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Criminal Minds' Unrealistic Dialogue Takes Fans Out Of The Scenes

"Criminal Minds" may have failed to sustain the kind of multi-show empire some other popular procedurals can boast, but it's still a pretty well-regarded series. The show's gritty look into the personal and professional struggles of the FBI's Behavoral Analysis Unit kept fans entertained for 15 seasons on CBS, and now that the show has migrated to Paramount+ as Criminal Minds: Evolution, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), and the rest of the squad could potentially be entertaining viewers for many, many years to come.

That being said, a popular procedural like "Criminal Minds" might be captivating enough to run for years and years, but that doesn't necessarily mean that everything about it is convincing, let alone realistic. In fact, some viewers think that the show's dialogue can sometimes be so unrealistic that it actually takes fans out of the scenes. Let's find out why they feel so.

Fans think Criminal Minds characters' tendency to sync their sentences while profiling is unrealistic

In a Reddit discussion about unrealistic dialogue in TV shows, it transpired that many "Criminal Minds" fans consider the way the show delivers its criminal profiling somewhat unconvincing. "What show makes you say 'people don't talk like that'?" asked the first poster, u/djc8.

Redditor u/destinyisreal_ had a "Criminal Minds"-themed answer ready at hand. "Criminal minds – when they all give one line of their profile seamlessly and without stepping on each other," they replied. Others agreed in masses, and at the time of writing, the comment has received over 2,600 likes.

Though this isn't the most-liked answer to the question -– user u/44035 mused on police procedurals' general lack of believable dialogue to the tune of over 3,200 likes –- u/destinyisreal_'s observation about "Criminal Minds" characters' synchronized profiling dialogue remains the far and away most popular reply to address a single show's failings. As such, it appears that a good few fans have their gripes with the dialogue in "Criminal Minds," regardless of how much they otherwise might enjoy the show.