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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

The Mentalist - S3E24

#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 from 303 votes.

The Mentalist - S3E23

#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 from 646 votes.

The Mentalist - S4E24

#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 from 755 votes.

The Mentalist - S6E6

#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 from 1204 votes.

The Mentalist - S5E22

#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 from 1042 votes.

The Mentalist - S6E22

#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 from 1274 votes.

The Mentalist - S6E8

#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 from 1326 votes.

The Mentalist - S7E13

#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 from 680 votes.

The Mentalist - S4E1

#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 from 743 votes.

The Mentalist - S4E7

#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 from 694 votes.

The Mentalist - S3E16
#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.
The Mentalist - S6E7
#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.
The Mentalist - S5E8
#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.
The Mentalist - S6E1
#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.
The Mentalist - S5E5
#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.
The Mentalist - S6E4
#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.
The Mentalist - S2E8
#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.
The Mentalist - S5E21
#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.
The Mentalist - S4E23
#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.
The Mentalist - S1E23
#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: jul 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.


One of my favourite shows so far! Simon Baker is an amazing actor. I loved seeing him play Patrick Jane. He always plays his characters so naturally and convincing, that you sometimes wonder whether he's actually acting. The dynamic between Cho/Rigsby, Van Pelt/Rigsby and Lisbon/Jane were one of the best things about the show. Even the characters in later seasons such as Dennis and Wylie were a great asset to the show. I am ashamed I only found out about this show 5 years after its end. What I also love about this show is that everything is so well thought of. The script, the development of the characters, the acting, everything is so compelling and interesting and you just never get bored. Especially the relationships between the characters are so well written. Not once did I think it was too cheesy or slow or too fast or not believable. You follow these characters on their journey and how they become friends or how they fall in love with subtle hints throughout the show, and you just root for their happiness. It's so beautiful and so real. Nothing feels forced or strange. The only part that I might be a little sad about or think that should have been handled better is the development of Cho. He was an interesting and funny character, but they didn't really focus much on him compared to the others. There were some moments where I really felt they could have given him an interesting storyline or zoom in a bit more on that particular situation, but they just let it slide so easily, that I was thinking afterwards: why did they hint on this situation and then just forget about it? Why introducing a storyline to just throw it away later on? That was the only thing I was a bit frustrated about. They should have given the actor more credit, more things to work with. Other than that, this will always be one of my favourite shows! Sad that it ended, but in a good way. I will forever be in love with Simon Baker's smile and Patrick Jane's wit.


There are several serials with a protagonist applying out of the box techniques to solve crimes. Somehow they take inspiration from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes. He has a particular sentence which he keeps shouting about, 'You all see, but you don't observe' The mentalist is on the same lines. There have been many and I'm sure there will be many too, but this sets a different place in viewers mind because of the back story and execution. Each one of us has a frustrating part which believes if the criminals don't follow rules, then why should the police, they should be given free rein with all the unorthodox methods for finding the culprits. The mentalist gives this particular emotion a vent. The lead of this series, Mr Patrick Jane is very well versed in hot reading, cold reading, manipulation, keen observation, deduction etc. Though he uses these skills to help the Police solve crimes, he has an open agenda of revenge. That's something that connects him with the audience. He works with Detective Lisbon, the formal head of the team. She being a girl adds the balance on screen. Do not go expecting mind benders and complex plots. There scarcely are any thrilling moments (Go see Sherlock for that) The show wins in terms of execution. The relations between fellow team members. Relations between Jane and Lisbon are convincing. Patrick Jane acted by Simon Baker is the most pleasing of them all. His charming, playful demeanour seals it for me at least. to summarize, the following things make the show a success. A lead character with a tragic back story that connects Execution and inter-team relations Mr Simon Baker


it’s a good series. Middle seasons were most interesting then the pace started to go down


I give this show an 8 out of 10 because even if the execution had its lows, the story of this man itself was very intriguing, interesting and complex. I loved Patrick Jane, he remained flawless even if you could punch holes in the rest of the characters; Simon Baker didn't falter and he was just impecable. He helped create a beautifully complex, likeable character and I grew very fond of him. I'll miss him! Teresa Lisbon was just right and Kimball Cho also remained a very consistent character, I would've liked seeing a little bit more development for him on the side just like Rigsby and Van Pelt got. Overall, this show is great! Very entertaining, suspenful, engaging, emotional and funny; educational even, I think I learned a thing or two from my dear Jane!


one of the best shows


@tanbuelo you are missing the point of the show


Wow! Talk about formula television plots. This is the cheap instant coffee version of , just add water and it tastes the same every time and never surprises you. There isn't even a caffeine kick at the end cause they're using decaffeinated instant coffee.


Just finished a third time watching this show. After Dexter and Sherlock this is my favorite police show ever. How I wished they would have made more seasons. A friend wanted to see a reboot, but I think it would be very hard to find actors to do the job Simon and Robin did as Jane and Lisbon.


I have seen friends like 20 times and most of the cast are from Friends from this show


I love this show... This show is the best crime drama ever created....


Made-Up mind reading bullshit.

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