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The Mentalist is an American police drama that has been running since September of 2008. It airs on CBS and has won several awards. The television show's ratings remain strong enough that it has been renewed for the 2013 season. The show's protagonist is Patrick Jane, an ex psychic fraud who has skills of observation like Sherlock Holmes. He may not read minds, but he spots things that the official police do not, just like Holmes.

The show starts with Patrick Jane being called in on a murder investigation. He decides to help because the murder has all of the hallmarks of having been committed by a psychopath that goes by the name of "Red John." Patrick offended this serial killer during his days as a fraudulent psychic by saying he had profiled him with the police. In retaliation, "Red John" murdered Patrick's wife and child. Since then, he has been trying to hunt down the killer and killers like him. Each of the first season's episodes contain the word red, though most are about crimes that do not involve "Red John," showing how important the antagonist is to the series. The rest of the seasons follow that example, though sometimes euphemisms for red are used.

The series does not change much over the next three seasons. Patrick Jane is still hunting "Red John" and other miscellaneous criminals along the way. There seems to be a bit of a tradition of making each season's last episode about "Red John" and Jane's struggle to find him and stop him for good. In Season 3, the audience is led to believe that Patrick Jane finally got his man and killed him. However, this was not the case. The beginning of the following season showed that the killer was still at large.

The end of season 4 reveals an elaborate plot against "Red John," perpetrated by Patrick Jane and a team. The idea is to trick "Red John" into thinking that Jane is no longer working for the police. As always, the plot fails, but there are a few interesting twists. The killer seems to have an informant among the authorities and Jane gets his hands on a "Red John" accomplice. The season ends on a cliffhanger with Jane and the police working to get information on the killer from the accomplice.

7 Seasons, 150 Episodes
September 23, 2008
Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama
Cast: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman
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The Mentalist Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, Lisbon and Jane plan to get married, but a killer's quest for revenge may destroy the happy ending they've worked so hard to achieve.

  • A young man claiming to have psychic powers assists the FBI in their investigation of a pair of murders, but when he leads them to additional victims, Jane and the team become suspicious of him.

  • Jane and the team are desperate to apprehend a deadly gang of armored car robbers before innocent people lose their lives.

  • Jane plots to protect Abbot's future when Abbott's old boss threatens his career.

  • Jane is concerned for Lisbon's safety when the team must protect the witness in a murder investigation from a veteran assassin.

  • A murder investigation becomes personal for Lisbon when her younger brother becomes a key witness.

  • The FBI is brought in to help after a botched DEA raid, but when Abbott's former boss tries to blackmail him into keeping the agency's mistakes quiet, he is faced with a moral dilemma.

  • A chance encounter with a military colonel makes Jane wonder if the soldier is hiding something.

  • The team investigates a murder that has connections to a counterfeit diamond operation.

  • Jane and Lisbon take a trip to Beirut where they are forced to work with Jane's familiar adversary, Erica Flynn, who agrees to help the FBI apprehend her boyfriend, a courier for terrorist organizations, in exchange for amnesty for her past crimes.

  • Lisbon goes undercover as a prison inmate to try and get a convict to turn on her boyfriend, who is the leader of a high-end car theft ring.

  • During the seventh and final season premiere, Jane and Lisbon keep their relationship a secret as they investigate the murder of an undercover agent.

  • Lisbon puts travel, with Agent Pike, to Washington D.C. on hold when she receives a new lead on a cold case. This allows Jane some time to think about their relationship and where she wants it to go.

  • Time is quickly running out and the kidnapped victims will be shipped overseas.

  • Jane's freedom is a stake as he waits for the jury to decide if he should be tried for the murder of Red John.

  • Jane and Lisbon discover a massive human smuggling business. Lisbon is still tempted to move to D.C. with Pike, but remains undecided.

  • When a woman is killed near a men's social club, Jane finds a way to get into the group to find out who is responsible.

  • The FBI and Jane begin working on a case dealing with an inmate whose on death row, with only two days left to prove his innocence.

  • Jane and his colleagues conduct an operation to catch a deadly team of art thieves. Meanwhile, things heat up between Lisbon and an agent from the FBI's art squad.

  • Grace is kidnapped by the killer who has targeted former CBI members, but when the prime suspect appears to have an airtight alibi, Jane must rely on his own senses to get to the bottom of things before it's too late.

  • Jane and Fischer investigate a murder at an oil fracking site, while Rigsby and Van Pelt are in Austin investigating a string of attacks on former CBI team members.

  • Jane investigates the murder of a U.S. attorney in Mexico. Rigsby and Van Pelt talk JJ LaRoche into helping them find the former CBI members' stalker.

  • A high tech cartographer is murdered after discovering the possibility of a spy ring.

  • The FBI searches for the killer of several DEA agents, and Jane goes on a date with a beautiful woman associated with the case.

  • The FBI reluctantly asks Jane to help to find a missing computer programmer, but Jane refuses to cooperate until Lisbon is brought on board as well.

  • Two years after the Red John case is solved, Jane's newfound peace is interrupted by an unexpected life-changing job opportunity.

  • Patrick Jane finally confronts the madman that killed his wife and daughter.

  • In the aftermath of the events at Jane's house, the Red John list is narrowed down further, and the CBI focuses on the remaining suspects.

  • Jane finally holds the final clue and attempts to put the pieces together to identify Red.

  • When an influential member of Visualize is mysteriously killed, Jane investigates in the hopes that the case will provide some insight into finding Red John.

  • Jane reveals that a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen, and the team realizes the potential harm the men could be in.

  • Jane keeps the CBI busy on a case in Napa in order to focus on Sheriff McAllister. Meanwhile, Van Pelt and Rigsby get hitched.

  • Jane makes an important discovery related to Red John's methods as the team encounters four of the suspects. Plus, the team investigates the death of a software engineer killed by a drone strike.

  • In the sixth-season opener, the body of a man is found two years after his disappearance. Meanwhile, Jane and Lisbon secretly try to narrow down their pool of seven Red John suspects.

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Simon Baker of The Mentalist Scores HUGE Contract

Simon Baker managed to sign a huge deal with CBS over the break.

His deal includes a $30 million dollar payday for the next few seasons and Executive Producer credits for Season 5. That’s like two years away?

I guess the studio execs are assuming the ratings will stay up and aren’t planning to can the show any time soon.

Simon stars on the show, The Mentalist and apparently, it is doing very well over at CBS.