The show follows former “psychic” Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), who is a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to “read” people's minds.
The show often sets episodes in fictional locales with names like Salinger Mill and Rancho Rosa.
Like the majority of American television shows, The Mentalist is mostly filmed within the studio zone in Los Angeles County, but occasionally films a few scenes on location in Sacramento.
The structure used to represent the CBI headquarters in Sacramento is the back of the Pico House in downtown Los Angeles.
The pilot episode had an audience of 15.6 million viewers in its first airing, and 7.8 million in a re-airing three days later.
The Dec. 2, 2008 episode, "Flame Red", was the highest-rated television show of the week, marking the first time a program in its first season had achieved that distinction since Desperate Housewives four years earlier.
On Jan. 7, 2009, the show won the award for "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 35th People's Choice Awards. Actor Simon Barker also received several nominations for his role.
On Aug. 21, 2010, The Mentalist was honored with an award for its scientific and critical thinking content, from The IIG during its 10th Anniversary Gala.
Red John is a serial killer on “The Mentalist”. He has long existed before the killings of Patrick Jane's wife and daughter; he'd killed others in Nevada, Mexico and California.
Oliver Tanner was Red John's partner. Red John knew Tanner had a son. He later used him to help him with another murder of a female.
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