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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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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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The names of several characters are taken from the 1960s TV series The Fugitive. "Red John" is taken from the name of the one-armed man: fRED JOHNson. Kimball Cho gets his name from Dr. Richard Kimble. Madeleine Hightower gets her name from the high tower in the ending of "The Fugitive". 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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Teresa Lisbon: Like you don't have major trust issues.
Patrick Jane: I trust people. I trust you.
Teresa Lisbon: No you don't. I don't trust you either. You're untrustworthy. It's my job not to trust you.
Patrick Jane: Lisbon. I want you to know that you can trust me. No matter what happens I will be there for you. I will. I need you to know that.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Christmas Attack Zone (2010) See more »

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This show is for people like myself
30 October 2008 | by 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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