Criminal Minds (South Korean TV series)

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Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds tvN Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Original title 크리미널 마인드
Based on Criminal Minds
by Jeff Davis
Developed by Studio Dragon
Written by
Directed by
  • Yang Yoon-ho
  • Lee Jung-hyo (resigned)[1]
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Jung Tae-won
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor tvN
Original network tvN
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release July 26 (2017-07-26) – September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28)
Related shows
External links

Criminal Minds (Hangul크리미널 마인드; RRKeurimineol Maindeu) is a South Korean television series starring Lee Joon-gi, Son Hyun-joo, Moon Chae-won, Yoo Sun, Lee Sun-bin with Go Yoon and Kim Yeong-cheol. The drama is based on the American television series Criminal Minds. It was broadcast every Wednesday and Thursday from July 26, 2017, to September 28, 2017, on the cable channel tvN.[2]


The drama follows a group of highly trained profilers in the fictional National Criminal Investigation (NCI) team who track down criminals to solve cases.[3] It begins a year after a crucial error results in a bomb detonating at a hospital, killing several SWAT officers and leaving the NCI team leader Kang Ki-hyung's confidence badly shaken. He returns to work after a long break and is immediately drawn into a serial murder case which requires the NCI team to collaborate with the local police agency's Violent Crimes Unit. They meet the temperamental police officer Kim Hyun-joon, who appears to have a bitter grudge against Ki-hyung.



A second-generation police officer, he joined the NCI at the recommendation of Kang Ki-hyung.[4] He was initially a SWAT officer specializing in EOD who had transferred to the Violent Crimes Unit as an investigator after watching one of his subordinates die when a bomb their team was detonating exploded. He witnessed his father being murdered by a suspect when he was a child and has little sympathy for criminals.[5] His brash nature and temperament has put him at odds with Ki-hyung and Sun-woo at times but he quickly proves his worth with his attention to detail, sharp instincts and accurate profiling skills.[6] He is the equivalent of Derek Morgan, portrayed by Shemar Moore
He is the team leader and a veteran NCI profiler who has published a book on criminology. Despite his aloof and expressionless exterior he cares deeply for his team, whom he considers to be his second family.[4] He and his wife Seo Hye-won have a son named Han-byul. He is the equivalent of Aaron Hotchner, portrayed by Thomas Gibson
An NCI agent and behavior analyst, her gruff demeanor and exacting mannerisms cause some friction between her and Hyun-joon. She tends to follow protocol and goes by the book, in contrast to Hyun-joon. It is eventually revealed that it is her way of coping with the horrors she regularly witnesses on the job. Like Hyun-joon she is a former police officer. She was only hired to fulfill the female quota and relegated to desk jobs and running errands, which she said spurred her to work even harder to get to where she is now.[4] She is the equivalent of Emily Prentiss, portrayed by Paget Brewster
She is the NCI's bubbly technical analyst who provides support from her computer. She is the equivalent of Penelope Garcia, portrayed by Kirsten Vangsness
She is the NCI's media liaison officer and handles press conferences.[7] She has been the guardian of her orphaned niece Ha-eun since the deaths of her sister and brother-in-law. She is the equivalent of Jennifer "JJ" Jareau, portrayed by A.J Cook
The resident genius and holder of two doctorate degrees, he is a profiler who often follows the team to the field to analyze the crime scene or the suspect's house for further clues. He is socially awkward and has a tendency to spout encyclopedic facts at the wrong time. He is the equivalent of Spencer Reid Ph.D., portrayed by Matthew Gray Gubler


He is Kang Ki-hyung's superior and has generally been supportive of him and his team. He is killed by The Reaper in the last episode. He is the equivalent of Erin Strauss, portrayed by Jayne Atkinson
  • Kim Kang-hoon as Kang Han-byul, Kang Ki-hyung's son.
  • Im Soo-hyang as Song Yoo-Kyung
  • NewSun as Choi Na-young, Sang-hyun's younger sister. (ep. 1-2)
  • Oh Yeon-soo as Seo Hye-won, Ki-hyung's wife. Killed by "The Reaper" (ep. 1-4)
  • Sung Chan as Choi Sang-hyun, Hyun-joon's best friend and a SWAT agent. Killed by the explosion of a bomb during an operation. (ep. 1)
  • Kim Won-hae as Kim Yong-cheol, serial murderer known as "The Reaper". Killed in the last episode.[8][9]
  • Hwang Bo-mi as reporter
  • Park Geun-hyung as Chief Commissioner Kwon Sang Ho
  • Shin Da-won
  • Park Si-eun[10]


The first script reading took place on April 7, 2017.[11] Principal photography started on April 17, 2017.[12]

The series was originally scheduled to be on KBS 2TV under Taewon Entertainment and NEW,[13][14] but was later picked up for broadcast by tvN as its owner CJ E&M's subsidiary Studio Dragon replaced NEW as co-producer.

Kim Ah-joong was offered a role in the series.[14]

Lee Jung-hyo resigned from his position as one of the show's directors due to differences with Taewon Entertainment.[1]


Criminal Minds OST
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Genre K-pop, soundtrack
Language Korean
Label CJ E&M Music

OST Part 1[edit]

1."Higher Plane"03:37
2."Higher Plane" (Inst.) 03:37
Total length:07:14

OST Part 2[edit]

1."Another Day"Yoo Hwe-seung (N.Flying)04:04
2."Another Day" (Inst.) 04:04
Total length:08:08


In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode Date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[15] TNmS Ratings[16]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide
1 July 26, 2017 4.187% 5.491% 4.9%
2 July 27, 2017 3.480% 4.406% 3.8%
3 August 2, 2017 2.884% 3.363% 3.3%
4 August 3, 2017 2.995% 3.679% 3.3%
5 August 9, 2017 2.368% 2.996% 2.8%
6 August 10, 2017 3.358% 3.872% 3.6%
7 August 16, 2017 2.544% 3.269% 2.7%
8 August 17, 2017 3.156% 3.560% 3.0%
9 August 23, 2017 2.292% 2.794% 2.3%
10 August 24, 2017 3.140% 3.843% 3.7%
11 August 30, 2017 2.036% 2.539% 2.3%
12 August 31, 2017 2.514% 2.879% 2.9%
13 September 6, 2017 2.236% 2.766% 2.4%
14 September 7, 2017 2.934% 3.124% 2.7%
15 September 13, 2017 2.119% 2.647% 2.5%
16 September 14, 2017 2.482% 2.887% 2.6%
17 September 20, 2017 2.474% 3.126% 2.5%
18 September 21, 2017 2.947% 3.116% 2.8%
19 September 27, 2017 2.241% 2.982% 2.3%
20 September 28, 2017 3.048% 3.805% 2.6%
Average 2.772% 3.357% 3.0%

* This drama was shown on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC & EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 2nd Asia Artist Awards Fabulous Award Lee Joon-gi Won [17]

International broadcast[edit]

  • In Vietnam, the series was shown on VTC5 tvBlue, starting on August 24, 2017, under the title Đấu trí tội phạm.[18]


  1. ^ a b "PD Lee Jung-hyo quits tvN's Criminal Minds". Dramabeans. July 29, 2017.
    - "tvN Confirms "Criminal Minds" PD's Statement On Parting Ways With Show". Soompi. July 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "손현주·이준기·문채원 '크리미널 마인드' 7월 26일 첫 방송 [공식]". Sports Donga.
    - "[단독]'크리미널 마인드', tvN 심야극 편성 확정..7월 첫주 방송". Sports Chosun. April 5, 2017.
    - "tvN 측 "'크리미널 마인드' 7월 편성 목표…캐스팅 최종 조율 중"". Xports News. April 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "´크리미널´ 손현주X이준기, 원작 씹어먹는 카리스마" (in Korean). Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Criminal Minds: Episode 2". Dramabeans. July 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Criminal Minds: Episode 3". Dramabeans. August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "'크마' 이준기, 감정+액션+지성 다 되는 남자 여기 있어요". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). August 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lee Sun Bin Talks About Efforts She Has Made To Portray Character In "Criminal Minds"". Soompi. August 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Jang Soo-min (August 4, 2017). "'크리미널마인드' 리퍼 김원해, 손현주 아내 오연수마저 죽여(종합)". News1 Korea (in Korean). Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Hong Min-gi (August 5, 2017). "'크리미널마인드' 김원해, 안방극장 공포로 물들였다". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "[단독]´박남정 딸´ 박시은, ´크리미널 마인드´도 출연" (in Korean). Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "[DA:이슈] '크리미널 마인드' 대본리딩 마쳐…제작 돌입·7월 편성". Sports Donga. April 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "'크리미널' 손현주X이준기, 원작 씹어먹는 카리스마". isplus. May 7, 2017.
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  15. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  16. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "[2017 AAA] 김희선·엑소, 대상…레전드는 슈퍼주니어(종합)". MBN STAR. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  18. ^ Hong, Nhi (August 21, 2017). "'Tứ hoàng tử' Lee Joon Gi tái ngộ khán giả màn ảnh nhỏ". Thanh Nien Online (in Vietnamese).

External links[edit]

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