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List of the best seasons of Criminal Minds, ranked from best to worst, with DVD cover images when available. Be sure to also check out Criminal Minds episodes based on real-life killers and the best seasons of NCIS. Fans of Criminal Minds are very passionate about the series, so it's no surprise that arguments are often had over which is the best season of Criminal Minds. This ranking of all Criminal Minds seasons has been voted on by many fans of the show, so this list isn't just one person's opinion. Some of the greatest episodes of Criminal Minds come from different seasons, so determining what the best Criminal Minds season is can be challenging.

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Criminal Minds - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of Criminal Minds
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Criminal Minds - Season 2


The second season of "Criminal Minds" premiered on Sept. 20, 2006 and contains 23 episodes. This season introduces the character of Emily Prentiss, played by Paget Brewster.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "The Fisher King (Part II)," "Revelations" and "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

- Elle shoots a rape suspect
- Frank Breitkopf kills Gideon's girlfriend
- Emily Prentiss reports on Hotch to Strauss
Criminal Minds - Season 5 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of Criminal Minds
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Criminal Minds - Season 5


The fifth season of "Criminal Minds" premiered on Sept. 23, 2009 and contains 23 episodes. This season finds the team dealing with a serial killer known as the Reaper.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Nameless, Faceless," "The Uncanny Valley" and "Our Darkest Hour."

Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

- Hotch steps down as Unit Chief
- The team face "The Prince of Darkness"
- Hotch beats Foyet to death
Criminal Minds - Season 7 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of Criminal Minds
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Criminal Minds - Season 7


The seventh season of "Criminal Minds" premiered on Sept. 21, 2011 and contains 24 episodes. This season dives deeper into the team's personal lives.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "It Takes a Village," "Foundation" and "Run."

Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

- Hotch starts dating Beth
- JJ and Will get married
- Prentiss takes a job at Interpol
Criminal Minds - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of Criminal Minds
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Criminal Minds - Season 3


The third season of "Criminal Minds" premiered on Sept. 26, 2007 and contains 20 episodes. This season introduces the character of David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Doubt," "About Face" and "Lo-Fi."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

- Gideon quits the BAU
- Reid and Prentiss are held hostage
- An SUV explodes carrying a member of the BAU team