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The Best Episodes of Criminal Minds

Every episode of Criminal Minds ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Criminal Minds!

An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases.


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The best episode of "Criminal Minds" is "100", rated 9.1/10 from 3996 user votes. It was directed by Edward Allen Bernero and written by Edward Allen Bernero, Erica Messer, Rick Dunkle, Chris Mundy, Simon Mirren, Breen Frazier, Oanh Ly. "100" aired on 11/25/2009 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Entropy".

  • 100
    9.1/10 3,996 votes

    #1 - 100

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-11-25

    The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.

    Director: Edward Allen Bernero

    Writer: Edward Allen Bernero, Erica Messer, Rick Dunkle, Chris Mundy, Simon Mirren, Breen Frazier, Oanh Ly

  • Entropy
    9.1/10 3,451 votes

    #2 - Entropy

    Season 11 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-01-13

    The BAU implements an elaborate strategy to try and take down the “Dirty Dozen” hitmen ring, with Reid playing a central role.

    Director: Heather Cappiello

    Writer: Breen Frazier

  • Revelations (2)
    8.9/10 3,736 votes

    #3 - Revelations (2)

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-02-07

    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 shown on the internet. Meanwhile, Reid's troubled childhood is revealed in flashback sequences as he drifts in and out of consciousness.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Chris Mundy

  • Mosley Lane
    8.9/10 3,717 votes

    #4 - Mosley Lane

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2010-03-03

    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.

    Director: Matthew Gray Gubler

    Writer: Erica Messer, Simon Mirren

  • The Fisher King (2)
    8.7/10 2,994 votes

    #5 - The Fisher King (2)

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-09-20

    The BAU team continues to unravel the clues given to each of them by a psychopath in order to save his most recent victim. Gideon decides not to focus on the personal aspects of the case. Rather, he tells the team to profile the killer as they would in any other investigation. Reid stays behind to work on a personal connection that could solve the case as one member of the team fights for life.

    Director: Gloria Muzio

    Writer: Edward Allen Bernero

  • ...And Back (2)
    8.7/10 130 votes

    #6 - ...And Back (2)

    Season 4 Episode 26 - Aired 2009-05-20

    The BAU tracks a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada, and an agent's life is in peril.

    Director: Edward Allen Bernero

    Writer: Edward Allen Bernero

  • Lauren
    8.7/10 2,875 votes

    #7 - Lauren

    Season 6 Episode 18 - Aired 2011-03-16

    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.

    Director: Matthew Gray Gubler

    Writer: Breen Frazier

  • Mr. Scratch
    8.7/10 2,993 votes

    #8 - Mr. Scratch

    Season 10 Episode 21 - Aired 2015-04-22

    When three people implicated in murders claim they were attacked by a “clawed shadow monster” at the moment each crime occurred, the BAU searches for an UnSub who is controlling their minds. Also, the search for the culprit puts one of the team in jeopardy.

    Director: Matthew Gray Gubler

    Writer: Breen Frazier

  • Riding the Lightning
    8.6/10 4,290 votes

    #9 - Riding the Lightning

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2006-01-25

    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 prove it.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Simon Mirren

  • Penelope
    8.6/10 3,254 votes

    #10 - Penelope

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-11-21

    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.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: Chris Mundy

  • Zugzwang
    8.6/10 3,185 votes

    #11 - Zugzwang

    Season 8 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-01-16

    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.

    Director: Jesse Warn

    Writer: Breen Frazier

  • Demons (2)
    8.6/10 2,599 votes

    #12 - Demons (2)

    Season 9 Episode 24 - Aired 2014-05-14

    The investigation in Texas reveals a deep web of corruption; Garcia must save a friend.

    Director: Glenn Kershaw

    Writer: Erica Messer

  • Date Night
    8.6/10 1,061 votes

    #13 - Date Night

    Season 15 Episode 6 - Aired 2020-02-05

    After a father and daughter get kidnapped, a former foe of the BAU returns with very specific demands for Dr. Reid that give a whole new meaning to the phrase “wheels up".

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Fisher King (1)
    8.5/10 3,245 votes

    #14 - The Fisher King (1)

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-05-10

    While on their vacations, each of the team receives a clue from a psychopathic killer challenging them to save his next victim.

    Director: Edward Allen Bernero

    Writer: Edward Allen Bernero

  • Sex, Birth, Death
    8.5/10 3,315 votes

    #15 - Sex, Birth, Death

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-11-29

    The BAU is called to investigate a series of murders of prostitutes in Washington D.C. and Reid suspects a teenager he met asking for his help is guilty of the crimes. The case becomes complicated when a congresswoman, who about to make a speech to praise the city's lower crime rate, threatens to take away the case if Hotchner calls a press conference to discuss it.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Chris Mundy

  • Lo-Fi
    8.5/10 2,935 votes

    #16 - Lo-Fi

    Season 3 Episode 20 - Aired 2008-05-21

    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 together.

    Director: Glenn Kershaw

    Writer: Chris Mundy

  • Mayhem
    8.5/10 3,128 votes

    #17 - Mayhem

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-09-24

    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.

    Director: Edward Allen Bernero

    Writer: Simon Mirren

  • Omnivore
    8.5/10 2,448 votes

    #18 - Omnivore

    Season 4 Episode 18 - Aired 2009-03-18

    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.

    Director: Nelson McCormick

    Writer: Andrew Wilder

  • Run (2)
    8.5/10 2,227 votes

    #19 - Run (2)

    Season 7 Episode 24 - Aired 2012-05-16

    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, they must work quickly to diffuse an explosive situation. Also, wedding bells ring for one of the BAU, and Prentiss ponders her future.

    Director: Glenn Kershaw

    Writer: Erica Messer

  • Believer
    8.5/10 1,475 votes

    #20 - Believer

    Season 13 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-04-18

    When Reid discovers former FBI Special Agent Owen Quinn locked inside a storage unit, the BAU questions the credibility of Quinn's bizarre accounts of searching for an UnSub that he named "The Strangler".

    Director: Glenn Kershaw

    Writer: Breen Frazier

  • Memoriam
    8.4/10 2,941 votes

    #21 - Memoriam

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-11-12

    As Reid's investigation of a young boy's murder in Las Vegas continues, he discovers possible connections to his own past.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie

  • Conflicted
    8.4/10 3,220 votes

    #22 - Conflicted

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-04-08

    The team travels to Fort Lauderdale during spring break to find a serial killer who is targeting co-eds on vacation.

    Director: Jason Alexander

    Writer: Rick Dunkle

  • Amplification
    8.4/10 2,939 votes

    #23 - Amplification

    Season 4 Episode 24 - Aired 2009-05-13

    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.

    Director: John Gallagher

    Writer: Oanh Ly

  • To Hell... (1)
    8.4/10 2,446 votes

    #24 - To Hell... (1)

    Season 4 Episode 25 - Aired 2009-05-20

    The BAU tracks a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada, and an agent's life is in peril.

    Director: Charles Haid

    Writer: Chris Mundy

  • The Uncanny Valley
    8.4/10 2,975 votes

    #25 - The Uncanny Valley

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-01-13

    An unusual personal obsession is at the center of a BAU abduction case. Meanwhile, Hotch struggles with his return to work.

    Director: Anna Foerster

    Writer: Breen Frazier