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The Best Criminal Minds Episodes  

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If you're a big fan of the show, you'll love this list of the best Criminal Minds episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. Crime drama fans will also enjoy the best CSI: Miami episodes and the greatest NCIS episodes. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Criminal Minds episodes of all time are. Fans of Criminal Minds are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode of Criminal Minds is.

Currently at 14 seasons and still running, Criminal Minds is one of the most watched police procedural crime dramas on TV.

The list features "Open Season," "A Shade of Gray," "Lucky," and more episodes. What is the best Criminal Minds episode of all time? Look below and find out. You will find the top 10 episodes, good episodes, and more in this Ranker guide. In fact, this list serves as a great Criminal Minds episode guide.

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Penelope is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 3
As a team member fights for life, the BAU continues the search for an attacker that leads the unit to believe the assailant could be someone close to the investigation.
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Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 4
When an SUV carrying members of the team explodes, the rest of the team fights to save them and catch the terrorists responsible for the bombing.
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Mosley Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 5
The BAU is called by local authorities in Ashburn, Virginia, to profile a predator who may have been abducting children for at least eight years.
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Hit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 7
When the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C., the team tries to negotiate the situation unfolding inside the bank, but the stakes rise when one of their ...more
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100 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 5
The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.
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Revelations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 2
In this conclusion of a special two-part episode, finding the serial killer becomes critical to the BAU when the team realizes Reid is being held captive and a live feed of him being tortured is ...more
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Zugzwang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 8
When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it's too late.
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Demons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 9
The BAU continues its murder investigation in Texas, and clues uncover a deep web of corruption that could be the motive for the killings.
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Amplification is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 4
When a new type of chemical warfare is released into the open air, the BAU must act quickly to find the source before any more innocent people are exposed.
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Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 3
The investigation turns to the family as the BAU and local authorities race against time to locate a young girl who has disappeared from a local shopping mall.
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Profiler, Profiled is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 2
Morgan is arrested as a serial killer after he goes home to Chicago to visit his family. Because the detective making the arrest had used a profile provided by Gideon, the team travels to ...more
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Minimal Loss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 4
Reid and Prentiss are taken hostage when they go under cover to investigate possible child abuse at an underground cult.
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Riding the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 1
After interviewing a couple on death row for serial murders, Gideon suspects that the woman is actually innocent. But since she's set to be executed in two days, it's a race against time to
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Lo-Fi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 3
The BAU faces one of its toughest cases when the team is called to New York City to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working
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North Mammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 2
After a man kidnaps three teenaged girls and locks them in a cellar, he tells them only two of them will live and they must choose which one will die. The BAU team takes the case when the mother ...more
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Lauren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 6
As Prentiss faces off against Ian Doyle, JJ receives a call and returns to help them find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it's too late.
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The Fisher King, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 1
While on their vacations, each of the team receives a clue from a psychopathic killer challenging them to save his next victim.
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Omnivore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 4
Agent Hotchner revisits the first case he worked at the BAU when details come forth that one of the deadliest serial killers in New England's history has struck again after a 10-year hiatus.
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Somebody's Watching is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 1
Reid finds himself in danger when he falls for a starlet whose stalker has turned into a killer.
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L.D.S.K. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 1
The BAU is asked to identify a killer who is shooting at victims in broad daylight, and the team works with local law enforcement officers to recreate one of the shootings.
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No Way Out, Part II: The Evilu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 2
When the prolific serial killer Frank returns and murders Gideon's girlfriend, Gideon takes off to find him without telling the team where he is going. The BAU must then profile Gideon as well ...more
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Damaged is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 3
Rossi travels to Indianapolis to continue his investigation into the two unsolved murders that have plagued him for 20 years.
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Exit Wounds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 5
Garcia plays a crucial role in a case when she travels to Alaska with the BAU team to investigate the murders of several members of a small town.
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Masterpiece is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 4
When a narcissistic psychopath confesses he has killed seven people and more will die, the team must locate his latest victims before it is too late.
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Run is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Criminal Minds Episodes
Criminal Minds - Season 7
As the BAU team continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers, the team determines that the suspects have a bigger target in the Nation's capital, and with one of the team still a hostage, ...more