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Criminal Minds: Evolution

Criminal Minds: Evolution

Photo Credit:  Michael Yarish/Paramount+
  • Premiered: 
    November 24, 2022
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  • Network: Paramount+
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Criminal Minds 
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

CRIMINAL MINDS' Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster reprise their roles from the original series in CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION, which is also sometimes called Season 16 of CRIMINAL MINDS. CM:E follows the FBI's elite team of criminal profilers, who come up against their greatest threat yet: an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens back up and the network goes operational, the team must hunt them down -- one murder at a time. As a recurring guest star in a season-long arc, Zach Gilford plays Elias Voit, an operations analyst for a global cyber-security firm who has a dark side and obsession with death. The 10-episode season premieres with two episodes on Thanksgiving Day 2022 (Thursday, November 24) on Paramount+, with a special presentation of the series opener later the same day at 10pm on CBS:

"Just Getting Started" (early morning on Paramount+; 10pm ET/PT on CBS): When a family annihilator abducts a teen girl, the Behavioral Analysis Unit works the case on either side of the country to save her. But an unlikely connection to a mysterious kit leads to a bigger investigation and at the center of it is Penelope Garcia.

"Sicarius" (early morning on Paramount+): As the team hunts an UnSub who severs spinal cords, they uncover a clue from their last case that points to a serial killing network. To figure out how big this network is, Rossi has to convince a reluctant Garcia to do the one thing she doesn't want: come back to the BAU.

Following the premiere, new episodes dropped weekly on Thursdays, until the mid-season finale, "Oedipus Wrecks," on Thursday, December 15. A surprising connection forces Deputy Director Bailey to ask the BAU to take a case involving young D.C. socialites who are bitten by a sadistic UnSub. But when the case turns political, the BAU finds themselves in the crosshairs from a high-powered senator. The team is led to a second shipping container that's rigged to blow.

CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION returned on Thursday, January 12, 2022 with all-new episodes dropping weekly through the finale on Thursday, February 9. In the winter premiere, "True Conviction," the aftermath of the explosion threatens to end the Sicarius case unless the BAU can justify a reason to keep it open. The hunt takes them to a death row inmate -- but is he a killer or another one of Sicarius' victims?
On Thursday, February 9, 2023, Paramount+ released "Dead End," the season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION. With Rossi in Voit's clutches, he grapples with the limits of his technical know-how and mental strength. As the BAU tightens their grip on Voit, he reveals just how far he's willing to take his deadly crusade.

One month earlier -- on January 12 -- Paramount+ confirmed that it renewed CRIMINAL MINDS: EVOLUTION for a second season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC Signature Studios
  • Produced by CBS Television Studios (as CBS Studios)