Criminal Minds (season 1)

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Criminal Minds (season 1)
Criminal Minds DVD cover, season 1.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network CBS
Original release September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) – May 10, 2006 (2006-05-10)
Season chronology
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List of Criminal Minds episodes

The first season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 22, 2005 and ended May 10, 2006.




Guest stars[edit]

Lukas Haas appears in the first two episodes as The Footpath Killer.

In the pilot episode, "Extreme Aggressor", Andrew Jackson guest-starred as Timothy Vogel. Chelah Horsdal guest-starred as his victim, Heather Woodland. In the episode "Won't Get Fooled Again", Tim Kelleher guest-starred as Adrian Bale, a serial bomber responsible for the deaths of six FBI agents. In the episode "Plain Sight", Kirk B. R. Woller guest-starred as serial rapist Franklin Graney. In the episode "Broken Mirror", Matt Letscher guest-starred as Vincent Shyer, an erotomaniacal stalker who abducts one of the twin daughters of Executive Assistant District Attorney Evan Davenport, played by Robin Thomas. Elisabeth Harnois guest-starred in a dual role as Davenport's daughters, Patricia and Cheryl.

Psych star Timothy Omundson appears in the episode "L.D.S.K." as Phillip Dowd.

In the episode "L.D.S.K.", Marcus Giamatti guest-starred as Barry Landman, a narcissistic trauma surgeon suspected of committing several shootings. Paula Newsome portrays Detective Shea Calvin, who leads the investigation of the shootings. In the episode "The Fox", Neal Jones guest-starred as one of the series' most notorious criminals, Karl Arnold, aka "The Fox", a serial killer who murders entire families. Tony Todd guest-starred as Eric Miller, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his family. In the episode "Natural Born Killer", Patrick Kilpatrick guest-starred as Vincent Perotta, a professional hitman who abducts FBI agent Josh Cramer of the Organized Crime Unit. Francesco Quinn guest-starred as Michael Russo, a mob boss who hires Perotta to abduct Cramer.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul appears in the episode "The Popular Kids" as Mike Zizzo.

In the episode "Derailed", Chris Bauer guest-starred as Dr. Theodore Bryar, a paranoid schizophrenic who held several passengers hostage, including Elle Greenaway, on a train. Jeff Kober guest-starred as Bryar's imaginary friend, Leo, and M. C. Gainey guest-starred as Detective Frank Moretti, who leads the investigation of the hostage situation. In the episode "The Popular Kids", Will Rothhaar guest-starred as Cory Bridges, a cult killer who murdered two high school students. In the episode "Blood Hungry", Kris Lemche guest-starred as cannibalistic spree killer, Eddie Mays, and Lindsay Crouse played his mother, Mary. In the episode "What Fresh Hell?", Ned Vaughn guest-starred as Donald Curtis, a pedophile who abducts an eleven-year-old girl named Belinda Copeland.

Skyler Shaye appears in the episode "The Tribe" as Ingrid Griesen.

In the episode "Poison", Nick Jameson guest-starred as Edward Hill, a serial killer who murders people with poisonous drugs. In the episode "Riding the Lightning", Jeannetta Arnette guest-starred as Sarah Jean Mason, an inmate on death row who is determined to make sure her son never finds out the truth of his parentage. Michael Massee guest-starred as Jacob Dawes, a serial killer who murdered several teenage girls. In the episode "Unfinished Business", Aaron Lustig guest-starred as Walter Kern, aka "The Keystone Killer", and Geoff Pierson guest-starred as Max Ryan, a retired FBI Agent who is determined to find the killer.

Amber Heard appears in the episode "Somebody's Watching" as Lila Archer.

In the episode "The Tribe", Chad Allen guest-starred as Jackson Cally, a cult leader who tortures and murders college students. In the episode "A Real Rain", Ethan Phillips guest-starred as schizophrenic vigilante killer Marvin Doyle. David Aaron Baker played Will Sykes, an attempted copycat of Doyle who wanted to be famous, and Tonya Pinkins played Detective Nora Bennett, who leads the investigation of the killings. In the episode "Somebody's Watching", Katheryn Winnick guest-starred as Maggie Lowe, a serial killer and stalker who obsesses over actress Lila Archer. Ian Anthony Dale guest-starred as Detective Owen Kim, who leads the investigation of the murders.

Peter Jacobson appears in the episode "Somebody's Watching" as Michael Ryer.

In the episode "Charm and Harm", Andy Comeau guest-starred as Mark Gregory, a serial killer and abductor who murders his victims by drowning them. In the episode, "Secrets and Lies", Ray Baker guest-starred as rogue CIA Agent Bruno Hawks. In the season finale "The Fisher King (Part I)", Charles Haid guest-starred as one of the series most notorious criminals, Randall Garner, aka "The Fisher King", a serial killer and abductor responsible for the attempted murder of Elle Greenaway. The incident proved to be so traumatizing, she resigned from the BAU the following season.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Extreme Aggressor" Richard Shepard Jeff Davis September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) 101 19.57[1]
When a fourth woman goes missing over the course of four months, the Behavioral Analysis Unit searches Seattle to profile and apprehend her captor before he strikes again. Meanwhile, unit chief Aaron Hotchner is tasked with determining whether veteran profiler Jason Gideon is fit to return to duty.
2 2 "Compulsion" Charles Haid Jeff Davis September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28) 102 10.57[2]
While investigating a series of fires that were set on a college campus in Tempe, Arizona, the BAU must think outside the box in order to identify the unsub. Meanwhile, Gideon continues to recover from a near-death experience.
3 3 "Won't Get Fooled Again" Kevin Bray Aaron Zelman October 5, 2005 (2005-10-05) 103 11.98[3]
When the BAU sets out to catch a serial bomber in Palm Beach, Florida, Gideon begins to suspect that the unsub is copying the M.O. of Adrian Bale (Tim Kelleher), the bomber responsible for killing six FBI profilers several months prior.
4 4 "Plain Sight" Matt Earl Beesley Edward Allen Bernero October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12) 104 13.76[4]
The BAU searches San Diego for a serial rapist who glues his victim's eyes wide open after he kills them. When it becomes clear that the unsub evades the authorities by blending into the neighborhoods, the team must flesh him out before he strikes again.
5 5 "Broken Mirror" Guy Norman Bee Judith McCreary October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19) 105 12.79[5]
When the daughter of an Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney is abducted, the BAU determines that the kidnapper is after her identical twin sister as well. But the case becomes complicated when the unsub reveals intimate knowledge about each team member's personal life, leading Gideon to conclude that he is one of their own.
6 6 "L.D.S.K." Ernest Dickerson Andrew Wilder November 2, 2005 (2005-11-02) 106 16.22[6]
The BAU travels to Des Plaines, Illinois to help local law enforcement and SWAT identify a killer sniper who shoots his victims in broad daylight. Meanwhile, Reid fails his firearms qualification exam and is forced to work without a gun, which makes things worse when he and Hotch find themselves in a life-threatening situation.
7 7 "The Fox" Guy Norman Bee Simon Mirren November 9, 2005 (2005-11-09) 107 15.09[7]
The BAU pieces together a profile of a serial killer who stalks families he views as dysfunctional before taking them hostage and living with them while they are supposed to be away on vacation. Meanwhile, Hotch and his wife Haley (Meredith Monroe) introduce the team to their newborn son Jack.
8 8 "Natural Born Killer" Peter Ellis Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher November 16, 2005 (2005-11-16) 108 14.36[8]
When an undercover cop in Baltimore goes missing in what is believed to be a mob hit, the BAU works with the Organized Crime Unit to catch a serial killer connected to dozens of murders before time runs out.
9 9 "Derailed" Félix Alcalá Jeff Davis November 23, 2005 (2005-11-23) 109 12.83[9]
When Elle and four civilians are held hostage on a passenger train en route to Dallas by a paranoid schizophrenic, the BAU find themselves forced to play into the man's fantasy in order to save the hostages.
10 10 "The Popular Kids" Andy Wolk Edward Allen Bernero November 30, 2005 (2005-11-30) 110 15.56[10]
The BAU is called to a small town located near Massanutten Mountain after local authorities conclude that two high school students may have been the victims of a cult killing. But it soon becomes apparent that someone other than a cult member is responsible.
11 11 "Blood Hungry" Charles Haid Ed Napier December 14, 2005 (2005-12-14) 111 15.23[11]
The BAU launches an intense manhunt in Tennessee for a cannibalistic serial killer whose fantasies lead him to murder. Meanwhile, Gideon, having injured his leg while skydiving, is forced to work with Garcia in Quantico.
12 12 "What Fresh Hell?" Adam Davidson Judith McCreary January 11, 2006 (2006-01-11) 112 15.92[12]
When an eleven-year-old girl is abducted from a playground in Wilmington, Delaware, the BAU suspects her father is responsible. But when he turns up with a solid alibi, the team must turn their attention to the family's friends and neighbors in order to determine the kidnapper's true identity.
13 13 "Poison" Thomas J. Wright Aaron Zelman January 18, 2006 (2006-01-18) 113 14.65[13]
The BAU travels to Beachwood, New Jersey when several residents are poisoned with LSD that is ten times more potent than the street version. But when it becomes apparent that a larger-scale incident is imminent, the team must stop the unsub before he strikes again.
14 14 "Riding The Lightning" Chris Long Simon Mirren January 25, 2006 (2006-01-25) 114 14.10[14]
The BAU is sent to the Florida State Penitentiary in Alachua, Florida to interview husband and wife serial killers set to be executed within two days. But when Gideon suspects that the wife is innocent of the crimes committed, the team sets out to prove him right before time runs out.
15 15 "Unfinished Business" J. Miller Tobin Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher March 1, 2006 (2006-03-01) 115 11.72[15]
When a Philadelphia serial killer resurfaces after eighteen years of silence and releases a statement threatening to claim another life within the next five days, the BAU contacts the now-retired FBI agent who worked the original investigation to help catch the unsub before time runs out.
16 16 "The Tribe" Matt Earl Beesley Andrew Wilder March 8, 2006 (2006-03-08) 116 15.27[16]
The BAU examines the circumstances surrounding the mass murder of five New Mexico college students, leading them to believe that a killing pack may be responsible. Meanwhile, Hotch endures a tense reunion with his younger brother Sean.
17 17 "A Real Rain" Gloria Muzio Chris Mundy March 22, 2006 (2006-03-22) 117 13.03[17]
The BAU is called in to New York City to assist the investigation into a series of murders that appear to be the work of a vigilante exacting revenge on criminals the justice system has let go. But with public opinion becoming increasingly divided, the team must work fast to find a killer whose confidence is escalating.
18 18 "Somebody's Watching" Paul Shapiro Ed Napier March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29) 118 12.54[18]
While conducting a profiling seminar with the Los Angeles Police Department, Gideon and Reid are asked to help identify a murderous stalker obsessed with television actress Lila Archer (Amber Heard). But as the team becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Reid finds himself growing closer to Lila.
19 19 "Machismo" Guy Norman Bee Aaron Zelman April 12, 2006 (2006-04-12) 119 11.76[19]
The BAU travels to Mexico to assist local law enforcement in catching a serial killer who preys on elderly women only to find themselves facing skepticism and resistance from police officials. Meanwhile, Hotch juggles his responsibilities at work and his responsibilities at home.
20 20 "Charm and Harm" Félix Alcalá Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher April 19, 2006 (2006-04-19) 120 13.53[20]
The BAU travels to St. Petersburg, Florida to assist the investigation into a serial killer who changes his appearance like a chameleon in order to evade capture. Now the team must look beneath the surface and find the unsub before he takes his next victim.
21 21 "Secrets and Lies" Matt Earl Beesley Simon Mirren May 3, 2006 (2006-05-03) 121 12.17[21]
The BAU faces one of their toughest challenges yet when the CIA suspects a mole within the Counter-Terrorism Unit is leaking classified information and putting a prized asset's life on the line. With the stakes higher than ever before, the team must expose the mole before more lives are lost.
22 22 "The Fisher King, Part 1" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero May 10, 2006 (2006-05-10) 122 12.67[22]
After each receiving mysterious items while on their respective vacations, Gideon, Hotch and the rest of the team realizes that they have become pawns in an elaborate fantasy game. Now the BAU must put all the clues together in order to catch a killer obsessed with Arthurian legend. But the stakes begin to rise when one of their own earns the wrath of the unsub.

Home media[edit]

The Complete First Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Criminal Minds
  • Inside Quantico & The Criminal Mind
  • Meet Matthew Gray Gubler
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)[23] February 12, 2007 (2007-02-12)[24] November 3, 2007 (2007-11-03)[25]


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