Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life.
The way to a criminal is through his mind.
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Did You Know?
As of season thirteen, Matthew Gray Gubler
and Kirsten Vangsness
are the only two cast members to have remained on the show since its inception, with other members having left the show (and return in some cases), or be fired. However, because Penelope Garcia was a recurring role during the first season, it is Matthew Gray Gubler
(Dr. Spencer Reid) who holds the record as the longest-running main cast member of the series. See more
Violations of the Fourth Amendment are so numerous in this series that they have become a joke. The profilers on the show routinely break into homes and businesses, hack into laptops and cell phones and seize evidence from crime scenes while never obtaining the necessary legal documentation to do so. See more
Oracle of Quantico - speak if you deign to hear truth!