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By Laurie Ulster

Criminal Minds ran for 15 seasons on CBS (2005–2020), terrifying viewers with its even-creepier-than-the-last killers and thrilling us with rescues by the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit), who won us over with their courage, keen insight, and compassion. Fans will be thrilled to hear the show is coming back!

Criminal Minds: Evolution will stream exclusively on Paramount+, with two episodes premiering on November 24th. CBS will also air a special broadcast of the first episode at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the 24th. New episodes drop weekly on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+, with a mid-season finale on December 15th. The season returns on January 12th with all-new episodes dropping weekly through the finale on February 9th.

The 10-episode new season helmed by longtime CM showrunner Erica Messer will bring the team out of “retirement” to catch the greatest threat the unit has ever faced: a new UnSub (BAU-speak for the unknown or unidentified subject of an investigation) who amassed a network of serial killers during lockdown. Now, as the world reopens, his deadly network goes active, and the BAU must hunt them down before it’s too late.

Here’s your guide to who’s returning, who’s new, and what wildcards we’re holding out hope for.

Need a refresher before diving into the new season? Stream past episodes of Criminal Minds on Paramount+.

The Familiar Faces

Kristen Vangsness as Penelope Garcia stands in the doorway of a conference room looking at five of her team members seated around a table.

(L-R) Aisha Tyler as Dr. Tara Lewis, A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez, Kristen Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss, and Joe Mantegna as David Rossi in Season 16, Episode 2 (“Sicarius”)

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Fan favorites we’ll see again include:

Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness)

She’s the best friend who drops everything for you—unless she’s busy saving lives with the BAU. A tech whiz, Garcia can hack into any system, so BAU Chief Hotch offered her a job when she was arrested for hacking the FBI. She makes the world safer—and nicer—for all who come into her orbit.

BAU Unit Chief Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster)

A brilliant agent fluent in Russian and Arabic, Prentiss survived torture and brainwashing. She also faked her own death, returned to protect the team from charges against them, left again, then came back to take the reins as the BAU Chief, leading the team through some of their trickiest cases in Season 15. And she plays a mean game of chess.

Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook)

JJ started as the liaison between the BAU, the police, and the media, but determination and moral fiber drove her to do more. She became a profiler, shining in the field and the office. She is the one Prentiss would tap to replace her to head the team. JJ is empathic and cool under pressure, but when she unleashes her fury (like when her husband and son needed rescuing from vicious killers), watch out.

Supervisory Special Agent/Unit Senior Agent David Rossi (Joe Mantegna)

One of the founders of the BAU, the legendary Rossi came out of retirement to rejoin the team after the departure of Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin). A bestselling author and expert cook as well as a brilliant agent, he faces his demons head-on, provides stability to the group—and hosts their best parties in his backyard.

Forensic Psychologist Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler)

Tara Lewis joins the BAU after coming in for a job interview and helping them catch their UnSub on the fly. She is a gifted therapist able to find a connection with anyone and a top-notch profiler. She’s also an expert on old cars, to Rossi’s delight.

Supervisory Special Agent Luke Alvaz (Adam Rodriguez)

Alvaz’s biggest challenge wasn’t catching serial killers. It was winning over Penelope Garcia, who called him “Newbie” when he replaced her bestie, Derek Morgan. But he proved himself as an expert tracker, clear thinker, and paragon of bravery, much like his predecessor. In the Season 15 finale, he asked Garcia out for dinner—and she said yes!

The New Guy

A closeup of Zach Gilford wearing a blue plaid shirt.

Zach Gilford will star as Elias Jasper Voit in the upcoming Season 16.

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Cybersecurity Analyst Elias Voit (Zach Gilford)

Joining the cast for Evolution is Friday Night Lights and Midnight Mass vet Zach Gilford as Elias Voit. No, he’s not a member of the BAU. He plays the season’s villain, billed as their “greatest threat yet,” a criminal mastermind with his own network of fellow serial killers.

We don’t know much more, except that he’s a cyber-security expert “who has a dark side and an obsession with death.” On this show, who doesn’t?

The Wild Cards

Matthew Gray Gubler sitting on a graffiti sidewalk with a stuffed bunny puppet.

Matthew Gray Gubler Of Criminal Minds

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There are two former members of the BAU we hope to see in Evolution, though nothing has been announced.

Supervisory Special Agent Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler)

That’s DOCTOR Spencer Reid, to you. He has three PhDs, an eidetic memory, can read 20,000 words per minute, and has an IQ of 187. Over 15 seasons, Reid evolved from an inexperienced prodigy to one of the most valued and fearless members of the team.

Gubler is a director, author, and artist who’s been pursuing his own creative projects. He hasn’t signed up for Evolution, but fans are still rooting for this longtime favorite to pop by for a guest appearance.

Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore)

Morgan was the guy who made you feel safe and stood up for what was right no matter what. During his time with the BAU, he evolved from a ladies man to one of the most trusted, serious members of the team … even if he kept calling Penelope “Baby Girl.”

Moore is busy starring on S.W.A.T. (Catch the new season on CBS starting Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.; stream past seasons on Paramount+) But fans hope he’ll help out if the team needs him. Hey, he’s done it before.

The Official Trailer ...

Paramount+ recently dropped this trailer, giving fans a glimpse of the spine-chilling season ahead.

By John Kennedy

New York City has set the scene for some of TV’s most memorable cop shows over the decades, from CBS’s Kojak in the ’70s through Cagney & Lacey in the ’80s to Blue Bloods today. This season the tradition continues with the new Sunday night drama East New York. To get you up to speed, here’s the inside scoop on the characters’ back stories, ranks, personalities, and more.

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

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Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood (Amanda Warren)

\u200b Amanda Warren as Regina Haywood listens intently to her cell phone while wearing her NYPD shirt and tie as other members of the precinct stand in the background.

Amanda Warren as Regina Haywood in the episode “Snapped”

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Recently promoted to lead the 74th Precinct in East New York, Haywood finds herself back in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood she grew up in and loves. She embraces her new role as an opportunity to serve its people while bringing innovative ideas to policing, like encouraging cops to live in the community. She knows she must win the respect and trust of the skeptical officers under her command as well as the local citizens who rely on the NYPD for protection but are wary of cops nonetheless. Whatever she hopes to accomplish, she must move fast. Time and rising crime rates are not on her side.

She is single and lives alone in a Brooklyn brownstone apartment with her beloved German shepherd. Her doting mother Shirley, who lives nearby, would like to change her daughter’s single status—and the fact that she is estranged from her father Maurice.

Chief John Suarez (Jimmy Smits)

\u200bJimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez in his navy blue NYPD dress uniform and hat.

Jimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez in the pilot episode of East New York

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This highly decorated NYPD officer commands the broader Brooklyn area—and the admiration of the units he oversees, particularly minority officers who are inspired by his personal journey and leadership. Haywood’s mentor and friend, he hand-picked her to lead the 74th. As a shrewd player of the long game, he generally supports her vision for change but advocates caution in moving forward. While Haywood sometimes bristles at his restraint, she knows he has her six and will listen to her ideas with an open mind.

Like Haywood, Suarez has roots in the East New York community, where his mother Rosa still resides and his brother Father Frank pastors a Catholic church.

Captain Stan Yenko (Richard Kind)

\u200bA closeup of Richard Kind as Captain Stan Yenko in his navy blue NYPD jacket and hat.

Richard Kind as Captain Stan Yenko in the pilot episode of East New York

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Yenko nominated himself as Haywood’s top aide and was pleasantly surprised when she took him up on the offer as one of her first leadership decisions. It was a smart move since he’s an avid supporter of her plans for the precinct and has her back when critics in the department and the media attack. While his encyclopedic knowledge of NYPD history (and trivia of all sorts) can be annoying, it can also prove surprisingly helpful in solving cases. As for his personal life … his job is his personal life.

Detective Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin)

\u200bKevin Rankin as Detective Tommy Killian in a suit and tie standing outdoors next to graffiti covered train.

Kevin Rankin as Detective Tommy Killian in the episode “Court on the Street”

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A tough, honest cop, Killian thinks that, despite its flaws, the system works best without tinkering by would-be reformers like Regina. His skepticism of her ideas is nothing personal. He just thinks they’re wishful thinking.

He’s an avid baseball fan who lives with his independent-minded girlfriend Corrine, who—with Tommy’s help and support—just purchased Goody’s, a local bar-restaurant that serves as an after-hours hangout for the cops of the 74th.

Detective Crystal Morales (Elizabeth Rodriguez)

\u200bA closeup of Elizabeth Rodriguez as Detective Crystal Morales wearing a bright blue blouse and tan coat and standing in front of an official vehicle with flashing lights.

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Detective Crystal Morales in the pilot episode of East New York

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Morales enjoys a mutually respectful relationship with her case partner Tommy. Like him, she has great investigative instincts. Unlike him though, she’s more apt to give Haywood and her techniques a chance. She and Yenko are recognized as the precinct’s best detective team. Like her astrological sign Leo, she is confident, big-hearted, and protective of the people and principles she cares about.

Officer Marvin Sandeford (Ruben Santiago-Hudson)

\u200bRuben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford wears his NYPD uniform and smiles as he extends an arm to a man in a cap facing away from the camera.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford in the pilot episode of East New York

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A veteran beat cop and training officer, Sandeford knows East New York like the back of his hand. He knows what’s going down where—and the rare times he doesn’t, he knows who to lean on to find out. Like Yenko, he’s a bit old-school in his approach to policing and somewhat skeptical of his new boss’s plans for change. He is loyal to the law and the badge but willing to buck the brass to defend fellow officers, particularly younger ones facing injustice within the department.

In his downtime, Sandeford can be found hanging out at Goody’s, where he almost always orders the same thing. (“I don’t mess with success,” he says.) He’s also a fan of classic TV cop shows (especially the comedies), going all the way back to Barney Miller and Car 54, Where Are You?

Officer Andre Bentley (Lavel Schley)

Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley wears his uniform and sits in the passenger seat of a car next to Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford.

Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley with Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford

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An idealistic rookie officer being trained by Sandeford, Bentley is a young Black man from an upper middle class family who feels called to protect and serve less fortunate members of the community. He can be naïve when it comes to mixing it up with the community (his hat gets stolen during an impromptu pick-up basketball game with local youth) and his interactions with the NYPD establishment.

Officer Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi)

\u200bOlivia Luccardi as Officer Brandy Quinlan sits in the witness box in a courtroom wearing her NYPD uniform.

Olivia Luccardi as Officer Brandy Quinlan in the episode “Court on the Street”

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Quinlan is an earnest young patrol officer who believes in Regina Haywood’s community policing vision and is the first (and so far only) officer in the 74th to volunteer to move into an East New York Community housing project.

To the protective Officer Sandeford, her new friend Officer Bentley, and all those who doubt the white girl is tough enough to handle the assignment, she points out that she grew up in a rough, diverse section of Yonkers and knows how to navigate dicey situations. She also enjoys a friendship with Captain Yenko, who is learning Italian, giving her a chance to brush up on the language she learned during her time in Italy when she was 16.

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

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By John Kennedy


Are you Bob Hearts Abishola ’s responsible yet romantic Bob (Billy Gardell)? Or his determined dreamer wife Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku)?


Maybe you’re his tough-as-nails mom Dottie (Christine Ebersole), his laidback but loyal brother Douglas (Matt Jones), or his emotional open-book of a sister Christina (Maribeth Monroe). Then again, maybe you’re Abishola’s acerbic and forthright Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi), her take-life-as-it-comes Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley), her talented and hip yet still sensitive son Dele (Travis Wolfe, Jr.), or her not-to-be-ignored mother Ebunoluwa (Saidah Arrika Ekulona).


Read on to find out.


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1. What’s your favorite TV show?

\u200bEbunoluwa sits in a leather chair wearing a bright dashiki dress and green headdress and wrinkling her nose at her cell phone.

Ebunoluwa in the Season 3 episode “Inappropriate Nakedness”

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A) The Amazing Race

B) Mike & Molly

C) The Drew Barrymore Show

D) Come Dance with Me

E) Tough as Nails

F) Bar Rescue

G) Mother Knows Best (not a real show but it should be)

H) The Price is Right

I) Let’s Make a Deal

2. What do others most admire about you?

Uncle Tunde and Auntie Ola beam at each other and hold hands while sitting in white chairs and wearing bright blue and orange traditional Nigerian clothing.

Uncle Tunde and Auntie Ola

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A) Your grit and determination

B) Your dependability

C) Your perseverance

D) Your creative energy

E) Your toughness

F) Your easygoing attitude

G) How others fear you

H) How you tell it like it is

I) How you get along with everyone

3. The best thing about America is ...

Bob sits on his newly acquired boat wearing a captain\u2019s hat with Abishola, Uncle Tunde, Aunt Olu, and Dele as they clink tropical drink glasses.

(L-R): Barry Shabaka Henley as Uncle Tunde, Folake Olowafoyeku as Abishola, Shola Adewusi as Auntie Olu, Billy Gardell as Bob, and Travis Wolfe Jr. as Dele in the Season 4 episode “Americans and Their Dreams."

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A) … the opportunity it offers to anyone willing to work hard.

B) … its diversity.

C) … you can mess up but try again.

D) … its creative energy.

E) … capitalism.

F) … the freedom to not give a crap.

G) … when it minds its own business.

H) … the freedom to speak your mind.

I) … Wendy’s.

4. The best life advice is …

Christina and her coworkers dance in the office.

Maribeth Monroe as Christina in the Season 4 episode “Inner Boss Bitch”

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A) … study and work hard.

B) … follow your heart.

C) … persevere.

D) … dance!

E) … understand that kinda crazy families are kinda normal, if that makes sense.

F) … don’t worry too much about your job title.

G) … respect your mother!

H) … it is better to be a chooser than a beggar.

I) … enjoy the little things and the big things will work themselves out.

5. People would be surprised to know that you …

Uncle Tunde and Auntie Ola pose on a couch smiling and showing off their blue MaxDot compression socks.

Uncle Tunde and Auntie Ola in the Season 3 episode “Compress to Impress”

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A) … know that you don’t know everything.

B) … sometimes need to be alone.

C) … have overcome a lot.

D) … faint at the sight of blood.

E) … are not as tough as you pretend to be.

F) … actually have a bucket list.

G) … are tougher than they can ever imagine.

H) … can be very jealous.

I) … really enjoy being helpful.

6. What is your favorite quote?

Douglas and his workmates wear their khaki MaxDot vests and pause from packing boxes to give a round of applause.

Douglas (Matt Jones) and workmates in the Season 4 episode “Americans and Their Dreams.”

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A) “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” ―Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps

B) “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” ―Anonymous

C) “There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.” —Writer Robin Sharma

D) “Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them.” ―Anonymous

E) “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ―Japanese proverb

F) “A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” ―Philanthropist John Lubbock

G) “Honor your father and mother.” —God, The 10 Commandments

H) “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” —Late U.S. Secretary of State of State Madeleine Albright (1927–2022)

I) “No matter how dark it is, the hand always knows the way to the mouth.” —Nigerian proverb

7. What historical figure would you most want to have dinner with?

Dele, Douglas, Christina, Dottie, Abishola, and Bob gather round the dinner table with Chinese takeout food containers and chopsticks.

Dinner with the family in the Season 3 episode “Wrangling a Greased Pig”

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A) Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, first Black woman to earn an M.D.

B) Henry Ford, American automaker and assembly line innovator

C) Confucius, Chinese philosopher

D) Michael Jackson, legendary entertainer

E) Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister (1979–1990)

F) Sir Isaac Newton, 17th-century British thinker said to have discovered gravity while napping under an apple tree

G) Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt

H) Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Nigerian feminist

I) Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist who became South Africa’s first Black president (1994–1999)

8. Complete this sentence. I really ❤️ …

\u200b Bob stands next to a hot tub as Abishola and Gloria enjoy a soak in it while holding cold drinks.

Bob looks on as Abishola and Gloria (Vernee Watson) enjoy a hot tub soak in Season 4.

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A) … acing a test.

B) … romantic vacations.

C) … being appreciated.

D) … dancing.

E) … walking.

F) … a good party.

G) … being obeyed.

H) … being heard.

I) … sharing what I know.

9. Complete this sentence. I really don’t ❤️ …

\u200bDele sits on a couch looking apprehensive while Abishola, Ebunoluwa, Auntie Olu, and Douglas look on disapprovingly.

Dele (Travis Wolfe, Jr.) surrounded by disapproving relatives in the Season 3 episdoe “A Little Slap and Tickle.“

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A) … getting a B (anything below that is unthinkable).

B) … looking back with regret.

C) … keeping my feelings to myself.

D) … anything to do with medicine.

E) … not being independent.

F) … working.

G) … not being obeyed.

H) … not being heard.

I) … trivial arguments.

10. Where would you like to be 10 years from now?

Bob and Abishola sit close together on the couch and smile at each other.

Bob and Abishola in the Season 3 episode “Your Beans Are Flatlining”

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A) Financially secure, taking care of my family, and at the top of my profession

B) Happy and with the person I love

C) In control of my emotions and ready to give and receive love

D) Making people happy through my art

E) Still running the show

F) Rich and retired

G) Enjoying the love of my grandchildren

H) Sipping a martini in the Caribbean

I) Relaxing with my hobbies


Now, gather up your responses and find out whose ❤️ is the most perfect match for your own.

Mostly A: You’re ... Abishola!

Abishola poses from the waist up wearing long braids over one shoulder with a blue sating blouse and a blue and orange patterned skirt.

Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku)

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You are brave, determined, and a force to be reckoned with—especially on behalf of those you love. You are also a firm believer in the value of educational excellence and working hard to get ahead. While some find your uncompromisingly straightforward views simplistic, you’re not one to care what the world thinks. Your old-fashioned values have gotten you this far, and you’re not about to change them. On the other hand, you realize that not everyone is like you and you are learning to give them—and sometimes yourself—some slack.

Mostly B: You’re ... Bob!

Bob shown from the waist up posing sideways and smiling at the camera wearing a plaid shirt with a floral tie and dark blue blazer.

Bob (Billy Gardell)

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At ❤️ you’re a romantic. But that’s balanced by your deeply ingrained sense of responsibility to others—particularly family, friends, and co-workers—and a degree in realism handed out by the School of Hard Knocks. All that said, when you find one special person to love you’ll move mountains for their happiness. You also realize that you need to recharge your own battery occasionally with “alone time” to reflect on your personal journey.

Mostly C: You’re ... Christina!

A closeup of Christina smiling slightly at the camera and wearing a bright red blouse with a purple and black pattern.

Christina (Maribeth Monroe)

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You’re the proverbial open book when it comes to your thoughts and feelings. While you occasionally share TMI, on the whole people appreciate your emotional honesty and empathy. A constant seeker of wisdom, you acknowledge your past missteps. More important, you are determined to learn important life lessons from them and to do better in the future.

Mostly D: You’re ... Dele!

Dele shown from the waist up wearing a pink and white patterned button shirt and resting one hand on his chin as he smiles at the camera.

Dele (Travis Wolfe, Jr.)

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You’re a living, breathing conduit of creative energy whose main goal in life is to express and share your inner joy through your remarkable talent. While you command the stage you were born for, outside that arena you project an endearing humility and natural niceness. Occasionally this can veer toward shyness and lack of assertiveness. You’re a work in progress, learning that life is a joyful dance which requires balance.

Mostly E: You’re ... Dottie!

Dottie shown from the waist up smiling at the camera and wearing a white blouse with a lavender blazer.

Dottie (Christine Ebersole)

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Tough as Nails isn’t just a hit TV show. It’s YOU. You’ve worked and fought for everything you have, and you don’t leave your fate in the hands of others. Still, life has taught you that sometimes things are beyond your control and you must trust others. You do, but they have to earn your trust. You’ve also learned to accept (and find amusement in) the fact that nobody’s perfect. Beneath your crusty persona, you’re surprisingly forgiving.

Mostly F: You’re ... Douglas!

Douglas stands with his hands on his hips wearing jeans with an untucked gray button down shirt and short gray jacket.

Douglas (Matt Jones)

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You pride yourself on being uncomplicated. You enjoy leisure time, occasionally interrupted by parties. You’re not a worrier and you’re no phony. While some might say you lack ambition, you also lack the guile that can come with ambition. You’re a gentle soul who is there for family and friends when they need you. You’re basically happy, though deep down you’re searching for something to ignite your passion. The good news is that you have an open heart, so over time you are sure to find it.

Mostly G: You’re ... Ebunoluwa!

Ebunoluwa looks intently at the camera while posting with her arms folded wearing a pink and green patterned shirt with a matching headdress and large gold jewelry.

Ebunoluwa (Saidah Arrika Ekulona)

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Like Abishola’s mom, your worldview tends to be based on the three Rs: religion, relationships, and RESPECT. You have a strong personality and you’re pretty certain that everything works best when you’re in charge. You might be right, but your certainty can be off-putting at times. If you’re getting resistance, ease up a bit in your approach with others and you’re likely to accomplish a lot more.

Mostly H: You’re ... Olu!

\u200bA smiling Auntie Olu shown from the knees up wearing black pants with a bright purple and yellow shirt and yellow headdress.

Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi)

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You’re a person with strong convictions, and you don’t hold back when expressing them. Happily, your primary motivations are good: caring for those you love and maintaining control over your own life. You succeed at both. You also enjoy having others acknowledge your accomplishments now and then—and you’re not afraid to let them know.

Mostly I: You’re ... Tunde!

Uncle Tunde shown from the waist up in a maroon and pink plaid button down shirt looking at the camera with  his hands in his pants pockets.

Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley)

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You’re a person of integrity and honor who delights in sharing your wisdom and lending others a helping hand. You strive to avoid petty conflicts and you get great joy out of the little things in life that so many people take for granted. Overall, you’re happy and content.


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A traditional Thanksgiving turkey ready for the Reagan family feast

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By John Kennedy

Are you Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) or his detective son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg)? Are you beat cop Eddie (Vanessa Ray) or her police sergeant husband—and Frank’s younger son—Jamie (Will Estes)? Are you patriarch and retired commissioner Henry (Len Cariou) or his assistant district attorney granddaughter, Erin (Bridget Moynahan)?

Collect the clues to find out which Blue Bloods character you resemble in this arresting personality quiz.

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Binge Watch

Vanessa Ray as Eddie and Bridget Moynahan as Erin sit next to each other on a couch staring up at someone off camera.

Eddie (Vanessa Ray) and Erin (Bridget Moynahan) in the Season 12 episode “Tangled Up in Blue”

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1. What’s your favorite TV show?

A) Frasier

B) Magnum, P.I. (the original)

C) SEAL Team

D) The Good Wife

E) S.W.A.T.

F) I Love Lucy

Top Trait

Will Estes as Jamie wears his police uniform and holds both of his hands out with palms upturned to make a point.

Jamie (Will Estes) in the Season 12 episode “True Blue”

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2. What do others most admire about you?

A) Your timeless wisdom

B) Your strong leadership qualities

C) Your street smarts

D) Your analytical mind

E) Your idealism

F) Your feistiness and independence

Mood Booster

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny sits at the dining room table wearing a sweater and laughing.

Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) in the Season 12 episode “Where We Stand”

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3. Complete this sentence. When I’m feeling blue, I …

A) … play or watch a handball game.

B) … go fishing.

C) … open the family album.

D) … bury myself in work.

E) … go to the gym and box.

F) … pig out on fried food.

Life Lessons

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Frank (Tom Selleck) in the Season 12 episode “The Reagan Way”

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4. Life has taught me …

A) … that there is joy in growing older.

B) … not to act rashly. Get all the facts before making an important decision.

C) … that tragedy can strike in an instant. Savor every moment with those you love.

D) … that you can’t win them all.

E) … to be open-minded.

F) … that positive purpose is more empowering than financial wealth.

Surprise, Surprise

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Henry (Len Cariou) in the Season 12 episode “Tangled Up in Blue”

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5. People would be surprised to know that I …

A) … have seen it all.

B) … couldn’t care less about politics.

C) … work hard to control my temper.

D) … am a sore loser.

E) … am ambitious.

F) … have a love-hate relationship with money.

Words To Live By

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Erin and Jamie in the Season 12 episode “True Blue”

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6. Pick your favorite quote:

A) “It’s a great thing getting older. You are who you are. You say what you mean.” ―Reese Witherspoon, actor

B) “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” ―Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president

C) “If you cannot stop yourself from getting angry, then at least get angry about things that matter.” ―Amit Kalantri, author

D) “You don’t win a debate by suppressing discussion. You win it with a better argument.” ―Frank Sonnenberg, author

E) “Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you.” ―Don Henley, musician

F) “Make your goal more than money. Make it about helping people and creating a better future.” ―Maxime Lagacé, NHL player

Role Model

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Erin in the Season 12 episode “Firewall”

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7. Which famous person—living or dead—do you most admire?

A) John F. Kennedy, the 35th (and first Catholic) U.S. president

B) Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president and storied New York police commissioner

C) John McCain, longtime Arizona senator and Vietnam War hero

D) Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first two female Supreme Court justices

E) Barack Obama, the 44th (and first African American) U.S. president

F) St. Sava the Enlightener, first archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, venerated as a protector of churches, families, schools, and artisans

Pet Peeve

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Danny in the Season 12 episode “USA Today”

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8. What is your pet peeve?

A) Political correctness

B) Politics (period)

C) Criminals who prey on the weak

D) Legal loopholes

E) Bad apple cops

F) Health food nuts

Don’t Say It

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Eddie in the Season 11 episode “Justifies the Means”

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9. I hate it when people say:

A) “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

B) “Because that’s how we’ve always done it. That’s why!”

C) “I’m not responsible for my actions.”

D) “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.”

E) “The ends justify the means.”

F) “That fruit salad was great! I’m stuffed!”

I Spy

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An outline of a body … or is it?

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10. When I look at this, I see ...

A) … someone who died too young.

B) … the value of each life.

C) … a mystery to be solved.

D) … a victim who deserves legal justice.

E) … a failure of the system.

F) … someone with a family.


Now, gather the evidence and find out which Blue Bloods character is most like you.

Mostly A

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Len Cariou as Henry Reagan

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If you answered mostly A, you’re … Henry!

You’re a bit old-school, but your steadfast values have served you well over the years—to the point that those who know you seek to soak up your wisdom. You have mastered the art of maturing gracefully. You have learned what to let go of and what to hold on to. You are who you are and you say what you mean. You’re steady as a rock with sound ethics and ideals that don’t shift with the cultural wind. That makes you a beacon of moral integrity.

Mostly B

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Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan

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If you answered mostly B, you’re … Frank!

You’re a born leader who commands the respect of those around you, mostly because you bring out the best in others. You speak softly, but you carry a big stick that you know how to wield on the rare occasions that it’s necessary.

You’re more interested in results than office politics, but you’re adept at answering to those above you, looking out for those below you, and holding everyone accountable—including yourself. You take your responsibilities seriously and you have a strong sense of purpose, but you also know the value of downtime with family and of spending time alone.

Mostly C

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Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan

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If you answered mostly C, you’re … Danny!

You act tough, but the truth is you’re a sentimental softie who feels deeply. That explains why you can be hotheaded at times. Your anger doesn’t stem from a sense of personal entitlement or victimhood. Rather, your acute sense of justice comes from being unable to abide seeing the strong taking advantage of the weak. As a result, your moral passion serves you (and others) well when it is constructively managed, but not so much when it’s impulsive. Control yourself and your emotions, and you can accomplish great things.

Mostly D

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Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan

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If you answered mostly D, you’re … Erin!

You’re a bit of a workaholic, you hate to lose, and you like to argue. On the other hand, you’re dedicated to any assignment you take on, you aim to win, and you don’t sweep disagreements under the rug. You believe in honest debate and you’re open to hearing views that challenge your own.

You also have a strong sense of fairness and justice and believe every person is entitled to their day in court. Whichever side of an argument you take, it’s based on your principles—and anyone you represent is glad you’re on their side.

Mostly E

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Will Estes as Jamie Reagan

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If you answered mostly E, you’re … Jamie!

You’re an idealist, which is great as long as you don’t allow perfectionism to get in your way. You’ve got a good heart, you’re easygoing, and you’re genuinely open-minded—a positive trait provided you stick to your principles and follow your instincts. The overarching good news is that you’re very good at discerning extremes, finding balance, and navigating life’s complicated contradictions.

Mostly F

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Vanessa Ray as Eddie Janko

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If you answered mostly F, you’re … Eddie!

You’re a feisty, independent thinker and a straight shooter who doesn’t get offended easily. You’re also passionate about personal freedom. You don’t like being told what to think, what to eat, or how to live your life by self-proclaimed experts who might have a hidden agenda or lack real knowledge. While you can be hard-nosed in your views, you are open to counterarguments, especially when they’re backed by evidence and presented by sources you trust.

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