—by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/26/20 – CRIMINAL MINDS debuted on September 21st, 2005. After fifteen spectacularly eventful seasons, the classic police procedural will conclude on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 with a two-part finale airing from 9-11 p.m. on CBS.
The CRIMINAL MINDS episodes revolve around the efforts of an elite team of FBI profilers based out of Quantico, Virginia to apprehend the country’s most dangerous and mentally disturbed felons. Their Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is part of the FBI’s renowned National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. The profilers’ work takes them all over the US so they can partner with local law enforcement teams to manage crises ripped from true crime incidents.
Over the years the top-rated show has featured the talents of Mandy Patinkin, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, A.J. Cook, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Paget Brewster, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Kristen Vangsness in key roles. The real appeal for many CM viewers is the fresh new places and faces that appear in every exciting and well-crafted episode. Celebrity guest stars have included Jason Alexander, Robert Englund, Elle Fanning, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jane Lynch, Esai Morales, Frankie Muniz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bellamy Young, and many others.
New and returning fans of CRIMINAL MINDS may now binge watch the totally addictive series on CBS All Access as well as Netflix and DVD. But be warned: few of your favorite characters will remain untouched by the death and destruction that inevitably swirl all around them. That said, CRIMINAL MINDS remains one of the most ambitious and engaging crime shows yet created on network television.