I watch this show occasionally but really only because my father likes it. nothing against the show but it just seems like a less humorous version of the USA network show Psych. Also i dont understand why they have Simon Baker faking the american accent when he is not very good at it. you can hear his native Austrialin accent come through any time he says a word with an "ou" (like hour). in fact i think the only actors on TV who can successfull pull of the american accent are Hugh Laurie and the man from Brothers and Sisters (i cant remember his name as i dont watch that show that often)
I have watched "The Mentalist" from the very first show and I am still intrigued with it. I can't get enough of Simon Baker, his eyes are magnetic! He exudes a certain warmth and compassion as Jane, the delving "investigator". It is one of the only shows I keep on my recorded favorites so I can watch episodes again. I like the twists that the show has, sometimes the end is so different than what we were led to believe at first glance. I like the show, admire the work of Simon as Jane, I hope the writers will continue to improve the story lines.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Not in this case.
After giving the show a chance (watched the first two shows in their entirety), I found that not only doesn't it offer anything new in either plot and characters, but it relies on some of the worst acting I have ever seen on TV, not to mention using the most two-dimensional, characters (both second only to "In Plain Sight").
If you combine the two main characters from "Psych" (Sean) and the eponymous "Monk", you'll get the main character of "The Mentalist", who, even his character admits, is, basically, a con man, who becomes an assistant to the police after his family is killed. One could argue that the premise even copies "NCIS", whose main character's family was killed. So, that makes three shows that were ripped-off, made more obvious considering that they are still running.
As entertaining (if not realistic) as those other shows are, "The Mentalist" pales in comparison in every aspect. All the creators had to do was make the lead character "normal" (i.e., no family killed; no ersatz psychic tendencies), and I probably would have believed, or at least liked, the show better, if only for not being a blatant imitation. As it is, I watch it only if nothing better is on, which, unfortunately, is the case for that day and time slot (and which is the only reason I gave it a "5" rating), but, admittedly, I have slept through a few episodes or turned them off long before they ended (other than for the first two episodes, which I found no more interesting, but I felt I had to give them a chance). That CBS' "The Mentalist" is currently rated second (below and following that same network's "NCIS" show) in the Nielsen's (as of Dec 24, 2008) - - CBS' recent ads refer to "The Mentalist" as "the number one show", without qualifying what they meant by that - - is beyond my understanding, though I wonder if the fact that practically nothing worthwhile is on after "NCIS" has something to do with it. However, it also makes me cringe at the thought of who might actually be enjoying this poor imitation.
"Go Back!What was that?"
In my opinion a decent tv show,not so original story plot, but a twist, evry episode is diffrente althought i don't really like that.It kinda reminds me of "Dexter" where you follow a guy and each episode is diffrente but suddenly there is a bigger plot in the film and from time to time they reveal the bigger plot...ofcourse it has nothing to do with "Dexter".Any way, the big star of the film is no doubt Simon Baker, first class actor that in this Tv series grabs you with his charming smile and the behaivor - "Watch what I'am going to do".At first i was sceptical, because i watch another Tv series called "Lie To Me", that is newer then this one, but i thought the 2 plots are almost indentical so i considered at first to stick with "Lie To Me", but then i said... "Go Back!What was that?".. and started watching this, it's a great show with wich you could waster your time and even something more.
Ofcourse it has it holes in the story wich i wont mention due to not much time and not to do a spoiler alert.Anyways, I recomendet to people who havent still watched it, it just might be the TV Series for you ;)
Two shows this season caught my attention more than any other: The Mentalist and Fringe. So it really sucks that both of these shows are on at the same time. And, unfortunately for The Mentalist, I watch Fringe religiously.
Still, when I can, I catch an episode of this AWESOME show with the perfect cast and curse the powers that be that scheduled the best new show i rarely watch at the same time as the best new show i rarely miss. I keep hoping for a time slot change, even though i love watching NCIS and then tuning in, if scheduling allows, to this great show.
I started watching the Mentalist on first day it aired. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I soon feel in love with the show. I have not missed one episode and I hope it is on for many years to come. For those who haven't seen it yet I would say give it a shot, you can not go wrong.
It is very entertaining. The main character is easy to like. He is a funny and intersting character.
I just hope the writers will continue to come up with clever ideas for each week's plot.
Bottom line CBS has done it again. A throughly entertaining show.
I love this show. I own the first season on DVD and have watched every single episode so much I almost have them all memorized. It's smart, entertaining, surprisingly funny, and it's a good time for 42 minutes. I'm glad to see that this show has been such a success. The TV industry is a very competitive business and it's hard for new shows to get picked up, but when I first watched it I knew it was something different, and something that everyone could enjoy. I look forward to new episodes and hope this show has a long and successful run.
The Mentalist shows off unconventional investigation through the talents of a "psychic" who admits only being very acute in the reading of people. Oh yeah, and he is backed by a team from the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation).
I started watching this show late in the game, only to find it hard to stop watching because of many factors, first: that Simon Baker is very handsome, second: Robin Tunney is team leader, and lastly, the reoccuring arch that surrounds "Red John". The latter reason will probably go on slowly and simmer into an extravangant boil, which I truly love in a show. The dynamic of the team, the witty banter of the lot and the relationships in focus also captivate me, as well as the theme of vengeance throughout the show. The man who is trying to redeem himself, is a theme I really like played out - a Hamlet of sorts.
'The Mentalist' is a breath of fresh air for the crime drama genre. Delivering hours of entertaining storylines, with loads of drama, action, intriquing storylines and humour.
The show follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane, who decided to become part of the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) after his pretending to be a phychic and bad mouthing the infamous "Red John" got his wife and daughter murdered. Although he masks his pain with a dark humour and very unique character, the dark side of Jane occasionally comes out. In one episode declaring that he wants to "watch Red John bleed".
All in all, 'The Mentalist' is a great show and could well run for quite a few years (let's just hope so!).
-"you a psyqhic?"
-"no, I just pay close attention"
Patrick Jane, who used to pretned be a psyquic before, becomes a CBI agent when his wife and daughter are murdered by a serial killer known as Red John. Using his previous "psiquic habilities" he solves every case he is sent to solve.
The series is one of the most popular series now days, and it has only run for 1 season. A second one is coming soon in september, and with each episode things start to go better. Is an amazing series, with great stories and incredible pieces of acting. Simon Baker as Patrick Jane might be the best agent in TV.
The Mentalist is about a former "psychic" turned police consultant. Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane whose family was murdered by a serial killer named Red John. He uses his observational skills to solve cases but his real motivation is catching Red John.
The Mentalist is one of the most unique shows to appear on television in recent years. It is not unique in the sense of the cop-catches-criminal storyline. What sets it apart from other shows of this genre is the willingness of the the writer's to patiently develop universal themes such as revenge, obsession, the existence of God, and relationships. They don't give way to the sometimes shallow entertainment-only factor and that is refreshing. Not that The Mentalist isn't entertaining, it is certainly that; however, like any great novel, the characters and setting are being used to seriously address some of the deeper and perhaps darker sides of human nature. Using Jane's character to illustrate, it was obvious from the first episode that he was arrogant, egotistical, and self-absorbed-Jane: "they [doctors] always want to be the smartest person in the room don't they, when in fact that's me, obviously." But Jane is exposed on an even deeper level in his obsessive and at times careless pursuit of Red John, the brutal murderer of his wife and daughter. This aspect of the storyline is foundational for the series much as Ahab's quest for Moby Dick was for Melville's great novel. The rest of the cast certainly have the credentials to make The Mentalist one of television's all-time great shows. If the writer's give them some maneuvering room in Season 2, this show could gel into something quite rare on prime time these days-art and entertainment.
This is a pretty good show that has a great lead actor, so great that he makes it a better show than it even is. He is so charismatic that he is very believable in his role as a very charismatic guy. And even when the mysteries are quite predictable which frankly they frequently are, the show's watchability remains very high because you still want to see what 'Patrick Jane' will do. I guess in that way you could compare it a bit to the Closer where you know who the murderer is but want to see how she's going to get the confession, and she's enjoyable to watch because quirky and extremely charming all the while she is manipulating people. That said, the mentalist seems quite fresh and new somehow (which I didn't expect at first glance of the premise since it sounded like a copy cat of Psych - thankfully it's not!).
As a fan of these type of shows i expected this to disappoint. I was surprised. It's a whole new take on these existing programs and completely new and different. Not only can this show be be quite serious with the cases that Patrick Jane and the rest of the team investigate but it's also funny with the way Jane acts, figures things out and the way he always just comes straight out with things. Jane and the rest of the gang interacting is hilarious and never fails to make me laugh. This show has a lot of work to do with the competition out there but i for one will always tune in to watch. Only 4 episodes in and this is one viewer who is already addicted!!
Great show, one of the best new series of the season. The plots of the episodes are very clever written. Also the acting of Simon Baker makes the show even better. It is very enjoying to watch him give disturbance to other chracters of the show. The series is about Partick Jane who used to be an Psychic "not a real one, but a good manuplator" before a serial killer killed his wife an daughter. And now by using his manuplative skills he is helping FBI to solve crimes.
Maybe in further episodes we can the watch development of a relationship between Lisbon and Jane like "Bones". I think it would be nice for the series.
For me the series show us that how people can easily deceived by people.
The other reviewers have already said most of it,
but the part of the episode that impressed me the most was Janes view on revenge. We see again how good he is at deceiving people and hiding behind his cheerful mask. He is able to impress on a teenager how "bad" revenge is, at the same time he makes it very clear to Lisbon what his very own angle on it is. And On my part, he convinced me that he is very serious. It will be exciting how Lisbons dilemma, who of course has to protect the law etc., will turn out. Great acting on Simon Bakers part, and Tunney pulls of a very convincing reaction too.
It's a show about Patric Jane, a consultant at the fictional CBI. He used to used to pose as a medium but stopped after he unintentionally caused the death of his family. He uses his sharp observational skills to solve cases.
This show, as I've classified it as, is a classic. It is very well written and acted. It is an amazing idea brought to life with even amazing stories and sensibilities. I usually don't like or see Police Procedural dramas, but this one's an exception for me. I found about this series when I was browsing for something else. I just watched the pilot because I had nothing else to do that day and I loved it. This series and concept has the potential to go a long way. A lot of more interesting stories are waiting to be said.
Only on the second episode here in the uk up to now but i can tell already it is going to be unmissable. Same storyline as a series called psych wich i realy enjoyed but this show has fixed the only problem that psych had which was the cheesy not serious enough aproach and added the appeal of cracker or fitz as it was called in the states. They have took all the best parts and made it even more enjoyable to watch. Great story, just glad they've not over artifized it ( if thats a word, think it should be) as they have a habbit at the moment of doing that to perfectly good ideas.
This show is worth a try for anyone who doesn't quite like the format, if only to watch the lead character. This is probably the few times in television production where the actor cast in the role is absolutely perfect. There is nothing special in the format per se, its a regular cop show, but the magic comes from an of the wall main character. Think of him as the 'Dr House' of the cop show, only more endearing and witty. It is often lighthearted and I think it is great at not taking itself too seriously all the time, which is refreshing for the format.
The only drawback is that this might not have a long shelf-life. It remains to be seen whether the show can build on its unique selling point or get tired and gimmicky.
Overall, the first season is going very well.
Don't get me wrong, it's not like I don't like the Mentalist, but I just don't think it's THAT great.
I'm happy there's this story line in it about Red John, it doesn't keep me from not watching, although I missed a few episodes.
I love Simon Bakers' humour in the show. Every time it surprises me again how he can act like a fool.
One thing for sure: I really don't like Robin Tuney.
I already didn't like her in Prison Break.. There is just something annoying about her and I don't know what.
Unless the Mentalist gets REALLY boring, I'll keep watching this.
This great show started right off with a bang. Just when you think you could not possibly watch another cop show. CBS makes amends for the countless (CSI/Numbers/Criminal Minds) cop shows with this new twist on an old genre. "Patrick Jane" (played by Simon Baker) is a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. He once made a living as a psychic medium, which he admits was a scam. Now he takes those same skills of observation and reasoning to help law enforcement solve cases. Baker's charm, sense of humor and quick wit greatly add to this shows greatness. He ties the whole cast together with great interaction making it easy to watch.
Didn't think this show would be any good. But I was wrong. This one is great! First episode and then I was stuck.
New story in every episode, so you can miss one and don't get lost. Thats also great.
And I just love the team. But sometimes it's becomes a bit too easy, I like when you must think a little. Sometimes the episodes give you too much info on who the bad person is. Thats the only bad thing about this story.
If you have not seen this yet, do it now. I'm sure you will enjoy like I do.
What this show lacks in originality it makes up for in the platonic chemistry of the cast. Sure, we wonder how a mediocre agent has made it to team leader and don't really care if the junior agents hit the sheets but Simon Baker is worth watching and is the reason I gave it a great rating rather than terrible. Giving Patrick the history of a fraud psychic-gone-honest was good but the murdered family leaves too many dangling threads. Did the wife know he was a fake, did she help him con people? Were they priming their child to also be involved like Sylvia "I hope you aren't recording this" Browne has done with her son? A twin brother who was murdered by the smiley face killer who had mistaken him for Patrick would have made a "cleaner" storyline but writers are always trying to leave things messy just in case the need a quick storyline. The snarky dialogue, bright smile and 'watch this' attitude gives the show interest when otherwise you'd get an hour of quasi-mystery with much-too-pat conclusions. When people say that actor would be interesting just reading the phone book this is the kind of performance they mean. I won't be surprised, though, if it doesn't last more than a few seasons especially if the two leads become lovers.
The writers do an excellent job at making the shows so great. The plots of the episodes are great and fast moving, never a dull moment. All the actors and actresses do a great job. But I have to say that Simon Baker is the star!!! I liked him when he was in The Guardian and I am so glad he is back on. The Mentalist is a great character for him. His facial expressions and mannerisms add so much to the character. The other actors/actresses are well suited to their rolls too. Don't EVER think of taking this show off the air.
I enjoy getting to know the characters more with each passing plot..The Mentalist is a bit more original than some of the other ones out there..I like House but his is a good show that has a great lead actor, so great that he makes it a better show than it even is. He is so charismatic that he is very believable in his role as a very charismatic guy. I love the perfect blend of humor and drama that this show has...I even watch the reruns .Every Tuesday I eagerly tune in promptly to see what else they have in for me.This is a pretty good show..I'd like to see more seasons of.
This show is officially my favorite. I just love everything about it! Patrick Jane is such an amazing character, and Simon Baker does a wonderful job potraying him. I love the perfect blend of humor and drama that this show has. While there are many crime dramas out there, The Mentalist is a bit more original than some of the other ones out there like CSI. Every Tuesday I egerly tune in promptly to see what else they have in store for me. I even watch the reruns on the rare occasions that they're on, which I don't usually like to do. The Mentalist is definitly a keeper that I'd like to see more seasons of.
Each episode, from the beginning, has left me wanting more. I enjoy getting to know the characters more with each passing plot. I enjoy the tense romance(s) between several of the main characters. Also, I really enjoy the underlying "Red John" plot. The relationship between Jane and Lisbon is just tasty enough to be real, but has an underlying sexual current that can be felt during several of the pivotal moments during the show. All of the characters have good chemistry and the show flows well. I find myself intrigued by both the coming character development and the cases to be solved. Overall, it's my new CSI, which has fallen completely out of my favor with it's new additions/deletions.
The show follows the exploits of Patrick Jane a 'mentalist' who used to make a good living as a psychic. The problem is he wasn't really a psychic he was a fake! And when he taunted a serial killer who he was helping the police to catch his whole family were killed.
As such Jane quit his life as a psychic and now works as a consultant for the California beauau of Investigation using his powers of observation, misdirection and persuasion to catch criminals all the while on the look out for the man who took his family from him.
This show is somewhat like psych except that it is far more serious and in many ways far more compelling to watch. The plotlines are clever, the script is spot on and the acting is great. I just hope that this show runs and runs so we canget the most out of it.
Let me start off by admitting these facts first, I'm a sucker for criminal dramas. I'm a fan of smart detectives. I enjoy playing "Who dunnit?" in front of my tv. And this show gives me the combined pleasure of all three. What more could I ask?
Though sometimes highly pretictable, the show has interesting cases each episode, has an ongoing vendetta for the main character and a theme for episode names. So far doin' it all right. But as the season(s) progress they'll eventually have to create some situations for the supporting characters who are currently not being developed much. It's not a problem yet since it's so early in the series, but will grow if ignored, imo. Patrick James is the back bone of the show, the star, without question. And Simon Baker is very enjoyable, charming as this not psychic but mentalist character. I'm liking him very much so far, he has this Sherlock Holmes feeling, overly smart, quirky and with questionable morals.
Teresa Lisbon (been waiting for the obvious Mother Teresa jokes ever since the pilot!) is a character with potential, I personally love Robin Tunney, and her pouting skills. She's so cute, trying to control Jane but clearly failing. But they can dig more into her past and family. There's some drama material there.
Cho, Rigsby and Van Pelt are enjoyable, they get quite moderate screentime with good lines but I think they need to be givn some kind of background. Especially Cho. All in all I'm hooked with this show and will stick around to se where it goes.
i really like this show. i have been watching since it started, bc it intrigued me. i tried to get my family to watch it but since the first episode was slow to get into, they didn't like it. their loss. its sooo good. the characters have each others back and are partners. lisbon and jane are soo perfect as partners.. and i sense some romantic chemistry between them as well. i like all the characters.. the storylines are good.. i mean this probably the only show on tv where you would be following along with the episode and think you know what is going on and then wham! you were wrong and then you are at the edge of your seat confused as heck but earning for more. its amazing. great show. :)
What a New Year's kick-off!! Again The Mentalist proves it's one of the best written and acted show on the field. I absolutely love Patrick Jane besides being charming, he is the hottest actor out there, he makes you feel the character and keep you interested all the way. I mean it's the fastest 40 minutes on earth when I'm watching it.
I guess the show evolves around Red John, but we do need him to catch him, please!! We can't seem to get enough of Jane on each episode and I just hope it keeps going the same way because even though we got a lot of crime-thriller shows this one is unique and original and truly manipulates you to keep watching it and wanting more on each episode. My thumps up for this new show and its writers, off the edge!
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