Season Thirteen is the thirteenth season of Criminal Minds. On April 7, 2017 CBS announced the renewal of Criminal Minds for the 2017-2018 TV season, with a standard initial order of 22 episodes. The season premiered on September 27, 2017.

The DVD was released on August 28, 2018.


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Image Title Airdate Writer Director Season Episode Series Episode
1301 WHEELS UP "Wheels Up" September 27, 2017 Breen Frazier Glenn Kershaw 1 278
The BAU teams up with Matthew Simmons to save one of their own from Mr. Scratch.
1302 TO A BETTER PLACE "To A Better Place" October 4, 2017 Bruce Zimmerman Diana Valentine 2 279
When the remains of three people are found in suitcases, the BAU works to determine if there is any connection.
1304 BLUE ANGEL "Blue Angel" October 11, 2017 Christopher Barbour Sharat Raju 3 280
The BAU is sent to Detroit to help locate an unsub attacking successful businessmen.
1303 KILLER APP "Killer App" October 18, 2017 Stephanie SenGupta Alec Smight 4 281
The BAU travels to Silicon Valley to uncover the mastermind that used a state-of-the-art drone to commit a workplace shooting.
1306 LUCKY STRIKES "Lucky Strikes" October 25, 2017 James T. Clemente Tawnia McKiernan 5 282
Derek Morgan drops by the BAU to help comfort Garcia when a case brings back memories of a case from her past.
1305 THE BUNKER "The Bunker" November 8, 2017 Karen Maser Aisha Tyler 6 283
The BAU works to determine similarities between multiple missing women in the hopes of finding their kidnapper.
1307 DUST AND BONES "Dust and Bones" November 15, 2017 Erica Meredith Marcus Stokes 7 284
The BAU travels to Austin, Texas to search for an unsub that is hunting down highly respected community members.
1308 NEON TERROR "Neon Terror" November 22, 2017 Erik Stiller Bethany Rooney 8 285
The BAU travels to Miami to stop an unsub who gives footage of his crimes to the media.
1309 FALSE FLAG "False Flag" December 6, 2017 Breen Frazier Joe Mantegna 9 286
The BAU travels to Roswell, New Mexico to find an unsub who killed two people belonging to the same conspiracy group.
1310 SUBMERGED "Submerged" January 3, 2018 Bruce Zimmerman Rob Bailey 10 287
The BAU searches for an unsub responsible for multiple backyard pool homicides.
1311 FULL-TILT BOOGIE "Full-Tilt Boogie" January 10, 2018 Erica Messer and Kirsten Vangsness Simon Mirren 11 288
When the wife of a small town's police chief is almost murdered, the BAU travels to Virginia and uncovers multiple disturbing secrets.
1312 BAD MOON ON THE RISE "Bad Moon on the Rise" January 17, 2018 Karen Maser Christoph Schrewe 12 289
When brutal casualties are reported in New York, the BAU is called to investigate.
1313 CURE "Cure" January 24, 2018 Christopher Barbour Glenn Kershaw 13 290
The BAU travels to Washington D.C. to uncover the meaning behind a series of messages left in the mouths of multiple murder victims.
1314 MIASMA "Miasma" January 31, 2018 Erica Meredith Leon Ichaso 14 291
The BAU travels to New Orleans to find the unsub responsible for filling a recently-discovered mass grave in a local cemetery.
1315 ANNIHILATOR "Annihilator" March 7, 2018 Erik Stiller Rob Bailey 15 292
Assistant Director Linda Barnes joins the BAU in investigating a quadruple homicide in St. Louis.
1316 LAST GASP "Last Gasp" March 14, 2018 Stephanie SenGupta Adam Rodriguez 16 293
The BAU works in secret to catch an unsub who abducts and photographs young women.
1317 THE CAPILANO'S "The Capilanos" March 21, 2018 Erica Messer Matthew Gray Gubler 17 294
The BAU travels to Guymon, Oklahoma to capture a clown terrorizing the sleepy town.
1318 THE DANCE OF LOVE "The Dance of Love" March 28, 2018 Bruce Zimmerman Joe Mantegna 18 295
The BAU travels to Chicago to capture an unsub who places roses next to his victims. Also, Rossi receives a visit from one of his ex-wives.
1319 EX PARTE "Ex Parte" April 4, 2018 Christopher Barbour Lily Mariye 19 296
When a hostage situation takes place at the law firm where Kristy Simmons works, the BAU attempts to resolve the crisis.
1320 ALL YOU CAN EAT "All You Can Eat" April 11, 2018 Karen Maser Diana Valentine 20 297
The BAU works with the CDC to determine whether or not a series of sudden deaths in Virginia are connected to bioterrorism. Also, Garcia and her step-brother work through a family issue.
"Mixed Signals" April 18, 2018 Erica Meredith and Erik Stiller Alec Smight 21 298
The BAU travels to Taos, New Mexico to locate an unsub who targets specific parts of the victims' brains.
1322 BELIEVER "Believer" April 18, 2018 Breen Frazier Glenn Kershaw 22 299
When a former VICAP agent is found locked inside a storage unit, the BAU finds multiple holes in his investigation towards an Unsub he investigated dubbed "The Strangler".


The season will begin where the previous season left off, showing the results of Peter Lewis' vehicular attack on the BAU. Both Kirsten Vangsness and Daniel Henney confirmed that a member of the team will be abducted from the crash site and Garcia will contact Matthew Simmons to help with the aftermath of Peter's attack.[1]

The season will also focus on Spencer Reid's future with the Bureau following his being framed for murder by a trio led by Cat Adams in the previous season.

On June 12, 2017, it was announced that Damon Gupton will not reprise his role as Stephen Walker for this season due to being fired by CBS after one season. Eight days later, it was announced that Daniel Henney will be filling in the void left by Gupton, reprising his role as Matthew Simmons from the recently canceled spin-off series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

In August 2017, Kelly Frye, the actress who portrayed Matthew Simmons' wife Kristy in Beyond Borders, announced via Twitter that she would reprise her role in the original series this season, beginning with the fourth episode. The couple's sons, David and Jake, portrayed by child actors Declan Whaley and Ezra Dewey respectively, will also return this season as recurring characters, also starting with the fourth episode.

Erica Messer confirmed that Jamie Kennedy, who portrayed cannibalistic serial killer Floyd Feylinn Ferell in the Season Three episode Lucky, will reprise his role in the sixth episode, which will have a heavy impact on the stories and emotions of several characters.

Matthew Gray Gubler will direct an episode for the season, which will revolve around clowns. Also, Aisha Tyler will direct the season's fifth episode. On September 27, Kirsten Vangsness announced that Adam Rodriguez would also direct an episode this season.

On October 12, 2017, it was announced that Shemar Moore will reprise his role as Derek Morgan in the sixth episode of Season Thirteen. In this episode, he will be helping Penelope Garcia persevere through a case that has emotionally affected her.

On January 16, 2018, it was announced that Days of our Lives veteran Drake Hogestyn is set to guest-star on an upcoming episode in an "elite" role as Senator Alfred Mayhew, who is described as a "powerful congressman and part of the D.C. elite."[2]

On February 20, 2018, it was announced that later in a future episode this spring, a parole hearing will be held for the drunk driver that killed Penelope’s parents. Her estranged stepbrother will resurface and urge Penelope to testify.[3]

Opening Credits

Criminal Minds Season 13 Intro HD

Criminal Minds Season 13 Intro HD

Season 13 Opening Credits
Daniel Henney joins as Matthew "Matt" Simmons


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