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The top 5 episodes of 'Criminal Minds' season 11

WHEW! Another season of Criminal Minds is in the books. It was an eight-month roller coaster. We said hello to Tara, dealt with the Dirty Dozen, and said good-bye to an old friend. Add to the mix a bevy of brilliant cases and unsavory unsubs, you have a season that ended up being above par. But what were the best moments?

Time to take a look back at the year that was with the top five episodes of season 11!

No. 5:  Episode 22, “The Storm”

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A much better finale than last year’s Kate/Megan yawner, this year’s closer created genuine suspense with Tara (I seriously thought she was going to bite the dust in the serial-killer ward), and reintroduced Mr. Scratch, the best villain from last season. Even with the supremely stupid “Hotch in trouble with the DOJ” plotline, it all came together at the end. Seeing the spouses alone while the team dashed off for more adventures hit me hard and made me think.

No. 4: Episode 8, “Awake”

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Easily the most disgusting episode of the season, complete with torture, eyelid stapling, and bleeding ears. Some may have been put off by the gore, but I don’t mind — when it serves the story. The unsub’s “I can’t sleep, so you can’t sleep”–torture reasoning was enough to substantiate the violence, even though it wasn’t the strongest motivation. But what can I say? I like the occasional stomach-turner.

No. 3:  Episode 16, “Derek”

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While it may be a bit cliché to include the lead-in to an infamous episode on a top-five list, Morgan’s brush with death brimmed with emotion. Watching Morgan endure horrific torture by reconciling the past was poignant and oddly inspiring. And little dose of Danny Glover didn’t hurt, either. A well-acted final adventure for our longtime friend.

No. 2: Episode 18, “A Beautiful Disaster”

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Before the Criminal Minds family attacks en masse, let me clarify. This is a best of list, not a most important list. Derek’s departure was heart-wrenching and wonderfully done. Every friend got a good-bye, and Morgan had one last chance to be a badass. The fact that he left on his own and wasn’t killed off was inspired. But even if he doesn’t come back for the occasional cameo, Morgan went out in grand fashion.

Before we get to number one, let’s take a look at some honorable mentions:

Episode 7, “Target Rich”: While I really liked the addition of Tara this season, the first six episodes were a bit lacking without JJ. The episode itself had a lot going on: Joy foolishly running after a suspect in an alley, a captured woman in an attic, and a Reid leaving to care for mom scare. A nail-biting blend of solid unsub work and a returning character make “Target Rich” a must somewhere on this list.

Episode 1, “The Job”: The season opener introduced us to Tara, Giuseppe Montolo, and was the official jump-start to the Dirty Dozen plotline. Tara was instrumental in easing us through the JJ-less first six episodes.

And the best episode of season 11 was …

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No. 1, Episode 11: “Entropy”
Sexy, stunning, and brain-bending, Reid’s cat-and-mouse game with the sultry Kat (Aubrey Plaza) was absolutely engrossing. The episode had everything: a race against time, Reid’s mental gymnastics, and a worthy adversary. It was also well timed. Up to until this episode, season 11 was shaping up to be average, at best. Airing smack dab in the middle of the season, “Entropy” was a bolt of lightning that reignited Criminal Minds. Not only was it the best episode of this season, it’s an instant classic.

Criminal Minds has been officially renewed, so see you in October!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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