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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:
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
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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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Country:

USA

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English

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23 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Mentalist See more »

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Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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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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: There's no such thing as psychics.
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Referenced in Psych: You Can't Handle This Episode (2010) See more »

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So far, so good...
9 April 2009 | by Mel JSee all my reviews

'The Mentalist' is the latest American crime drama to make its way to British shores and so far, it is proving itself to be a promising show which will hopefully continue to flourish. The show revolves around Patrick Jane, a mentalist (someone with a highly developed sense of observation who can give the illusion that they have psi abilities) with a haunted past, who uses his unique skills to help the California Bureau of Investigation solve crimes.

A show of this genre is obviously going to attract comparisons to other shows like 'Medium' (which is ridiculous because Jane is steadfast in his view that he is not psychic and there are no such thing as psychics) or 'Psych'. In the case of the latter, admittedly, there are similarities to be had but 'Psych' is very much drama-lite comedy whereas this show can be dark and is a serious take on having an adviser with such abilities working with law enforcement.

Simon Baker does an excellent job depicting Patrick Jane as a man who, on the surface, is genial, charismatic and arrogant but hides his dark emotional problems that we catch glimpses of as the show progresses. Jane, for all his relaxed persona, is a man who cannot come to terms with his tragic past and is an insomniac with anti-social tendencies and a cynical view of the world around him. He is a truly fascinating character and it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop. The rest of the cast do well but for now their characters take second place to Jane. Female lead character Teresa Lisbon is the leader of the CBI team that Jane liaisons with and is starting to stand up as a character in her own right as well as someone who is beginning to understand the secrets of Jane. However, everyone else still need time to be develop, which is understandable for a show only in its infancy.

In all, 'The Mentalist' continues to excel and seeks to be yet another success from America (so, CBS, please don't cancel it!). It offers a unique insight into crime and the people involved. It also involves tantalising characters who leave the viewers desperate to uncover what makes them tick. Here's looking to a good few seasons to enjoy.


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