Criminal Minds is a criminal drama genre T.V series written by Jeff Davis. It is based on the careers of some FBI agents, also known as Perpetrators, who work on various high-profile criminal cases and struggle with their personal life as well.
Its first episode aired on 25th September 2005 with its first episodes being Extreme Aggressor. The show ended on February 19, 2020, with its last episode, And in the End. The show has quite a good rating of 8.1/10 on IMDb.
In this article, we will filter out the 15 best Criminal Minds episodes from each season, as per the IMDb ratings.
1. Somebody’s Watchin’: Season 1 Episode 18:
The eighteenth episode of the first season of the series Criminal Minds aired on 29th March 2006. The IMDb rating of this episode is 8.4/10. The episode stars Lora Glaudini, Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, and others.
In this episode, Reid and Gideon are in Los Angeles to attend a seminar hosted by the L. A Police Department, where they get in a stalker case leading up to several murders.
2. Revelations: Season 2 Episode 15:
The fifteenth episode of season 2 of Criminal Minds aired on 7th February 2007. This episode has an IMDb rating of 9.0/10. Starring Paget Brewster, Lora Glaudini, Mandy Patinkin, and others.
In this episode, Reid is kidnapped by a psychopath serial killer, and the team is on its toes to catch the killer and rescue Reid.
3. Elephants’s Memory: Season 3 Episode 16:
This episode became part of Criminal Minds on 16th April 2008. It has an IMDb rating of 8.5/10. Starring Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, Joe Mantegna, and others.
In this episode, a small Texas town is suffering from a deadly spree of murders. The team is eager to find the culprit and reason behind it and to look into the disappearance of a teen boy and a girl.
4. Amplification: Season 4 Episode 24:
The airing date of the episode is 13th May 2009. An IMDb rating of 8.6/10. Starring Shemar Moore, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, and others.
A dangerous serial killer has released a lethal virus in a park in Annapolis. The team working with the U.S Army is out to rescue the public and a team member.
5. Mosley Lane: Season 5 Episode 16:
The episode was released on 3rd March 2010. It has an IMDb rating of 9.0/10. Starring Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, and others.
The team receives a call regarding a child kidnapper. It is feared that he might be keeping those kids for about 8 long years.
6. Lauren: Season 6 Episode 18:
The eighteenth episode of the sixth season of Criminal Minds was released on 16th March 2011. The IMDb rating is 8.7/10. Starring Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, Joe Mantegna, and others.
The episode shows that it is time for Prentiss to settle the score with Ian Doyle finally. While the team reaches out to JJ for help in finding Prentiss and Doyle.
7. True Genius: Season 7 Episode 11:
This episode aired on 18th January 2012. IMDb has given this episode a rating of 8.6/10. Starring Paget Brewster, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and others.
In this episode, the team is on high alert as a dangerous serial killer has possibly returned to San Francisco after there have been several murders recently. On the other hand, Reid is questioning his abilities and the purpose of his life.
8. Zugzwang: Season 8 Episode 12:
The twelfth episode of season 8 was released on 16th January 2013. It has an IMDb rating of 8.7/10. It stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and others.
Reid’s girlfriend has been kidnapped by the man who was stalking her for some time. He and the team try to rescue her before something happens to her.
9. Angels: Season 9 Episode 23:
This Criminal Minds episode aired on 7th May 2014. Has an IMDb rating of 8.3/10. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and others.
The prostitutes are being killed in Texas state and the murders seem to have religious connections. The team is in harm’s way once again as they dive further into the investigation.
10. Mr. Scratch: Season 10 Episode 21:
With an IMDb rating of 8.7/10. The episode was aired on 22nd April 2015. It stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and others.
In this episode, the alleged murders say that a monster attacked them, who has the ability to control and read minds. One member of the team is at risk as they dive further into the investigation.
11. Entropy: Season 11 Episode 11:
Also known as the highest-rated episode of the series Criminal Minds. The episode has a rating of 9.2/10. Aired on 13th January 2016. Starring Shemar Moore, Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, and others.
The episode shows that Reid is telling the hitman how he found her. The team is busy getting Reid away from the gunpoint.
12. Red Light: Season 12 Episode 22:
The episode came out on 10th May 2017. With an IMDb rating of 8.3/10, the episode stars A. J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Montegna, and others.
Derek Morgan provides the team with a lead/information regarding a case against Mr. Scratch, who is an escaped prisoner who has been a nuisance for the team for some time.
13. Believer: Season 13 Episode 22:
The episode Believer became part of Criminal Minds on 18th April 2018. It has an IMDb rating of 8.8/10. Starring A. J. Cook, Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, and others.
The team finds ex-FBI agent Quinn, who is trapped inside a unit. The team question and suspect his credibility and ask him about “The Strangler”.
14. 300: Season 14 Episode 1:
The release date of this episode is 3rd October 2018. Has an IMDb of 8.6/10. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook, Joe Montegna, and others.
The past hit back at the team, as Garcia and Reid are kidnapped by a serial killer. The team now has to look back at their past to understand why Reid and Garcia became the victims.
15. Date Night: Season 15 Episode 6:
Became part of Criminal Minds on 5th February 2020. With an IMDb rating of 8.6/10, it stars Joe Montegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook, and others.
The episode gives a new shape to the phrase, “Wheel Up”. After the kidnapping of a daughter and father, an old enemy confronts Reid with some conditions.