Nupraptor the Mentalist

The Mentalist

The Mentalist is a CBS police drama television series which debuted on September 23, 2008 on CBS.

Starring Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

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. It also introduced some of Jane's backstory, indicating that his wife and daughter had been murdered five years before the series began by a serial killer known as "Red John."

After CBS observed the ratings of The Mentalist, it ordered six more scripts, tallying up the total episodes to 19.


Name Actor
Patrick Jane Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon Robin Tunney
Wayne Rigsby Owain Yeoman
Kimball Cho Tim Kang
Grace Van Pelt Amanda Righetti

Episode list

U.S. Nielsen ratings

Weekly ratings

# Episode Air Date Timeslot (EST) Season Rating Share 18-49 (Rating/Share) Viewers (m) Weekly Rank (#)
1 "Pilot" September 23, 2008 Tuesday
9:00 P.M.
2008-2009 9.5/15 3.5/9 15.6 #10
2 "Red Hair and Silver Tape" September 30, 2008 9.7/15 3.6/9 15.5 #6
3 "Red Tide" October 14, 2008 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 "Ladies in Red" October 21, 2008 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 "Red Brick and Ivy" October 28, 2008 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

International broadcasts

The series airs on A in Canada concurrently with its American broadcast. The series debuted on the Nine Network in Australia on the 8th of October, 2008.

Similarity to other shows

The series' premise has several parallels to the USA Network series Psych. The main characters each have highly developed skills of observation and deduction. Also, both characters work as freelancers or consultants with local California law enforcement, largely to the consternation of their superiors. The character of Patrick Jane, has some traits similar to that of the main characters of Dexter, and Life. The series also similar in its elements to the USA Network series Monk.


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