Best Criminal Minds Episodes


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1Season 5 Episode 9: 100

Always thought this was the best! The way it was filmed in "looking back" way! T Gibson's acting was/is flawless here & every emotion is felt! Our satisfaction when Hotch gets to kill REAPER AT LAST with his bare hands~~ And the sadness of loosing Haley, as the team was listening & as she said goodbye to Hotch & wants her son to know how they fell in love & insisting he teach Jack LOVE IS MOST IMPORTANT vs the JOY of learning Jack survived & "WORKED THE CASE" leaves this episode as one of a kind! WONDER WHY IT WAS TITLED "100"?

Absolutely, #1. I can't ever watch this one without crying no matter how many times I've seen it. Thomas Gibson's performance is incredible. So emotional and riveting.

This episode and the next with the funeral had my crying. Hotch never shows emotion, and the fact that he does in this episode adds to the greatness of it.

Saddest episode ever!

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2Season 6 Episode 18: Lauren


Had me at the edge of my seat. Prentiss is now my favorite.

Emily has always been my favorite, but this episode put her above and beyond any other character.

I loved this episode I cry every time

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3Season 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...

I loved these episodes. Made me cry at the end and some parts in between. Reid is my favorite character. I didn't even realise how emotional these made me feel until the end when I could finally breath knowing Reid was safe. It's unbelievable how emotionally connected the show can make you. The characters are so real, I forget that everything is fake. I had to remind myself in these episodes that everything was fake or I would have freaked out. Huge fan of Spencer Reid and the show period.

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!

The deepest episode. Such good acting.

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4Season 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... - broken_skull

A mother's love has no ending, even when she's on her deathbed... This episode will make you cry.

What that mother did for her son haunts me

Simply amazing

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5Season 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 - nconnorj

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6Season 7 Episodes 23-24: Hit and Run

Such a good way to send emily off

JJ and Will getting married was the best part. I love those two and Henry so much, and they are just an extremely cute family. The fact that JJ was kicking and screaming when she saw will going into the bank was so sad, but it shows that she loves Will to death and that she would do anything to protect her family, including fighting Izzy to save Henry. I just love the show Criminal Minds and I just love JJ's family.

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7Season 3 Episode 9: Penelope

We Kick Off This Top 10 Criminal MInds With Garcia fighting for her life after being shot. - nconnorj

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

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8Season 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 - nconnorj

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9Season 8 Episode 24: The ReplicatorV1 Comment
10Season 1 Episodes 2: Compulsion

So suspenseful, totally shocking when you begin to put everything together.

Most interesting arsonist case! Had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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The Contenders

11Season 4 Episode 18: Omnivore

Absolutely loved this episode

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12Season 2 Episode 12: Profiler, Profiled

From the moment in season 1 where he wouldn't talk to Reid about nightmares, I knew that he had some sort of haunting past. This episode was well written and well executed by the actors to bring to light Morgan's past as well as share more of his character.

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13Season 6 Episode 2: JJ

The best one yet so happy they got married!

14Season 2 Episode 7: North Mammon

I honestly didn't not the ending of this I was mad that Brooke tuned on her instead of Kelly, I just didn't like it but it was honestly pretty good other than that part

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

15Season 3 Episode 7: Seven Seconds

The 50th episode the team have to find a young girl who has been kidnaped. - nconnorj

Gives me chills when they show Katie's doll

Very emotional episode! I loved it!

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16Season 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!

Must watch! I cried, it literally shows humanity! Couldn't be a better episode!

Very touching and emotional at the end.

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17Season 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.

My favorite episode by far. Definitely recommend to everyone.

This episode crushed me emotionally.

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18Season 1 Episode 6: LDSK

I love the part when Reid shoots the guy straight in the head! TOTAL TAKE DOWN! And when he says to Hotch, "I was a twelve year old prodigy in a Las Vegas High School, you kick like a nine year old girl." Totally loved it.

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.

"Malcolm in the Middle" is am excellent actor. One of my top episodes.

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.

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20Season 2 Episode 1 : The Fisher King Part 2
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1. Season 6 Episode 18: Lauren
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1. Season 5 Episode 9: 100
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