"Criminal Minds" revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. The BAU team is led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a strong profiler who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Other members include Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), an expert on obsessional crimes; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A.J. Cook), the team's former unit liaison-turned-profiler who recently married her longtime love; Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), the team's indispensible computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; and the team's newest member, Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn), who rejoins the FBI after a stint as a university teacher and brings her linguistics expertise to the BAU. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in an attempt to stop them.
"Criminal Minds" stars Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, A.J. Cook as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia and Jeanne Tripplehorn as Alex Blake.
The series is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Janine Sherman Barrois are the executive producers.