The WORST Episodes of Criminal Minds

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2021

Network: CBS

Special Agents Jason Gideon and Aaron Hotchner head up the FBI's most elite profiling team, the Behavioral Analysis Unit, the experts in analyzing criminal psychology. With each mind-blowing case, they put their lives on the line as they travel the country, matching wits with the most ruthless criminals on Earth.

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#1 - Roadkill

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 6, 2009

An unsub who kills with his car is the subject of a BAU investigation.

star 7.28
1,571 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie

#2 - Paradise

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 2008

The BAU joins the manhunt to catch a serial killer who conceals the manner of his crimes by staging car accidents.

star 7.33
1,760 votes
Directors: John Gallagher
Writers: Debra J. Fisher, Erica Messer
Today I Do

#3 - Today I Do

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 16, 2011

The BAU is called to upstate New York to investigate mysterious disappearances. Also, Prentiss gets some disturbing news about one of her former Interpol colleagues.

star 7.35
2,518 votes
Directors: Alie Selim
Writers: Alicia Kirk
Brothers in Arms

#4 - Brothers in Arms

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2008

The BAU team hunts for a serial killer who targets members of the police department in Phoenix, Ariz., a case that hits close to home for Morgan, a former cop.

star 7.36
1,701 votes
Directors: Glenn Kershaw
Writers: Holly Harold

#5 - Parasite

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 2010

The BAU follows the mental decline of a con artist whose schemes have become so complicated that he begins to eliminate the people involved in them.

star 7.39
1,912 votes
Writers: Oanh Ly
Sense Memory

#6 - Sense Memory

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 9, 2011

The team investigates unusual murders in Los Angeles, and more information about Prentiss' past arises.

star 7.39
2,542 votes
Directors: Rob Spera
Writers: Randy Huggins
Nameless, Faceless

#7 - Nameless, Faceless

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2009

As Rossi, Morgan and JJ profile a killer who is targeting an emergency room doctor, Prentiss realizes that Hotch is missing.

star 7.39
2,263 votes
Writers: Chris Mundy
Catching Out

#8 - Catching Out

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2008

The BAU investigates a series of murders that appear to be connected to a killer who jumps trains and chooses his victims based on their proximity to the railway.

star 7.40
1,934 votes
Directors: Charles Haid
Writers: Oanh Ly
The Wheels on the Bus...

#9 - The Wheels on the Bus...

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 2012

The BAU team goes in pursuit of a missing school bus full of children outside the Washington, D.C. area, and it becomes a race against time for them to bring them home safely.

star 7.41
1,962 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Kimberly A. Harrison
The Stranger

#10 - The Stranger

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 13, 2011

The BAU hunts a stalker in San Diego who is targeting college students. Meanwhile, the team comes under Strauss' scrutiny in the wake of the loss of Prentiss.

star 7.43
2,573 votes
Writers: Kimberly A. Harrison, Rick Dunkle
The Night Watch

#11 - The Night Watch

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 2015

When the BAU investigates incidents of bodies being incorporated into macabre graffiti art in Detroit, they suspect an elusive-yet-notorious street artist could be the UnSub. Also, Dr. Lewis struggles to balance her relationship with her fiancé and her work.

star 7.43
1,398 votes
Directors: Thomas Gibson
Writers: Bruce Zimmerman
'Til Death Do Us Part

#12 - 'Til Death Do Us Part

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 2015

When brides-to-be in Savannah are killed on the eve of their nuptials, the BAU suspects a jilted UnSub is at work.

star 7.43
1,426 votes
Directors: Joe Mantegna
Writers: Karen Maser

#13 - Conflicted

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 8, 2009

The team travels to Fort Lauderdale during spring break to find a serial killer with multiple personalities who is targeting co-eds on vacation.

star 7.44
1,605 votes
Directors: Jason Alexander
Writers: Rick Dunkle
Cold Comfort

#14 - Cold Comfort

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2009

The mother of an abducted child works with the BAU to apprehend a serial killer who kidnaps, murders, and embalms his victims.

star 7.44
1,571 votes
Directors: Anna Foerster
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
Blood Hungry

#15 - Blood Hungry

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 14, 2005

While Gideon is stuck at the office on crutches, the rest of the team travels to Tennessee to track down a killer who disembowels his victims and supposedly eats their organs.

star 7.44
1,996 votes
Directors: Charles Hied
Writers: Ed Napier
Devil's Night

#16 - Devil's Night

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 2010

The team searches for a killer who has struck the past three years during Detroit's raucous pre-Halloween celebrations.

star 7.45
2,604 votes
Directors: Charles Haid
Writers: Randy Huggins
Rite of Passage

#17 - Rite of Passage

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 14, 2010

The BAU team heads to Texas to track a serial killer targeting illegal immigrants attempting to make safe passage into the U.S.

star 7.45
2,241 votes
Directors: John Gallagher
Writers: Victor De Jesus
The Angel Maker

#18 - The Angel Maker

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2008

A series of murders is linked to a serial killer executed a year earlier, and the BAU team must find the link between the dead killer and the new spate of crimes.

star 7.45
1,756 votes
Directors: Glenn Kershaw
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
Hero Worship

#19 - Hero Worship

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 4, 2015

When an Indianapolis coffee shop is blown up and a hero emerges from the wreckage, the BAU tries to protect that person and his family while searching for the UnSub before more incidents occur.

star 7.45
1,135 votes
Big Sea

#20 - Big Sea

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 2011

When the BAU is called to Florida after bodies are discovered buried in the ocean floor off the Jacksonville coast, the case hits home for Morgan because his aunt fears her missing daughter could be one of the victims.

star 7.46
2,236 votes
Directors: Glenn Kershaw
Writers: Breen Frazier, James T. Clemente
A Higher Power

#21 - A Higher Power

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 9, 2008

The BAU is called to Pittsburgh after an unusually high suicide rate appears to be the work of an Angel of Death.

star 7.46
1,574 votes
Writers: Michael Udesky
The Internet Is Forever

#22 - The Internet Is Forever

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 2010

The BAU team profiles a serial killer who uses the Internet as his hunting ground, bringing a whole meaning to the term "social networking".

star 7.47
2,368 votes
Directors: Glenn Kershaw
Writers: Breen Frazier
Public Enemy

#23 - Public Enemy

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 10, 2010

A serial killer who targets random victims in highly visible places to create a sense of public fear is the subject of a BAU investigation.

star 7.47
2,015 votes
Writers: Jess Prenter Prosser

#24 - Epilogue

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 2011

The BAU search Californias Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Also, Rossi struggles with an agonizing decision regarding his ex-wife, Carolyn.

star 7.47
2,241 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Rick Dunkle
Pay It Forward

#25 - Pay It Forward

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 10, 2013

When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened twenty-five years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates the crime and find a possible link to the death of a local police officer.

star 7.47
1,769 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: Bruce Zimmerman