TV show ends after 15 years of showing chilling events

Shana Fronsee, Staff Writer

“Wheels up in 30.”

That’s the line you will hear most often throughout the mysterious crime drama that makes you sit on the edge of your seat and sends a shiver down your spine.

“Criminal Minds” premiered on Sept. 22, 2005, starting out with only three people going into the field and recruiting someone for the team. The team leader when it started was Mandy Patinkin’s character, Jason Gideon. Behind him were Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), and Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). Their liaison, who usually stays at Quantico until she got asked to go out into the field, is Jennifer Jareau (A.J. Cook). The team has one more important person on deck, and that is Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), their technical analyst. 

Throughout the 15 seasons, people leave, come back, and new recruits join the team. In the series’ final season, the team consists of Dr. Spencer Reid, Penelope Garcia, Jennifer Jareau, Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), and Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney). Rumor has it they’re bringing back Aaron Hotchner and Derek Morgan in the final season.

According to, the show is rated at 8.8 out of 10. Personally, I rate this show at a 10 because of the psychology behind it and the way the profilers explore the mind of the unsub, or unknown subject. Also, the acting is phenomenal, and most of the emotions that the actors show are genuine and real.

“Criminal Minds” had two spin-offs — “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” — that didn’t last as long but were just as amazing. I feel like this last season is going to be heartbreaking as this is the end of everyone’s journey as a team and as a family.