My family and I are always trying to find a new TV show since we are constantly watching TV and running out of shows to watch. I had always seen commercials and ads for The Mentalist but I never really found it to be interesting, but since we recently finished Grey’s Anatomy, we had figured to just give it a shot.
The overall plot of The Mentalist can be compared to another TV show, Psych. Both TV shows feature a consultant for a police unit that appear to be psychic. However in The Mentalist, Patrick Jane does not claim to be a psychic; he had outed himself out as a fake. And this is where the plot of The Mentalist truly gets dark. Patrick Jane had outed himself as a fake in order to work with the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) in order to catch the murderer of his wife and daughter, Red John.
This episodic television series reminds me of House; each episode is a different storyline/murder, but there is the subplot of Red John that appears in most episodes. In my opinion, episodic television shows can be just as addicting as marathon TV shows, especially with a subplot like this series. I also seem to like episodic television series more, as the plot for each episode is new and fresh.
A new, fresh episode reminds me of english class; as everyday is a new, fresh day. We never know the plans for the next day; we always take things one day at a time and just see how things fall into place.
If you enjoy crime series with a sprinkle of comedy, I highly recommend that you watch The Mentalist. It has slowly began to turn into one of my favorite TV series. And with 6 seasons, you won’t be running out of episodes too soon.