Original Air Date: September 23, 2008.
Liz - TwoCents Reviewer
All summer long I have seen comments decrying this new show as a, "Psych ripoff!" with varying degrees of misspelling, capitalization, and punctuation abuse. I'm forced to disagree with anyone who's ever said that -- if you need to compare it to Psych, say, "Psych played straight." Because in The Mentalist, there is no plucky sidekick or a father who gruffly dispenses advice to the hero (at least, not yet). There is only Patrick Jane, a former John Edwards-like faux psychic of some celebrity who has since put his keen powers of observation to use for the greater good with the California Bureau of Investigation. His outlook is cynical, his wit is dry, and his methods are… questionable at best.
[photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS]