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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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