The Mentalist: Season 1 (2008 - 2009)



Critic Consensus: The setup and episodic storytelling is far from original, but The Mentalist distinguishes itself from other procedurals mostly due to the talents of Simon Baker.


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Air date: Sep 23, 2008
Air date: Sep 30, 2008
Air date: Oct 14, 2008
Air date: Oct 21, 2008
Air date: Oct 28, 2008
Air date: Nov 11, 2008
Air date: Nov 18, 2008
Air date: Nov 25, 2008
Air date: Dec 2, 2008
Air date: Dec 16, 2008
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The first series of this crime drama finds Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) a former psychic, adjusting to his new job as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane's not big on following proper procedure, much to the chagrin of his boss, Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), but his keen powers of observation help them solve cases. Cases involving elusive serial killer Red John are of particular interest to Jane, because this killer murdered his wife and young daughter a few years prior. Some cases this series include the poisoning death of a country-club socialite and the murder of a Hollywood producer.


Simon Baker
as Patrick Jane
Xander Berkeley
as Sheriff McAllister
Shaun Toub
as Michael Moradi
Mary Alexandra Stiefvater
as Alison Randolph
Eric Stonestreet
as Malcolm Boatwright
Judith Hoag
as Sandra Boatwright
Joel Bissonnette
as Mitchell Reese
Fred Koehler
as Tommy Olds
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Heather Prentiss
Patrick Fabian
as Rand Faulk
Jeffrey Nordling
as Price Randolph
Gregory Itzin
as Virgil Minelli
Elon Gold
as Paul Fricke
Sarah Foret
as Sydney Hanson
Clayton Rohner
as Asher MacLean
Todd Felix
as Randall
Michael O'Neill
as Sheriff Nelson
Colby Paul
as Brad Elkins
Alastair Mackenzie
as Dr. Royston Daniel
Lisa Sheridan
as Dr. Brooke Harper
Tim Guinee
as Tag Randolph
JR Bourne
as Jeremy Hale
Paul Cassell
as Stuart Hansen
Dylan Minnette
as Frankie O'Keefe
Denise Dowse
as Det. Carla Mulvey
Pepper Sweeney
as Deputy Parker
Marcella Lentz-Pope
as Maddy Garcia
Michael McGrady
as Coach Dieter
Gene Farber
as Dan Hollenbeck
Mark Hengst
as Alex Maxwell
Elizabeth Dennehy
as Kathryn Hawkes
Andrea Bogart
as Patience Broadbent
Scott Lawrence
as De Shaun Braemer
Rebecca Rigg
as Felicia Scott
Michael Mosley
as Sheriff Hardy
John Bishop
as Joe O'Keefe
Sasha Roiz
as Claire Wolcutt
Spencer Garrett
as Michael Elkins
Yancey Arias
as Victor Castillo
Tamlyn Tomita
as Lauri Medina
Marcus Giamatti
as Gabriel Fanning
Charles Esten
as Rick Bergman
Zeljko Ivanek
as Dr. Linus Wagner
Lisa Brenner
as Jennifer Sands
Bryce Johnson
as Ranger Kyle
Ashley Johnson
as Clara Tennant
Peter Mackenzie
as Holman Perry
David Newsom
as Michael Bennett
Jessie T. Usher
as Daniel Brown
Jaime Murray
as Nadia Sobell
Matt Winston
as Mitch Cavanaugh
Tara Karsian
as Medical Examiner
Lawrence Pressman
as Chancellor Stern
Sebastian Roche
as Shirali Arlov
Alona Tal
as Natalie
Tom Virtue
as George Palmer
Thomas Webb
as Clara Tennant
Danny Nucci
as Ben Machado
Brandon Waters
as Oscar Castillo
Bodhi Elfman
as Rick Tiegler
Elpidia Carrillo
as Mercedes O'Keefe
Rick Worthy
as Terry Andrews
Amy Laughlin
as Kathryn Stubbs-Gulbrand
Angela Sarafyan
as Adrianna Jonovic
Lily Knight
as Leslie Palmer
Sarah Lafleur
as Emily Maxwell
Azura Skye
as Tamzin Dove
Dan Lauria
as Battaglia
J. Marvin Campbell
as FBI Agent Hayes
Noel Fisher
as Travis Tennant
Brady Smith
as Rob Wallace
David Burke
as Haightly
Susan Chuang
as Joyce Tran
Cheyenne Wilbur
as Distinguished Man
Cameron Dye
as Freddie Rossini
David Loren
as Junior Lawyer
Jolie Jenkins
as Mandy Riljek
Rebecca Metz
as Carol Gentry
Jillian Bowen
as Melanie O'Keefe
Nancy Stafford
as Rosemary Tennant
Meera Simhan
as Asra Hadami
H. Richard Greene
as Robert Lynch
Michael Trevino
as Brandon Fulton
Jf Pryor
as Philip Handler
Mike Grief
as Bailiff
Chad Todhunter
as Jason O'Toole
Laura Leigh Hughes
as Janice Elkins
Alex Quijano
as Attendant
Blake Gibbons
as Keith Gulbrand
Rodney Eastman
as Lee Skelling
Steven Culp
as Morgan Tolliver
Tamara Knausz
as Keely Duane
Jack Kehler
as Playland Owner
Jack Harding
as Medical Examiner
Matt Sigloch
as Swat Guy
Lisa Arturo
as Jackie Shaper
Aaron Skinner
as Uniformed Cop
Gail O'Grady
as Juniper Tolliver
Shelby Fenner
as Nicole Gilbert
Robb Skyler
as Jolly Dealer
Marco Sanchez
as Frank Schiappa
Marisol Ramirez
as Dr. Fuller
Jake Dogias
as Marcus Klein
Freda Foh Shen
as Korean Store Owner
L.J. Benet
as Kid #1
Brennan Bailey
as Tanner Skelling
Ashley Crow
as Chief Elaine Brody
Jamie McShane
as Jack Tanner
Chris J. Nelson
as Putt-Putt
Muse Watson
as Jake Cooby
Brendon Eggertsen
as Midget Thug
Mark D. Espinoza
as Ed MacVicar
Andi Metheny
as Annie's Mom
Matt Wilde
as Gangster
Amir Khastoo
as Saudi Prince
Reynaldo Rosales
as Dieter Webb
Austin Tichenor
as High Class Lawyer
Michael William Freeman
as Morgan Gutherie
Keith Sellon-Wright
as David Prentiss
D. David Morin
as LAPD Captain
Myndy Crist
as Jessie Skelling
Nicholle Tom
as Marilyn Monroe
Sally Brooks
as Frankel Fogarty
John Lacy
as Kyle Rayburn
Michele Lawrence
as Kara Palmer
Robyn Cohen
as Jill Lamont
Leonard Kelly-Young
as Forensic Tech
Mark Weiler
as Gangster
Alla Korot
as Jemma Prentiss
W. Earl Brown
as Rulon Farnes
Eamon Hunt
as Lawyer
Tony Pierce
as Marshall Winston
Isabella Acres
as Jane's Daughter
John Aylward
as Professor Stutzer
Mark Llewellyn
as Homicide Detective
Hayley Chase
as Darlene
Scott Klace
as Mike Spruell
Ravil Isyanov
as Charlie Chaplin
Jessica Pariseau
as Clinic Receptionist
Gina Marie May
as Sara-Beth
Dot-Marie Jones
as Airport Manager
Tony Longo
as Large Biker
Elizabeth Bond
as Missy Jenkins
Madison Bauer
as Backgammon Club Receptionist
Christopher Darga
as Store Keeper
Bret Cullen
as Dane Merrick
Michael Stoyanov
as Wardell Suggs
Sean McClay
as CSI Man
Graham Harley
as Girl No. 1
Katherine Herzer
as Sandcastle Kid
Adam Lieberman
as Bomb Squad Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Mentalist Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (17)

It turns down the same formulaic path as CBS' other police procedurals, a sort of CSI-with-a-fake-crystal-ball.

Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Unless the storytelling gets more interesting, you have to really like Baker to make "The Mentalist" more than something you pay casual attention to at best.

Sep 23, 2008 | Full Review…

The stories seem dashed-off, and whodunit quickly becomes whocareswhodunit.

Sep 23, 2008 | Full Review…

As a show, The Mentalist sets the power of science on the side and says up with people. In turn, we're paying it attention.

Sep 23, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series' biggest strength is in the build-up of what appears to be a multiple-episode, or possibly season- or series-long, continuing storyline.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

It isn't the best written show, but its unique premise, coupled with some interesting cases and Jane's trademark dry humor is what makes this series successful.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As the lead, Simon Baker is too one-note smirky for me.

Aug 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

By now, of course, eccentric white male smartypants on police procedurals are all too common.

Sep 23, 2008 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Hardly heavy stuff, but endlessly entertaining regardless.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the setup for a TV show, this is no more ridiculous than Profiler and at least as likely as Patricia Arquette. And so far, so-so.

Sep 23, 2008 | Full Review…

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