Trivia: Criminal Minds

  • Actor Allusion: Reid finding Morgan and Rossi watching The Young and the Restless in his hotel room is an allusion to Shemar Moore's tenure on the show.
  • Creator Backlash: Mandy Patinkin has gone on record saying he considers his tenure on the show the biggest mistake of his acting career, due to how disturbing he found its content, despite critics widely praising his performance.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: In the Season 7 episode "There's No Place Like Home" which aired in late 2011, a newscaster says a recent tornado was rated an F2 on the Fujita Scale. Except the Fujita Scale was replaced by the Enhanced Fujita Scale in February 2006 and the rating scale changed to EF0-EF5.
  • The Danza: Subverted. Although A.J. Cook jokes that the character was named JJ so she'd be able to remember it (being a blonde), the producers swear they came up with the name before Cook was cast.
  • Development Gag: Gideon was originally going to be named "Jason Donovan". In "Extreme Aggressor" that name appears on the cover of a book Gideon finds in a suspect's room.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Recently Matthew Gray Gubler got to take the directing skills he's honed on other projects and direct episodes of the show ("Mosley Lane", "Lauren").
  • Thomas Gibson directed episodes "Gabby", "Boxed In" and "Lockdown".
  • Joe Mantegna directed the episodes "The Road Home" and "Anonymous" (which serves as a tribute to his good friend Meshach Taylor, who played Rossi's former sergeant Harrison Scott).
  • Executive Meddling:
    • JJ was written out and Prentiss' screen time was reduced for season six, due to budget cuts, leaving Garcia as the only regular female cast member. Naturally, the fans were not pleased. Especially the female fans. And neither is the entire cast and crew, as expressed with, among other things, pointed double-meaning lines in "JJ". It was made worse by bringing in a new female lead to replace JJ (though she doesn't have the same job). Thanks to the fans, they were brought back as regulars for season seven and the Replacement Scrappy went bye-bye.
    • In light of the producer's comments about always intending to bring JJ and Prentiss back, an alternative explanation from industry workers has appeared on several sites. That explanation being that the producers wanted to more heavily focus on Prentiss for at least part of the season and explore her mysterious past. As part of this they needed someone to have the access that JJ's new job gave her for story reasons. However, experts in union contracts say that AJ Cook was cut as a regular because keeping her at that rank would mean paying her for all episodes of the season even if she was not in them, at a huge expense. Same with cutting back Paget Brewster's contracted number of episodes given that they knew she would be missing from several. But they had always left open a way to bring back Emily at any time both in story and contract.
  • Fake American: Jayne Atkinson, a British actress - from Holdenhurst, Dorset, England - playing German-American Erin Strauss - confusing! Of course, "Strauss" is probably her married name.
  • Fan Nickname: Agent Mary Sue for Ashley Seaver, by the fans who don't like her.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    "Yep. I got stabbed by Ponyboy. So much for staying gold." —C.T. Gibson
  • Jossed: During the summer between Season 4 and 5, a small number of fans proposed the theory that the person that shot Hotch in Season 4's final moments was not George Foyet, due to the fact that he wore his signature mask, an unnecessary measure considering that Hotch already knew his identity. The theory went that it would be revealed in the Season 5 premiere that the Reaper we saw was actually a copycat, and possibly that the real Reaper would show up as well. Of course, the shooter really was Foyet, and he gets away again.
  • Name's the Same: Billy Flynn, serial killing tap-dancing lawyer.
  • The Other Darrin: Randall Garner (the Fisher King) is played by Charles Haid (Part 1) and Charley Rossman (Part 2), though due to the make-up and dubbing, you can't actually tell.
  • Reality Subtext: "JJ". So much it practically bleeds into the context.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • The victim the team is working to save in "3rd Life" is played by Gina Mantegna (who now credits herself as Gia Mantegna), Joe Mantegna's (Agent Rossi's) daughter in Real Life.
    • The two oldest Galen children from the episode "Damaged" are played by real-life twin brother and sister Nicholle Tom and David Tom.
    • JJ's son Henry is played by five-year-old Mekhai Andersen, AJ Cook's son and the actual result of the pregnancy that put JJ into maternity leave in the first place.
  • Recycled Script: Billy Flynn's origin is nearly identical to Frank's, and he has a lot of similarities to Karl Arnold/The Fox.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: Jeanne Tripplehorn was let go after two seasons, due to publicly criticizing Mandy Patinkin's remarks on the series. Patinkin may have abandoned the show, but apparently he's still respected amongst the cast and crew.
  • Screwed by the Network: The reason J.J. left. And the bitch of it is that in the episode directly preceding her exit, "The Longest Night", A.J. Cook does some of the best work of her career. She was even more screwed than usual: Cook wasn't let go because of ratings or a dispute with the cast or crew; she was let go because CBS was pinching pennies to make a spinoff (which failed) and was too cheap to renew her contract.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The show was originally going to be called Quantico and Gideon was originally named Jason Donovan. An early version of Hotch was described as a "blond haired, blue eyed Mormon" and Lukas Haas (the guy who played The Footpath Killer) originally auditioned for the part of Reid, and might have even got it if he hadn't begun expressing doubts about doing a series.
    • When Mandy Patinkin left the show, the producer's first choice for a replacement was Harvey Keitel.
    • A tweet by the creators mentions that Reid was originally intended to be bisexual. It was scrapped by the fourth episode.
    • Originally an episode which revealed Elle had been raped when she was younger was planned, but the actress decided to leave. This was hinted at twice and explains further why she went crazy and shot the Unsub.
  • Talking to Himself: Elisabeth Harnois in "Broken Mirror", when the Davenport twins briefly talk on the phone.
  • The Wiki Rule: The profile indicated that there would be one.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Matthew Gray Gubler says that Reid is mildly autistic.
  • Writer Revolt:
    • In "JJ", listen very closely to the dialogue. AJ Cook was let go from the show for purely financial reasons, a decision that the cast and crew obviously reviled, and the subplot is about how her promotion is being forced by "people above their pay grade" (the network). She really lays into them in her closing monologue in place of the usual ending quote.
    • Considering how the writers, the cast and the entire fanbase hated what the network executives did, there is a general consensus that the Take That against them was entirely justifiednote  (and one of the few times when a Writer Revolt has been fully supported by more than just fanbase splinter groups).
    • Fortunately there is a happy ending to all this as Cook became a series regular again at the start of season seven. The main reason she was let go was so the execs would have money to do that spin-off, but it got cancelled after only 13 episodes. With their funds now freed up, CBS soon rehired Cook, perhaps knowing that there would be a good chance of a sharp drop in ratings if they didn't bring her back.
    • Old habits die hard, though. But, fortunately, it was resolved before the season began.