‘Criminal Minds’: Fans Weigh in on ‘Underrated Friendships’ in the Series: ‘JJ and Garcia in the Early Seasons Were Amazing!’

In the hit series Criminal Minds, there are a number of friendships fans have come to appreciate. Fans recently weighed in on “underrated friendships” in the series. We have all the details to know about what fans are saying.

Kirsten Vangsness, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook in 'Criminal Minds'
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‘Criminal Minds’ fans weigh in on ‘underrated friendships’ in the series

Fans of the series have been known to discuss the series on social media, including on Reddit. On August 30, 2021, a fan made a Reddit post titled, “Underrated friendships.” They continue in the post, “I’ve recently been watching the show from the beginning, and just recently realized how sweet of a friendships Tara and Luke have. I was wondering if anyone else has any other friendship pairings/trios that aren’t typically talked about.”

Fans didn’t hold back, and they shared their opinions in the comments. Answers are all over the place on this one. One fan named SSA Jennifer Jareau or JJ (A.J. Cook) and Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). They were great friends throughout the series, and they truly cared about one another and hung out outside work.

Another fan commented back saying, “JJ and Garcia in the early seasons were amazing!!”

1 fan named ‘Hotch and Garcia’

Jennifer Love Hewitt, Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook, and Kirsten Vangsness in 'Criminal Minds'
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook, and Kirsten Vangsness in ‘Criminal Minds’ | Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images

Another fan named Garcia and Aaron “Hotch” Hotcher (Thomas Gibson), who is the Unit Chief of the team for a while. Garcia seems to bring out Hotch’s softer side. A fan recalls a moment between them when they make food together, omelettes to be precise. Another fan also named the duo as well.

“Hotch and Garcia!!!” the fan said. “So underrated. When Hotch stays at the BAU with Garcia and they make omelettes! And Hotch being super lenient with Garcia and her antics.”

A fan loves Lewis and Alvez

Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez in 'Criminal Minds'
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Some fans named SSA Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) and Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler). They were definitely playful with one another, and it was fun watching them interact together on-screen. 

“Yeah I love Luke and Tara,” a fan said in part of their answer.

1 fan said, ‘Emily and Penelope that’s all I’m saying’

Kirsten Vangsness and Paget Brewster in 'Criminal Minds'
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Another fan named Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), who became Unit Chief, and Garcia. They were definitely friends that cared for one another, and they even hung out outside of work.

“Emily and Penelope that’s all I’m saying! :),” a fan said.

Another fan named ‘JJ and Morgan’

A.J. Cook and Shemar Moore in 'Criminal Minds'
A.J. Cook and Shemar Moore in ‘Criminal Minds’ | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

Some fans also named JJ and SSA Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), who grew closer as time went on in the show. “JJ and Morgan!!!” a fan said. “I really like them. Their friendship developed a lot throughout the series.”

A fan chose ‘Hotch and Reid’

Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, and Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid sitting together in 'Criminal Minds'
Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, and Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid in ‘Criminal Minds’ | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Hotch and Dr. Spencer Reid (Dr. Spencer Reid) also had a closeness and friendship that was always nice to see. They worked well together and even had a first bump moment at one point.

“Hotch and Reid, especially after Gideon left,” a fan said.

‘Reid and Garcia’ also had an underrated friendship according to 1 fan

Kirsten Vangsness and Matthew Gray Gubler in 'Criminal Minds'
Kirsten Vangsness and Matthew Gray Gubler in ‘Criminal Minds’ | Richard Foreman/CBS via Getty Images

Reid and Garcia were also named together, and they got along well. They even go to a sci-fi convention together, proving their closeness.

“Reid and Garcia!!” the fan said. “They barely get any screen time together, but when they do it’s precious :).”

A lot of other pairings were mentioned, including Hotch and Morgan, Hotch and SSA David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Rossi and Prentiss, Reid and Prentiss, Lewis and Rossi, Rossi and Garcia, Reid and Lewis, and Dr. Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Reid.

Fans’ opinions are all over the place when it comes to “underrated friendships” in the series Criminal Minds.