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The Mentalist 

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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.


Bruno Heller
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Simon Baker ...  Patrick Jane 151 episodes, 2008-2015
Robin Tunney ...  Teresa Lisbon 151 episodes, 2008-2015
Tim Kang ...  Kimball Cho 151 episodes, 2008-2015
Owain Yeoman ...  Wayne Rigsby 132 episodes, 2008-2015
Amanda Righetti ...  Grace Van Pelt / ... 132 episodes, 2008-2015


Patrick Jane is a crime consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. He has a particular gift for astute observation and reading people, honed through years of being a faux psychic. His gift makes him brilliant at solving murders, which is why the CBI have him around. However, his motive for taking on the role is purely one of revenge: find and kill the man who killed his wife and daughter - Red John. Written by grantss

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Let the mind games begin. One last time. (Season 7) See more »


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Did You Know?


A red-haired female (other than Grace Van Pelt) features in almost every episode. 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 »


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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Favourite Show of All Time
16 January 2020 | by RachaelHPSee all my reviews

This shows is master class in acting.

Robin Tunney and Simon Baker have a chemistry and credibility so rare that it's simply wonderful to watch every single scene. These are two of the greatest actors I've ever watched. I wish they won more awards and received greater recognition.

With the character development in the series, the writers were on point. Jane and Lisbon are mature characters; credible, solid, exceptionally developed in all aspects. Because of the subtlety of the writing and nuanced performances, their arc over the 7 seasons is just sublime.

Humour and darkness are perfectly balanced and refined in both the writing and performances. It doesn't talk down to its viewers. It doesn't go in for shallow drama to create tension. It's inventive. All is purposefully done. That I deeply respect.

Cho, Rigsby and Van Pelt really become a truly lovable team and they somehow create a sense of home. Tim Kang, Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman were perfect at every turn. Very rare. I missed the team so much. That's a testament to the actors.

Exquisite guest stars mean this show is rife with the most memorable, bizarre and irreplaceable characters. There are too many to name. It would clog the word count. I mean. Monster talent. All in one show. Every single person created a memorable and an immensely enjoyable character. I wanted to see more of them.

I remember at the time it aired, people were going mad speculating about Red John. He was an excellent catalyst - a truly horrific storyline and figure.

But to me the show was never truly about him. It was about Jane, Lisbon and the team. Finding your people and purpose. Growing and learning from pain.

I love the music by Blake Neely. Psychological, eerie, haunting, funny, emotional, heartwarming, reflective, sentimental... He aced it. I revisit it constantly.

Bruno Heller and Chris Long created something incredible. The fact they honoured what the fans wanted in Season 6 and 7 is a tremendously rare outcome in this business and unlike any show I've ever seen. They truly nailed it.

I miss this show and characters and always will.

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Release Date:

23 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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