The Worst Episodes of Criminal Minds: Unforgettable Crimes You’ll Want to Forget.

Are you a fan of Criminal Minds? Do you love nothing more than settling in for a good old-fashioned crime drama? Well, we’ve got some bad news for you. Not all episodes of this popular show are created equal. In fact, some are downright terrible. But fear not! We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the absolute worst episodes of Criminal Minds. From cringe-worthy storylines to bizarre character choices, these episodes are sure to leave you scratching your head and wondering where it all went wrong. So sit back, relax, and prepare to be thoroughly unimpressed.
The Crimson King

The Crimson King

Season 12 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2016-09-28

Agent Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) joins the BAU team, which is tasked with capturing a killer who escaped prison with 13 other convicts at the end of last season.

A Good Husband

A Good Husband

Season 12 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2017-02-08

The BAU team is called in to investigate when male victims are found with no way to identify them.

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

Season 7 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2011-09-21

The BAU team is at a crossroads as they are questioned by a Senate Committee for their retaliatory actions in the wake of Prentiss’ loss, but an unexpected familiar face could help them win their case and keep the team together.

Magnificent Light

Magnificent Light

Season 8 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2012-11-28

An attendee at a popular motivational-speaker’s conference in Seattle is murdered and the speaker himself disappears soon afterward. Meanwhile, Garcia is puzzled when Morgan refuses to attend a dinner honoring an old family friend.

Collision Course

Collision Course

Season 12 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2017-02-22

The BAU investigates the cause of several fatal car crashes involving drivers and pedestrians. Also, Reid gets bad news.

Neon Terror

Neon Terror

Season 13 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2017-11-22

When an UnSub in Miami sensationalizes his crimes by giving the local media exclusive footage, the BAU is called in to investigate.

True Conviction

True Conviction

Season 16 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2023-01-12

The explosion looks to have exposed the true mastermind behind Sicarius, but all is not what it seems. Is someone taking the fall for these deadly actions? The BAU is determined to seek the truth.

What Doesn’t Kill Us

What Doesn’t Kill Us

Season 16 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2023-01-19

With the fate of the Sicarius investigation hanging in the balance, the BAU takes a case in West Virginia, where an UnSub practices his own twisted form of Old Testament vengeance.

Dead End

Dead End

Season 16 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2023-02-09

With Rossi in Voit’s clutches, he grapples with the limits of his technical know-how and mental strength. As the BAU tightens their grip on Voit, he reveals just how far he’s willing to take his deadly crusade.

I Love You, Tommy Brown

I Love You, Tommy Brown

Season 7 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2012-03-14

When married couples fostering young children end up being killed in Seattle, the BAU team looks for an unsub with a maternal-yet-murderous instinct. Also, Garcia fears a possible proposition from Kevin.

The Wheels on the Bus...

The Wheels on the Bus…

Season 8 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2012-11-21

The BAU team goes in pursuit of a missing school bus full of children outside the Washington, D.C. area, and it becomes a race against time for them to bring them home safely.

The Black Queen

The Black Queen

Season 9 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2014-01-15

A murder investigation leads to Garcia delving into her hacker past — and reconnecting with her former love.

Extreme Aggressor

Extreme Aggressor

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2005-09-22

After a fourth woman goes missing in as many months, the team is brought in to track down the guy before he kidnaps again. Hotch is asked to secretly evaluate Gideon to see if he is ready to work full time again.

Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes

Season 7 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2012-02-08

The BAU tries their luck in Atlantic City when the team is called in to investigate a series of ritualistic casino-related murders. Also, after a spat with her boyfriend, Kevin, Garcia thinks she and Morgan may have gotten a little too friendly with each other.

Burn

Burn

Season 10 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2014-10-08

A series of abductions and murders in Seattle send the BAU seeking an UnSub who was abused in the past and is out for revenge. Garcia heads to Texas to confront the man she shot while defending Reid and herself, as he waits on death row.

Surface Tension

Surface Tension

Season 12 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2017-02-01

Reid has returned from Houston, where he was visiting his mother who is in a new facility on an experimental drug program. He is called back home from the office while the rest of the team heads off on their next case. It isn’t until the team is in the air that they learn that Diana is no longer in the Houston facility, but that she is now living with Reid, as the trial drug was not having the intended effect.

Dust and Bones

Dust and Bones

Season 13 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2017-11-15

The BAU searches for an unsub in Austin, Texas, who is targeting prominent members of the community.

Bad Moon on the Rise

Bad Moon on the Rise

Season 13 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2018-01-17

The BAU is called to New York when several casualties of a brutal nature are reported in Central Park.

Miasma

Miasma

Season 13 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2018-01-31

The BAU is called when the New Orleans P.D. discovers a mass grave inside a vandalized above-ground crypt in a local cemetery.

Rusty

Rusty

Season 15 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2020-02-05

When the BAU team travels to Denver to investigate several murders, Prentiss is forced to evaluate her relationship with Special Agent Andrew Mendoza.