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Season Eleven is the eleventh season of Criminal Minds. It ran from September 30, 2015 to May 6, 2016. It was released on DVD on August 30th, 2016.


Season Eleven received 12.206 million viewers and a 2.9 score in the A18-49 demo on CBS. The series premiere received 10.08 million U.S. viewers, while the season finale drew 8.84 million U.S. views.


All the cast returned except Jennifer Love Hewitt who left the series at the end of the season; Aisha Tayler joins the team in a recurring role


Image Title Airdate Writer Director Season Episode Series Episode
1101 THE JOB "The Job" September 30, 2015 Breen Frazier Glenn Kershaw 1 234
The BAU searches for a serial killer who leaves distinctive marks on the victims' faces. Their investigation is aided by a potential new team member, forensic psychologist Doctor Tara Lewis.
1102 THE WITNESS "The Witness" October 7, 2015 Sharon Lee Watson John Terlesky 2 235
When a Los Angeles bus is attacked with sarin gas, the BAU must act quickly to find and apprehend the suspect before a larger-scale incident occurs.
1103 'TIL DEATH DO US PART "'Til Death Do Us Part" October 14, 2015 Karen Maser Joe Mantegna 3 236
When brides-to-be in Savannah, Georgia are found dead on the eve of their nuptials, the BAU suspects the murders to be the work of a jilted unsub.
1104 OUTLAW "Outlaw" October 21, 2015 Virgil Williams Larry Teng 4 237
When three employees are killed during a restaurant robbery in Las Vegas, New Mexico, the BAU examines a cold case that occurred six years ago for leads.
1105 THE NIGHT WATCH "The Night Watch" October 28, 2015 Bruce Zimmerman Thomas Gibson 5 238
When the BAU investigates incidents of bodies being incorporated into macabre graffiti art in Detroit, they suspect an elusive yet notorious street artist could be the killer. Also, Lewis struggles to balance her relationship with her fiancé and her work.
1106 PARIAHVILLE "Pariahville" November 4, 2015 Erik Stiller Félix Enríquez Alcalá 6 239
When a woman is murdered in a small Florida town inhabited entirely by sex offenders, the BAU faces a community full of suspects. Also, Lewis receives a career opportunity that may take her away from the team.
1107 TARGET RICH "Target Rich" November 11, 2015 Jim Clemente Glenn Kershaw 7 240

The BAU helps Rossi's daughter Joy look into the disappearance of a Virginia college student. Also, the team is alarmed when Giuseppe Montolo dies in prison after warning Morgan about the Dirty Dozen hitman ring, JJ returns from maternity leave, and Reid becomes concerned for the well-being of his mother.

1108 AWAKE "Awake" November 18, 2015 Kimberly Ann Harrison Christoph Schrewe 8 241
The BAU hunts an unsub in Phoenix who is abducting victims and depriving them of their sleep. Also, Hotch and Garcia deal with the threat from an underground hitman group called the Dirty Dozen.
1109 INTERNAL AFFAIRS "Internal Affairs" December 2, 2015 Sharon Lee Watson Diana Valentine 9 242
After an undercover DEA agent is murdered and two others go missing, the BAU joins the NSA to investigate an underground Internet drug syndicate that is possibly involved in the crimes. Meanwhile, Hotch uses the investigation as an opportunity to bring the team closer to finding the Dirty Dozen hitmen ring.
1110 FUTURE PERFECT "Future Perfect" December 9, 2015 Bruce Zimmerman Laura Belsey 10 243
When two victims in Florida are found dead from bizarre medical experiments, the BAU find themselves searching for a killer who appears to have an alarming obsession with the practices.
1111 ENTROPY "Entropy" January 13, 2016 Breen Frazier Heather Cappiello 11 244
In its investigation and manhunt of the Dirty Dozen hitmen ring, the BAU implements an elaborate strategy to try and take it down, in which Reid plays a central role.
1112 DRIVE "Drive" January 20, 2016 Karen Maser Tawnia McKiernan 12 245
When bodies are discovered in public places throughout Boston, the BAU investigates a possible connection between the killer and a taxi or ride-share service the victims used before their deaths.
1113 THE BOND "The Bond" January 27, 2016 Kimberly Ann Harrison Hanelle Culpepper 13 246
The BAU searches for a motive and an unsub when victims are found in truck stop restrooms along highways throughout the South.
1114 HOSTAGE "Hostage" February 10, 2016 Virgil Williams Bethany Rooney 14 247
When an eighteen-year-old girl escapes from a suburban home where she was held captive for years with two other women, the BAU searches for the unsub who abducted them.
1115 A BADGE AND A GUN "A Badge and a Gun" February 24, 2016 Jim Clemente Rob Bailey 15 248
The BAU launches an intense manhunt in Los Angeles for a spree killer after the team discovers security footage that shows the unsub being invited into the homes of potential victims.
1116 DEREK "Derek" March 2, 2016 Breen Frazier Thomas Gibson 16 249
When Morgan is abducted, the BAU scrambles to find him and save his life.
1117 THE SANDMAN "The Sandman" March 16, 2016 Bruce Zimmerman Joe Mantegna 17 250
The BAU travels to Wichita, Kansas, in search of an unsub who terrorizes parents by abducting their children while the entire family is asleep. Meanwhile, Morgan tries to find who was responsible for his attack.
1118 A BEAUTIFUL DISASTER "A Beautiful Disaster" March 23, 2016 Erica Messer and Kirsten Vangsness Matthew Gray Gubler 18 251
When an unsub targets the BAU, the team goes into action to find out who is responsible.
1119 TRIBUTE "Tribute" March 30, 2016 Virgil Williams Tawnia McKiernan 19 252
Former team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss enlists the help of the BAU in tracking an international serial killer when she becomes convinced the unsub's next victim is on American soil. Meanwhile, the team deals with Morgan's departure.
1120 INNER BEAUTY "Inner Beauty" April 13, 2016 Haben Merker Alec Smight 20 253
The BAU searches for a serial killer who is intentionally disfiguring victims. Also, Rossi finds himself in an awkward reunion with his ex-wife, Hayden Montgomery, who kept his daughter, Joy, a secret from him for nearly 30 years.
1121 DEVILS BACKBONE "Devil's Backbone" April 20, 2016 Sharon Lee Watson Félix Enríquez Alcalá 21 254
When security guards at a Virginia prison discover a package containing evidence relating to the abduction of two boys several years ago, the BAU questions a notorious serial killer who may have information on the boys' whereabouts.
1122 THE STORM "The Storm" May 4, 2016 Erica Messer and Breen Frazier Glenn Kershaw 22 255
The BAU is shocked when Hotch is apprehended by a SWAT team and suspected of conspiracy. As the team scrambles to prove his innocence, they suspect a larger plot is on the horizon.


A.J. Cook, who was pregnant by the end of Season Ten, was not present for the first few episodes of the season, as she gave birth to her second child Phoenix around the time filming started. Phoenix began portraying Michael LaMontagne, JJ's second son.

Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler joined Criminal Minds at the start of the season. She portrays a recurring character, Doctor Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist with a passion for the criminal justice system. Her previous experience in the FBI has brought her face-to-face with monsters, as her job was to extensively interview psychopathic criminals to determine whether they were fit for trial. Her dream was always to study psychopaths up close and personal, to try to learn how they can be caught and if there is any conscience behind their brutal crimes. Needless to say, after being pressured by the shortened team as a result of the absences of Kate and, temporarily, JJ, Hotch selects Lewis to join the BAU in the premiere, in which they search for a serial killer who is out for revenge. Her function in the team will be to examine the psyche of unsubs once they are apprehended.

A story arc revolved around a darknet organization called Silk Road (based entirely on its real-life counterpart, which was recently shut down by the FBI) being brought down by the BAU and other FBI agencies. Afterwards, the team is forced to focus on capturing individual members who managed to get away. Meanwhile, a new organization begins to form in the original's place, later revealed to be a network of hitmen.

Joe Mantegna will direct two episodes for the season, including the show's 250th episode, and he has hinted the possibility of Rossi's third ex-wife making an appearance. Erica Messer also confirmed the possibility of Hayden Montgomery, Rossi's second ex-wife, making a present-day appearance in the season following her first appearance via flashbacks. It was also stated in an interview that Rossi's daughter Joy Struthers will reappear in several episodes this season, starting with the seventh episode. Mantegna, answering fans' questions, confirmed that Thomas Gibson will direct another two episodes, the fifth and the sixteenth.

According to Matthew Gray Gubler, one of the main characters will depart from the show in an episode that he will be directing. The episode aired on March 23, 2016.

Paget Brewster reprised her role as Emily Prentiss for one episode.

In the season finale episode "The Storm", Hotch was framed by a group of anarchists as part of their plan to break numerous people, including their leader, out of prisons across the U.S. and commit a terrorist attack against the country. Though the group's plans were ultimately thwarted, thirteen serial killers broken out by them remain at large, setting up the next season.

DVD Special Features

  • The Dirty Eleven
  • To Derek, With Love
  • The Good Doctor
  • Criminology
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes