Ed Bernero: What sets [Criminal] Minds apart from the crowded field of cop shows is that it's less a procedural and more a suspense thriller. Although not as obvious as in 24, there's a built-in ticking clock. If the case isn't solved, another person is likely to die. And we're the only show that does that focuses all of our work from the standpoint of why. It's not a standard cop thing. Most other shows deal with how, what and where. We ask, 'Why this victim?'