Best Criminal Minds Episodes


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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 2 Episodes 14-15: The Big Game/Revelations
This is the saddest episode ever! If you like Reid this is a must see! To see what his character went through!
These two are the best episodes of the show, in my opinion
These ones are the best and most amazing and almost saddest episodes ever, they're my favourites without a doubt

4Season 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


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 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

7Season 4 Episode 18: Omnivore
The Start of the 'Reaper Saga'.


Absolutely loved this episode

8Season 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...


I was touched by this episode, great acting!
What that mother did for her son haunts me

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


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 16: Mosley Lane

18Season 5 Episode 8: OutFoxed
When The team investergate a family murder Hotch and Prentiss head to prission to vist Carl Arnald AKA The fox


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

21Season 8 Episode 12: Zugzwang
I love Spencer, he's my favorite and love this one, one of the saddest episodes of the show
Definitely the saddest episode of the show, when Maeve died I cried so much, I felt so bad for Spencer, gosh, he's my favorite character on the show :(
But this episode was very well directed

22Season 7 Episode 12: Unknown Subject

23North Mammon
Creepiest episode ever, I got goosebumps when Brooke killed Kelly.

24Route 66

25Season 8 Episode 8: The Wheels on the Bus
I love this one. I think it's the best. The unsubs are so interesng and I like how pretty much everyone makes it out alive (par: the attendant and one student). This should be number one.

26Season 4 Episode 8: Masterpiece
Excellent episode, especially when Rossi foils the killer's plan

27Season 4 Episode 20: In Conflict
Its just amazing the change of personality from Adam to Amanda, one of the bests episodes ever

28Season 3 Episode 8: Lucky
Really creepy with insane plot twist

29Season 8 Episode 4: God Complex
Cutting legs of and sewing them back on onto someone else is just disturbing, nasty and deadly.

30Season 8 Episode 10: The Lesson
This guy is just so weird and disturbing. Dislocating joints and piercing hands to create life Marionettes, definitely one of the best episodes.

31Season 6 Episode 8: Reflection of Desire
I think this is one of the creepiest episodes ever

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