If you think Criminal Minds is all about thrilling chases, racing against time, mental puzzles, mysteries and human drama you are correct. However, you will be surprised to learn that there is a lot more to the series than one would expect. As the excitement immediately engages within seconds and does not let go until the end, the viewer is surprised to be facing their very own nature as they see themselves, their friends and relatives in all the characters and even criminals in the series. The series has everything a successful show should have: a great cast that is both good actors and charismatic people that would engage the audience and make them care about the fate of their characters; captivating story lines with a human element that everyone can relate to; and most importantly something to say:
1. It is possible to have it all. You can have a career you adore and a loving family. However, your spouse has to believe in what you are doing for that to work. It takes two dedicated, understanding people. Jennifer JJ Jareau and her husband Will both work in the force and have a child together, but many families in the series fall victim to the demands of the job, as intimately shown in Aaron Hotchner’s case, and explored through David Rossi’s many divorces.
2. Nurture is as important if not more important than nature. Psychotic killers are repeatedly shown to have both the mental predisposition and external circumstances which lead to their monstrous behavior. At the same time, otherwise harmless people are shown to be capable of criminal behavior due to a lack of proper medical attention or loving functional relationships in their lives. If anything, this may inspire just a little more compassion or understanding of deviants and ourselves.
3. Vulnerability makes you beautifully human, not weak. All the struggles that the characters go through, all the challenges they face only makes them stronger wiser people at the end of the day.
4. Communication is key. As they deal with sensitive subject matter and high risk situations, the characters face their deepest fears, insecurities, and the emotions run high. And despite their need to remain focused, they always find the time to speak to each other and address any issues to ensure that they are a cohesive unit. Something that all relationships could use a little more of: team work and communication.
5. What you are doing is enough. After witnessing horrific crimes and constantly facing new ones, it may seem like an uphill battle that threatens your peace of mind while not stopping the flow of incoming wrongdoing. However, as is re-affirmed again and again in the show, the people whose lives they better and save, make it worthwhile. And all they can really do is their best, and that is good.