did Matthew Gray Gubler play a genius on the show, but he has also played a role behind the scenes when he directed a total of eight episodes between seasons five and 14. His character, Dr. Spencer Walter Reid, is known for his eidetic memory and his social awkwardness. Mathew is said to have directed some of the most gruesome episodes on the show.
The first episode he directed was on season five, which was titled ‘Mosley Lane.’ The episode was about a predator who had been abducting children for eight years. The Behavioural Analyst Unit (BAU), which Dr. Reid is a part of, was called in to profile the predator. Matthew also directed an episode in seasons six and seven, which were followed by two episodes in seasons eight and nine. To this day, season eight, episode 10 of the series is considered by some as one of the most disturbing episodes of Criminal Minds of all time. Abduction, dislocating joints and hanging them by ropes are all part of the episode titled ‘The Lesson.’
The actor subsequently directed an episode in seasons 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Matthew has directed before in 2005, for a film titled The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.