It’s a TV series that tells the rather tragic story of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), a celebrity psychic who brags about occasionally helping out the police with difficult cases. Facilely and flippantly discussing the serial killer "Red John" on a television chat show, Jane returns to his posh home to discover his wife and young daughter slaughtered, with a taunt left by the killer blaming the murders on Jane's facetiousness in discussing "Red John's" crimes. Renouncing his con man-pose as a "psychic", Jane now assumes his proper title as a mentalist. And with this renunciation of his previously deceptive life, he now dedicates his talents to consultant work for the Serious Crimes Unit of the California Bureau of Investigation, a division of the State's Attorney General's office that deals with complex cases where the local authorities may not have the expertise to close them. His "superior" is a tough lady Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), who is forever scolding or roping in the fickle, unconventional Jane during his undeniably successful investigating. Even though Jane functions technically as a consultant only, he may as well be heading up the solid team of experienced officers in the Serious Crimes Unit. Straight-faced, dead-pan Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), and big, good-natured Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), can be just as exasperated as Lisbon with Jane's antics, but they won't let official police procedures get in the way of results: Jane closes cases.
Newcomer to the group, broad-shoulder stunner Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) is at odds with Jane's spiritual skepticism, but she too knows when something works, and Jane's crime-solving skills, honed by years of deceiving people with his mentalist powers, are formidable. Seen briefly now and then is the Serious Crimes Unit's overall supervisor, Virgil Minelli (Gregory Itzin), a grumpy force for conformity forever worried about appeasing superiors and disgruntled, powerful people offended by Jane's shenanigans. You will enjoy this crime series and if you enjoy watching them then you have come to the right place.
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