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Netflix Lost ‘Criminal Minds’ on June 30; Where Can You Stream All 15 Seasons?

Stephen Silver

“Criminal Minds,” a crime procedural focusing on the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), had an uncommonly long run on CBS, lasting for 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes.

The series finished its network run on CBS in early 2020, but “Criminal Minds” has had a successful afterlife as a streaming show, mostly on Netflix. In fact, Nielsen reported that “Criminal Minds” was the most-streamed TV show in the United States, measured by streaming minutes, in 2021.

Viewers watched 33.9 billion minutes of the series, something no doubt made possible by the massive number of seasons and episodes. In Nielsen's weekly streaming ratings, most weeks, “Criminal Minds” is near the top of the “acquired” category for streaming shows.

Streamers’ viewing habits for “Criminal Minds,” however, are about to change, because the bulk of the series left Netflix at the end of June, after eight years on the streaming giant. It represents another long-running library show departing that service, joining the likes of “Friends” and “The Office.”

Until now, the first 12 “Criminal Minds” seasons were available on Netflix, with the last three available on Hulu, where they remain. The entire run of the series was previously available to stream on Paramount+, which is now the only place to stream all 15 seasons of “Criminal Minds.”

Criminal Minds

September 22, 2005

An elite team of FBI profilers 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, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases.

The show aired on CBS and was produced for most of its run by CBS Television Studios, both of which are part of Paramount, so the move represents an increased level of corporate synergy. Two other “Criminal Minds”-related series have been announced for Paramount+: A docuseries called “The Real Criminal Minds,” and a revival of the original series. However, neither series has debuted as of yet.

As for the two short-lived spinoffs of “Criminal Minds” that aired on CBS, the one season of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is available to stream on Pluto TV. “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” is not available to stream on any service, although individual episodes are available for purchase from Vudu, Prime Video, and Apple TV. Perhaps attempting to capitalize on its long-running licensed hit, Netflix continues to offer a completely unrelated true-crime series called “Inside the Criminal Mind.”

The cast of “Criminal Minds” changed significantly over the course of its run, but for the bulk of the seasons, it consisted of Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, and Paget Brewster. Mandy Patinkin led the cast in the early part of the show’s run.

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Paramount+ is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 40,000+ TV show episodes from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and more. The lineup includes “1883,” “Tulsa King,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” From well-loved franchises to compelling originals, Paramount+ offers a great library worth streaming. Live NFL games are included. The service also offers the option to watch your live CBS affiliate.

Subscribers can choose between the Essentials Plan (which includes ads) for $4.99/month, or go commercial-free with the Premium Plan for $9.99/month. Subscribers can add Showtime to either plan for an additional fee.

With their Premium Plan, in addition to not having ads, you will also get access to your local CBS affiliate to stream your local news, prime-time lineup, and late-night. You will also be able to download offline and watch select shows in 4K.

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