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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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Series cast summary:
 Patrick Jane (151 episodes, 2008-2015)
 Teresa Lisbon (151 episodes, 2008-2015)
 Kimball Cho (151 episodes, 2008-2015)
 Wayne Rigsby (132 episodes, 2008-2015)
 Grace Van Pelt / ... (132 episodes, 2008-2015)


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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23 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Patrick Jane: Revenge is a poison. Revenge is fit only for fools and madmen.
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Spoofed in Mad: S Cape from Planet Earth/The X-Mentalist (2013) See more »

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Mentalist is fantastic!
24 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't imagine that Patricia Arquette is too pleased with this series! Her series titled Medium is basically the same premise as this show, but I found it to be aimed directly at women. Thats where the Mentalist shines because it is aimed at all demographics really. Not only that but the show is witty, funny, and mysterious all at the same time. Basically it is a bunch of episodes that each of murder investigations where the Mentalist comes in to predict who did it. There is also a main storyline with a murderer called Red John who murdered the protagonists family. The episodes with Red John in them are the best ones so far, and I think the viewers are looking forward to seeing the final showdown between Red John and the protagonist!

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