The Mentalist

2008 • CBS
4.8
1.92K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (23)

1 Pilot
9/23/08
Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a former psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose cannon, but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.
2 Red Hair and Silver Tape
9/30/08
While Lisbon and her team investigate the murder of a young waitress in the Napa Valley, Jane goes behind Lisbon's back to orchestrate his own undercover operation using Van Pelt as bait.
3 Red Tide
10/14/08
When a high school girl's body washes up on the beach, Patrick Jane sets a mentalist trap in order to get her surfing friends to turn on each other and reveal what really happened.
4 Ladies in Red
10/21/08
When the team learns that a wealthy investment banker found murdered inside his locked safe room was living a dual life and skimming millions from clients, Patrick Jane sets up a mental conundrum to see which of the suspects will show their true colors.
5 Redwood
10/28/08
When a girl is found covered in blood and holding the murder weapon that killed her best friend, she becomes an obvious suspect, though she can't remember anything. But Jane, believing she's innocent, engineers a risky maneuver in which she must relive the terrifying events in order to spark her memory.
6 Red Handed
11/11/08
While investigating the case of a murdered casino owner, Patrick Jane uses his mentalist skills to ultimately entrap the killer and win big at the card tables.
7 Seeing Red
11/18/08
Patrick Jane goes head-to-head with a "psychic" he suspects of murder. Intent on proving the so-called psychic is a fraud - as well as a killer - Jane arranges a séance to expose the murderer.
8 Thin Red Line
11/25/08
While the police suspect a drug dealer on trial is behind the murders of the State's witness in his case, as well as his girlfriend, Patrick Jane sees a different motive for the crime -- as well as a different suspect.
9 Flame Red
12/2/08
Patrick Jane suspects the only surviving member of a National Guard unit of murdering his friends and goes undercover to prove it.
10 Red Brick and Ivy
12/16/08
When a leading scientific researcher is killed by poisoning, Patrick Jane takes a personal interest in the case when he learns the prime suspect is the victim's wife - and Jane's former psychiatrist.
11 Red John's Friends
1/6/09
Enticed by the promise from a convicted murder that he'll reveal information about Red John upon his release, Patrick Jane becomes singularly focused and quits the CBI in order to prove the prisoner is innocent.
12 Red Rum
1/13/09
Patrick Jane sets a mentalist trap to find out who is responsible for the murder of a high school football star who antagonized the local self-proclaimed witch by killing her cat.
13 Paint It Red
1/18/09
While it appears obvious that a business tycoon's son-in-law was in on the robbery of a $50 million painting since his body is found where the painting once hung, Patrick Jane suspects others - including a Russian oil baron, an art forger and an art curator.
14 Crimson Casanova
2/10/09
With Patrick Jane's help, Cho goes undercover as a sweet-talking ladies man with all the right moves in order to catch a pick-up artist and killer with his own set of pseudo-mentalist techniques.
15 Scarlet Fever
2/17/09
As Patrick Jane and the CBI team investigate the poisoning death of the "queen bee" in a country club who's murdered at a cocktail party in her home, they discover that the community is full of secrets - including love affairs and drug abuse.
16 Bloodshot
3/17/09
When Patrick Jane loses his sight as a result of an explosion, he must rely on his other senses during the murder investigation of a financial advisor.
17 Carnelian Inc.
3/24/09
Patrick Jane takes on corporate America in a story of greed and betrayal that pits Jane against a group of financiers when the CBI investigates a series of murders at a corporate retreat in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
18 Russett Potatoes
3/31/09
Patrick Jane and the CBI team track down a mastermind who hypnotizes people into doing his bidding -- by telling them who to kill.
19 A Dozen Red Roses
4/7/09
Patrick Jane and the CBI team go to Hollywood when they investigate the murder of a movie producer.
20 Red Sauce
4/28/09
Patrick Jane and the CBI team investigate the murder of a mobster who was in the witness protection program.
21 Miss Red
5/5/09
Patrick Jane uses his mentalist skills to play suspects off each other in order to solve the case of a wealthy software company CEO found murdered on his yacht.
22 Blood Brothers
5/12/09
Patrick Jane must find a clever way to convince the troubled kids in a wilderness program to confide in him about what really happened surrounding the death of one of their peers.
23 Red John's Footsteps
5/19/09
On the first season finale, Lisbon fears that the serial killer, Red John is drawing Patrick Jane into a trap when the CBI team investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister.

About this show

Golden Globe nominee Simon Baker stars as an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation with a remarkable track record for solving crimes using only his razor sharp skills of observation. Despite his lack of protocol and past as a feigned psychic, his keen insight is still greatly valued by his fellow agents.

Ratings and reviews

4.8
1.92K reviews
RazielTheLost
December 13, 2014
The sheer number of leaps in logic and him pointing things out that could often mean anything and saying it all must only mean the one specific thing is rediculous. If i find a cig butt on the ground next to a known smoker it doesnt mean it must of been his okay. If my daughter hangs out with a lot of girls or son with a lot of guys it dont mean there gay. Leaps in logic is all this guy seems to do and its just irritating to me, sorry, but i like logic to actually have sense and logic to it.
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Brian Vanwinkle
July 7, 2015
Genius and gorgeous police consultant... A mentalist, whom are so intuitive they are often confused with psychics. Romantic interest is intriguingly insinuated with his partner yet professionalism and the murder of his wife takes years to overcome. It's worth it. It isn't all depressing; he has his silly side :-)
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Ken R
March 11, 2017
The show defines the concept of interesting weekly mysteries to solve, while also trying to zero in on "Red John", in this case the killer of Jane's family. Since this show, others have attempted to re-create this balance of good weekly plots while advancing the progress in finding "Red John". Jane does indeed find him in Season 6, and the show should have ended there. After that, they "reboot" the show with new cast members and some interesting mysteries, but it does seem to run out of steam without the Red John plot. Nevertheless, the show is top notch, and a classic in my opinion.
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