It has been 15 years since Criminal Minds aired and shook everyone with its mind-blowing 324 episodes. The show offered some compelling as well as nail-biting episodes to its audience. The show was full of surprises and memorable scenes, which left the audience in awe. However, the show came to an end in early 2020. However, there is good news that an additional ten episodes of this show will air soon. So here are the 17 best episodes that one should watch to relive the thrilling journey of the show.
1. Revelations (Episode 15, Season 2)
The episode “Revelations” was quite an emotional and thrilling one. The episode kicks off with Reid, a wise man who was tangled up with his problems. In this episode, Reid’s mother was experiencing schizophrenia, and on the other hand, Reid was held up by Tobias Hankel. Hankel was an executioner who was suffering from a split personality disorder. The episode continues with the BAU group finding out about Reid after watching where Hankel mistreated him.
2. 100 (Episode 9, Season 5)
The highlight of this episode was the conflict between the Reaper and Hotch. Reaper was considered to be the most horrendous crime in the show. The episode starts with the BAU group protecting Hotch and his family from the Reaper. The Reaper tries to murder Hotch’s family. Reaper was the most feared criminal as he had already killed 21 people, including Hotch’s wife, in the past. After murdering 21 people, Reaper left the town. But, after 11 years, he returns to start what he was good at, murdering and killing people.
3. Masterpiece (Episode 8, Season 4)
In this episode of Criminal Minds, a serial killer murders seven people and strives to kill another five as well. He challenges BAU to hold him captive if they can. Jason Alexander played the role of the serial killer. He portrayed the role impeccably and made the episode a nightmare for the fans.
4. True Genius (Episode 11, Season 7)
This is one of the best episodes of Criminal Minds. In this episode, a lively zodiac leaves some hidden and secretive messages at the spot where they submitted their kills and barely got caught. The episode continues with a kid named Caleb, who followed and was somehow motivated by the zodiac executioner. However, Reid comes into the scene and takes up the case. He then tries to rebuild his instincts as he thinks he has not yet satiated his presumptions. This episode continues with Reid’s addressing the cases.
5. The Fisher King (Episode 22, Season 1)
This episode talks about how Randall Garner lost his family in a fire disaster and how he gets deformed after the fire. Garner becomes revengeful and tries to harm BAU members. The episode is quite thrilling and will give your severe chills.
6. Amplification (Episode 24, Season 4)
This episode talks about the motives and intentions of a serial killer named Chad Brown. He wants to prove that how fragile the areas could be to fear the monger assaults. Chad finishes the Bacillus anthracis assault, which shamed Reid. The episode continues with tackling the phase of isolation in the case and possibly getting immunized.
7. Zugzwang (Episode 12, Season 8)
The episode zugzwang is also considered one of the finest episodes. This episode is eye gripping and has an anticlimactic finale. This episode talks about Diane, who is a stalker and the one who kidnaps Reid’s lover. And the story here continues with how BAU rescued Reid’s lover and caught Diane red-handed.
8. Entropy (Episode 22, Season 11)
Entropy is one of the spine thrilling episodes among the 324 episodes. The episode talks about how Reid tries to outsmart Cat Adams, the assassin and goes on a blind date. BAU then found Reid and held him captive. The episode has so many twists and turns, which would leave you in awe.
9. The Replicator (Episode 24, Season 8)
In this episode, the Replicator was portrayed by Mark Hamill, aka John Curtis. John Curtis was an FBI agent in the past. Later, he turns himself into a horrifying serial killer with a brain as cunning as a fox. The FBI terminated Curtis, and for that very reason, he seeks retribution. This episode is full of drama and thrills, which will blow your mind.
10. Date Night ( Episode 15, Season 6)
The episode glorifies Audrey Plaza’s work as a hit-woman. The episode also shows how cat Adams was brought nearer to Spencer Reid as Adams desired to meet with Reid before the execution. This episode escalates when Adams holds Reid’s half-sister and father captive.
11. Mr Scratch (Episode 21, Season 10)
The episode talks about a serial killer named Mr Scratch and how he escaped prison. He also helped other prisoners to escape. The episode is about how he created a vast ruckus during the prison break. It is a thrilling episode.
12. Extreme Aggressor (Episode 1, Season 1)
This was the pilot episode of criminal minds. It gives an idea about where the show is heading and what it is actually. The episode starts with a woman went missing, and a few days later, her dead body was found. That’s when BAU came into the frame. Then BAU tries to solve the case to find the killer.
13. Demons (Episode 24, Season 9)
It was a heated-up episode. Here the BAU examined the homicide in the city of Texas. And conjectured that Hersey’s the most probable person behind all the homicides in the territory. The episode also shows Garcia in a very challenging and perplexing situation. She tried to help a partner and got her hands dirty as well.
14. Hit (Episode 23, Season 7)
The episode is full of suspense and thrill. In this episode, BAU tries to catch the serial killer gang, a bank robbers group from Washington D.C. BAU successfully captured the group. However, things went haywire when the serial killer gang held a hostage captive. This episode of criminal minds is a visual treat for the ones who love the genre of crime.
15. Sex, Birth, Death (Episode 11, Season 2)
The opening of this episode shows a red light area in the city of Washington. And this shows a vivid scene where the prostitutes were lying dead as someone was murdering them. Reid was handling this case of these murders. He then suspected that a school student would have murdered the prostitutes and painted the area red.
16. Jones (Episode 18, Season 2)
The episode starts with an exciting opening with a serial killer who’s believed to be dead. However, nobody had any clue about him. The serial killer returned after two years and started slaughtering people like he used to. BAU then started working on the serial killer’s case and found a solid clue to catch him and execute him. The story of this episode is so gripping that one would love to see what happens next.
17.And At The End (Episode 15, Season 10)
Reid somehow finds himself in an emergency clinic due to some physical problems brought about by a stalemate. After that, some of Reid’s colleagues resign from work and leave. The episode is loaded with chills and thrills, which will keep you clanged in with the show.
Criminal Minds is a great show that keeps you gripped and gave you a tour of the criminal world. These were some of the best episodes of criminal minds, which you can watch with your peers and family and can have a great time. Enjoy!