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The Mentalist | English TV Serial On DVD | Introductory Reviews

If you like thriller fictions, you surely love detective fictions. You then have a special place in your mind/heart for Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Byomkesh Bakshi, Feluda, Sam D’Silva, Karamchand, Remington Steele,… (well, the list is very long 🙂 ) and others. To add to the same genere came the TV serial The Mentalist. Patrick Jane, the fictional lead character plays a consultant to CBI (California Bureau of Investigation). He is not a spy nor a detective. He is good a psychological analysis of people and events. His observation skills are great. He is not a brave fighter or a muscleman but his brain muscles are well toned.

Most of the action scenes are given to the actors playing the CBI team. They consult Patrick when need and Patrick is really willing to help them. Reason? It lies into the history. Before 5 years, Patrick was used his charming skills to work as a psychic and presented himself as someone having paranormal abilities. He was “showing off guy” and his claims and practises helped him to earn his living.

The things fall upside down one day when the things went different way. In an interview he claimed that he was able to trace Serial Killer “Red John” due to his abilities and skills! It was a fake claim but, it angered “Red John” and he brutally murder Patrick’s wife and child in his home and challenge him to catch him.

That day onwards Patrick is assisting CBI as a consultant in order to trace Red John.

Of course, the writing of the TV Show cannot be considered as 100% original. You often find traces to various fictions and/or events happened somewhere. The police procedural stuff is also something which gives you deja-vu feeling. But then also, the TV show is definitely a good choice for those love to watch detective thriller fictions.

Some of the popular characters of the TV series which are seen almost through out the series:

Actor Character
Simon Baker
Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney
Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang
Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman
Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti
Grace Van Pelt
Rockmond Dunbar
Dennis Abbott
Emily Swallow
Kim Fischer
Jason Wylie
Josie Loren
Michelle Vega

Of course we should not compare two different TV Serials but the CBI team and the incidents here (at least in season 1) are found less appealing than that of White Collar.

The TV series got popular from its first run in September 23, 2008 and was renewed for 7 seasons, where the last season was ended on February 18, 2015. There were total 151 episodes aired during these period.

Here is the season wise episode list. We will keep reviewing each episode and update it with the link to the same; so don’t forget to bookmark this page 🙂

Season 1
Title Director Written By Aired On
Pilot David Nutter September 23, 2008
Red Hair and Silver Tape David Nutter September 30, 2008
Red Tide David M. Barrett October 14, 2008
Ladies in Red Chris Long October 21, 2008
Redwood John Behring October 28, 2008
Red Handed Chris Long November 11, 2008
Seeing Red Martha Mitchell November 18, 2008
The Thin Red Line Matt Earl Beesley November 25, 2008
Flame Red Charles Beeson December 2, 2008
Red Brick and Ivy Paris Barclay December 16, 2008
Red John’s Friends John Polson January 6, 2009
Red Rum Dean White January 13, 2009
Paint it Red David M. Barrett January 18, 2009
Crimson Casanova Lesli Linka Glatter February 10, 2009
Scarlett Fever Paul Holahan February 17, 2009
Bloodshot Chris Long March 17, 2009
Carnelian Inc. Kevin Dowling March 24, 2009
Russet Potatoes Norberto Barba March 31, 2009
A Dozen Red Roses Lesli Linka Glatter April 7, 2009
Red Sauce Adam Kane April 28, 2009
Miss Red Martha Mitchell May 5, 2009
Blood Brothers John Polson May 12, 2009
Red John’s Footsteps Chris Long May 19, 2009
Season 2
Title Director Written By Aired On
Redemption Chris Long September 24, 2009
The Scarlet Letter Charles Beeson October 1, 2009
Red Badge Eric Laneuville October 8, 2009
Red Menace Norberto Barba October 15, 2009
Red Scare Lesli Linka Glatter October 29, 2009
Black Gold and Red Blood Rod Hardy November 5, 2009
Red Bulls David M. Barrett November 12, 2009
His Red Right Hand Chris Long November 19, 2009
A Price Above Rubies Charles Beeson December 10, 2009
Throwing Fire Martha Mitchell December 17, 2009
Rose-Colored Glasses Dan Lerner January 14, 2010
Bleeding Heart Norberto Barba January 21, 2010
Redline Bill D’Elia February 4, 2010
Blood In, Blood Out John Polson February 11, 2010
Red Herring Eric Laneuville March 4, 2010
Code Red John F. Showalter March 11, 2010
The Red Box Chris Long April 1, 2010
Aingavite Baa Stephen Gyllenhaal & April 8, 2010
Blood Money Adam Kane & April 22, 2010
Red All Over Roxann Dawson April 29, 2010
18-5-4 Charles Beeson & May 6, 2010
Red Letter John F. Showalter May 13, 2010
Red Sky in the Morning Chris Long May 20, 2010
Season 3
Title Director Written By Aired On
Red Sky at Night Chris Long September 23, 2010
Cackle-Bladder Blood John Polson September 30, 2010
The Blood on His Hands David M. Barrett October 7, 2010
Red Carpet Treatment Charles Beeson October 14, 2010
The Red Ponies John F. Showalter October 21, 2010
Pink Chanel Suit Eric Laneuville October 28, 2010
Red Hot Chris Long November 4, 2010
Ball of Fire Stephen Gyllenhaal November 11, 2010
Red Moon Simon Baker November 18, 2010
Jolly Red Elf John F. Showalter December 9, 2010
Bloodsport Roxann Dawson January 6, 2011
Bloodhounds Charles Beeson January 20, 2011
Red Alert Guy Ferland February 3, 2011
Blood for Blood Martha Mitchell February 10, 2011
Red Gold Tom Verica February 17, 2011
Red Queen Chris Long February 24, 2011
Bloodstream Bobby Roth March 10, 2011
The Red Mile Darnell Martin March 31, 2011
Every Rose Has Its Thorn Charles Beeson April 7, 2011
Redacted David M. Barrett April 28, 2011
Like a Redheaded Stepchild Eric Laneuville May 5, 2011
Rhapsody in Red David M. Barrett May 12, 2011
Strawberries and Cream (Part I) Chris Long May 19, 2011
Strawberries and Cream (Part II) Chris Long May 19, 2011
Season 4
Title Director Written By Aired On
Scarlet Ribbons Charles Beeson September 22, 2011
Little Red Book Eric Laneuville September 29, 2011
Pretty Red Balloon John F. Showalter October 6, 2011
Ring Around the Rosie Chris Long October 13, 2011
Blood and Sand John Polson October 20, 2011
Where in the World Is Carmine O’Brien? Bobby Roth October 27, 2011
Blinking Red Light Simon Baker November 3, 2011
Pink Tops Tom Verica November 17, 2011
The Redshirt Eric Laneuville December 8, 2011
Fugue in Red Randy Zisk December 15, 2011
Always Bet on Red John F. Showalter January 12, 2012
My Bloody Valentine Elodie Keene January 19, 2012
Red is the New Black Tom Verica February 2, 2012
At First Blush Roxann Dawson February 9, 2012
War of the Roses Geary McLeod February 16, 2012
His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts Charles Beeson February 23, 2012
Cheap Burgundy Bruno Heller March 8, 2012
Ruddy Cheeks Eric Laneuville March 9, 2012
Pink Champagne on Ice David Von Ancken March 29, 2012
Something’s Rotten in Redmund Guy Ferland April 5, 2012
Ruby Slippers Kevin Hooks April 26, 2012
So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper Chris Long May 3, 2012
Red Rover, Red Rover John F. Showalter May 10, 2012
The Crimson Hat Chris Long May 17, 2012
Season 5
Title Director Written By Aired On
The Crimson Ticket Randy Zisk September 30, 2012
Devil’s Cherry Randy Zisk October 7, 2012
Not One Red Cent Chris Long October 14, 2012
Blood Feud Anton Cropper October 21, 2012
Red Dawn Chris Long October 28, 2012
Cherry Picked John F. Showalter November 4, 2012
If It Bleeds, It Leads John F. Showalter November 11, 2012
Red Sails in the Sunset Simon Baker November 18, 2012
Black Cherry Elodie Keene November 25, 2012
Panama Red Guy Ferland December 9, 2012
Days of Wine and Roses Eric Laneuville January 6, 2013
Little Red Corvette Randy Zisk January 13, 2013
The Red Barn Allison Anders January 27, 2013
Red in Tooth and Claw Randy Zisk February 17, 2013
Red Lacquer Nail Polish Geary McLeod March 3, 2013
There Will Be Blood Anton Cropper & March 10, 2013
Red, White and Blue Robert Duncan McNeill March 17, 2013
Behind the Red Curtain Chris Long & March 24, 2013
Red Letter Day Guy Ferland April 14, 2013
Red Velvet Cupcakes David M. Barrett April 21, 2013
Red and Itchy David Paymer April 28, 2013
Red John’s Rules Chris Long May 5, 2013
Season 6
Title Director Written By Aired On
The Desert Rose Chris Long September 29, 2013
Black-Winged Redbird Robert Duncan McNeill October 6, 2013
Wedding in Red Randy Zisk October 13, 2013
Red Listed Eric Laneuville October 20, 2013
The Red Tattoo Tawnia McKiernan October 27, 2013
Fire and Brimstone John F. Showalter November 10, 2013
The Great Red Dragon Elodie Keene November 17, 2013
Red John Chris Long November 24, 2013
My Blue Heaven Simon Baker December 1, 2013
Green Thumb Robert Duncan McNeill December 8, 2013
White Lines Guy Ferland January 5, 2014
The Golden Hammer James Hayman January 12, 2014
Black Helicopters Randy Zisk March 9, 2014
Grey Water Geary McLeod March 16, 2014
White as the Driven Snow Chris Long March 23, 2014
Violets J. Miller Tobin March 30, 2014
Silver Wings of Time James Hayman & April 13, 2014
Forest Green Eric Laneuville April 20, 2014
Brown Eyed Girls Sylvain White & April 27, 2014
Il Tavolo Bianco Tom Snyder & May 4, 2014
Black Hearts Randy Zisk & May 11, 2014
Blue Bird Chris Long May 18, 2014
Season 7
Title Director Written By Aired On
Nothing But Blue Skies Chris Long November 27, 2014
The Greybar Hotel Bill Eagles December 4, 2014
Orange Blossom Ice Cream Chris Long December 11, 2014
Black Market Michael Nankin December 18, 2014
The Silver Briefcase Simon Baker December 28, 2014
Green Light Geary McLeod January 7, 2015
Little Yellow House Edward Ornelas January 14, 2015
The Whites of His Eyes Rod Holcomb January 21, 2015
Copper Bullet Tom Snyder January 28, 2015
Nothing Gold Can Stay Paul A. Kaufman February 4, 2015
Byzantium Nina Lopez-Corrado & February 11, 2015
Brown Shag Carpet Geary McLeod February 18, 2015
White Orchids Chris Long & & February 18, 2015

The Mentalist – was nominated for a lot of prestigious awards during the period, here is the list of some of them.

  • Outstanding new program – TCA Awards – 2009 – Won
  • Favorite New TV Drama- People’s Choice Award – 2009 – Won
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series -2009 – Simon Baker – Nominated
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama – Drama Series – 2010 – Simon Baker – Nominated
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – 2010 – Simon Baker – Nominated

We must say the DVD quality is quite good and remastered print and sound will make you enjoy it.

Quick Purchase Links:

The Mentalist : Season 1
The Mentalist : Season 2
The Mentalist : Season 3
The Mentalist : Season 4
The Mentalist : Season 5
The Mentalist : Season 6
The Mentalist : Season 7

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