The TV show "The Mentalist" features actors Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Robin Tunney, Rockmond Dunbar and Tim Kang. Simon Baker stars as Patrick Jane, a former professional psychic who uses his powers of observation to "read" people and crack criminal cases. Around 15.8 million viewers watched the series' pilot.
"The Mentalist" first aired on Sept. 23, 2008. In this police procedural, the title character is a non-police consultant working for the California Bureau of Investigation. Although Patrick Jane solves unrelated cases over the course of the series, his main objective is to help catch Red John, the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter. In the series' time line, these murders occurred five years before the pilot episode. Robin Tunney plays Teresa Lisbon, Jane's love interest and a special agent for the FBI.
The series endured for seven seasons and aired its finale on Feb. 18, 2015. For the week it aired, the first-season episode, "Flame Red," achieved the highest ratings of any U.S show. This was the first time in four years that any show had achieved this distinction in its first season. Simon Baker received a good deal of critical praise for his performance in the series' lead role.