15 Things Each Character On 'Criminal Minds' Can Teach Us About Life

15 Things Each Character On 'Criminal Minds' Can Teach Us About Life

Life lessons from our favorite people of the BAU.


I remember the first time I ever watched an episode of "Criminal Minds." It was the summer before my freshman year of high school and I found the first few seasons on some random website. I was hooked. Now, this show has been a part of my life for five years. It's insane. Recently, the news dropped that "Criminal Minds" would come to an end after a final 15th season with 10 episodes. I have loved every minute of this crazy, spooky, thrilling, and emotional journey. Every season is made up of complex characters that make the show so great...

1. Aaron Hotchner


Hotch teaches us that no matter what, the key to being a good leader is to be just, fair, honest, and always willing to be there for your team. He also makes the BAU a family. We miss you, Hotch.

2. Emily Prentiss


Emily teaches us how to trust. She grows so much throughout the series, and after a run in with a former undercover enemy, she really starts to grasp the fact that the BAU has her back. She can trust them because they love her and care about her. She is also a major badass and I love her.

3. Stephen Walker


Walker is lighthearted and funny, but he's also so wise. He always makes time for the team. He teaches us that spending time with the people you love is one of the best things that you can do. I miss him...

4. Kate Callahan


Kate teaches us that showing people how you feel doesn't make you weak. It makes you strong. She is so full of energy and life and is never afraid to let people know what is on her mind.

5. Spencer Reid


Spencer Reid teaches us how to be strong. He never seems to get a break... like... ever. By relying on his team, his family, he is able to get through some of the hardest things imaginable. He is so precious. I've loved watching him grow.

6. Tara Lewis


Tara teaches us that one of the most badass and beautiful things that you can do in this life is to be true to yourself. She comes into the BAU and brings this light. I'm obsessed with her and you should be, too.

7. Jason Gideon


Gideon teaches us to follow our heart and our gut. His affinity for his team, his quirky love for birds, and his intuition make him one of the most memorable characters. We're just gonna forget about how he ghosted the BAU for this post, lol... and just focus on the good stuff.

8. David Rossi


Rossi teaches us to keep your friends and family close to your heart. He is always going out of his way to make sure people are OK, but he does it in such a lighthearted way that people miss it. His team is a part of his family and he doesn't see them any other way. There is nothing Rossi wouldn't do for them. He also throws AMAZING parties.

9. Matt Simmons


Simmons teaches us that putting your all into something pays off. He has a family, and puts his all into that. He joined the BAU and brought people together, putting his all into that. Simmons is a hard working, family loving cutie who deserves the whole world.

10.  Alex Blake


Blake teaches us how to forgive. She and Erin Strauss had some beef. You don't need to be a linguist to know that. But she always managed to put her job and her team first, before any of the drama from the past. Blake is also a superb listener. We stan.

11.  Erin Strauss


Strauss teaches us that your past doesn't define you and that every new day is an opportunity to start over. She worked hard and was good at her job, but she had her vices, as everyone does. She didn't let them define her, though. Miss you, Strauss. You were quite the toughie but you grew on us in the end.

12.  Luke Alvez


Luke teaches us that stepping out of our comfort zone can lead to some of the best experiences in the world. He's the newbie and told Garcia he didn't share his personal life with his co-workers. It didn't take long for him to start settling in and feeling like another vital addition to the family within the BAU. All it took was a leap. He's too good ugh.

13.  Jennifer Jareau


JJ teaches us to never ever ever lose hope. JJ had a major shift in career, fell in love, had a son, got married, got tortured, lost her sister, and on top of all of that she still persevered. The always had hope, even in her darkest moments. She will always be one of my favorite characters because of this.

14.  Derek Morgan


Derek teaches us that one of the best things that you can do for the people you love is to simply remind them that you are there for them. He told Emily she should trust him. He told Reid to hang in there. He told Hotch things would be OK. He reminded Penelope of her worth. He is constantly a voice in the back of the team's mind, telling them that they matter and that he's there for them.

15.  Penelope Garcia


Garica teaches us that no matter what, there are people somewhere in this world that care about you. They could be hundreds of miles away, typing away on a computer or sitting next to you on an airplane. She also teaches us that happiness can be found anywhere and to never stop loving others. Garcia is my fav. LOVE her.

Thank you, "Criminal Minds." Thank you, BAU. Thank you for letting us join you on this journey.

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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.

I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).

While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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8 Of The Best Tweets From 'The Bachelorette,' Episode One

Monday nights are now for "The Bachelorette" and all the live tweets that come with it.


A new season of "The Bachelorette" has just started, which means I have something to look forward to every Monday. Not only am I excited to watch Hannah's journey to find love with 30 eligible bachelors, but I'm also excited to read all the live tweets that come with each episode. During every commercial break, I scroll through the #TheBachelorette trend to see what other fans think of the episode. It's so entertaining to see all the funny tweets and memes people make that perfectly fit each scene. After each episode my Twitter likes are full of tweets about "The Bachelorette," so I want to share my top 8 favorites from this season's first episode.

1. Now you can't wait for it to be next Monday

You never know if you'll like the vibe of the season, but once the first episode starts and the drama begins its impossible to not get hooked on the show.

2. The pilot who didn't wear his uniform was probably regretting it and feeling a little like this tweet

I feel for the guy who didn't wear his pilot uniform because the other pilot who did made it through the first night.


I was practically screaming at the TV for Luke to give Hannah her jacket! She said she was cold more than once, get the hint!

4. We love to see a good intro from the guys, and box guy gave us that

Watching the intros is one of the best parts because you get to meet and see all the guys that will be on the show this season. Box King Joe did not disappoint us with his witty intro.

5. Demi and Katie = ultimate best friends 

Them watching the show from a surveillance van and watching out for Hannah was the best. They should have the best friends do this more often!

6. Hannah dating Colton a few months ago is the not same as you dating your girlfriend on MONDAY Scott 

I too almost fell over after him saying that.

7. Is this Parent Trap moment on the Bachelorette?

At first, I really couldn't tell these two guys apart. Give me a few more episodes and I'll have all the names and faces down.

8. John Paul Jones, I can't wait to see how entertaining you will be this season

Thankful John Paul Jones got the last rose because he gets to stick around for at least one more week to entertain all viewers with how many times he can say his full name in one episode.

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