The relationship between Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds was a major draw for viewers. Despite hopes that the two would become romantically involved, their friendship remained the focus of the show. This dynamic was unusual in TV, where male-female relationships are often portrayed as romantic.
The chemistry between actors Kirsten Vangsness and Shemar Moore, who played Garcia and Morgan, was a result of their real-life friendship. This led to Vangsness co-writing several episodes of the show. The fact that their on-screen flirting was an extension of their off-screen friendship is a sweet secret that adds to the charm of their relationship.