Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Genre Police procedural
Created by Edward Allen Bernero
Chris Mundy
Developed by CBS Corporation
The Walt Disney Company
Starring Forest Whitaker
Janeane Garofalo
Michael Kelly
Beau Garrett
Matt Ryan
Kirsten Vangsness
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Chris Mundy
Edward Allen Bernero
Mark Gordon
Deborah Spera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) The Mark Gordon Company
Bernero Productions
CBS Television Studios
ABC Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (WorldWide)
Original network CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release February 16 (2011-02-16) – May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
Related shows Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is an American police procedural drama starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo that aired on CBS. The show debuted on February 16, 2011, as a spin-off of another series Criminal Minds aired on the same network, and is the second show in the Criminal Minds franchise. This edition's profiling team also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in Quantico, Virginia. In an April 2010 episode of Criminal Minds ("The Fight"), during the show's fifth season, the original team met the new team and worked with them to find a San Francisco serial killer, with the episode serving as the new series' backdoor pilot.

Just like the parent series, CBS owned the underlying North American rights, while ABC owned the international rights. The series premiered on February 16, 2011, and filled the Wednesday 10:00pm time slot, airing after Criminal Minds.[1]

Due to low ratings, CBS canceled the series on May 17, 2011, and aired its final episode eight days later.[2] On September 6, 2011, CBS released the complete series as a four-disc set, packaged as "The DVD Edition." There are numerous special features and two episode commentaries with the cast and crew. The set includes the backdoor pilot from season five of the original show.


In early 2009, Michael Ausiello from Entertainment Weekly said that he and studios were discussing the possibility of a spin-off of the procedural crime drama Criminal Minds. Studio Producer Ed Bernero confirmed it by disclosing that "it's safe to say there will be something soon." The show had a completely new cast, with the exception of Kirsten Vangsness, who reprised her role as Penelope Garcia. By late 2010, the director had been chosen, and the casting completed.[3] It was announced that Forest Whitaker would star. Whitaker's character, Samuel "Sam" "Coop" Cooper, and his team were introduced in Criminal Minds Season 5.[4][5] Richard Schiff had a recurring role as FBI Director Jack Fickler.[6]

Samuel Cooper and his team set the stage for the spin-off in the 18th episode of the fifth season of Criminal Minds, "The Fight"[7] (April 7, 2010). This "back-door pilot" approach was also used for other CBS shows that were introduced in original series, such as CSI: Miami (2002-2012), CSI: NY (2004-2013) NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was the first cancellation of CBS remakes and CSI: NY was picked up for an eighth season in its place.


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot 1 April 7, 2010
1 13 February 16, 2011 May 25, 2011


Pilot— Criminal Minds (season 5)

Criminal Minds
Series No.
Criminal Minds
Season 5 No.
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Criminal Minds
Production code
U.S. viewers
10918"The Fight"Richard ShepardTeleplay by: Chris Mundy
Story by: Chris Mundy & Edward Allen Bernero
April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07)51812.70[8]
The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men that have occurred over the last three years. They begin working with another team of BAU agents, led by Samuel Cooper, who are investigating the murders of father-daughter duos that have occurred shortly after the homeless murders. The teams discover a connection between their respective cases. This episode launches the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Season 1 (2011)

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
11"Two of a Kind"John TerleskyRob FrescoFebruary 16, 2011 (2011-02-16)10713.06[9]
As child abductions occur in Cleveland, Agent Cooper and his team must attempt to catch the unsub before more kids are in danger.
22"Lonely Heart"Michael WatkinsShintaro ShimosawaFebruary 23, 2011 (2011-02-23)1049.81[10]
Agent Cooper must unveil a shocking link involving a string of murders of single businessmen that occurs at hotels in Cincinnati.
33"See No Evil"Rob SperaBarry SchindelMarch 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)10910.36[11]
The Red Cell team tries to connect two unusual murders in Tucson, Arizona. The first murder victim has his eyes removed while the second victim was killed by being stabbed in the ear with an ice pick. Both victims were subdued using a paralytic agent.
44"One Shot Kill"Terry McDonoughRob FrescoMarch 9, 2011 (2011-03-09)1029.12[12]
The Red Cell team profiles a serial sniper in Chicago who attempts to target Mick.
55"Here Is the Fire"Andrew BernsteinChris Mundy & Ian GoldbergMarch 16, 2011 (2011-03-16)10110.33[13]
After explosions occur in a school the BAU rush to solve the case involving a pipe bomber in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
66"Devotion"Stephen CraggShintaro ShimosawaMarch 23, 2011 (2011-03-23)1118.80[14]
The BAU tries to close a case, after several victims were kidnapped and were found hanged across several states.
77"Jane"Rob HardyGlen MazzaraMarch 30, 2011 (2011-03-30)1089.53[15]
The red cell team tries to solve a series of abduction of several women in Indianapolis where the unsub varies his victim preference.
88"Nighthawk"Dwight LittleIan GoldbergApril 6, 2011 (2011-04-06)1069.12[16]
Agent Cooper and his team must uncover a connection involving a series of murders in Tulsa, Oklahoma which have occurred in the last 24 hours.
99"Smother"Phil AbrahamJoy Blake & Melissa BlakeApril 13, 2011 (2011-04-13)1059.96[17]
While Beth discovers a dark secret of Mick, the team must uncover a frightening truth of abductions involving new mothers in Manchester, New Hampshire, when one takes a deadly turn.
1010"The Time Is Now"Tim MathesonJoy Blake & Melissa BlakeMay 4, 2011 (2011-05-04)1108.83[18]
When a girl in Los Angeles who manipulated teen boys into killing their families' case mistrials and falls on the hands of Agent Cooper, he must work with his team to solve the case.
1111"Strays"Anna J. FoersterChris Mundy & Glen MazzaraMay 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)1039.31[19]
When FBI Director Fickler's goddaughter, who is also the estranged daughter of a federal judge, is kidnapped, Agent Cooper and his team must try all means to get her back safely and apprehend the kidnapper.
1212"The Girl in the Blue Mask"Félix AlcaláMark RichardMay 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)1128.46[20]
The red cell team must solve a case involving a killer who disfigures the faces of his victims, a case in which the first victim was found in the FBI's backyard: Quantico, Virginia. They are eventually lead to his home in Bullhead City, Arizona.
1313"Death by a Thousand Cuts"Edward Allen BerneroIan GoldbergMay 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)1137.25[21]
Agent Cooper and his team travel to Dallas in an attempt to close a case of a serial abductor and shooter by proxy who randomly kills for fun. Also, Prophet and Beth go undercover and Beth's fate is compromised.


Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesdays 10:00pm February 16, 2011 May 25, 2011 2011 No. 39 10.57[22]

Home media

The DVD Edition
Set details Special features
  • 13 episodes
  • 4-disc set (Region 1 only)
  • Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Alternate Reality: The New Criminal Minds
  • Inside The Red Cell
  • The Profiler
  • House of Corpses
  • Loved Ones
  • Backdoor-pilot from Criminal Minds Season 5: "The Fight"
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 6, 2011[23] Not Released Not Released


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