What are the best Criminal Minds episodes?

A show with a 15-season run is hard to come by, but thank CBS for this primetime gem. We're looking at the best Criminal Minds episodes that ever graced our televisions, did your favorite episode make it to the list? 

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    #1100

    100

    The episode entitled 100 is the ninth episode of Criminal Minds' Season 5. It aired on November 25, 2009, and was directed by Edward Allen Bernero. The episode focuses on the BAU team and their race to find The Reaper and help Hotchner.


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    Scott Richards
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "This is probably among the best Criminal minds episodes i've seen, i agree that this is a bomb of an episode. I always thought this was genius, the way they looked back in the story and used it as a filming tactic is just.. WOW."
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    #2Penelope

    Penelope

    Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Penelope is the ninth episode on Criminal Minds' third season. It aired on Nov 21, 2007, and centered on the BAU team's continued search for an assailant that may be closer than they think.


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    Marcela Ávalos
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I binge-watched criminal minds episodes and really, this one provoked my thoughts. The direction is 100% amazing. Garcia led the scenes and JJ got me thinking at the end of the episode. I was LEGIT crying and balling my eyes out because I can't handle the suspense levels in this episode. I'm full of thoughts and emotions right after watching. Succh a roller coaster ride!"
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    #3Lauren

    Lauren

    Writers Jeff Davis, Breen Frazier, Rick Dunkle, and Kimberly Harrison were the creative brains behind the Criminal Minds' 18th episode of its 6th season. The episode was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler and aired on March 16, 2011.


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    Scott Hunt
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I subscribed to cbs just to watch criminal minds full episodes ahahhaha and i'm not regretting it though. this had me on the edge of my seat."
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    #4Mayhem

    Mayhem

    Mayhem is the first episode of Criminal Minds' fourth season. The 42-minute long episode was directed by Edward Allen Bernero and aired on September 24, 2008. It centers on the BAU team and their pursuit of solving a massive terrorist plot.

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    Zhao Dong
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I haven't watched criminal minds season 13 episodes yet but i'm binging S4 because i think it's the best season among all. When i come home from work I always make sure to watch an episode or two and it's seriously an experience that gets me high on feeels 😭 I laughed, cried, and screamed in front of my television. it's just that good. I hope many people watch this so it continues to live on ."
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    #5The Big Game

    The Big Game

    The episode aired on February 4, 2007. It is the 14th episode of season 2 and was directed by Gloria Muzio and written by Jeff Davis, Edward Allen Bernero, and Andrew Wilder.  It centers on a case that put the BAU in pursuit of two killers.

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    Vibhore Singh
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "in the list of criminal minds episodes this is one of my least favorites. wealthy couple dies at super bowl, cry me a river. The episode was good, i just didn't sympathize much on the victims."
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    #6Riding the Lightning

    Riding the Lightning

    The Episode 14 of Criminal Minds' Season 1, entitled Riding the Lightning, was directed by Chris Long and aired on January 25, 2006. The tear-jerking 42-minute long episode was written by Jeff Davis, Simon Mirren, and Andrew Wilder.

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    Xiang Pan
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I think season 1 is a weak season compared to recent eps. But this one is actually pleasing to the eye so i like it."
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    #7Revelations

    Revelations

    Criminal Minds' Season 2, Episode 15 is entitled Revelations. The episode was directed by Guy Norman Bee and written by Jeff Davis, Chris Mundy, and Andrew Wilder. It focuses on BAU's efforts on rescuing Reid on a kidnapping case.

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    Michelle Lucas
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I liked Reid and Hankel's dynamic, how they play each other psychologically is well made. This episode is a good watch, especially if you like tense and suspenseful scenes. I haven't thought about predicting future happenings and plot twists because it'ssomewhat fresh and you just stay put to enjoy the ride. kudos to the director and writer of this ep. Good job"
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    #8Into the Woods

    Into the Woods

    Into the Woods is the 9th episode of Criminal Minds' 6th season. The episode was directed by Glenn Kershaw and aired on November 17, 2010. It shows the BAU team searching deep into the forest to catch a serial killer who's targeting children.

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    Amber Reynolds
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "this is a very disturbing episode especially because i think childrwen do not deserve to die early with harsh treatments. It's a great watch but it's a little dark for my taste."
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    #9Run

    Run

    Run is Episode 24 of Season 7 of the procedural crime drama, Criminal Minds. It's the second half of the back-to-back episode, Hit/Run. The team is still on the pursuit of the bank robbers and determines that they have a bigger target intended.

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    Wayne Hoffman
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "Out of all the criminal minds episodes and finales, for that matter, this was good but not great. While the pacing was good, the episode felt a bit convoluted overall."
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    #10...And Back

    ...And Back

    ...And Back is Episode 25 of Season of the crime drama, Criminal Minds. It is the second half of the To Hell...And Back back-to-back episodes. The BAU tracks a serial killer with a specific type of victim from Detroit across the Canadian border.

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    Edward Powell
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "Taken as it was, it was actually a great criminal minds episode. Once you take the inaccuracies of the details and geography of the real-life case that it was based on, then, whole begin to appear, Give it a shot regardless."
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    #11Legacy

    Legacy

    Legacy is Episode 22 of Season 2 of the crime procedural drama, Criminal Minds. A Kansas City detective calls on the BAU to help in the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of homeless people from the streets.

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    Daniel Lewis
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "It's quite different from all the episodes that the show has done before. It's thought-provoking, well-paced, and cleverly executed."
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    #12Demons

    Demons

    Demons is Episode 24 of Season 9 of the show, Criminal Minds and is part of the Angels/Demons back-to-back episodes. The BAU continues to investigate the murders in Texas while one of them must face a secret from the past.

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    Olivia Cook
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "While I liked Angels, it felt a little shaky at the start but it ended up in good footing with Demons. It's the greatest but it wasn't too bad either."
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    #13The Fisher King

    The Fisher King

    The Fisher King is the episode finale of Season 1 of the crime show, Criminal Minds. In this episode the BAU team find themselves becoming pawns in a psychotic killer's plans while they are away on holiday.

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    Zhao He
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "This is one of the best criminal minds episodes and season finales that the show has had ever. It seemed a little slow at first but once it gets going, it made for one of the most riveting stories the show has had."
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    #14No Way Out Part II: The Evilution of Frank

    No Way Out Part II: The Evilution of Frank

    No Way Out Part II: The Evilution of Frank is Episode 24 of Season 2 of the crime drama, Criminal Minds. Frank is back and is on the hunt once again. The team must protect Gideon while he profiles Frank again.

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    Christina West
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "I'm currently at season 5 with this show but I still remember the earlier season and episodes and how great they were. This was one of them, thrilling from start to finish."
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    #15200

    200

    200 is Episode 14 of Season 9 of the hit crime drama, Criminal Minds. The BAU asks for Emily Prentiss' help in order to find JJ. In the process, certain things from both JJ and Cruz's past are revealed.

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    Peter McDonald
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "All things considered, it was a good episode but considering it was a special anniversary episode, it could have been better."
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    #16Hit

    Hit

    Hit is Episode 23 of Season 7 of the crime drama, Criminal Minds. Hit is the first half of Hit/Run back-to-back episode special. It's the BAU team's Saturday off when they are called in to investigate a failed bank robbery by a group calling themselves Face Cards.

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    Yuan Li
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "This first half of the two-part season finale was good and sets the stage up well for its second half, "Run". "
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    #17The Replicator

    The Replicator

    The Replicator is Episode 24 of Season 8 of the crime drama, Criminal Minds. It is the second half of the Brothers Hotchner/The Replicator back-to-back episodes. After the case in New York, The Replicator has set sights on one of the team as its next victim.

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    Edward Brown
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "This was an awesome criminal minds episode and season finale. I do think the show missed an opportunity to turn this into a far more interesting story arc. Mark Hamill's performance was a little tame and could have been more if given more time to build-up."
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    #18Omnivore

    Omnivore

    Omnivore is Episode 18 of Season 4 of the hit crime show, Criminal Minds. In this episode, the Reaper, who has been inactive for 10 years, starts killing again. This was the first case that Hotch worked on with the BAU.

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    Jonathan May
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "This is one of the episodes from the earlier seasons of the show - which I think were a lot better - and it did not disappoint. If you talk about one of the best criminal mind episodes, this should be at the top of your list."
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    #19The Company

    The Company

    The Company is Episode 20 of Season 7 of the show, Criminal Minds. Morgan's sister's cousin sees someone who looks like their presumed-dead cousin, Cindi. What transpires is a car chase that ends up in an accident and the BAU re-opening the case again.

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    Sharon Vasquez
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "Great episode, if a little bit short. It would have been great if the show expanded on the story further. There was much that could have been explored deeper."
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    #20Lo-Fi

    Lo-Fi

    Lo-Fi is Episode 20 of Season 3 of the crime drama show, Criminal Minds. The team is called to New York City to determine if the random shootings that have been happening in the city are the work of a single individual or a group of shooters.

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    Cheng Gu
    Written on September 12, 2019
    "Season 3 was such an amazing season for the show and this season finale is definitely of the best criminal minds episodes ever. Just go watch it now. "

Summary

Best What are the best Criminal Minds episodes
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1100Videos 19 Paid
2PenelopeVideos 14 Paid
3LaurenVideos 6 Paid
4MayhemVideos 3 Paid
5The Big Game Videos 3 Paid
6Riding the LightningVideos 2 Paid
7RevelationsVideos 1 Paid
8Into the WoodsVideos 1 Paid
9RunVideos 0 Paid
10...And BackVideos 0 Paid
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