Best Criminal Minds Episodes


The Top Ten

1 Season 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 one made me cry!

The Best

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2 Season 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.

Love prentiss. love the scandal behind her and this episode. amazing

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3 Season 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!

These episodes are always emotionally devastating to me, the combination of Reid getting tortured and Tobias, the unsub, having terrible split personality disorder and switching between a nicer personality, a abusive fartherlike personality, and a manipukative one. I always cry iver this episode.

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4 Season 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

What that mother did for her son haunts me

I ever thought I would encounter such an amazing episode so early in the show. I cry all the time though, so I got my sister to watch it, and she is made of rock. She is still in her room crying. This shows a mothers love in a completely unique way. It is also different because in every other crime show like NCIS, they always achive what they set out to get. But in Criminal Minds, it changes your perspevtive on what is a true happy ending or not. This eiosde will always catch me of guard in the most random of ways. If I'm cooking or doing dishes, I will remember this episode and just start bawling.

Had me in tears! Especially when Gideon began crying.

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5 Season 4 Episodes 25-26: To Hell and Back

Just watched these, they were brilliant.

Love this episode!

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

This episode is SO GOOOD WOW

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6 Season 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

Love this episode.

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7 Season 4 Episode 1: Mayhem

Good Episode How is Penelope Above this that episode was good but definitely like 10th out of the top 10

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

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

Great show and actin.and please bring em back

8 Season 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.

JJ is juts the best, I love her so much and Will too

Just the thought of JJ and Will

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9 Season 8 Episode 24: The Replicator

Didn't like Strauss up until I saw her go.. great episode

Rossi rules.

10 Season 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!

The First Apperence of JJ - nconnorj

The Contenders

11 Season 4 Episode 18: Omnivore

Absolutely loved this episode

The Start of the 'Reaper Saga'. - nconnorj

12 Season 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.

This episode was my favorite

It's so sad yet so good

So much backstory for Morgan!

13 Season 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.

14 Season 6 Episode 2: JJ

The best one yet so happy they got married!

I cried when JJ said her final goodbyes to the team.. especially with Garcia. Showed the real emotions they had because they thought she was actually off the show for good.

15 Season 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.

Hotch's contemptuous slaydown of reid in front of ldsk had me completely fooled until that last line of " it's front sight, trigger press, follow through", that and Reid's Oscar level wounded puppy dog looks. Make me love this episode

16 Season 1 Episode 3: Won't Get Fooled Again

Gideon was at his best1 Miss him.

17 Season 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!

The acting is fantastic in this episode.
I was crying like a baby at the end.

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18 Season 2 Episode 1 : The Fisher King Part 2
19 Season 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 =(

My favorite episode by far. Definitely recommend to everyone.

The actors are phenomenal in this episode. Very very convincing. Amazing plot. Directed by the very best - Matthew Gray Gubler.

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20 Season 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.

The best episode in all the series to date. Not one has even come close.

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

This truly had me in tears sobbing just as Revelations did. I watched this episode at around 1 AM and I couldn't stop myself from leaking tears and crying the entire time. This episode is very VERY underrated and needs to be brought to attention. It gives you the view of the killer, unlike all these previous episodes. We don't watch or witness the steps it takes to arrest Jonny, but we see his scattered point of view. Truly, one of the very best episodes. As an artist, though I may not be a murderer, I relate.

In my own world, I believe that artists are the people who suffer more than regular people. Artists have lower self esteem and you have to be careful everyone. Say the wrong thing, and you may never know what happens behind the screen.

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21 Season 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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22 Season 1 Episode 7: The Fox

Brilliantly cryptic ending, when Gideon reveals the rings in the box you can't help but piece together how many people were murdered by this serial killer

The moment Gideon screams to check out the neighbors reaction.. Goosbumps

23 Season 3 Episode 12: 3rd Life
24 Season 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. - nconnorj

25 Season 2: Episode 5: Aftermath
26 Season 8 Episode 12: Zugzwang

I love Spencer, he's my favorite and love this one, one of the saddest episodes of the show

I cried my eyes out for Spencer one of the best and saddest episodes od 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

Reid's story lines are always my favourite. Matthew gray gubler is so touching, when he cries it feels really genuine

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27 Season 3 Episode 8: Lucky

Really creepy with insane plot twist

28 Season 5 Episode 8: OutFoxed

When The team investergate a family murder Hotch and Prentiss head to prission to vist Carl Arnald AKA The fox - nconnorj

29 Season 1 Episode 9: Derailed
30 Season 2 Episode 10: Lessons Learned


The best episode ever aired. Patinkin’s acting was absolutely flawless, best there ever was. And the plot was great too.

31 Season 2 Episode 23: No Way Out II: The Evolution of Frank

Frank is one of my favorite serial killers. Having thwarted the police for so long he is so intelligent and tells it like it is.

32 Season 7 Episode 12: Unknown Subject
33 Season 4 Episode 20: In Conflict

Its just amazing the change of personality from Adam to Amanda, one of the bests episodes ever

34 Season 10 Episode 21: Mr. Scratch

I think this is a great episode, Hotch was flawless with the act. I really like this one, but I was really confused on how all the victims where controlled with this chemical, poison thing, but somehow Hotch was not. Does it not include with him? I was super confused, but the ending was great with the move that Hotch made faking the kill on Morgan, he turned and got the Unsub. It was just amazing!

Matthew did an amazing job directing this; I was captivated throughout the entire episode. Honestly, the scene at the end had me screaming.

35 Season 4 Episode 8: Masterpiece

Excellent episode, especially when Rossi foils the killer's plan

36 Season 2 Episode 13: No Way out
37 Season 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.

38 Season 9 Episode 5: Route 66
39 Season 2 Episode 11: Sex, Birth, Death

The character of Nathan is one of the most sensitive depictions I have ever seen on T.V.. Nathan suffers from his sexual fantasy of killing women and does not give in to it. That is a difference few people seem to understand, but it is an essential one. This is a psychologically complex character who is in constant fear of what he might do and searches for help, and who grows attached to Spencer Reid, who knows how it feels when you are afraid of your own actions - even if you have not done them yet. - Martin_Canine

40 Season 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.

"the way the guy treats people as if they were objects is creepy as hell. One of the best episodes I've seen so far."

Don't forget the two creepy plot twists at the end

41 Season 4 Episode 21: A Shade Of Gray

This episode is FULL of unexpected twists, great acting, and a well thought out storyline. One of the most bizarre cases they had.

42 Season 10 Episode:16

This was one of the best I think. It was very interesting and it really gets you at the edge of your sit. I loved this one also because it was very dramatic but good.

43 Season 7 Episode 22: Profiling 101

I really like how they describe what they really do and how they do it in this episode and the drama with Rossie is intense!

44 Season 4 Episode 2: The Angel Maker

To think that one person could be so devoted to another, that they impregnate themselves with sperm smuggled out of prison, and go on to finish the series of murders their lover started, making themselves the last victim.

45 Season 6 Episode 8: Reflection of Desire

I think this is one of the creepiest episodes ever

46 Season 9 Episode 14: 200

Emily coming back was great.

I think this one is ranked just behind 100


47 Season 8 Episode 4: God Complex

Cutting legs of and sewing them back on onto someone else is just disturbing, nasty and deadly.

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