Presenting The Profile: Behind The Scenes Facts About Criminal Minds

First aired on CBS on September 22, 2005, Criminal Minds grew to become one of the most popular shows on television. By diverging from the typical crime drama tropes, it managed to set a new precedent, taking the genre to new heights. In the last 14+ years, the show has proven itself to be one of the best on the air, with consistent viewership and ratings. If you’re a die-hard fan of Criminal Minds, you’ll want to check out these behind-the-scenes tidbits that will surprise even the most dedicated viewers.

The Importance Of The Characters’ Backstories

Traumatic Pasts

Each of the main characters on the show has experienced personal trauma in one way or another. This isn’t by coincidence either, according to co-executive producer Breen Frazier, who said that “the personal story has to have the same emotional weight as the case in darkness or intensity.”

Producer Rick Dunkle further commented that lighter storylines might seem out-of-place when dealing with the darkness that surrounds a murder case. Instead of involving the characters in typical TV drama, their personal traumas are slowly revealed to the audience piece by piece, making Criminal Minds stand out among other shows.