Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
title card
Genre Mystery
Created by Edward Allen Bernero
Chris Mundy
Developed by CBS Corporation
The Walt Disney Company
Starring Forest Whitaker
Janeane Garofalo
Michael Kelly
Beau Garrett
Matt Ryan
Kirsten Vangsness
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Chris Mundy
Edward Allen Bernero
Mark Gordon
Deborah Spera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) The Mark Gordon Company
Bernero Productions
CBS Television Studios
ABC Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) – May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
Related shows Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is an American police procedural drama starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo that aired on CBS. The show debuted in February 2011 as a spin-off from the successful Criminal Minds, which itself had premiered in September 2005. This edition's profiling team also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in Quantico, Virginia. In an April 2010 episode of Criminal Minds ("The Fight"), during the show's fifth season, the original team met the new team and worked with them to find a San Francisco serial killer. This episode served as the new series' backdoor pilot.

Just like the parent series, CBS owned the underlying North American rights, while ABC owned the international rights. The series premiered on February 16, 2011 and filled the Wednesday 10:00pm time slot, airing immediately after the original Criminal Minds.[1]

Due to possibly low ratings, CBS canceled the series on May 17, 2011, eight days before its eventual final episode aired.[2] The series ends with a cliffhanger. On September 6, 2011, CBS DVD released the complete series as a 4 disc-set, packaged as "The DVD Edition." There are numerous special features and two episode commentaries with the cast and crew. The set includes the backdoor pilot from season five of the original show.

The spin-off series began airing reruns on Ion Television on January 10, 2015, on Saturday nights at 9:00pm EST/8:00pm CST.[3]


In early 2009, Michael Ausiello from Entertainment Weekly said that he and studios were discussing the possibility of a spin-off of the procedural crime drama Criminal Minds. Studio Producer Ed Bernero confirmed it by disclosing that "it's safe to say there will be something soon." The show had a completely new cast, with the exception of Kirsten Vangsness, who reprised her role as Penelope Garcia. By late 2010, the director had been chosen, and the casting completed.[4] It was announced that Forest Whitaker would star. Whitaker's character, Samuel "Sam" "Coop" Cooper, and his team were introduced in Criminal Minds Season 5.[5][6] Richard Schiff had a recurring role as FBI Director Jack Fickler.[7]

Samuel Cooper and his team set the stage for the spin-off in the 18th episode of the fifth season of Criminal Minds, "The Fight"[8] (April 7, 2010). This "back-door pilot" approach was also used for other CBS shows that were introduced in original series, such as CSI: Miami (2002-2012), CSI: NY (2004-2013) and NCIS: Los Angeles. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was the first cancellation of CBS remakes and CSI: NY was picked up for an eighth season in its place.


Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
First aired Last aired Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
Pilot 1 April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07) September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)[9] February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)[10] March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)[11] 6
1 13 February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25) September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)[12] N/A N/A 4
Total February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) – May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)


Pilot—Criminal Minds[edit]

Criminal Minds
Series No.
Criminal Minds
Season 5 No.
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Criminal Minds
Production code
U.S. viewers
109 18 "The Fight" Richard Shepard Teleplay by: Chris Mundy
Story by: Chris Mundy & Edward Allen Bernero
April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07) 518 12.70[13]
The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men that occurred over the last three years. They begin working with another team of BAU agents who are investigating the murders of father-daughter duos, also occurring over the last three years, when both cases are connected. This episode launches the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Two of a Kind" John Terlesky Rob Fresco February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) 107 13.06[14]
As child abductions occur in Cleveland, Agent Cooper and his team must attempt to catch the unsub before more kids are in danger.
2 2 "Lonely Hearts" Michael Watkins Shintaro Shimosawa February 23, 2011 (2011-02-23) 104 9.81[15]
Agent Cooper must unveil a shocking link involving a string of murders of single businessmen that occurs at hotels in Cincinnati.
3 3 "See No Evil" Rob Spera Barry Schindel March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02) 109 10.36[16]
The Red Cell team tries to connect two unusual murders in Tucson, Arizona. The first murder victim has his eyes removed while the second victim was killed by being stabbed in the ear with an ice pick. Both victims were subdued using a paralytic agent.
4 4 "One Shot Kill" Terry McDonough Rob Fresco March 9, 2011 (2011-03-09) 102 9.12[17]
The Red Cell team profiles a serial sniper in Chicago who attempts to target Mick.
5 5 "Here Is the Fire" Andrew Bernstein Chris Mundy & Ian Goldberg March 16, 2011 (2011-03-16) 101 10.33[18]
After explosions occur in a school the BAU rush to solve the case involving a pipe bomber in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
6 6 "Devotion" Stephen Cragg Shintaro Shimosawa March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23) 111 8.80[19]
The BAU tries to close a case, after several victims were kidnapped and were found hanged across several states.
7 7 "Jane" Rob Hardy Glen Mazzara March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30) 108 9.53[20]
The red cell team tries to solve a series of abduction of several women in Indianapolis where the unsub varies his victim preference.
8 8 "Nighthawk" Dwight H. Little Ian Goldberg April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06) 106 9.12[21]
Agent Cooper and his team must uncover a connection involving a series of murders in Tulsa which have occurred in the last 24 hours.
9 9 "Smother" Phil Abraham Melissa Blake & Joy Blake April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13) 105 9.96[22]
While Beth discovers a dark secret of Mick, the team must uncover a frightening truth of abductions involving new mothers in Manchester, New Hampshire, when one takes a deadly turn.
10 10 "The Time Is Now" Tim Matheson Joy Blake & Melissa Blake May 4, 2011 (2011-05-04) 110 8.83[23]
When a girl in Los Angeles who manipulated teen boys into killing their families' case mistrials and falls on the hands of Agent Cooper, he must work with his team to solve the case.
11 11 "Strays" Anna J. Foerster Chris Mundy & Glen Mazzara May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11) 103 9.31[24]
When FBI Director Fickler's goddaughter, who is also the estranged daughter of a federal judge, is kidnapped, Agent Cooper and his team must try all means to get her back safely and apprehend the kidnapper.
12 12 "The Girl in the Blue Mask" Félix Alcalá Mark Richard May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18) 112 8.46[25]
The red cell team must solve a case involving a killer who disfigures the faces of his victims in Bullhead City, Arizona.
13 13 "Death by a Thousand Cuts" Edward Allen Bernero Ian Goldberg May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25) 113 7.25[26]
Agent Cooper and his team travel to Dallas in an attempt to close a case of a shooter who randomly kills for fun. Also, Prophet and Beth go undercover and Beth's fate is compromised.


Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesdays 10:00pm February 16, 2011 May 25, 2011 2011 No. 39 10.57[27]


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