The Mentalist

For the 2002 UK play, see The Mentalists (play).
The Mentalist
Genre Drama
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Simon Baker
Robin Tunney
Tim Kang
Owain Yeoman
Amanda Righetti
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 151 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bruno Heller
Chris Long (2009–2015)
Daniel Cerone (2010–14)
Eoghan Mahony (2013–14)
Tom Szentgyorgyi (2010–15)
Ashley Gable (2010–12)
Producer(s) Charlie Goldstein (2008–10)
Ken Woodruff (2010–14)
Simon Baker (2012–15)
Erika Green Swafford (2012–14)
Michael Weiss (2012–14)
Matthew Carlisle (2010-15)
Alex Berger (2014-15)
Running time 40–44 minutes
Production company(s) Primrose Hill Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 23, 2008 (2008-09-23) – February 18, 2015 (2015-02-18)
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The Mentalist is an American police drama/mystery television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS.[2] The show was created by Bruno Heller, who is also its executive producer. The show follows former "psychic" Patrick Jayne (Simon Baker), who is a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to "read" people's minds.

On May 10, 2014, CBS renewed[3][4] the series for a 13-episode seventh season which premiered on November 30, 2014 and later announced it as the final season.[5]


The series follows Patrick Jane an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based in Sacramento, California. Although not an officer of the law, he uses his skills from his former career as a successful, yet admittedly fraudulent, psychic medium to help a team of CBI agents solve murders. The real reason for Patrick Jane's involvement with law enforcement is to track down the serial killer known as Red John, who was responsible for the brutal murders of his wife, Angela Ruskin Jane, and his daughter, Charlotte Anne Jane.

Before the murders, Jane had a lucrative career as a con man, successfully posing as a psychic medium and enjoyed near-celebrity status. Five years before the events in the show's pilot episode, he appeared on television to claim that his paranormal abilities helped the police profile a serial killer named Red John. Red John, angered by the perceived slight, murdered Jane's wife and his young daughter in revenge.

Jane subsequently abandoned his career and teamed with the CBI, using his skills to help them solve various crimes. His main focus is on the cases involving Red John or Red John copycats. He admits to faking the supernatural aspects of his skills, often asserting that "there's no such thing as psychics", yet he has finely honed skills in cold reading, hypnosis, and picking pockets, as well as powerful observational skill and a deep insight into the human psyche and behavior.

His associates at the CBI include their boss, Teresa Lisbon, and colleagues Wayne Rigsby who is married to Grace Van Pelt, and Kimball Cho. Various directors and recurring civilians come across as the show unfolds, including Sam Bosco and Gale Bertram, and Kristina Frye and Walter Mashburn.

As the show progresses, the focus shifts from general cases through Seasons 1 to 3, to solely catching Red John, through Seasons 4 & 5. At the midpoint of Season 6, the Red John case is solved, the FBI steps in, and the show adopts a new track for two seasons, along with a few new characters.

Production and distribution

The show often set episodes based on fictional locales with names like Salinger Mill and Rancho Rosa. Like the majority of American television shows, The Mentalist was mostly filmed within the studio zone in Los Angeles County, but occasionally filmed a few scenes on location in Sacramento. The structure used to represent the CBI headquarters in Sacramento is the back of the Pico House in downtown Los Angeles. On October 15, 2008, CBS ordered the first season of The Mentalist[6] and the show has subsequently been renewed annually since 2010 both in the domestic market and overseas.[7][8][9]

TNT began syndicating The Mentalist in the fall of 2011.[10] In the interregnum period between the end of Late Show with David Letterman and Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the summer of 2015, The Mentalist was carried weeknights on CBS in full as part of the network's temporary late night lineup.

In November 2013, it was confirmed that Amanda Righetti (Van Pelt) and Owain Yeoman (Rigsby) would be leaving after season six concluded.[11]

In the season 7 episode "Orange Blossom Ice Cream", scenes set in Beirut were filmed in Los Angeles and supplemented by freelance footage of Beirut by Michael Timney.[12]

Cast and characters

Lead actor Simon Baker in 2013
Actor Character Seasons Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Simon Baker Patrick Jane Main 151
Robin Tunney Teresa Lisbon Main 151
Tim Kang Kimball Cho Main 151
Owain Yeoman Wayne Rigsby Main[a] Guest 130
Amanda Righetti Grace Van Pelt Main[a] Guest 126
Rockmond Dunbar Dennis Abbott Main 29
Emily Swallow Kim Fischer Main 14
Joe Adler Jason Wylie Recurring Main 26
Josie Loren Michelle Vega Main[b] 10



Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 23 September 23, 2008 (2008-09-23) May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)
2 23 September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24) May 20, 2010 (2010-05-20)
3 24 September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19)
4 24 September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)
5 22 September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)
6 22 September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
7 13 November 30, 2014 (2014-11-30) February 18, 2015 (2015-02-18)


Critical reception

The first season of The Mentalist received mostly positive reviews, with critics being divided on the procedural format but praising the performance of Simon Baker. On Rotten Tomatoes, season 1 had an overall rating of 59% from 17 critics, and 76% from audiences, with the consensus saying "The setup and episodic storytelling is far from original, but The Mentalist distinguishes itself from other procedurals mostly due to the talents of Simon Baker."[13] On Metacritic, season one has a score of 65/100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14] Robert Bianco of USA Today felt the pilot episode lacked in originality but praised Baker, saying "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."[15] Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe said "the CBS show has very little dramatic heft or distinction, but it's wily and brisk enough to engage you for an hour." Gilbert also praised the chemistry between Baker and Tunney, but criticized the crime cases, feeling they were predictable and at times uninteresting.[16] Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times praised Baker as "virtually irresistible" and said "...psychological sleight of hand can't fill an hour every week. For that you need complicated, interesting crimes and complicated, interesting characters solving them. The Mentalist seems prepared to deliver just that."[17]

The pilot episode had an audience of 15.6 million viewers in its first airing, and 7.8 million in a re-airing three days later.[18] The December 2, 2008 episode, "Flame Red", was the highest-rated television show of the week, marking the first time a program in its first season had achieved that distinction since Desperate Housewives four years earlier.[19]

U.S. ratings

For the ratings of individual episodes, see List of The Mentalist episodes.
Season Time slot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Tuesday 9:00 pm
September 23, 2008
May 19, 2009
16.82[21] 2008–09 6 17.52[22]
Thursday 10:00 pm
September 24, 2009
May 20, 2010
15.22[24] 2009–10 10 15.37[25]
3 24
September 23, 2010
May 19, 2011
14.11[27] 2010–11 9 15.24[28]
4 24
September 22, 2011
May 17, 2012
13.09[30] 2011–12 12 14.57[31]
Sunday 10:00 pm
September 30, 2012
May 5, 2013
9.17[33] 2012–13 24 11.82[34]
6 22
September 29, 2013
May 18, 2014
9.69[36] 2013–14 26 11.27[37]
Sunday 9:00 pm (2014)
Wednesday 8:00 pm (2015)
November 30, 2014
February 18, 2015
10.10[39] 2014–15 25 11.81[40]

Awards and nominations

Director of Center for Inquiry West & IIG West, James Underdown presents editor Jimm Gadd with award August 21, 2010


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