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'Criminal Minds' Isn't Entirely Based on True Events — Only a Few Episodes

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Criminal Minds has been on television since 2005, which means there have been a whopping 15 seasons and 316 episodes of the hit series on CBS. And since each episode features some bizarre crimes, it's no wonder that longtime viewers are curious if the show is based on true events. While the cast has changed a lot over the years, each episode is just as intense and captivating as the one before it. So, is Criminal Minds based on true events? Find out below!

Is 'Criminal Minds' based on true events?

So it turns out, there are some Criminal Minds episodes that are based on true events. However, not every episode is inspired by a crime that actually took place.

Some episodes that are said to have been inspired by true events are "The Thirteenth Step" (Season 6, Episode 13), "Minimal Loss" (Season 4, Episode 3), "Natural Born Killer" (Season Season 1, Episode 8), "The Tribe" (Season 1, Episode 16), "Ashes & Dust" (Season 2, Episode 19), "Blood Hungry" (Season 1, Episode 11), and "Hostage" (Season 11, Episode 14).