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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior



Dark, gritty crime procedural is disturbing ... and dull.
  • Network: CBS
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "good guys" usually catch the "bad guys," but the general sense is that the world is a dangerous, disturbing place that's populated by cunning criminals.

Positive role models

The central characters take their jobs seriously, with the intent of saving lives and putting dangerous criminals away where they can't hurt others anymore. When they act unprofessionally, it's usually because they're so passionate about what they do.


The main characters carry weapons as part of their jobs; other characters use violence to harm innocent people. Some cases are disturbing/unsettling and include murder and sexual assault.

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Infrequent use of terms like "hell," "damn," etc.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gritty crime drama can tread into psychologically violent territory in terms of the types of cases it profiles, which can range from murder to kidnapping to sexual assault. And although violent acts aren't typicaly shown, the main characters do carry and fire weapons as part of their jobs. Language is light overall but does include some audible words like "hell" and "damn."

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What's the story?

CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, a spin-off series of Criminal Minds, closely follows a group of FBI profilers working for the agency's Behavioral Analyis Unit on their daily hunt for suspects across the country. Led by unit chief Sam Cooper (Forest Whitaker) and reporting to FBI director Jack Fickler (Richard Schiff), the team consists of special agents Mick Rawson (Matt Ryan), Gina LaSalle (Beau Garrett), Jonathan "Prophet" Simms (Michael Kelly), and Beth Griffith (Janeane Garofalo). And occasionally they get help from technical analyst Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), a crossover character from Criminal Minds.

Is it any good?


The primetime marketplace is so flooded with crime dramas and police procedurals that audiences certainly aren't clamoring for another, particularly if it's got nothing new to offer. But in the case of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the network's thought process might have been that, based on the success of Criminal Minds, the world wanted -- no, needed -- a spin-off.

Not so, if you look at the results. Despite the presence of Oscar winner Whitaker, who's already proven himself an acting powerhouse on both the big (The Last King of Scotland) and small screens (The Shield), Suspect Behavior feels hopelessly gray and flat. So much so that not even the ominous cloud of violence hanging over each episode -- or the show's reliance on cases with convoluted "twists" -- inspires you to set the DVR.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence and the way this show portrays the world around us. Does the series reflect reality in terms of the number and nature of crimes committed in the United States? Does any aspect of it seem exaggerated?

  • How believable are the main characters? How do they measure up as role models?

  • Does the show take a position when it comes to good vs. evil? Is the outlook generally positive or negative?

TV details

Premiere date:February 16, 2011
Cast:Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo, Richard Schiff
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 11 years old March 12, 2011
I love this show I don't watch it by myself, my mom like has it on while I'm on the computer, and I like to look her and there unless it gets too intense
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byBarbieBlondie March 4, 2011

Good for teens and not anything younger.

I personally watch and enjoy the show, so i say it is very good. But i would have to say that there are some pretty intense and violent scenes. They swear a lot from all ranges of slang to what you would probably say. They drink often. But it has a good message to it; it doesn't matter who you are or what you have done, because good always wins no matter who or what the evil is. Good always prevails.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages