‘Criminal Minds’: How the Series Has Really Affected Fans

Criminal Minds is a unique crime show that has had fans hooked since it first aired. So, just how has the series affected fans? Has it given them more of a love for crime shows in general? Read on to find out what fans are saying.

How ‘Criminal Minds’ has affected fans

Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, and Aisha Tyler
Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, and Aisha Tyler | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

After watching the popular show, it’s hard not to become more intrigued by crime and serial killers in general and fans certainly agree. It’s led many to find new areas that interest them, such as psychology and the study of serial killers specifically.

“I started watching it four years ago, and ever since then I have become obsessed with everything surrounding criminal justice, psychology, sociology, psychopathology, and serial killers,” a Reddit user said.

Many users agree and share similar interests. The series has definitely inspired a renewed interest in criminal justice efforts. “My dad has watched Criminal Minds, SVU, CSI, and other shows like this pretty much my whole life,” another Reddit user agreed. “Now Criminal Minds is by far my favorite, and I share the same interest in crime, psychology, and serial killers as you.”

The series encourages viewers to pursue new career paths

Some fans say the show has encouraged their interest in criminal justice in more ways than one. Some have even chosen unique career paths after watching the series. “I was always interested in crime, specifically unsolved crimes,” another user said. “Criminal Minds appealed to me because of that, but it definitely encouraged my interest too. I always wanted to become a cop, but ended up becoming a teacher instead. Now I’m pursuing a doctorate in criminal psychology so I’ll be doing interviews with criminals.”

Many other viewers agree that the show has given them an interest in new fields since watching. “Yes!” a Reddit user wrote. “My intended major/minor is forensic science and psychology!”

“I’ve also developed a huge interest with serial killers and I hope to be just like Dr. Reid but that’s impossible so I’m aiming a little lower and I’m thinking Morgan or Hotch. I’ve already started my research on cases the real FBI takes on,” another user chimed in.

Some fans want to work for the FBI

Some viewers want to take things a step further and actually work for the FBI like everyone’s favorite BAU agents. “I started watching Criminal Minds when I was around 11 or 12, and now I’m about to graduate with my degree in criminology and criminal justice,” another Reddit user said. “I’m hoping to work for the FBI one day too!”

The way criminals think is definitely a huge part of the series and it’s given many people even more of an interest in it. “I love Criminal Minds and I got really interested in criminal justice/serial killers and figuring out why they do it and I also became very interested in psychology and everything related to that and how criminals think,” another said.

“I have always been interested in psychology, body language and learning how a killer thinks. Criminal Minds gave me a perfect combination for that. Ever since I discovered this series, it has only increased,” a Reddit user wrote.

Fans still have one more season to watch of the hit series. The final season of Criminal Minds will premiere on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 9 p.m. E.S.T.