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A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

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 Patrick Jane (151 episodes, 2008-2015)
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 Teresa Lisbon (151 episodes, 2008-2015)
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 Kimball Cho (151 episodes, 2008-2015)
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 Wayne Rigsby (132 episodes, 2008-2015)
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 Grace Van Pelt / ... (132 episodes, 2008-2015)
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After a serial killer named Red John murdered Patrick Jane's wife and daughter, Jane dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Red John. To that end he gave up his lucrative pretense of being a psychic and joined the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a consultant to the team responsible for investigating the Red John case, led by Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon. Using Jane's exceptional gift for observation and his mentalist tric able to close an unprecedented number of cases, but Jane's unconventional and often outright illegal methods also bring much censure down on Lisbon's head, making his assistance both a blessing and a curse. Meanwhile, the hunt for Red John continues...

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Let the mind games begin. See more »


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Trivia

The concept for "The Mentalist" (a man who is hyper-observant, fakes being a psychic) is the same as the show "Psych", which aired 2 years prior. See more »

Goofs

In the episode "Red Flame", Jane and Tommy were talking about the book "Moby Dick". Tommy states that the whale died at the end. Moby Dick killed Ahab, but survived. See more »

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Patrick Jane: If we catch Red John, he's not walking anywhere. He's mine.
Teresa Lisbon: Don't talk like that. I can't let you anywhere near the case if you start talking crazy like that.
Patrick Jane: Crazy? You're crazy if you think you're gonna stop me. Red John is mine. You try to stand in my way and you... I... you... you will regret it.
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Referenced in All-Seeing Eye Surveillance: Satan's Omniscience (2011) See more »

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This show is for people like myself
30 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am very interested in the sort of mental tricks that are shown on this show. Not that I want to be the guy, I'm more interested in why the human brain works the way it does, and so far the tricks he uses are well based in reality...as strange as they are.

As much as I like crime dramas, there are so many of them on TV right now. I wish they could have exposed the psychology to viewers in a different format, but on the flip side, I can't suggest a better alternative either for the moment. For choosing an over-used format I take two ratings off a perfect 10. As the last reviewer suggested the plots will have to get strange to be new.

In contrast to the last reviewer, I do like the lead character a lot, probably because I understand more why he does the things he does. Simon Baker does a great job of acting as a Mentalist, from whom is he drawing his inspiration from? They must have a consultant helping the show.

If you want to understand the show better, you may be interested in Derren Brown - Tricks of the Mind videos.


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