After 15 seasons, Criminal Minds has finally come to an end. The crime drama, which first premiered on CBS in 2005, took us into the world of the FBI’s most elite criminal profilers, a team who worked together to track down notorious killers, kidnappers, and more.
While fans stuck with Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), and Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), for years, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the crew now that Criminal Minds is calling it quits with the end of Season 15, which wraps up next month.
Thankfully, the past seasons of the show will still be available to stream on platforms like Netflix. But what about if you’re looking for some new crime content? We’re here to help. Once Criminal Minds is over, we’ve rounded up a list of similar shows to turn to next, from Law & Order: SVU to Mindhunter.
Read on for our full list of shows like Criminal Minds.
‘Law & Order: SVU’
If you’re hooked on Criminal Minds, you’ve got to check out Olivia Benson and her squad on Law & Order: SVU. The Dick Wolf series, now in its 22nd season, has been on air since 1999, and there’s a reason why they’re still churning out new seasons after all of these years — they’ve nailed the crime drama formula. Benson and her team help victims and track down the criminals with a satisfying end to each and every episode, but the story never gets old.
To watch a crime thriller from a new perspective, stream Dexter next. While Criminal Minds is all about the team chasing down the perpetrators and getting in their heads, Dexter plain shows us the criminal himself, a killer with a conscience who works for the police department by day and murders his victims by night, choosing people he deems evil enough to kill. Michael C. Hall stars as the vigilante serial killer, and he’ll be returning to the role for a Dexter Showtime revival this year.
Like Criminal Minds, NCIS follows the agents working to stop notorious killers, terrorists and more. Led by Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the team of investigators use their different backgrounds and skills to thwart the plots of evil masterminds across the country. Like Law and Order: SVU, NCIS has developed a cult following since it first premiered in 2003, and it’s still going strong on CBS today.
While it’s not a drama like Criminal Minds, Forensic Files delivers all of the true crime content you could ever want. The docuseries follows forensic scientists as they deconstruct real-life crimes, using evidence left behind by perpetrators to solve the case. Examining accidents, violent incidents, and outbreaks of disease, the Forensic Files team takes viewers behind the scenes to show what it takes to unravel the mystery behind each crime.
Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) team up on Bones, a crime drama all about their work solving complex cases. Temperance, who has earned the nickname “Bones” for her ability to solve cases through skeletons when bodies are badly decomposed, and Seeley, a cocky former Army sniper, form a quirky, unexpected duo with their sleuthing skills, helping to crack some of the toughest cases around.
While we only have two seasons (for now), we wish we had more of Mindhunter, David Fincher’s chilling Netflix series about FBI criminal profilers Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). By studying the minds and motives of serial killers, the agents try to track them down and stop them from committing more murders. Using their new method of identifying and finding killers, Holden and Bill help forge the way for future criminal profilers.
Silence of the Lambs series Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, a criminal profiler working with psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). While Will and Hannibal form an impressive and successful partnership, the brilliant doctor is hiding a nasty secret from his partner. Sadly, Hannibal ended in 2015, but we’re getting another Silence of the Lambs series, a CBS drama titled Clarice, in February.