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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 20
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Universal acclaim- based on 187 Ratings

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  • Summary: Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is a former TV psychic who tries his hand at real police work.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 80
    Stunning opening suggests the potential. It's Baker's show, and he excels. But guest stars impress, too.
  2. This role is tailor-made for Baker, who has a flair for playing irreverent characters who are crucial to the success of the system even as they tweak its authority figures.
  3. 75
    The Mentalist may be a copy, but it's a well-done copy sparked by an actor who has come into his own as a TV star.
  4. 70
    The CBS show has very little dramatic heft or distinction, but it's wily and brisk enough to engage you for an hour.
  5. 60
    The results are satisfying, and suspenseful, yes, but also a little bit stupid and predictable, too.
  6. There's an old-school feel to the storytelling (shades of "Columbo") that makes it feel comfortable--perhaps too comfortable, or at least too easy.
  7. 40
    The smirky cynicism, savage mockery of New Age verities and prickly atheism of its lead character could have made The Mentalist fascinating (if not altogether pleasant) viewing. Instead, it turns down the same formulaic path as CBS' other police procedurals, a sort of CSI-with-a-fake-crystal-ball.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. CrisC
    Nov 19, 2009
    Hands down...my favorite show. This season is even better with the development of the secondary characters. I have never missed an episode.
  2. May 17, 2013
    This honestly has been one of the best TV shows I have ever watched. This season (season One) has been such an amazing ride. In the midst of deus-ex machina filled shows, and convenient story lines told by lazy writers, this show has shown me that there really is hope for TV. The acting is perfect, even in guest actors with even the smallest roles. The main actors are intriguing and the side-humor is absolutely compelling. This, I can say, is one of the best crime shows I have ever watched, no exaggeration. Expand
  3. LordofFood
    Dec 29, 2009
    Brilliant. Bruno Heller really thinks out the plot of the next episode and eventually makes it great. Simon Baker makes a good, sometimes cocky, smart, and observant Patrick Jane. Greatest show i've ever seen. Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    Simon Baker's performances in this show make it stand out from all the other similar shows aired in recent times. Predictable yet amusing, at times frustrating because of the main plots lack of exposure in many of episodes. Yet I find my glued to the tv for each new instalment of Baker's bag o'tricks. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2011
    First season was good.Second season was ok.This season so far has been really uninteresting.
  6. Mar 21, 2013
    I enjoy the show, but it's truly time to end the Red John part of it. We're invested enough in the characters now that it's OK if the resolve it; I'll keep watching anyway. It was really disappointing when they had Jane shoot Red John only to have it be a case of mistaken identity. That had a Dallas-like feel to it (remember the whole season of Dallas that ended up being a dream?). It's time to end the Red John drama and move in a new direction. Expand
  7. AlexT.
    Sep 27, 2008
    Definitely a HUGE rip off of Psych HUGE HUGE HUGE rip off!!!!! just not as funny or as good. Get original

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