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CRIMINAL MINDS

CBS Wednesday, at 900 ET

 PTC Summary:

Production Companies: Paramount Television, Touchstone Television, Paramount Network Television Productions, and The Mark Gordon Company
Producers: Edward Allen Bernero and Mark Gordon
Creator: Jeff Davis 

Back for season nine, the show follows the work of an elite team of FBI profilers who probe the country's most perverse criminal minds, striving to predict their behavior and catch them before they can hurt any more victims. The Behavioral Analysis Unit lead by Special Agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner, who is expert able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Also on the team are David Rossi, a criminalist who came out of retirement to rejoin the team, Special Agent Derek Morgan, an expert on obsessional crimes; and Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a genius who knows something about everything.  Last season, eccentric criminologist Alex Blake joined the team and had some trouble fitting in, and the head of the BAU was murdered by a serial killer. The team is anticipating a new leader in season 9.   Each episode sends the team somewhere in the U.S. to profile a crazed criminal and catch him before he or she can claim more innocent victims.

Violence is frequent and often extreme. Episodes have depicted a woman held in a cage by her killer; an arsonist's victim burning alive; and women being attacked by a serial rapist/murderer. Sex on the series is never depicted in any romantic or loving terms; it is always related to violent crimes or sociopathic disorders. There are often descriptions of sexual dysfunction such as premature ejaculation, the killer having abnormally small genitals, and similar descriptions. The murderers are often extremely sadistic and creative in their ability to harm their victims. One recent episode depicted a man who kidnapped teenage girls, held them hostage and poured acid in their mouths, ears, noses, eyes and on their hands to destroy their senses.  Foul language used includes the words “ass,” euphemisms for the “f” word, “hell,” “son of a bitch,” “bastard,” and “damn.”

Criminal Minds is not recommended for viewers under age 18.

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Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children.

The show contains adult-oriented themes and dialogue that may be inappropriate for youngsters.

Family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values.

Not yet rated by the PTC.


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