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Criminal Minds 11 Seasons 2013

Season 8
4.8 out of 5 stars (587) IMDb 8.2/10

Season eight of the drama begins with Alex Blake's (Jeanne Tripplehorn) first case with the BAU, in which the team travels to Texas after an ambulance carrying an UnSub known as "The Silencer" overturns on a highway. Reid's personal and professional life collide as he becomes romantically attached to a scientist whom he only speaks to over the phone, but she may be harboring a dark secret.

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Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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1. The Silencer

When a Texas prisoner escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with his unique trademark, sewing their mouths shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the UnSub "The Silencer." While they investigate who he was and who he's become, the BAU also gets to know the newest member of the team.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: September 26, 2012
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2. The Pact

When the bodies of two seemingly unrelated victims are found just hours apart in San Diego and Los Angeles respectively, the BAU suspects that not one, but two killers are working together to commit these murders. Guest Stars include Mackenzie Phillips and Kim Wayans.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 10, 2012
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3. Through the Looking Glass

When one Kansas family turns up dead and another goes missing, the BAU looks for a link between the cases to find out who is behind the kidnappings and murders.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 17, 2012
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4. God Complex

When a legless body is found in the New Mexico desert and a second unwilling amputee shows up at the hospital, the BAU team searches for this amateur surgeon before he preys upon his next reluctant victim. Ray Wise guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 24, 2012
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5. The Good Earth

When four men go missing in rural Oregon, the BAU searches for a common link among them in order to track them down. Anne Dudek guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 31, 2012
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6. The Apprenticeship

When prostitutes in Miami are discovered murdered in a similar style to local animals found dead there, the BAU must work fast to find an UnSub whose confidence is quickly escalating. Matthew Lillard guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 7, 2012
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7. The Fallen

The BAU travels to Santa Monica when burned bodies of homeless people begin showing up by the famous pier. Meshach Taylor guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 14, 2012
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8. The Wheels on the Bus...

The BAU team goes in pursuit of a missing school bus full of children outside the Washington, D.C. area, and it becomes a race against time for them to bring them home safely. Andrew James Allen, David Gallagher, and Reggie Hayes guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: November 21, 2012
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9. Magnificent Light

When a recent attendee at a popular motivational speaker's conference in Seattle is murdered, the BAU looks at the speaker as the main suspect, but they have to refocus their investigation when the speaker himself goes missing.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: November 28, 2012
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10. The Lesson

The BAU investigates a series of male bodies that have been oddly disposed of, finding themselves in search of a killer with ritualistic tendencies. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directs the episode.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 5, 2012
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11. Perennials

The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: December 12, 2012
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12. Zugzwang

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. Michelle Trachtenberg guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: January 16, 2013
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13. Magnum Opus

While Reid copes with a loss in his personal life, the rest of the BAU travels to San Francisco to investigate victims discovered in the Mission District. Jamie Luner guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: January 23, 2013
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14. All That Remains

When the daughters of Bruce Morrison (Ken Olin), a writer whose wife mysteriously vanished a year ago, go missing on the anniversary of their mother's disappearance, the BAU is brought in to study Morrison as a possible suspect.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 6, 2013
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15. Broken

The BAU heads to Austin to investigate victims found there with their watches set inaccurately, a clue which may connect the crimes.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: February 20, 2013
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16. Carbon Copy

When victims are found in Philadelphia in a similar style to victims of The Replicator, the stalker who has been tracking the BAU's every move, the team thinks this could be the break they need to try and apprehend him. Scott Grimes guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 27, 2013
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17. The Gathering

The BAU investigates victims who were documenting their personal lives and inner desires on blog posts and social media.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 20, 2013
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18. Restoration

The BAU goes to Morgan's old neighborhood in urban Chicago in search of an UnSub targeting middle-aged men, and a clue leads Morgan to believe that they are after someone connected to the man who molested him as a child. Skipp Sudduth and Julius Tennon guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 3, 2013
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19. Pay It Forward

When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened 25 years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates that crime and a possible link to the death of a local police officer. Pamela Bellwood guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: April 10, 2013
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20. Alchemy

The BAU travels to Rapid City after two male victims are discovered murdered in a ritualistic manner.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: May 1, 2013
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21. Nanny Dearest

The BAU travels to Los Angeles looking for an UnSub who is kidnapping nannies and the children they care for on the same day each year. Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kent Schocknek guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 8, 2013
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22. #6

The BAU goes to Detroit to track an UnSub with a rapidly changing MO. D.W. Moffett and James and Erin Cummings guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 15, 2013
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23. Brothers Hotchner/The Replicator

The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. Mark Hamill, Bellamy Young, Beth Clemmons, and Eric Johnson guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes Release date: May 22, 2013
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HATED to give Criminal Minds anything but a 5 star review. I have loved this show from the very first episode. The casting on this show has always been top notch, especially since it's been a bit of a revolving door. I don't know if Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) decided to leave the show or if they made a serious blunder by getting rid of her...much as they did when they didn't renew J.J.'s contract, but the show REALLY took a turn for the worse this year. They could have saved it with some great casting, but I seriously DO NOT like the Jeanne Tripplehorn character!! Maybe a decent actress could have done a better job, but I doubt it. She does not fit in with the group, could not be more boring to watch and whenever she's on I tend to zone out and have actually walked away from TV when she's on. This is something I have never done in the previous 7 seasons, I am usually on the edge of my seat through each episode. I love this show so much and hate that they are starting their downhill slide, but I dislike the character so much that I doubt I will sit through or even DVR another season with her on it. I intend to buy season 8 in hopes that they realize how bad it is with her on it and fix it like they did when J.J. was not on. All that negativity aside...you are missing one of the best, most exciting shows ever on tv if you don't catch the first 7 seasons. Before this year I actually planned my week around making sure I didn't miss an episode. There's never been another show quite like it before.
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This was a great episode, I almost didn't recognize Kim Wayans or McKenzie Phillips, they were great. However I miss Emily, The new girl is good, but she's not Emily Prentiss, I love the show because they have strong women that don't have to show skin to get notice or play super cop women, they seem real. I was happy that they brought JJ back. I like agent Hotchter.
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I have been watching Criminal Minds since its first episode and have always loved it. The quality of the show has had its ups and down- the season in which Prentiss and JJ were dismissed was one of the worst. Many fans (including myself) didn't like the new agent, Seaver, who replaced the two veteran stars. But I think this season is truly worse even than Seaver's season (season 6, I think). Why? Because of the newest team member, Agent Blake. Her character is cold, dull, and has almost no sense of humor. I can't see her really bonding with the rest of the team, and in fact, she expressed a dislike for "sensitive" people. Does that mean she doesn't like Garcia or Morgan? They both get a bit sensitive and the cases sometimes get to them emotionally. Is she saying she'd rather work with robots?

I truly hope that the show either makes some changes to Blake's character or kindly asks Tripplehorn (the actress playing Blake) to leave.

And what's with the endings? Why are they always the same? What's going on with this season? Where's the creativity? And why is the unsub's identity revealed so early on? It's so much less fun that way!
I give this episode 3 stars.
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Love this show! Been watching it since its inception! :) Would recommend to anyone to watch it! They won't be sorry
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Great writing for this series and the actors are all played perfectly. (Although I'm not too sure about Tripplehorn) I'll give it another few episodes before I make any decision about her character.
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My favorite show ever. I am 65 years and have watched a lot of t.v. in my day. Only have one complaint, I really miss Emily. The group was perfect, a great meeting of minds. Sure hope she will return again and stay on the show. I just love, love Garcia and Spencer. They bring a great perspective to the show. Please bring Emily back. Anyhoo, Good job on the show.
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great series! Love this series! Although definitely not kid friendly it is a great adult treat. The main characters are super engaging and you find you can get really emotionally invested. The writers and producers are genius and make each episode its own story. You can easily walk into the series at any point and get enough content information to know what is going on and not feel completely lost. The BAU team are thoroughly entertaining and their character plots are quite thought provoking. The content can be graphic at times but not over the top. There are multiple story lines going simultaneously but it's done eloquently so you get just enough critical detail to remember from episode to episode. When applicable they give review segments before the episode so viewers can get caught up on crucial details from previous episodes that are relevant to what you are about to watch further deepening your understanding of the narrative. You leave each episode emotional and excited about what is going to happen next. It's easy to get wrapped up in the mind and workings of the BAU. I love that the focus isn't targeted exclusively at the murderers but rather the development of the profile and thought process of the information analysis as well as relationship between main characters. It's engaging and thought provoking. I can't wait to watch more!
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Alex in the cast member ruins it. Bad actress, first casting mistake in the 8 seasons the show has been on
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