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The Mentalist

The Mentalist

CBS 2008

Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Mentalist

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#1 - Strawberries and Cream (2) (Season 3 - Episode 24)

Patrick Jane finally meets Red John in an explosive confrontation with shocking repercussions for the CBI team.

The episode was rated 8.87 from 303 votes.

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#2 - Strawberries and Cream (1) (Season 3 - Episode 23)

John's mole in the CBI is revealed and Patrick Jane finally meets Red John in an explosive confrontation with shocking repercussions for the CBI team.

The episode was rated 8.66 from 646 votes.

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#3 - The Crimson Hat (Season 4 - Episode 24)

After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.

The episode was rated 8.48 from 755 votes.

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#4 - Fire and Brimstone (Season 6 - Episode 6)

With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining Red John suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 1204 votes.

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#5 - Red John's Rules (Season 5 - Episode 22)

Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 1042 votes.

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#6 - Blue Bird (Season 6 - Episode 22)

A new lead in a cold case requires Lisbon to delay her plans to leave for Washington, D.C., giving Jane time to finally come to terms with his feelings for her and decide on a course of action.

The episode was rated 8.37 from 1274 votes.

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#7 - Red John (Season 6 - Episode 8)

Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John, the serial killer he’s tracked since the madman murdered his wife and daughter. For 10 years, Jane has doggedly hunted his nemesis in his search for justice.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 1326 votes.

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#8 - White Orchids (Season 7 - Episode 13)

Lisbon accepts Jane’s surprise marriage proposal, but a killer’s quest for revenge may cost them the happy ending they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 680 votes.

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#9 - Scarlet Ribbons (Season 4 - Episode 1)

After being imprisoned Patrick Jane has to prove that the man he shot really was Red John. Meanwhile Lisbon is trying to persuade Van Pelt to seek counseling in the aftermath of her fiancé's death.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 743 votes.

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#10 - Blinking Red Light (Season 4 - Episode 7)

The search for a serial killer hits close to home for Jane when he encounters a blogger who has devoted his life to finding the killer

The episode was rated 8.28 from 694 votes.

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#11 - Red Queen
Season 3 - Episode 16

The CBI team is under suspicion when a museum antiques dealer is murdered. Evidence seems to suggest that one member of the team is responsible.

The episode was rated from 593 votes.
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#12 - The Great Red Dragon
Season 6 - Episode 7

Following the shocking events at Jane’s house, the Red John list is narrowed down further, and the CBI’s priority is the remaining suspects.

The episode was rated from 1216 votes.
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#13 - Red Sails in the Sunset
Season 5 - Episode 8

With the help of Brett Stiles, Jane orchestrates an elaborate plan to break Lorelei Martins out of prison in the hopes of her leading him to Red John.

The episode was rated from 828 votes.
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#14 - The Desert Rose
Season 6 - Episode 1

Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years.

The episode was rated from 1289 votes.
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#15 - Red Dawn
Season 5 - Episode 5

See how Jane met Lisbon and the rest of the CBI team for the first time.

The episode was rated from 844 votes.
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#16 - Red Listed
Season 6 - Episode 4

Jane reveals that a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen, and the team realizes these men are in danger.

The episode was rated from 1148 votes.
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#17 - His Red Right Hand
Season 2 - Episode 8

The CBI team is faced with a violent and shocking crime in their own office, but must work the case in spite of their alarm of who may be behind it. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Van Pelt are definitely an "item".

The episode was rated from 651 votes.
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#18 - Red and Itchy
Season 5 - Episode 21

J.J. LaRoche personally requests Jane’s help when the mysterious container he’s been hiding for nine years is stolen from his home.

The episode was rated from 966 votes.
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#19 - Red Rover, Red Rover
Season 4 - Episode 23

Red John taunts Jane on the ninth anniversary of his wife and daughter's death. With Jane's attention diverted and his concentration wavering, the current investigation and his CBI career are put at risk.

The episode was rated from 737 votes.
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#20 - Red John's Footsteps
Season 1 - Episode 23

As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, Lisbon suspects that Red John is trying to draw Jane into a trap.

The episode was rated from 635 votes.

Last updated: dec 06, 2022



Well ... up to the 6th and a half season a really good show I enjoyed watching. Since Red John ain't no more, not so much. They should have ended it there, in my opinion. Nevertheless, I still would recommend the show to anyone who's asking!


I've already watched this entire show, but I barely remember any of it. Which is why I am re-watching it, in a sense. Anyway, I'm currently watching season two and almost finished with it as well. The Mentalist is definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. There are some moments in which perfectionists immediately bash this show for, even though it's simply that. A show. If you're looking for an entertaining show to watch, I recommend this. I personally love it, although we all have our different opinions about things.


I really liked the show. I saw some episodes on TV and did not see every episode. Now, after it is finished and every episode is on Netflix I binged it which was a nice thing for me. If you think about watching this show please keep in mind, that is not designed for binge watching. The meta plot of Red John is sometimes forgotten and after the Red John case is solved there are only small meta plots. The show lives and dies with Jane and his relationship to Lispon. [spoiler]I do not know if the marriage was a great idea at the end. Yes, Jane finally is happy again. Yes, Lispon is happy as well. But did they really need to marry?[/spoiler] Kimbel Cho is a wonderful sidekick to the show. I wished that he had gained more attention by the script writers as he is funny as hell the way he is saying things, not what he i saying. In the end I can give a solid 5/7 to the show and can recommend it to everyone who likes a nice crime series with a character your would punch if you meet him but love to watch on the screen.


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