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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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In every close-up shot, you can see that Patrick Jane has dilated pupils. That is, as he himself says about other people he encounters, a sign of shock or hypnosis. See more »

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On occasion, such as the teaser to "Russett Potatoes", California State Police officers can be seen working. The California State Police were dissolved in 1995, those that remained became a part of the California Highway patrol. See more »

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Patrick Jane: Revenge is a poison. Revenge is fit only for fools and madmen.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Phillies Fan's Daughter (2010) See more »

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Very entertaining and clever
7 February 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

One of the most entertaining and pleasant to watch series I've seen. It is a wonderful illustration of how paying attention to events, as well as to people, can be an extremely powerful tool, and how most people are actually totally absent-minded compared to what they could be. Jane is brilliant as an ex-psychic who states that he was just pretending to have psychic powers, and who now uses mental acuity and mind tricks to get ahead of any situation and quickly expose liars and criminals in his own unique way, while having fun at it. The interactions between him and Lisbon are so fun. It's not necessarily about Jane's incredibly clever maneuvers being plausible or not. It's about the power of paying attention and understanding human behavior and emotions. Weather this can be done to this extent or not is not the point. The point is that in any field, there are some who are way better than most, and Jane is the best when it comes to figuring out deceit and camouflaged crimes.


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