Criminal minds. Well, what can you say about it? It's a police procedural show about fucking serial killers! It breaks down criminal psychology into its respective components and then it shows you what hell they can reap on an individual's mind. Although definitely not the first to tackle this aspect of criminology, this show does it the best out of all procedural cop shows, literally dissecting the human mind, trying to isolate and predict patterns of human behaviour and to outmaster The Chessmaster. Arguably every single one of the main characters (FBI agents part of the infamous Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU)) vie for Manipulative Bastard status when dealing with their targets or "Unsubs" (short for "Unknown Subject"), as their entire job consists of breaking psychotic or psychopathic serial killers down into manageable bits and pieces so they can catch them. And not only that, the main characters get individual personalities and character development (I know, weird, right?) as the audience gets to see how these cases affect them. Known for its unique ability to show the inner workings of a killer's mind, this show continuously questions the nature of humanity, morality, and ethical determination, constantly calling on the characters to make hard judgement calls while retaining their professional and personal integrity. One of the great things about this show though is that it allows the audience to make up their own mind without enforcing a pre-determined position upon them. Each of the main characters are widely different in both past experience and outlook (although with the dark pasts most of them have, hello Dysfunction Junction), and there will always be someone to voice a different opinion, but the show also shows things from the killer's perspective as well. If a person is psychotic or has a severe mental illness, this show gives space to explore the reasons behind their murders and will allow room for sympathetic concern, even if their actions are unforgivable. And if a person is a psychopathic Complete Monster this show will slowly and carefully explain to you why, leaving you feeling as if you've just watched a terrifyingly detailed horror movie. It may make you want to keep the light on at night, but this is a great show, and, although depressing at times, well worth watching.
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