Criminal Minds: The Fifth Season
For me, the primary reason to watch Criminal Minds, the CBS crime procedural that looks at the mind of murderers, is Shemar Moore. The former International Male model and Young and the Restless star has been with the show since it premiered in 2005 and has actually evolved into one of the stronger actors on the ensemble show.
As the fifth season arrives on DVD, the show itself deserves to be looked at and not just for the delicious male specimen that is Moore. The rest of the cast is solid and strikes the perfect balance between workplace family and hard working/crime solving some of the most gruesome cases ever shown on television.
Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson give the show it’s serious anchor while Paget Brewster and Kristen Vangsness provide the lighter side. Moore falls in the middle with his character of Derek Morgan, who often appears either in tight black t-shirts or the occasional shirtless moment.
The cases are compelling, too, even in their most gruesome. the solving of the case is the focus here so character development is usually on the back burner but you occasionally find out snippets about the regulars. With the occasional serial killer that might run over a few episodes (or not be caught and turn up again), the series does have a through-line at times that works for maintaining the cohesiveness of the cast.
DVD extras include case files on some of the darker cases, a celebration of 100 episodes of the hit series and the usual gag reel and deleted scenes.