I’ve been catching up on the first few episodes of the new CBS drama, Criminal Minds. This show follows a team of criminal profilers at the FBI. It’s not my favorite show—the violence is overdone sometimes, and some of the plots require a bit more suspension of disbelief than I posess. But it does have well-written dialogue and good acting, in particular Mandy Patinkin and Dharma and Greg‘s Thomas Gibson.
Oh, and it also has quotations. In an apparent effort to make Patinkin’s character, Jason Gideon, seem even smarter, he narrates an occasional appropriate quotation during the transition between scenes. Of course, being a quotation fanatic, I have to pause the video and verify each one. Surprisingly, almost every one has been correctly quoted, and there were even some good ones I hadn’t heard before.
TV crime dramas aren’t usually a source of great quotations, so watching Criminal Minds has been a pleasant surprise. Here’s a sampling of quotes used in the first 6 episodes of the series.