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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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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.


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

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (17)

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

September 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.

September 23, 2008 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

September 23, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

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

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

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

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