Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the long-running series Criminal Minds is a crime procedural full of brutal, realistic depictions of violence, including torture, shootings, horrific murders, and bloody casualties. The themes range from sex crimes and mental illness to plane crashes and capital punishment. Words such as "damn," "hell," and "ass" are frequent, and there's some social drinking. On occasion, criminal behavior is connected to drugs. Aside from the gruesome crimes, the team of detectives treat each other like family and sometimes add some light humor to bleak plot lines.
Some crimes have a sexual element; child molestation, rape.
Brutal murders using weapons, drownings, torture (blood minimal). Children harmed. Death penalty.
"Hell," "damn," "ass."
This sometimes sensationalistic show is all about profiling and catching criminals and the smart people who do this challenging job. Sometimes difficult decisions must be made in the pursuit of justice, some of which include killing or otherwise hurting criminals. It's complicated, but the team is always focused on doing the right thing for the betterment of the world.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Social drinking, drugs used during crimes.