The Mentalist

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The Mentalist
The Mentalist 2008 Intertitle.png
GenreCrime drama
Mystery
FormatPolice procedural
Created byBruno Heller
Directed byChris Long
David Nutter
StarringSimon Baker
Robin Tunney
Tim Kang
Owain Yeoman
Amanda Righetti
Rockmond Dunbar
Emily Swallow
Opening theme"Theme from The Mentalist"
Composer(s)Blake Neely
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes126 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bruno Heller
Chris Long
Daniel Cerone
Eoghan Mahony
Tom Szentgyorgyi
Ashley Gable (2008–12)
Producer(s)Charles Goldstein (2008–10)
Simon Baker
Erika Green Swafford
Michael Weiss
Matthew Carlisle
Running time40–44 minutes
Production company(s)Primrose Hill Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 23, 2008 (2008-09-23) – present
External links
Website
 
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The Mentalist
The Mentalist 2008 Intertitle.png
GenreCrime drama
Mystery
FormatPolice procedural
Created byBruno Heller
Directed byChris Long
David Nutter
StarringSimon Baker
Robin Tunney
Tim Kang
Owain Yeoman
Amanda Righetti
Rockmond Dunbar
Emily Swallow
Opening theme"Theme from The Mentalist"
Composer(s)Blake Neely
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes126 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bruno Heller
Chris Long
Daniel Cerone
Eoghan Mahony
Tom Szentgyorgyi
Ashley Gable (2008–12)
Producer(s)Charles Goldstein (2008–10)
Simon Baker
Erika Green Swafford
Michael Weiss
Matthew Carlisle
Running time40–44 minutes
Production company(s)Primrose Hill Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 23, 2008 (2008-09-23) – present
External links
Website

The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that debuted on September 23, 2008, on CBS.[1] The show was created by Bruno Heller, who is also its executive producer. The show follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), who is a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) (and beginning with season six, the FBI), using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to "read" people's minds. On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed the series for a sixth season.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The Mentalist 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 skills from his former career as a successful yet admittedly fraudulent psychic medium to help a team of CBI agents solve murders. The ultimate goal of Patrick Jane in his cooperation with the CBI is to track down the killer known as "Red John," who was responsible for the brutal murders of his wife and daughter.

Jane formerly had a lucrative career as a con man, successfully posing as a psychic medium and enjoying 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 young daughter in revenge.

Jane subsequently abandoned his job as a psychic 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 pickpocketing, as well as powerful observational skill and a deep insight into the human psyche and behavior.

His last act at CBI was to finally find Red John and kill him. After spending two years off the grid, Jane cut a deal with the FBI to work for them, bringing with him former CBI Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon, the only person who seems to be able to keep Jane's theatrics and lack of boundaries under control. Jane and Lisbon work with their former fellow CBI agent Kimball Cho, FBI Agent Kim Fischer, are supervised by the no-nonsense Agent Dennis Abbott and are now based in Austin, Texas. The rest of the former CBI team, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt, have started their own security firm, but keep in touch with their former colleagues.

Production and distribution[edit]

The show often sets episodes in fictional locales with names like Salinger Mill and Rancho Rosa. Like the majority of American television shows, The Mentalist is mostly filmed within the studio zone in Los Angeles County, but occasionally films 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[3] and the show has subsequently been renewed annually since 2010 both in the domestic market and overseas.[4][5][6]

TNT began syndicating The Mentalist in the fall of 2011.[7]

In November 2013, it was confirmed that Righetti and Yeoman would be leaving The Mentalist after season six concludes.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

Lead actor Simon Baker in 2013

Episode list[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Warner Home Video has released the first five seasons on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 4.[9][10][11]

DVD nameEp #Release dates
Region 1Region 2 (UK)Region 4 (AUS)
The Complete First Season23September 22, 2009[12]March 8, 2010[13]September 23, 2009[14]
The Complete Second Season23September 21, 2010[15]November 8, 2010November 10, 2010[16]
The Complete Third Season23September 20, 2011[17]October 10, 2011[18]October 26, 2011[19]
The Complete Fourth Season24September 18, 2012October 8, 2012October 31, 2012[20]
The Complete Fifth Season22September 17, 2013October 14, 2013October 16, 2013

Reception[edit]

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.[21] 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.[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

U.S. ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere
Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Tuesday 9:00 pm
23
September 23, 2008
15.60[29]
May 19, 2009
16.82[30]2008–09617.52[31]
2
Thursday 10:00 pm
23
September 24, 2009
15.07[32]
May 20, 2010
15.22[33]2009–101015.37[34]
324
September 23, 2010
15.50[35]
May 19, 2011
14.11[36]2010–11915.24[37]
424
September 22, 2011
13.56[38]
May 17, 2012
13.09[39]2011–121214.57[40]
5
Sunday 10:00 pm
22
September 30, 2012
11.06[41]
May 5, 2013
9.17[42]2012–132411.82[43]
6TBA
September 29, 2013
9.70[44]
Spring 2014
TBA2013–14TBATBA

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