The Best Episodes of Criminal Minds


#1 - Run 8.62

Season 7 - Episode 24

As the BAU team continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers, the team determines that the suspects have a bigger target in the nation's capital, and with one of the team still a hostage, they must work quickly to diffuse an explosive situation. Wedding bells ring for one of the BAU. Prentiss ponders her future.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw

#2 - 100 8.46

Season 5 - Episode 9

The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero
...and Back (2)

#3 - ...and Back (2) 8.46

Season 4 - Episode 26

The BAU tracks a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada. An agent's life is in peril.

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero

#4 - Omnivore 8.36

Season 4 - Episode 18

Agent Hotchner revisits the first case he worked at the BAU when details come forth that one of the deadliest serial killers in New England's history has struck again after a 10-year hiatus.

Directors: Nelson McCormick

#5 - Hit 8.31

Season 7 - Episode 23

When the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington DC, the team tries to negotiate the situation unfolding inside the bank, but the stakes rise when one of their own becomes a hostage.

Directors: Michael Lange
Revelations (2)

#6 - Revelations (2) 8.31

Season 2 - Episode 15

In this conclusion of a special two-part episode, finding the serial killer becomes critical to the BAU when the team realizes Reid is being held captive and a live feed of him being tortured is shown on the internet. Meanwhile, Reid's troubled childhood is revealed in flashback sequences as he drifts in and out of consciousness.

Directors: Guy Norman Bee
No Way Out (2): The Evilution of Frank

#7 - No Way Out (2): The Evilution of Frank 8.28

Season 2 - Episode 23

When the prolific serial killer Frank returns and murders Gideon's girlfriend, Gideon takes off to find him without telling the team where he is going. The BAU must then profile Gideon as well as Frank to find both of them.

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero

#8 - Lo-Fi 8.28

Season 3 - Episode 20

The BAU faces one of its toughest cases when the team is called to New York City to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working together.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw

#9 - 200 8.28

Season 9 - Episode 14

When JJ is kidnapped, the BAU delves into her time at the State Department to find clues to her disappearance and uncover a secret mission that now puts her life in danger. To help with their search for JJ, the team calls upon Prentiss to help in the crisis.

Directors: Larry Teng
The Company

#10 - The Company 8.25

Season 7 - Episode 20

When Morgan's sister sees a woman who looks like their presumed-dead cousin, Cindi, it forces Morgan to confront a lie he told his family last year to provide closure and compels the BAU to reopen the case of her disappearance.

Directors: Nelson McCormick

#11 - Demons 8.24

Season 9 - Episode 24

The BAU continues its murder investigation in Texas, and clues uncover a deep web of corruption that could be the motive for the killings. As one team member's life hangs in the balance, another concerned BAU member must face a sad secret from the past. Garcia is thrust into action to save a colleague.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw
The Fisher King (1)

#12 - The Fisher King (1) 8.24

Season 1 - Episode 22

While on their vacations, each of the team receives a clue from a psychopathic killer challenging them to save his next victim.

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero

#13 - Lauren 8.23

Season 6 - Episode 18

As Prentiss faces off against Ian Doyle, JJ receives a call and returns to help them find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it's too late.

Directors: Matthew Gray Gubler

#14 - Penelope 8.23

Season 3 - Episode 9

As a team member fights for life, the BAU continues the search for an attacker that leads the unit to believe the assailant could be someone close to the investigation.

Directors: Felix Enriquez Alcalá

#15 - Masterpiece 8.19

Season 4 - Episode 8

When a narcissistic psychopath confesses he has killed seven people and more will die, the team must locate his latest victims before it is too late.

Directors: Paul Michael Glaser
The Fisher King (2)

#16 - The Fisher King (2) 8.18

Season 2 - Episode 1

The BAU team continues to unravel the clues given to each of them by a psychopath in order to save his most recent victim. Gideon decides not to focus on the personal aspects of the case. Rather, he tells the team to profile the killer as they would in any other investigation. Reid stays behind to work on a personal connection that could solve the case as one member of the team fights for life.

Directors: Gloria Muzio

#17 - Mayhem 8.17

Season 4 - Episode 1

When an SUV carrying members of the team explodes, the rest of the team fights to save them and catch the terrorists responsible for the bombing.

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero
The Big Game (1)

#18 - The Big Game (1) 8.16

Season 2 - Episode 14

In this special two-part episode, the BAU is called to investigate after a wealthy couple is murdered in their home following a Super Bowl party. The team pursues what they believe might be multiple killers who use webcams to record murders and upload the tapes on the internet. Hotchner, Morgan and Prentiss soon discover the unsub is actually one man with multiple personalities. As they close in on the killer, Reid faces a life-threatening situation.

Directors: Gloria Muzio
Riding the Lightning

#19 - Riding the Lightning 8.16

Season 1 - Episode 14

After interviewing a couple on death row for serial murders, Gideon suspects that 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.

Directors: Chris Long
True Genius

#20 - True Genius 8.16

Season 7 - Episode 11

A series of murders in San Francisco bearing the tell-tale signs of the infamous Zodiac Killer have the BAU wondering if the notorious serial killer has returned. Also, Reid ponders if he should be doing more with his genius abilities.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw
The Replicator

#21 - The Replicator 8.16

Season 8 - Episode 24

The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. The team is also called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses. Hotch discovers that his estranged brother is caught in the middle.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw

#22 - Zugzwang 8.16

Season 8 - Episode 12

When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it's too late.

Directors: Jesse Warn

#23 - Legacy 8.16

Season 2 - Episode 22

When homeless persons begin going missing mysteriously from the streets in Kansas City, a local detective calls the BAU to investigate the disappearances.

Directors: Felix Enriquez Alcala
To Hell... (1)

#24 - To Hell... (1) 8.15

Season 4 - Episode 25

The BAU tracks a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada, and an agent's life is in peril.

Directors: Charles Haid

#25 - Entropy 8.14

Season 11 - Episode 11

The BAU implements an elaborate strategy to try and take down the “Dirty Dozen” hitmen ring, with Reid playing a central role.