Criminal Minds (season 6)

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Criminal Minds (season 6)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) – May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)
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The sixth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 22, 2010 and ended May 18, 2011.

Before the filming of the season began, it was announced that A.J. Cook had been let go from the series, reportedly due to budget cuts on the show relating to the launch of the Criminal Minds spinoff.[1] Thanks to letters and petitions by fans, Cook was allowed to return for two episodes to wrap up her character's storyline. She later returned as a special guest star in two subsequent episodes of this season. Paget Brewster was a regular for eighteen episodes and was let go from the series as well. Rachel Nichols appeared as a guest star for two episodes and was then promoted as a regular, but was fired after the season finale.[2]

The opening sequence was changed as of this season: more sound and visual effects were added; the theme song itself was amplified, and an electric guitar part added.




Guest stars[edit]

Michael Welch appears in the episode "J.J." as Sydney Xavier Pearson.

In the season premiere "The Longest Night", Tim Curry reprised his role as one of the series' most notorious criminals, Billy Flynn, also known as "The Prince of Darkness". Robert Davi reprised his role as Detective Adam Kurzbard, who led the investigation of the murders. In the episode "J.J.", Chris Marquette guest-starred as James Barrett, a man who abducted and attempted to murder Kate Joyce. In the episode "Remembrance of Things Past", Daniel J. Travanti guest-starred as Lee Mullens, a serial killer who suffers from alzheimer's disease. In the episode "Compromising Positions", Craig Sheffer guest-starred as James Thomas, an impotent serial killer who murders married couples.

Ernie Hudson appears in the episode "Devil's Night" as Lt. Al Garner.

In the episode "Safe Haven", Sterling Beaumon guest-starred as Jeremy Sayers, a juvenile delinquent and family annihilator who has been hated by his mother ever since he was born. Mare Winningham guest-starred as Nancy Riverton, a mother who allows Jeremy to stay in their home for the night. In the episode "Devil's Night", Leonard Roberts guest-starred as Kaman Scott, a disfigured serial killer who burns his victims alive during Devil's Night, the notorious pre-Halloween celebration. In the episode "Middle Man", Steve Talley, Michael Grant Terry, and Jake Thomas guest-starred as Michael Kosina, Christopher Salters, and Scott Kagan, aka "The Johnson County Brotherhood", a trio of serial rapists and killers who abduct exotic dancers. Melissa Claire Egan guest starred as Tara Dice, an exotic dancer who is questioned by Prentiss and Reid.

Justine Ezarik appears in the episode "Middle Man" as Meredith Joy.

In the episode "Reflection of Desire", Robert Knepper guest-starred as Rhett Walden, also known as "The Hill Ripper", a schizophrenic abductor who idolizes the movie Reflection of Desire, a film his deceased mother starred in. Sally Kirkland guest-starred as May Walden, a famous actress from Hollywood's Golden Age who, because of her pregnancy, made only one motion picture, and her career was ruined afterwards. Whitney Able guest-starred as Penny Hanley, a woman Walden abducts after Kelly Landis' murder. In the episode "Into the Woods", Gattlin Griffith guest-starred as Robert Brooks, a young boy who is abducted and raped by Shane Wyland. Emily Alyn Lind guest-starred as Anna Brooks, Robert's younger sister who is also abducted by Wyland.

Empire star Kaitlin Doubleday appears in the episode "Reflection of Desire" as Kelly Landis.

In the episode "What Happens at Home", Kenneth Mitchell guest-starred as Drew Jacobs, a serial killer who murders several women, including his own wife. Madison Leisle guest starred as Jacobs' daughter, Heather. In the episode "25 to Life", Kyle Secor guest-starred as Donald Sanderson, a man who was framed and imprisoned for the murder of his family, and Philip Casnoff guest-starred as James Stanworth, the man responsible for framing Sanderson and murdering his family. Angus Macfadyen guest-starred as Sean McCallister, Emily Prentiss' former boss at Interpol who is murdered by one of the series most notorious criminals, Ian Doyle, played by Timothy V. Murphy. In the episode "The Thirteenth Step", Jonathan Tucker and Adrianne Palicki guest-starred as Raymond Donovan and Sydney Manning, two young lovers who go on a killing spree.

L.A. Law star Corbin Bernsen appears in the episode "Today I Do" as Jerry Grandin.

In the episode "Today I Do", Rebecca Field guest-starred as Jane Gold, a stalker and abductor who acts as a caretaker so she can be appreciated. Rachel Miner guest-starred as Molly Grandin, a woman who Gold abducts and holds captive in her house. In the episode "Coda", Lew Temple guest-starred as Bill Thomas, a man who abducts the parents of Sammy Sparks, a boy who has autism. Mimi Kennedy guest-starred as Sammy's social worker Mrs. Rogers. In the episode "Lauren", Patrick Fischler guest-starred as Jack Fahey, an Irish mobster and an associate of Ian Doyle. In the episode "With Friends Like These", Bug Hall guest-starred as Ben Foster, a schizophrenic spree killer who, after burning down a church, begins hallucinating three people who died there.

Romy Rosemont appears in the episode "Coda" as Elizabeth Sparks.

In the episode "Hanley Waters", Kelli Williams guest-starred as Shelly Chamberlain, a spree killer who is unable to come to terms with the death of her son, who died in a car crash. In the episode "Out of the Light", Jeffrey Meek guest-starred as Robert Bremmer, a serial killer who raped his stepdaughter, Rose, and began abducting, raping, and murdering women who resemble Rose. In the season finale "Supply and Demand", Angela Sarafyan guest-starred as Lucy, the leader of a human trafficking ring who poses as one of the victims. Amy Price-Francis guest-starred as Supervisory Special Agent Andi Swann, the Unit Chief of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force and Sarah Foret guest-starred as Renee Matlin, an FBI undercover agent who is held captive within the ring.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1151"The Longest Night"Edward Allen BerneroEdward Allen BerneroSeptember 22, 2010 (2010-09-22)60114.13[3]
With Detective Spicer dead and the "Prince of Darkness" (Tim Curry) still at large in Los Angeles, California, the BAU sets out to capture him and save Spicer's daughter before he can take another life.
1162"JJ"Charles S. CarrollErica MesserSeptember 29, 2010 (2010-09-29)60214.57[4]
While contemplating a major job promotion that she cannot ignore, J.J. assists the team in aiding a couple whose daughter mysteriously vanished. The case becomes further complicated when the only two suspects in the case are able to pass a polygraph test, despite being last seen with the victim and having a viable motive to take her. Based on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
1173"Remembrance of Things Past"Glenn KershawJanine Sherman BarroisOctober 6, 2010 (2010-10-06)60413.87[5]
Still reeling from J.J.'s departure, the team travels to Bristol, Virginia to help with a case of murdered young women that bears the hallmarks of an uncaught serial killer Rossi investigated 25 years ago, called "The Butcher." Though the new string of killings appear to be copycat crimes, Rossi is convinced it may be the work of the original killer (Daniel J. Travanti).
1184"Compromising Positions"Guy Norman BeeBreen FrazierOctober 13, 2010 (2010-10-13)60314.00[6]
The BAU travels to Akron, Ohio to investigate a series of murders of couples, who are forced to have sex before being murdered. Meanwhile, Hotch looks for someone to fill J.J.'s role on the team.
1195"Safe Haven"Andy WolkAlicia KirkOctober 20, 2010 (2010-10-20)60514.46[7]
The BAU team is called to Omaha, Nebraska to investigate the murders of entire families. Profiling becomes a somewhat difficult task for the team after concluding that each family member is killed differently from the next. With the unsub hunting for another family, the BAU must hurry. Also, Morgan receives a visit from someone unexpected from a previous case.
1206"Devil's Night"Charlie HaidRandy HugginsOctober 27, 2010 (2010-10-27)60613.94[8]
After several people are found burned alive once a year before Halloween, the BAU is called in to Detroit to investigate. The team later finds out that the victims chosen by the unsub are not random.
1217"Middle Man"Rob SperaRick DunkleNovember 3, 2010 (2010-11-03)60714.58[9]
When the bodies of exotic dancers are found murdered in the corn fields near Edinburgh, Indiana two days after being kidnapped, the BAU must race against time when they realize they only have two days to find the latest victim who has just been kidnapped. The unsub's true nature is revealed after he watches the reports of his killings on the news.
1228"Reflection of Desire"Anna FoersterSimon MirrenNovember 10, 2010 (2010-11-10)60812.56[10]
After Kelly Landis, a woman missing for three days, is found dead, the BAU is called in when the D.C. Police cannot connect the death to any previous cases. They call in the BAU because of the unsub's style of killing: cutting off his victim's lips. The unsub is easier to identify after Garcia reveals some of her personal life.
1239"Into the Woods"Glenn KershawKimberly Ann HarrisonNovember 17, 2010 (2010-11-17)60914.39[11]
The BAU team has to go deep into the forests of the Appalachian Trail after a young boy is found murdered near Hot Springs, North Carolina. The unsub appears to be a man who targets young boys in the wilderness. Soon enough, another boy is abducted and the BAU must act fast before a life is lost.
12410"What Happens at Home"Jan EliasbergEdward Allen BerneroDecember 8, 2010 (2010-12-08)61014.23[12]
The BAU searches for a killer targeting women in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Meanwhile, Hotch looks into a FBI trainee with an interesting past to help them during the investigation.
12511"25 to Life"Charles S. CarrollErica MesserDecember 15, 2010 (2010-12-15)61113.77[13]
Morgan testifies that a convicted murderer should be released on parole but regrets his decision when, only days later, the man apparently kills somebody. However, when the team reviews his past and the newest victim, they learn some surprising details that could prove that the man did not actually commit the crime that he was put behind bars for.
12612"Corazon"John GallagherKatarina WittichJanuary 19, 2011 (2011-01-19)61212.02[14]
As the BAU investigates a series of ritual murders in Miami, Reid suffers from multiple blinding headaches.
12713"The Thirteenth Step"Doug AarniokoskiJanine Sherman BarroisJanuary 26, 2011 (2011-01-26)61312.77[15]
Two young lovers embark on a murderous rampage in Miles City, Montana that sends the BAU team to investigate and stop them before they claim more victims. Also, Prentiss receives shocking news from her previous boss at Interpol.
12814"Sense Memory"Rob SperaRandy HugginsFebruary 9, 2011 (2011-02-09)61413.67[16]
The BAU is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a series of unusual murders and Prentiss sheds some light on her past before she joined the BAU.
12915"Today I Do"Ali SelimAlicia KirkFebruary 16, 2011 (2011-02-16)61512.85[17]
The team tracks down a bogus self-motivational coach who tortures and kills her patients in Syracuse, New York. Meanwhile, Prentiss also receives some disturbing news about one of her former colleagues.
13016"Coda"Rob HardyRick DunkleFebruary 23, 2011 (2011-02-23)61613.15[18]
As Reid tries to make a connection with an autistic child to help in finding the boy's missing parents in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, Prentiss enlists two former Interpol colleagues, one of whom being her former Unit Chief (Sebastian Roché), in hunting an old nemesis.
13117"Valhalla"Charles S. CarrollSimon Mirren & Erica MesserMarch 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)61714.37[19]
Prentiss begins to feel the heat after she and Morgan assist in solving a series of suspicious murders that involves Prentiss's old Interpol nemesis, Ian Doyle.
13218"Lauren"Matthew Gray GublerBreen FrazierMarch 16, 2011 (2011-03-16)61813.73[20]
When Prentiss disappears to face off against her archenemy, Ian Doyle, the BAU call in J.J. hoping she can help them find Emily and capture Doyle before it is too late.
13319"With Friends Like These..."Anna J. FoersterJanine Sherman BarroisMarch 30, 2011 (2011-03-30)61913.05[21]
The BAU is called to Portland, Oregon, to assist in catching a pack of killers who enjoys targeting victims. However, as the investigation deepens, they learn that the crimes aren't what they seem to be.
13420"Hanley Waters"Jesse WarnAlicia Kirk & Randy HugginsApril 6, 2011 (2011-04-06)62014.08[22]
As the BAU investigates targeted killings in Tampa, Florida, they deal with their own feelings about the loss of Prentiss.
13521"The Stranger"Nelson McCormickKimberly Ann Harrison & Rick DunkleApril 13, 2011 (2011-04-13)62113.59[23]
The BAU hunts a stalker in San Diego who is targeting college students. Meanwhile, the team comes under Strauss' scrutiny in the wake of the loss of Prentiss.
13622"Out of the Light"Doug AarniokoskiRoger HeddenMay 4, 2011 (2011-05-04)62212.90[24]
The BAU is called to the small town of Sharpsburg, North Carolina, after a woman is found badly injured and another woman is missing. On arrival, the team discovers these two women are not the only victims.
13723"Big Sea"Glenn KershawJim Clemente & Breen FrazierMay 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)62313.29[25]
The discovery of bodies buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville, Florida, prompts the BAU to intervene; Morgan's aunt suspects her missing daughter may be among the dead.
13824"Supply & Demand"Charles S. CarrollErica MesserMay 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)62412.84[26]
The team tries to close a challenging case involving two bodies and a human trafficking organization in Hudson, Wisconsin. In addition, Hotch warns the team of possible changes in the team while a familiar face unexpectedly returns to their ranks.

Home media[edit]

The Complete Sixth Season
Set details Special features
  • 24 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Making Criminal Minds Season 6
  • Crime Scenes
  • From Script to Screen: Agent Down
  • Greg St. Johns' CMS6 Yearbook
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)[27] November 28, 2011 (2011-11-28)[28] November 30, 2011 (2011-11-30)[29]


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