Season 15 of Criminal Minds is almost upon us, friends, and no, we’re not ready for it. If you’re still trying to get caught up on the show and wonder why seasons 13 and 14 aren’t on Netflix yet, well, it’s probably because they never will be. As eager as we are to reunite with all of our favorite members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit as they take down Everett “Chameleon” Lynch (the bad guy introduced at the end of season 14), the 15th season will also be the show’s last.
While it’s true that the first 12 seasons of the CBS crime series are available to stream on Netflix right now, seasons 13 and 14 are notably MIA. Though fans expected the 13th season to be made available before the premiere of season 14, the date came and went without any sign of the missing season. So what’s the deal? Similarly, season nine of another long-running CBS series, Hawaii Five-0, was expected to be added to Netflix ahead of the season 10 premiere, but instead, all seasons of the show were removed from Netflix in February 2019. Now it’s feared that — rather than adding the 13th season to Netflix — all of Criminal Minds will be removed from the service as well.
The explanation for why CBS series are slowing disappearing from Netflix actually makes a lot of sense. CBS is beginning the process of transitioning away from Netflix and similar services, hoping to make its shows exclusively available on CBS All Access. CBS All Access has every episode of Criminal Minds available to stream from the beginning, so if you need to watch seasons 13 and 14, this is the place to go. Yes, after your one-week free trial, it will cost you $5.99 a month for access with limited commercials and $9.99 a month for a commercial-free plan, but you don’t want to be behind when the final season premieres, do you?