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Four of TV's Best Criminal Profilers

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By Robin Zabiegalski

One of TV's best crime dramas, Criminal Minds is over for good this week. The show that explored crime from the perspective of criminal profilers, has been on the air for almost 15 years and is a favorite of crime junkies everywhere.

The show became so popular because it has all the elements of a crime procedural with a specific focus on the psychology behind the crimes.

But Criminal Minds isn't the only show that has featured criminal profilers. Here are four of the best criminal profilers from other popular television shows.

George Huang 'Law and Order: SVU'

B.D. Wong as George Huang on 'Law and Order; SVU'
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Long before the criminal profilers of the BAU started solving cases on primetime TV, George Huang helped Detectives Benson and Stabler solve Manhattan's most heinous crimes. Law and Order: SVU was one of the first crime procedurals to start focusing on the psychology behind their criminals.

George Huang, an FBI forensic psychologist, was often called on when the Detectives were stumped on a case. He would help build a profile to help apprehend the offender. He also assisted in interrogations using his psychological skills to get confessions.

Huang also made history when he revealed that he was gay.

Dr. Lance Sweets on 'Bones'

John Francis Daley as Lance Sweets on 'Bones'
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Dr. Lance Sweets was an FBI psychologist on the show 'Bones.' Though he was very young, like the other members of the FBI/Jeffersonian crime-solving team, he was absolutely brilliant. By the time he was 22, Sweets had multiple degrees and was considered one of the FBI's best psychologists.

Though his primary role was as a counselor for FBI agents, Sweets became a valuable asset to the team when he started consulting on cases. He often built profiles for the team to work off of and assisted in interrogations. He also used his profiling skills to write a book about Booth and Bones' partnership.

Will Graham on 'Hannibal'

Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in 'Hannibal'
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There is no fictional serial killer more famous than Hannibal Lecter. However, until the TV show Hannibal premiered, the profiler who caught Lecter, Will Graham, wasn't nearly as famous.

The TV show Hannibal follows Will Graham, an FBI Special Investigator, as he investigates the murders that are being committed by Hannibal Lecter, though he doesn't know that when he starts the investigation.

Though Graham isn't officially a profiler, he has a unique natural ability to get into the minds of criminals, an ability that takes a huge toll on his mental health. He turns into quite an effective prolifer though through his consultations with Lecter himself. Graham's natural ability to think like a murderer combined with the psychology lessons he gets from Lecter makes him one of the best profilers on TV.

Holden Ford on 'Mindhunter'

Jonathan Groff
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The show Mindhunters is an exploration of the beginnings of criminal profiling. Two FBI agents start interviewing serial killers in order to develop psychological profiles that will help them apprehend future killers.

Holden Ford is a young FBI Detective who is determined to get into the minds of killers who commit multiple murders. He and his partner Robert Tench develop the idea that people who kill several times are driven to do so by their psychology, which they present to the FBI.

Holden Ford is based on real-life profiler John E. Douglas, who coined the term serial killer. He and his real-life partner Robert K. Ressler pioneered the field of criminal profiling.

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