Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Ep. 1 Now Available On YouTube

So today's the day, BAU fans! the first two episodes of Paramount+'s Criminal Minds: Evolution are currently available to stream as you're reading this. But if you're looking to check out the series old-school style, CBS will be airing the season-opener later tonight. But what if you need a distraction from the day's events (or, in the U.S., from Thanksgiving "festivities") and you realize that there's no way you can make it until then? And even worse, what if you don't have access to Paramount+? Well, the streaming service is doing you a serious solid by posting the complete first episode of YouTube- and we have it waiting for you below.

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Now, here's a look at the 16th season premiere, Criminal Minds: Evolution S16E01 "Just Getting Started" (followed by a look behind the scenes of the first two chapters):

Behind the Scenes of Criminal Minds: Evolution S16E01 & S16E02

Here's a look at the official overviews for the first two episodes (S16E01 "Just Getting Started" and S16E02 "Sicarius") that offer some additional details on the case that brought the team back together. Along with the overviews, we have some looks behind the scenes at how the episodes came together:

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Episode 1 "Just Getting Started": When a family annihilator abducts a teen girl, the Behavioral Analysis Unit works the case on either side of the country to save her. But an unlikely connection to a mysterious kit leads to a bigger investigation, and at the center of it is Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). Written by Erica Messer and directed by Nelson McCormick.

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Ep. 1 Now Available On YouTube
"Just Getting Started" : BTS of Joe Mantegna as David Ross and director Nelson McCormick on the set of Criminal Minds: Evolution, episode 1, season 16 streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+
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"Just Getting Started": BTS of Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez. and A.J. Cook as Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau in a scene from Criminal Minds: Evolution, episode 1, season 16 streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Monty Brinton /Paramount+
Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Ep. 1 Now Available On YouTube
"Just Getting Started" : BTS from Criminal Minds: Evolution, streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Episode 2 "Sicarius": As the team hunts an UnSub who severs spinal cords, they uncover a clue from their last case that points to a serial killing network. To figure out how big this network is, Rossi (Joe Mantegna) has to convince a reluctant Garcia (Vangsness) to do the one thing she doesn't want: come back to the BAU. Written by Breen Frazier and directed by McCormick.

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Ep. 1 Now Available On YouTube
"Sicarius" – BTS of Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia and Joe Mantegna as David Rossi on the set of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+
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"Sicarius" – BTS OF Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss and Joe Mantegna as David Rossi on the set of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+
Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Ep. 1 Now Available On YouTube
"Sicarius" – BTS of Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez, A.J. Cook as Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi with director Nelson McCormick on the set of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+
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"Sicarius" – BTS of Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez on the set of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+
Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 16 Ep. 1 Now Available On YouTube
"Sicarius" – BTS of Zach Gilford as Elias Voit on the set of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+
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"Sicarius" – BTS of Director Nelson McCormick(left) with Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna on the set of "Criminal Minds: Evolution" streaming on Paramount+, 2022. Photo Credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+

On Thanksgiving night, CBS will host a special broadcast of the opening episode at 10 pm ET/PT. And don't forget that after the premiere, new episodes will drop weekly on Thursdays (exclusively on the streamer), with a midseason finale on Thursday, December 15. The season will then return on Thursday, January 12, 2023, with all-new episodes dropping weekly (with the season finale set for Thursday, February 9). Now, here's a look back at the official trailer, with the 10-episode season set to premiere on November 24th:

In Criminal Minds: Evolution, the FBI's elite team of criminal profilers come up against their greatest threat yet, an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens back up and the network goes operational, the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time. Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster are returning, with Zach Gilford joining the cast as global cyber-security firm operation analyst Elias Voit. In addition, Nicole Pacent (Westworld, Call Me Kat) joined the cast in the key recurring role of Rebecca, a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice who reveals some disturbing news about the BAU's fate. The streaming series is produced by ABC Signature and CBS Studios. Erica Messer (Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer. Breen Frazier and Chris Barbour will serve as writers and executive producers, with Glenn Kershaw directing & executive producing and Mark Gordon also serving as an executive producer.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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