Criminal Minds is ending after a 15th and final season

Criminal Minds

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After 15 seasons – and 325 episodes – Criminal Minds is coming to an end.

The long-running crime drama is currently airing its 14th season on CBS, but the US network announced on Thursday (January 10) that it’s coming back later this year for a 15th and final run of 10 episodes.

There was no reason given for the show’s eventual farewell, although ratings have slipped somewhat over time, according to The Wrap.

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Criminal Minds reached its 300th episode at the start of season 14 with the aptly-titled ‘300’. By the time the series finishes, there will have been 325 episodes – making it one of the longest-running TV dramas.

Created by Jeff Davis, it tells the story of a group of behavioural profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU).

Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson featured in the original cast, while Jennifer Love Hewitt also starred in it across the years.



Gibson, who played Aaron Hotchner for 11 seasons, was axed from the show in 2016 following an on-set altercation with a producer.

The current cast includes Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

Erica Messer is the current showrunner.

The 15th season is expected to shoot immediately after the latest season, to air across the 2019/20 broadcast schedule.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET on CBS.

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