5 Reasons Criminal Minds Is The Best Show

5 Reasons Criminal Minds Is The Best Show

Some of the reasons Criminal Minds is one of the best shows on TV.

If you've never seen Criminal Minds before, I suggest you watch it. The show is available for streaming on Netflix. It's also regularly aired on CBS. They often play reruns of the show because it's been on television for so long. There are about a million reasons that I love this show, but I decided to narrow it down to my top five reasons. Take a look at the top five reasons Criminal Minds is the best show.

1. Profiling is way too cool.

The show is based on a real unit of the FBI. The Behavioral Analysis Unit actually uses many of the techniques that are seen in the show. The mixture of reality and fantasy is one of the many things that make this show great. Obviously, the show dramatizes certain aspects of the real-life BAU, but it's still thrilling to realize that there are actual profilers in the world. Profiling, itself, is also really intriguing. Only a profiler can predict seemingly insignificant things about a killer. I watched a documentary on the real BAU, and they could predict if a killer stuttered. The profiling is actually very specific, which makes it rather interesting.

2. Garcia and Morgan's banter.

In Criminal Minds, Garcia is the technical analyst of the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. She's a very original character though. She's nerdy, but not in a stereotypical way. She's immensely confident and wears her crazy wardrobes proudly. She's also the master of sass and one-liners. One of the greatest aspects of the show is the banter between Morgan and Garcia. It's comic relief from the otherwise dark and gritty show. Sadly, Morgan left in the latest season, but Garcia never lost her wit. Instead of playful banter, she mouths off to Morgan's replacement. Luke Alvez is one of the newer team members the show introduced in season 12, and was dubbed "newbie" by Garcia.

3. The crazy killers/unsubs.

Criminal Minds has it's gruesome moments. It's not always learning about observing profiling skills or listening to Garcia's wit. The major plot line of the show is an FBI team catching serial killers, which means the show contains some rather creepy killers. These killers, or as the show calls them, unsubs, have done it all. From painting with blood to necrophilia, Criminal Minds does not shy away from the disturbing minds of killers. In fact, they do the exact opposite. They get inside the minds of these killers, predict their behavior, and use the behavior to catch them. The name of the show is awfully fitting.

4. The strong female characters.

The female characters are all different and they're all strong in their own ways. Emily Prentiss is an independent woman who has spent her life building up her career. She was a spy before she entered into the BAU, and at one point the actress left the show. While the actress was away, her character was said to be the unit chief of INTERPOL in London. She's a typical example of a strong female, and one many can relate to. JJ is another strong female character on the show. She doesn't seem to draw her strength as much from her career, but from her innate protectiveness. She's very protective of her own son, which is reflected in her character. She sees the victims of the killers as people she needs to protect, and does everything in her power to protect them. Not to mention, these two ladies both have mad fighting skills. Garcia is also a strong female character. She's not strong when it comes to a physical fight, but put her behind a computer screen, and she will be a vital part of cracking the case.

5. The lovably nerdy Dr. Reid.

Dr. Reid is my favorite male character on the show. He's a nerd, but in a very lovable way. There are jokes about how annoying his prattling can get, but his character is never depicted as just annoying. There's depth to his character that not many nerdy characters get. He goes through trial-and-error just like the other characters on the show. The show doesn't treat him as a robot, and it did not make him into an overly confident and arrogant character. He goes through painful situations like having a mother with schizophrenia, and an absent father when growing up. The writers managed to make him abnormally smart, while also still making him human.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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