Criminal Minds is on Netflix, right?
Then why can’t you find it? Is the site experiencing a bug or glitch, or did you get the wrong information?
It’s none of that. Yes, Criminal Minds is available on Netflix. However, you can’t watch it in all regions. It’s actually only available in a few countries.
Why? Because Netflix geo-blocks it to comply with licensing agreements. It’s not really fair, we know, but there’s nothing Netflix can do about this. If they don’t use geo-restrictions, they could get sued for streaming Criminal Minds in countries they didn’t buy licensing rights for.
Don’t worry – you don’t need to start looking somewhere else to watch this awesome TV series. We’ll show you a very simple and quick way to unblock Criminal Minds anywhere in the world. We’ll also answer some relevant questions too, so be sure to stick around!
First – Let’s See Where Criminal Minds Is Available
Netflix doesn’t exactly tell you where a title is available. So, you’ll have to use an online service that does.
StreamCatcher is the best tool for the job. It’s an easy-to-use service that crawls the entire worldwide Netflix catalogue to check which countries have which titles.
Right now, StreamCatcher says you can watch this show in the US and Japan.
Criminal Minds is probably available in other countries too. As StreamCatcher receives more updates, you’ll likely see those locations added to the list.
What’s the Best Way to Unblock Criminal Minds on Netflix?
We recommend using a VPN. It’s an online privacy tool that stops any site from seeing what country you are from. It does that by hiding your IP address from them. If sites can’t see it, they won’t know what your geo-location is.
What do they see if your IP is hidden, though?
The VPN’s IP address! If it’s a US or Japanese IP, Netflix will let you interact with Criminal Minds. It’ll show up in your searches, and you’ll be able to watch it. We recommend using a US server since that country has all the seasons that are on Netflix. The Japanese library is missing some of them.
Here are some common questions we got from our readers about using VPNs together with Netflix. If you have more questions, just leave them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer them ASAP.
Can I Unblock Criminal Minds on All My Devices at the Same Time?
That depends on the VPN provider. Most of them let you use their service on up to five or seven devices at the same time. Some even offer up to ten parallel connections.
If you have dozens of web-connected devices, or want to share the subscription with more people, we recommend using Surfshark. This provider has unlimited parallel connections. You can set up and use their VPN on as many devices as you want – no questions asked!
Will a VPN Increase Your Netflix Speeds?
No, it’s usually the opposite – a VPN will decrease your online speeds. Its encryption process, the distance between you and its servers, and what connection you use (wired or WiFi) will all influence how much the VPN slows down your streaming speeds.
The good news is that most of the top VPNs have huge server networks, really fast speeds, and lightweight protocols (WireGuard, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec). So you should get decent speeds. As long as they’re over 25 Mbps, you’ll have no problem streaming in any quality you want (SD, HD, or 4K).
Still, a VPN might improve your speeds if your ISP throttles your Netflix speeds. In that case, they won’t know you’re using Netflix thanks to the VPN. If they try to take a look at your traffic, they’ll just see gibberish (thanks to the VPN’s encryption).
Can I Unblock Criminal Minds with a Free VPN?
You can try, but it probably won’t work.
Because free VPNs can’t avoid Netflix’s detection methods. So the site blocks them pretty easily. Basically, if you use a free VPN, one of the following will happen:
- You won’t be able to use Netflix at all.
- You’ll only get intermittent access to Netflix (the proxy error might display in the middle of an episode).
But that’s not all. Let’s say a free VPN unblocks Netflix without any problems. You’ll have a hard time getting a fun viewing experience due to the slow speeds. That’s right – free VPNs often have overcrowded servers and bandwidth caps.
Even worse, if you use some random free VPN off the Google Play app store, you’ll also be exposed to ads and even malware.
Bottom line – get a paid VPN. It’s much safer and at least can unblock Netflix.
Does Netflix Ban VPN Users?
The site blocks VPNs, but it doesn’t ban people who use them. It will only keep sending their traffic to the Netflix proxy error page until they disconnect from the VPN.
But we have never heard of Netflix banning someone’s account just because they used a VPN. It wouldn’t really work in their favor, to be honest. It would probably mean banning a large chunk of their user base.
What’s Your Experience with Watching Criminal Minds on Netflix?
Was it available in your country from the start? If yes, could you let us know where you’re from so that we can find out where else this show is available on Netflix.
If it wasn’t, what unblocking method did you use? Was a VPN enough, or did you try a different service? How well did it work?
Please leave your answers in the comments.