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Crime . Drama . Mystery

When the daughter of an American family visiting Haiti to adopt a child is kidnapped, the International Response Team travels to the island nation to try to find her. Also, Jack (Gary Sinise) and his wife, Karen (guest star Sherry Stringfield), prepare to send their daughter to college.

Episode Title: Paper Orphans
Airs: 2016-05-25 at 22:00
  • Mark A. Perigard

    CBS has wisely cast familiar faces in key roles, which gives the show a leg up given that the characters can barely pass for one-­dimensional.... There’s something comforting about the fantasy of a government task force leaping to your aid hours after a vacation takes a detour to hell.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Pilot Viruet

    Criminal Minds doesn’t [turn] away from graphic depictions of violence and Beyond Borders takes it one step further, to a point where gratuitous violence doesn’t build the narrative but instead completely detracts from it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    No doubt plenty of people will be able to ease into the show’s groove thanks to its workmanlike adherence to the franchise’s established and efficient structure, but anyone unmoved by procedural formula won’t find much excuse to go beyond their already established borders.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Beyond Borders, like its predecessors, is by no description a good show, but you can see the warm-bath appeal of its consistency and the insidious way in which it combines splatter-film scare tactics with pop-psychology platitudes and affirmations.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    I long ago decided that "UnSub" might also stand for unsubtle, and that I had enough things keeping me up nights not to be spending time with the fearmongers of Criminal Minds. But for those for whom one hour of paranoia is never enough, Beyond Borders offers a glimpse of a wider world, though one perhaps too frightening to be explored in person.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The last thing we need as viewers is any show this terrible, scary or not.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Beyond comprehension, beyond silly, beyond words.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    In other words, more of the same, with the added twist that all the victims are American and all (or most) of the criminals are not.... Imagine the situation reversed--a show in which tourists to America were continually victimized in horrific ways--and you see the problem.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Logistically, the producers get some credit for approximating all these far-away locales. But any ingenuity pretty much ends there, and Sinise’s character is so gruff and gravely as to make David Caruso’s old “CSI” role look emotionally effusive.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The opening hour, premiering Wednesday after Survivor and Criminal Minds--and those are exactly the two shows Beyond Borders combines with appalling cynicism--finds Garrett and his team winging off to Thailand, where a couple of young American women, volunteering on a farm, are taken captive by a demented-looking local. (Given that despicable behavior by foreign populations is baked into its premise, Beyond Borders is, you can be sure, going to be charged with xenophobia or worse by some offended viewers very quickly.)

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Moving on from the prevalent misogyny of the original Criminal Minds, CBS' new spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a pure distillation of xenophobia. A shameless combination of international b-roll and Trump Era paranoia.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review

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