• Criminal Minds was a popular series
  • Fans adored the show for 15 seasons
  • Check out the most popular episodes here

Criminal Minds came to an end after a 15-season run and 324 incredible episodes. Fans said goodbye to the series starring Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook in early 2020.

Accordingly, there's no better time to look back at the show's very best episodes—as voted by the fans. These are the episodes that viewers loved most, according to IMDb's voting system.

Criminal Minds Episodes: The Top 10 List

To determine the episodes, we're breaking down the show's ratings on IMDb, among the most widely-used TV rating services. And Criminal Minds fans were busy on the site rating every episode of the show for 15 years. Did they get it right? Let's take a look...

Criminal Minds episodes: "Fisher King: Pt 2," Shemar Moore and Matthew Gray Gubler.

For the Top 10 list, fans voted highest mostly on episodes from season 5 and on, but a few season 2 episodes crack the list. One from season 15 even makes an appearance. Also, only three episodes received ratings of 9.0/10. From 10 to 1, the episodes are:

  • 10: "The Fisher King: Part 2," season 2 — 8.7/10
  • 9: "Sex, Birth, Death," season 2 — 8.7/10
  • 8: "Zugzwang," season 8 — 8.7/10
  • 7: "Date Night," season 15 — 8.7/10
  • 6: "Lauren," season 6 — 8.8/10
  • 5: "Mr. Scratch," season 10 — 8.8/10
  • 4: "Believer," season 13 — 8.9/10
  • 3: "Revelations," season 2 — 9.0/10
  • 2: "Mosley Lane," season 5 — 9.0/10
  • 1: "Entropy," season 11 — 9.2/10

Criminal Minds: These were the best episodes

More than any other episodes, fans loved season 11, episode 11, "Entropy." The famous episode featured "Reid" (Matthew Gray Gubler) investigating an assassin named "Cat" (guest star Aubrey Plaza), with whom he met offering a phoney job proposal. But "Cat" catches on and the episode follows their, well, "cat and mouse" game with possibly deadly implications.

Season 15 episode "Date Night" also came in at no. 7. The episode again welcomed back "Cat," as a date between "Reid" and "Max" was interrupted by a very personal kidnapping case.

If you've already rewatched these episodes and are itching to see the stars of Criminal Minds in new projects, we've been following what they'll be moving on to next. 

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