This is without a doubt THE best new show on TV, and one of the best written shows to air in recent years. It has instantly become one of my favorites, and I cannot tell you all how disappointed I am to see people bashing it for being "similar" to Psych. I, in past years, have been a HUGE USA fan, watching Dead Zone, The 4400, Monk, and Psych. I am a regular viewer of Psych. Let me tell you.....and I direct this at everyone that has not given The Mentalist a chance because they think it will be too similar or even a rip-off of Psych.....The Mentalist is NOTHING like Psych. As a fellow Psych fan I hope those of you that have not given The Mentalist a chance because of the perceived similarities will take my advice and watch just the first 2 episodes of The Mentalist. This show is QUALITY. If any of you fellow Psych fans out there that have shunned this show enjoy quality, thought provoking writing, you absolutley MUST give this show a chance.
The Mentalist is a straight-up drama with some especially dramatic and emotional moments. Psych is a straight up comedy. Psych is a fun show without a whole lot of overall story arch to worry about. It is a pick up and watch comedy, and there is nothing wqrong with that. The Mentalist is the type of show that we serial drama viewers are always begging for and complaining is a dying breed. From the very first episode, the overall story arch is evident. It grabs you. It makes you think and wonder. Like the first episodes of Lost, Prison Break, and all the other great serial dramas of our day, it leaves you begging for more and wondering what will happen next. Very few shows today do this. TV execs think we as viewers are so stupid and have such short attention spans that we cannot stay tuned to a story as it unravels. This is the furthest thing from the dumbed-down television we all complain about, and rewards intelligent viewers with excellent writing and a full fledged mystery to wonder about. This is the type of show that leaves you unable to sleep the night after watching it because you cannot stop thinking about it.
On top of all this, I enjoyed it even more because it is the antagonist to all the Psychic shows currently on television. Don't get me wrong, I don't miss an episode of Medium or Ghost Whisperer (although Ghost has really gone downhillsince season 1), but sometimes I think those shows do damage by promoting the scam artists and charlatains that practice these arts in real life. While they are great concepts as TV, all too many people are taken in and taken advantage of by these scam artists and fake psychics in real life each and every day. This show is the antithesis of these psychic dramas. Rather than comparing it to Psych, I would compare it to a Darren Brown special. Throw Darren Brown into one of the best crime serials you've ever seen and that is the best I can describe it. I won't give away the story for those that have not seen it (and I hope you will), but the main character (a very likeable and perfect casting choice I may add) is a former "psychic" scam artist that endures a life-changing tragedy that alters the couse of his existance forever. He quits scamming people and begins using his skills to solve crimes. But the ghosts of his past are always there. Some of the scenes are amazing.....you can just see the pain in his eyes. If I can talk you into watching.....those of you who have not given it a chance yet.....you will see this show is so much more than Psych when the scenes regarding his past And that is not to bash Psych, I'm a fan. But this is true serial drama.....something that Psych is not.
Anyway, I've had my say. If you can't tell, I'm REALLY impressed by this show and hope my review here drums up some extra support. I will be simply devastated if this show is canceled. I too was a big Moonlight fan.....and a Jericho fan that gave plenty of money to the cause. Don't punish this show because of CBS making horrid decisions in the past. Don't wait to watch it, either. We need viewers NOW. And from the initial numbers, they look VERY good. If everyone said "I'm going to wait a year or two to make sure it isn't canceled", every show would be canceled. There would be no more good TV! Why should other viewers do your work and commit to shows so you can wait until they are established to watch? Everyone has had their heart broken when a favorite show is canceled. But believe me, this is the type of show that is worth watching even if it is cut short. It is that good. I would be happy to have even seen the first two episodes if it were canceled tomorrow. With so few good shows on these days, I hope everyone will give it a chance.........