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Season One is the first season and series premiere of Criminal Minds. It ran from September 22, 2005 through May 10, 2006. The DVD released on November 28, 2006. The DVD features 22 episodes on 6 discs with Special Features.


Season One received 12.630 million viewers and a 4.5 score in the A18-49 demo on CBS. The first episode received 19.57 million U.S. views and the last episode received 12.67 million U.S. views.



Image Title Airdate Writer Director Season Episode Series Episode
101 MISSING BY CAR.jpg "Extreme Aggressor" September 22, 2005 Jeff Davis Richard Shepard 1 1
Jason Gideon is called back from a six-month leave from the Behavioral Analysis Unit to profile a killer. Meanwhile, the team flies across the country to Seattle when another young woman goes missing at the hands of another killer.
102 CARONTE.jpg "Compulsion" September 28, 2005 Jeff Davis Charles Haid 2 2
The BAU is called to Tempe, Arizona, to assess the mind of an escalating serial arsonist targeting a local university and figure out the unsub's true motive for setting the fires. Meanwhile, Gideon continues to recover from his near-death experience with a serial killer.
103 IRRISISTIBLE.jpg "Won't Get Fooled Again" October 5, 2005 Aaron Zelman Kevin Bray 3 3
Gideon and the BAU go to Palm Beach to investigate a serial bomber who turns out to be a copycat of Adrian Bale, a bomber responsible for murdering six FBI agents.
104 BIRDS GOT THE CLUE.jpg "Plain Sight" October 14, 2005 Edward Allen Bernero Matt Earl Beesley 4 4
The BAU sets out to find and stop the Tommy Killer, a serial rapist operating in the San Diego area who rapes, murders, and glues his victims' eyes wide open.
105 LISTEN CAREFULLY.jpg "Broken Mirror" October 19, 2005 Judith McCreary Guy Norman Bee 5 5
The BAU is called in to help investigate the abduction of one of the twin daughters of an Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and finds that the abductor is after the other twin as well.
106 SHOTTING SKILLS.jpg "L.D.S.K." November 2, 2005 Andrew Wilder Ernest Dickerson 6 6
The BAU travels to Des Plaines, Illinois, to assist the search for a sniper before he shoots more people. Meanwhile, Reid fails his firearms qualification exam and is forced to work without a gun, which makes things worse for him when he and Hotch become caught up in a life-threatening situation.
107 PERFECT HOME LIFE.jpg "The Fox" November 9, 2005 Simon Mirren Guy Norman Bee 7 7
The BAU profiles a serial killer who targets entire families by stalking them, taking them hostage, living with them, and then killing them.
108 PROLIFIC AND DEDICATED.jpg "Natural Born Killer" November 16, 2005 Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer Peter Ellis 8 8
What the Organized Crime Unit believes to be a mob hit, the BAU comes to believe is a serial killer connected to dozens of murders. The case escalates when an undercover agent of the Organized Crime Unit vanishes, possibly taken by the killer.
109 GENIUS.jpg "Derailed" November 23, 2005 Jeff Davis Félix Enríquez Alcalá 9 9
A paranoid schizophrenic psychiatric patient has a delusional episode on-board a passenger train and holds Elle and the other passengers in the car hostage.
110 SMOKE AND MIRRORS.jpg "The Popular Kids" November 30, 2005 Edward Allen Bernero Andy Wolk 10 10
The BAU is called to investigate the murder of two small-town high school students who may have been victims of a cult killing. Based on the crime scene evidence, the team begins to believe it is possible that someone other than a cult member may be responsible.
111 ANGEL.jpg "Blood Hungry" December 14, 2005 Ed Napier Charles Haid 11 11
The BAU investigates a series of violent murders in which the killer engages in anthropophagy (cannibalism). Meanwhile, Gideon, having injured his leg, is forced to work with Garcia back in Quantico.
112 MEDIA CIRCUS.jpg "What Fresh Hell?" January 11, 2006 Judith McCreary Adam Davidson 12 12
The BAU is called in to assist the search for eleven-year-old Billie Copeland, who was abducted from the local community park in broad daylight twenty hours earlier.
113 VISION.jpg "Poison" January 18, 2006 Aaron Zelman Thomas J. Wright 13 13
The BAU travels to New Jersey where several people have been poisoned with LSD ten times more potent than the street version. They realize that it was only a test run and that the unsub is planning a larger attack.
114 TIME OUT.jpg "Riding the Lightning" January 25, 2006 Simon Mirren Chris Long 14 14
The BAU is sent to the Florida State Penitentiary to interview husband and wife serial killers set to be executed. After the initial interview, Gideon suspects that the wife may not be guilty of the crimes committed.
115 WANNA PLAY.jpg "Unfinished Business" March 1, 2006 Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer J. Miller Tobin 15 15
When a serial killer resurfaces after eighteen years of silence, the BAU works with the now-retired FBI agent who worked on the original case to catch the killer.
116 CAPTAIN AMERICA.jpg "The Tribe" March 8, 2006 Andrew Wilder Matt Earl Beesley 16 16
When college students in New Mexico are found tortured and murdered in an unoccupied house, the BAU suspects a group of killers with an extensive knowledge of Native American rituals is responsible.
117 TAXI DRIVER.jpg "A Real Rain" March 22, 2006 Chris Mundy Gloria Muzio 17 17
The BAU travels to New York City to investigate a series of murders that appear to have been committed by a vigilante who is exacting revenge on other criminals who have been released by the justice system.
118 HOLLYWOOD TALE.jpg "Somebody's Watching" March 29, 2006 Ed Napier Paul Shapiro 18 18
While in Los Angeles conducting a profiling seminar with the LAPD, Gideon and Reid are brought in to consult on a series of murders occurring around a young Hollywood actress, who becomes attracted to Reid.
119 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.jpg "Machismo" April 12, 2006 Aaron Zelman Guy Norman Bee 19 19
The BAU is requested to assist on a case in Mexico to determine if there is a serial killer targeting elderly women in the town of a police captain who attended one of Gideon's seminars.
120 RUNNING AND CHASING.jpg "Charm and Harm" April 19, 2006 Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer Félix Enríquez Alcalá 20 20
A serial killer eludes Gideon and the BAU by changing his appearance like a chameleon. They track the killer across the south but have to look beyond his multiple appearances and profile the man underneath in order to locate him, before he takes his next victim.
121 CIA.jpg "Secrets and Lies" May 3, 2006 Simon Mirren Matt Earl Beesley 21 21
Gideon and the BAU are called to investigate the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Unit on a mission to save one of its informants and identify a mole within the unit.
FisherKingPt1.jpg "The Fisher King, Part 1" May 10, 2006 Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero 22 22
A psychotic killer involves the BAU in an elaborate fantasy game, telling them to unscramble clues and riddles in order to rescue his latest victim. However, as the team continues their investigation, one member's life is suddenly put in jeopardy.


In Season One, Jason Gideon leads the BAU team along with fellow profilers Aaron Hotchner, Elle Greenaway, Derek Morgan, Jennifer Jareau and genius-geek Spencer Reid. Their task is to establish psychological profiles of criminals and think as they do in order to solve heinous crimes. Some of the memorable cases during the season include "the Footpath Killer," an LDSK (Long-Distance Serial Killer), and the season finale also introduces Randall Garner, a dramatic budding serial killer whose appearance also extends into Season Two.

Opening Credits


Criminal Minds - Season 1 Intro

Season 1 Opening Credits
A.J. Cook joins as Jennifer Jareau aka "JJ"

DVD Special Features

Deleted Scenes

The Making of Criminal Minds

  • Creating the Characters
    • Jason Gideon
    • Aaron Hotchner
    • Elle Greenaway
    • Derek Morgan
    • Doctor Spencer Reid
    • Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
    • Penelope Garcia
  • The Writing Process
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Criminal Effects
  • Who's Watching You?

Inside Quantico & The Criminal Mind

  • What is Profiling?
  • The Nature of the Criminal Mind
  • The Price

Meet Matthew Gray Gubler

  • The Gubler Home
  • The Gubler Look
  • The Gubler Art
  • Casting Gubler
  • Gubler on Set
  • Gubler's First Screen Kiss

Commentaries For

  • "Extreme Aggressor"
  • "Derailed"
  • "Riding the Lightning"

Easter Eggs (viewable on computer only)

  • The Gubie Awards (mouse over blank line next to "DRUG POSSESSION," click red X that appears)
  • Set Tour (mouse over space to left of cast picture, click red gun that appears)

External Links