Criminal Minds: Evolution release date and time — how to watch online

Adam Rodriguez and Joe Mantegna stand with coffee cups at a crime scene in Criminal Minds: Evolution
(Image credit: Paramount Plus)

It's time to watch Criminal Minds: Evolution, which brings back the procedural drama to Paramount Plus. The revival follows members of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they are faced with a network of serial killers built during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Criminal Minds: Evolution streaming details

Criminal Minds: Evolution premieres with two episodes on Thursday (Nov. 24) at 3 a.m. ET.
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus
• U.K., Canada, Australia — Watch on Disney Plus (Nov. 25)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Original cast members Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster return in their roles, with Zach Gilford joining as a recurring guest star in a season-long arc.

The elite team faces their greatest threat yet, an UnSub (unknown subject) 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. 

Here's a guide on how to watch Criminal Minds: Evolution. Plus, check out the trailer below:

How to watch Criminal Minds: Evolution online anywhere on Earth

Just because Paramount Plus isn't available everywhere (though it's expanding) doesn't mean you need to miss Criminal Minds: Evolution if you've travelled somewhere where the service isn't working. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

We've evaluated many options, and the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)


Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. 

How to watch Criminal Minds: Evolution for free in the U.S.

New subscribers can take advantage of a free 7-day Paramount Plus trial and watch Criminal Minds: Evolution without paying. 

The first two episodes premiere Thursday, Nov. 24 at 3 a.m. ET. The first season consists of 10 episodes and you'll need Paramount Plus Premium to tune in weekly.

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from ViacomCBS partners. Includes Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like 1883 and Star Trek: Picard. 

Can you watch Criminal Minds: Evolution in the UK., Canada and Australia?

Paramount Plus has expanded to the U.K., Canada and Australia, but Criminal Minds: Evolution isn't streaming there. 

Instead, Brits, Canadians and Aussies can watch Criminal Minds: Evolution on the Disney Plus Hot Star channel. 

Travelers who are abroad and want to use the services they already paid for may need the help a VPN service such as ExpressVPN.

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Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.