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!

Best Ever!

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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.

I loved this episode I cry every time

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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

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.

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

Simply amazing

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5 Season 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

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

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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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

Great plot

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9 Season 8 Episode 24: The Replicator V 2 Comments
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!

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The Contenders

11 Season 4 Episode 18: Omnivore

Absolutely loved this episode

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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.

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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 3: Won't Get Fooled Again V 1 Comment
16 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

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!

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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.

My favorite episode by far. Definitely recommend to everyone.

This episode crushed me emotionally.

I cried so much in this episode =(

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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.

"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.

One of the best episodes

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1. Season 6 Episode 18: Lauren
2. Season 5 Episode 9: 100
3. Season 4 Episodes 25-26: To Hell and Back
1. Season 5 Episode 9: 100
2. Season 8 Episode 24: The Replicator
3. Season 4 Episode 1: Mayhem
1. Season 1 Episode 14: Riding the Lightning
2. Season 5 Episode 9: 100
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