• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 16, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Feb 16, 2011
    75
    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is a solid addition to your evening lineup.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 15, 2011
    75
    [Forest Whitaker as Sam Cooper is] an arresting, oblique performance, and it works well amid all the procedural muck. [21 Feb 2011, p.42]
  3. Reviewed by: Jethro Nededog
    Feb 18, 2011
    70
    We think if you are a fan of this franchise, then "Suspect Behavior" should please you.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 15, 2011
    67
    Competent spinoff, but the formula tends to wear like a straitjacket on Whitaker.
  5. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    [Whitaker's] charisma gives Suspect a strong center and his line delivery is consistently interesting. If the original 'Minds' is one of your favorite shows, there's no reason not to give this drama a shot.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    If you don't care for Criminal Minds, Whitaker, Garofalo and company probably aren't going to be enough of a reason for you to tune in. Their characters may get to be interesting from time to time, but the crime's always going to be the main focus.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    It's all pretty average and watchable largely because of the cast.
  8. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    You might be thankful that Sam has explained his job, with so many un-blocked metaphors, if you've never seen a show like Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior before. But because you've seen too many shows like this and too many teams like his, you're unimpressed. You're already too many steps ahead.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    The story reflects how badly these procedurals have degraded over the years, forced to come up with increasingly more over-the-top motives for murder. If cookie-cutter cruelty is your nightcap, this show will send you well off to sleep.
  10. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    Suspect Behavior is not boring, but it is familiar.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    The premiere benefits from the bad guy being played by Raphael Sbarge, a fine actor. But largely it's the usual Minds: a sadistic, terrorized-prey procedural. [18 Feb 2011, p.72]
  12. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mar 4, 2011
    40
    Less successful in the spinoff is what comes in between--the texture and character parts, the scripts heavy with pronouncements of the obvious and with horror plots whose strained premises are so elaborate they undercut the impact of all the gore and terror.
  13. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 16, 2011
    40
    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior has the same rapid pace of the original, a narrative tool that both amps up the action and keeps the viewer from dwelling too much on the gargantuan leaps of imagination that pass for police work. It also works against the show, preventing it from fully making the insightful points it does have.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 16, 2011
    40
    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, a by-the-numbers extension of another Eye network franchise.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 16, 2011
    40
    It's business as usual on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, an uninspired spin-off of the undistinguished (except in its degree of gruesomeness) long-running hit.
  16. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 15, 2011
    40
    Sadly, the game on CM:SB feels too often like we've seen it before and we know what's coming.
  17. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 14, 2011
    40
    As anyone who has used an old photocopy machine knows, a copy of a copy of a copy is rarely as good as the original. Suspect Behavior comes across as a show in search of a purpose beyond the obvious brand extension.
  18. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 15, 2011
    30
    I will only say that Suspect Behavior is basically the same show, but other than Whitaker, it's a much less interesting cast and collection of characters, with Garofalo particularly bad.
  19. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 16, 2011
    25
    OK, not every TV procedural is dumb, but Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior? Dumb is too smart a word.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 15, 2011
    25
    That Suspect is a spinoff of Criminal Minds, network TV's worst series, is just the dung icing on the dirt cake.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 15, 2011
    25
    Suspect Behavior is in every way a grind, with even the usually very capable Whitaker looking lost at sea with his halting, stumbling, keep-pausing-for-effect portrayal of crime team head Sam "Coop" Cooper.
  22. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 16, 2011
    20
    The sooner this kind of programming goes down the drain, the sooner we'll have a chance to see more original, entertaining, and far less disgusting series, like Blue Bloods and The Defenders.
  23. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 14, 2011
    10
    It is uniquely stupid, profoundly stupid, an ecstatic nirvana of stupidity, a stupidity that defies all previous boundaries of time and space.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Feb 16, 2011
    0
    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is so silly, cynical and inept that its overqualified cast can't even save it--though Whitaker and Schiff refuse to admit defeat.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Feb 18, 2011
    2
    I didn't believe the premise. A "Red Cell" would be too damned expensive. And scrambled off to solve just one child being kidnapped? Uh, I don't think so. Then there's the cast. Forest Whitaker is The King of Ham. Nobody emotes like he emotes. Particularly in real life. The rest of the cast? Meh. Then there's the plot -- recycled BS, recycled bad guy (he was the Bad Guy on Detroit 1-8-7 the night before -- he must be pretty popular in the twisted bad guy pool). As far-fetched as even the original CM gets, it's at least interesting. CM2, not so much. Full Review »
  2. Apr 10, 2013
    1
    This show has nothing in common with the original Criminal Minds. It is lacking of intelligence, suspense and depth of character. I would avoid it and rather watch the original. Full Review »
  3. May 11, 2011
    0
    The show's only good actor is Joe Montegna and he's embarrassing himself by being on it. Thomas Gibson and Mathew Gubler are the 2 worst actors I think I've ever seen since Chuck Norris, Jeanne Claude Van Dam and Dennis Caruso. Gibson has a permanent scowl on his face and would serve the show better if he only did voice through a speaker on Montegna's desk like John Forsythe on Charlies Angels and Gubler can't sell his character, he comes off as a arrogant punk. It's as cheezy as Charlies Angels too...like the luxury private jet they fly around in? I LMAO at the obsurdity of it and then my wife gets mad and kicks me out of the living room. It's definitely a Chick show and must be high on the gaydar. Full Review »