Best Criminal Minds Episodes (August 2020)

The best Criminal Minds episodes are shocking, satirical, intriguing, and surprising. In this article, we are going to take a look at the best Criminal Minds episodes from across the CBS crime procedural’s 15 seasons.

Cast: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster, Joe Mantegna, Rachel Nichols, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, Damon Gupton, Daniel Henney, Adina Porter

Criminal Minds Overview: Special Agents Jason Gideon and Aaron Hotchner head up the FBI’s most elite profiling team – experts in analyzing criminal minds. Each team member has their specialty. There’s Elle Greenaway, who has a background in sexual offences; Derek Morgan, who focuses on obsessional crimes; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid the smart-but-socially-challenged genius; and Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, the rookie. With each mind-blowing case, they put their lives on the line as they match wits with the most ruthless criminals on earth.

Best Criminal Minds Episodes: #20 – The Storm

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 11 – Episode 22

Aired May 4, 2016

The BAU is shocked when Hotch is apprehended by a SWAT team and suspected of conspiracy, and as the team scrambles to prove his innocence, they suspect a larger plot is on the horizon.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw | Writers: Breen Frazier, Erica Messer

#19 – Last Gasp

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 13 – Episode 16

Aired Mar 14, 2018

Away from the watchful eye of the FBI’s assistant director of national security, Linda Barnes, the BAU meets in secret to investigate an UnSub who appears to be kidnapping and photographing young women.

Directors: Adam Rodriguez | Writers: Stephanie Sengupta

#18 – Red Light

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 12 – Episode 22

Aired May 10, 2017

Derek Morgan brings the BAU a lead in the case against serial killer and escaped convict, Mr. Scratch.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw | Writers: Breen Frazier

#17 – And in the End (Part 2)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 15 – Episode 10

Aired Feb 19, 2020

Following an explosive face-to-face encounter with “The Chameleon,” Reid suffers from a brain injury and, while experiencing hallucinations, is visited by ghosts from his past. The BAU makes a shocking discovery about Lynch that affects Rossi personally. The entire team comes together to celebrate Rossi’s retirement.

Directors: Glenn Kershaw | Writers: Erica Messer, Kirsten Vangsness

#16 – Entropy

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 11 – Episode 11

Aired Jan 13, 2016

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

Directors: Heather Capiello | Writers: Breen Frazier

#15 – Omnivore

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 4 – Episode 18

Aired Mar 18, 2009

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 | Writers: Andrew Wilder

#14 – Carbon Copy

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 8 – Episode 16

Aired Feb 27, 2013

When victims are found in Philadelphia in a similar style to victims of The Replicator, the stalker who has been tracking the BAU’s every move, the team thinks this could be the break they need to try and apprehend him.

Directors: Rob Hardy | Writers: Virgil Williams

#13 – Derek

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 11 – Episode 16

Aired Mar 2, 2016

When Morgan is abducted, the BAU scrambles to find him and save his life.

Directors: Thomas Gibson | Writers: Breen Frazier

#12 – Date Night

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 15 – Episode 6

Aired Feb 5, 2020

After a father and daughter get kidnapped, a former foe of the BAU returns with very specific demands for Reid that give a whole new meaning to the phrase “wheels up.”

Directors: Marcus Stokes | Writers: Breen Frazier

#11 – Face Off (Part 1)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 15 – Episode 9

Aired Feb 19, 2020

It has been a year since Rossi nearly died at the hands of Everett Lynch—aka “The Chameleon”—and he has developed some new theories, with inspiration from his former partner, Jason Gideon. The BAU team sets out on an epic hunt to capture Lynch.

Directors: Sharat Raju | Writers: Christopher Barbour

#10 – No Way Out (Part 2): The Evilution of Frank

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 2 – Episode 23

Aired May 16, 2007

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 | Writers: Simon Mirren

#9 – Hit (Part 1)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 7 – Episode 23

Aired May 16, 2012

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.

Director: Michael Lange | Writers: Rick Dunkle

#8 – Demons (Part 2)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 9 – Episode 24

Aired May 14, 2014

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 | Writers: Erica Messer

#7 – The Replicator (Part 2)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 8 – Episode 24

Aired May 22, 2013

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 | Writers: Erica Messer

#6 – The Fisher King (2)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 2 – Episode 1

Aired Sep 20, 2006

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 | Writers: Edward Allen Bernero

#5 – Penelope

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 3 – Episode 9

Aired Nov 21, 2007

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 | Writers: Chris Mundy

#4 – 100

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 5 – Episode 9

Aired Nov 25, 2009

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

Directors: Edward Allen Bernero | Writers: Bo Crese

#3 – The Fisher King (Part 1)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 1 – Episode 22

Aired May 10, 2006

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 | Writers: Edward Allen Bernero

#2 – 200

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 9 – Episode 14

Aired Feb 5, 2014

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 | Writers: Rick Dunkle

The Best Criminal Minds Episode: #1 – Run (Part 2)

Best Criminal Minds Episodes – Season 7 – Episode 24

Aired May 16, 2012

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 | Writers: Erica Messer