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Criminal Minds

Season 8 2012 - 2013

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  • 2012-09-27T02:00:00+01:00 on CBS
  • 42 mins
  • 16 hours, 47 mins (24 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, Mystery, Crime
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The eighth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 26, 2012. The series was officially renewed for an eighth season on March 14, 2012.

In Canada, the eighth season airs one day earlier on CTV than on CBS in the United States.


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24 episodes

8x01 The Silencer

  • Season Premiere

    2012-09-27T02:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

When a Texas prisoner escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with his unique trademark, sewing their mouths shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the UnSub "The Silencer." While they investigate who he was and who he's become, the BAU also gets to know the newest member of the team.

8x02 The Pact

  • 2012-10-11T02:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

When the bodies of two seemingly unrelated victims are found just hours apart in San Diego and Los Angeles respectively, the BAU suspects that that not one, but two killers are working together to commit these murders.

8x03 Through the Looking Glass

  • 2012-10-18T02:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

When one Kansas family turns up dead and another goes missing, the BAU looks for a link between the cases to find out who is behind the kidnappings and murders. Meanwhile, Hotch gets surprising news from Beth.

8x04 God Complex

  • 2012-10-25T02:00:00+01:00 — 42 mins

When a legless body is found in the New Mexico desert and a second unwilling amputee shows up at the hospital, the BAU team searches for this amateur surgeon before he preys upon his next reluctant victim. Also, Reid's phone calls to a mystery woman have the team intrigued.

8x05 The Good Earth

  • 2012-11-01T01:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

When four men go missing in rural Oregon, the BAU searches for a common link among them in order to track them down. Also, JJ gets upset when her son Henry doesn't want to celebrate Halloween this year.

8x06 The Apprenticeship

  • 2012-11-08T02:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

When prostitutes in Miami are discovered murdered in a similar style to local animals found dead there, the BAU must work fast to find an unsub whose confidence is quickly escalating. Also, Morgan tries to increase Reid's athletic skills by convincing him to join the bureau softball team.

8x07 The Fallen

  • 2012-11-15T02:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

The BAU travels to Santa Monica when burned bodies of homeless people begin showing up by the famous pier. Also, Rossi reconnects with his former Marine sergeant from Vietnam.

8x08 The Wheels on the Bus...

  • 2012-11-22T02:00:00+00:00 — 41 mins

The BAU team goes in pursuit of a missing school bus full of children outside the Washington, D.C. area, and it becomes a race against time for them to bring them home safely.

8x09 Magnificent Light

  • 2012-11-29T02:00:00+00:00 — 41 mins

An attendee at a popular motivational-speaker's conference in Seattle is murdered and the speaker himself disappears soon afterward. Meanwhile, Garcia is puzzled when Morgan refuses to attend a dinner honoring an old family friend.

8x10 The Lesson

  • 2012-12-06T02:00:00+00:00 — 43 mins

A ritualistic killer is hunted after male bodies are found that have been physically altered. Meanwhile, Reid gets anxious at the prospect of meeting his mystery woman.

8x11 Perennials

  • 2012-12-13T02:00:00+00:00 — 41 mins

The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the BAU is solving.

8x12 Zugzwang

  • 2013-01-17T02:00:00+00:00 — 41 mins

When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it's too late.

8x13 Magnum Opus

  • 2013-01-24T02:00:00+00:00 — 41 mins

While Reid copes with a loss in his personal life, the rest of the BAU travels to San Francisco to investigate victims discovered in the Mission District.

8x14 All That Remains

  • 2013-02-07T02:00:00+00:00 — 44 mins

A writer's daughters vanish on the anniversary of their mother's disappearance, which leads the BAU to investigate the man as a possible suspect.

8x15 Broken

  • 2013-02-21T02:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

The BAU heads to Austin to investigate victims found there with their watches set inaccurately, a clue which may connect the crimes. Meanwhile, the UnSub stalking the BAU inches closer in his pursuit of the team.

8x16 Carbon Copy

  • 2013-02-28T02:00:00+00:00 — 41 mins

When victims are found in Philadelphia in a similar style to victims of The Replicator, the stalker who has been tracking the BAU's every move, the team thinks this could be the break they need to try and apprehend him.

8x17 The Gathering

  • 2013-03-21T01:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

The BAU investigates victims who were documenting their personal lives and inner desires on blog posts and social media. Also, Kevin gets jealous when he learns Garcia may have a new love interest.

8x18 Restoration

  • 2013-04-04T02:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

The BAU goes to Morgan's old neighborhood in urban Chicago in search of an unsub targeting middle-aged men, and a clue leads Morgan to believe that they are after someone connected to the man who molested him as a child.

8x19 Pay It Forward

  • 2013-04-11T02:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened twenty-five years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates the crime and find a possible link to the death of a local police officer.

8x20 Alchemy

  • 2013-05-02T02:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

The BAU travel to Rapid City after two male victims are discovered murdered in a ritualistic manner. Also, Reid continues to grieve over Maeve’s death.

8x21 Nanny Dearest

  • 2013-05-09T02:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

The BAU travels to Los Angeles looking for an UnSub who is kidnapping nannies and the children they care for on the same day each year.

8x22 Number Six

  • 2013-05-16T02:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

The BAU goes to Detroit to track an UnSub with a rapidly changing MO. Also, Blake's husband returns from overseas with a life-changing career proposition for her.

8x23 Brothers Hotchner (1)

  • 2013-05-23T02:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. The team is also called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses. Hotch discovers that his estranged brother is caught in the middle.

8x24 The Replicator (2)

  • 2013-05-23T02:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. The team is also called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses. Hotch discovers that his estranged brother is caught in the middle.

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