Best Criminal Minds Episodes


July 31, 2015 - WITH OVER 160 EPISODES ONLY 10 WILL MAKE IT. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Season 5 Episode 9: 100
This one made me cry!
I am a CM addict but hat when Haley is pursued, then killed that it was my most favourite yet heart-wrenching episode. Thomas Gibson absolutely deserved an Emmy. Every time I see it, I cry like a baby, because I have followed Hotchs difficult decisions which were at a huge cost to him. So glad Jack survived the Reaper!
Ya its sad but it shows how talented everybody on the show is

2Season 6 Episode 18: Lauren


I loved this episode I cry every time
Had me at the edge of my seat. Prentiss is now my favorite.

3Season 4 Episodes 25-26: To Hell and Back
Just watched these, they were brilliant.
The season four finale what a great episode it had me on the edge of my seat and when Hotch arrives home to find the reaper there then gun shot fade to black BestFinaleEver


4Season 2 Episodes 14-15: The Big Game/Revelations
Made me cry like a baby, I couldn't bear seeing my sweet, adorable Reid going through all this! And he was loyal & selfless despite all his suffering... He was willing to sacrifice himself to save his team & the other citizens! "Revelations" completely devastated me, but this episode made me fall in love with Spence even harder, and I loved it, even though it was so painful that I barely could watch it! If you are a fan of Spencer, you should definitely watch these two episodes, but really prepare to feel absolutely horrible, and not even completely relieved at the ending...
Such an incredible episode, I really love Spencer and that episode made me love him even more! I very rarely cry, but the episode "Revelations" made me cry so much! I couldn't bear seeing Reid suffering, and it was incredibly painful to watch! And the ending... is just shocking! I was VERY devastated after watching this, but this is seriously the best episode of criminal minds I've ever watched!
This is the saddest episode ever! If you like Reid this is a must see! To see what his character went through!

5Season 7 Episodes 23-24: Hit and Run
Such a good way to send emily off
JJ is juts the best, I love her so much and Will too

6Season 1 Episode 14: Riding the Lightning
Outstanding acting... Left tears of joy... Dis episode tells about the mother's love in a unique way making it extraordinary...


What that mother did for her son haunts me
This episode deserves to be at LEAST in the top ten. Just amazing. Wonderfully written story with twists and turns, outstanding acting, and the only episode of any T.V.-show to date to leave me with tears in my eyes. This is one of the best of 'em, for sure.
[Newest]I was touched by this episode, great acting!

7Season 3 Episode 9: Penelope
We Kick Off This Top 10 Criminal MInds With Garcia fighting for her life after being shot.


One of the best episodes of Criminal minds. A real team job. Love each scenes, the camera twist. the cast, great Job KV and the rest of the cast
I loved this episode you lern a lot about Garcia

8Season 4 Episode 18: Omnivore
The Start of the 'Reaper Saga'.


Absolutely loved this episode

9Season 4 Episode 1: Mayhem
The season 4 premiere was The best opener ever as we finally find out who was blown up in the SUV at the end of the 3rd season


One of the best episode ever, with Lo Fi, penelope

10Season 1 Episodes 2: Compulsion
Most interesting arsonist case! Had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

The Contenders

11Season 8 Episode 24: The Replicator

12Season 3 Episode 7: Seven Seconds
The 50th episode the team have to find a young girl who has been kidnaped.


Very emotional episode! I loved it!
I love this episode, it's a sad INE and it's a bit different than the resto I don't know I love it

13Season 5 Episode 6: The Eyes Have it
So Hotch has stepped down Morgan has taken over and oh yeah there's a guy cutting peoples eyes out.


14Season 2 Episode 12: Profiler, Profiled

15Season 6 Episode 2: JJ

16Season 4 Episode 22 - The Big Wheel
My heart almost broke at the expression on the child's face, the torn emotions that were probably racing through his mind. The actors were all amazing, and the plot was so heart-wrenching that everybody should watch this episode.
I cried so much in this episode =(

17Season 5 Episode 8: OutFoxed
When The team investergate a family murder Hotch and Prentiss head to prission to vist Carl Arnald AKA The fox


18Season 5 Episode 16: Mosley Lane
It was just an amazing episode... Not particularly gory, but the storyline was so touching... I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and the final minutes made me cry, out of joy and sadness at the same time. The ending, although kinda sad, was so relieving! The directing was amazing, and the casting too! Especially Evan Peters, he was extremely touching! He's so talented! I loved him in this episode (and I love him anyways! ). It's a wonderful episode!
It's such an amazing episode! The directing was brilliant! It made me feel grief and happiness at the same time... I so loved it! Matthew Gray Gubler did an unbelievable job at directing it (and it's actually the first episode he directs! ) and Evan Peters was simply amazing. His performance as Charlie Hillridge was so touching! Mosley Lane is very thrilling, and the ending is very moving! I VERY highly suggest you watch this episode more!

19Season 3 Episode 10: True Night
I'm the only person I've encountered that truly loves this episode. This one really allowed me to connect with the killer like no other episode did or would do. The ending to the episode is absolutely amazing. This is the only killer I've really ALMOST seen his actions as justifiable. This is far and away the most underrated episode of Criminal Minds.
This emotional episode really makes people notice the few corrupted people in the world, and the effects of their gruesome deeds. You could really feel for the murderer, who was driven insane after he was forced to watch his fiancé being slaughtered by gang members. He really didn't even comprehend the fact that he had done anything bad, or even that his fiancé was dead. This episode was one of the few in which the audience could really feel compassion for the killer.

20Season 9 Episode 14: 200

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