10 Shows To Watch If You Love Criminal Minds

It's always a bummer when one of your all-time favourite shows comes to an end. Sometimes, though, it just comes to a point when it gave us everything it could, and we must move on. Criminal Minds took us on some seriously twisted and terrifying journeys over the course of its fourteen seasons. With the fifteenth and last season set to premiere next year, fans are already looking for shows that could potentially quench their thirst for crime and mystery.

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Because we know exactly how you feel, we did the research for you. Of course, each show is different and brings something new and exciting to the table. While we're sure no television series will be able to replace Criminal Minds, there are a few shows that deserve your attention. Here are ten similar shows that fans are sure to enjoy.

10 The Blacklist

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If you don't feel like leaving the realms of the FBI just yet, then The Blacklist is definitely something you should check out. We don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that it's a pretty interesting tale of a government spy who becomes a witty and ruthless mastermind.

The stellar performance given by James Spader is a good enough reason to watch the show, though it's full of great characters besides. Crime, drama, and mystery tie together masterfully in this seven-season-long series, sure to captivate any new viewers.

9 Dexter

Maybe what truly captivates you about Criminal Minds is the chance to witness the inner workings of a serial killer's brain in action. Sure, it's terrifying and disturbing, but that's half of what makes it so interesting. If that's the case for you, then there is no better series to watch than Dexter, featuring one of the most prominent serial killers on TV.

Even though the show has already come to an end, it still remains a staple for fans of the genre. The perspective from which the story is told grants you the opportunity to more deeply understand just how a criminal's mind works.


NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service might be a bit more light-hearted than Criminal Minds ever dared to be. However, it's still a great show that managed to strike a chord with audiences. So much so, in fact, that's it's been running for seventeen seasons, retaining most of the original cast.

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For some fans of Criminal Minds, it's the core team and the interactions between the members of the BAU that make the show so interesting. When it comes to playing as a team to solve crimes, the NCIS just seems to knock it out of the park!

7 Without A Trace

The FBI isn't comprised solely of the BAU, though. If you know this and truly enjoy any unit coming out of the Bureau, then Without A Trace is the show for you. Just as suspenseful and uncomfortable as Criminal Minds, this series focuses on a unit of the FBI that specialises in missing persons investigations.

With seven seasons originally airing from 2002 to 2009, it's definitely a binge-worthy show. Plus, it shows a completely different side of the spectrum when it comes to investigative work.

6 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order was an extremely popular show that resulted in a number of equally successful spin-offs. None were quite as successful as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, thoughNow airing its twenty-first season, the show has been acclaimed for years for its depiction of the justice system.

It's not a happy show, and it's not meant to be. It's an accurate series of tales that tell the tragic stories of victims of the worst kinds of crimes. If you like your shows on the hard-hitting, relentlessly gritty side, this is a must-watch.

5 Cold Case

Cold Case is the type of show that always leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, in the best possible sense. On the one hand, witnessing the unit solving murders that happened 10, 20, sometimes even 50 years ago, is extremely exciting. On the other hand, it's still extremely uncomfortable learning about the ins-and-outs of these awful crimes.

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It has the same team spirit as Criminal Minds, and the same eerie feel throughout the entire show. Even though the formulas are far from similar, it's still a great series to watch if you're truly into being enveloped by mystery.

4 The Following

Yet another absolutely incredible show to try, if you want to get deeper into the mind of a serial killer in an attempt to understand them, is The FollowingIt tells the story of such a character: a frightening and formidable man who manages to build a group comprised of other dangerous people who follow his every command.

The show only ran for two seasons and didn't receive the same amount of acclaim as others featured on this list. However, it's still a great character study for those who watch Criminal Minds purely for the criminals.

3 Luther

Idris Elba is a truly impressive acting talent, as crime series Luther proves. Playing the part of a brilliant detective who has an unlikely and unnerving friendship with a killer, the show has undertones of Mindhunter running all the way through it.

Fans of Criminal Minds will revel in the main character's obsession with his work, and even more in the relationship he establishes with this strange ally. It's definitely worth a watch!

2 Dark

Dark isn't quite like anything you've seen before. It's quite far from the realms of Criminal Minds when it comes to the formula, but it somehow fits on this list like a tailor-made glove. Maybe it's the horrifying murders. Maybe it's the persistent and everlasting sense of doom.

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Whatever it is, this German television show should definitely be high on the top of your list if you miss the thrill of Criminal Minds. Sure, it's not about serial killers, but it's still grimy, scary, and filled with suspense, which means it checks many of the boxes related to Criminal Minds.

1 Mindhunter

Honestly, is there a better show to watch than Mindhunter if you're obsessed with Criminal Minds? This Netflix show is the perfect way to trace the origins of the BAU all the way to its inception. Featuring stellar performances, pretty much all the events that transpire on the show are taken from real-life events.

With cases even more bone-chilling (and a setting even more depressing and grey) than we've seen on Criminal Minds, this is the perfect series to binge-watch if you're looking to fulfil your desperate need for more serial killers and FBI action.

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