The Mentalist

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Name: The Mentalist
Creator: Bruno Heller
Date(s): September 23, 2008 – February 18, 2015
Medium: Live-Action Television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: IMDb
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The Mentalist is an American crime procedural about the titular mentalist and former conartist/fake psychic Patrick Jane who works as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation. The show's mytharc follows Jane's quest to hunt down (and kill) the serial killer Red John who murdered Jane's wife and daughter. The other main characters include Jane's boss, Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon, and her team Kimball Cho, Grace Van Pelt, and Wayne Rigsby.


Most activity on The Mentalist fandom is takes place on various forums, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, and, with a small presence on Livejournal as well.

Fans of the show sometimes call themselves 'mentalistas'.

The Mentalist was a Yuletide eligible fandom until 2010, and currently has 7000+ fics at and 1000+ at AO3.[1]

Popular Pairings

The most popular pairing by far is Jane/Lisbon, which makes up the bulk of The Mentalist fanfic being written. Other popular het ships include canon ships like Rigsby/Van Pelt, Jane/his wife, and Cho/Summer. Jane/Van Pelt was also fairly popular during the first season.

The most popular slash ships are Jane/Cho, Jane/Red John, and Cho/Rigsby, though none of these come anywhere near the popularity of Jane/Lisbon. There are also some Lisbon/Van Pelt and Lisbon/Hightower fics around, but in all femslash is almost non-existent.

Fandom and TPTB

The show's writing staff have a joined Twitter account (MentalistWriter) that they use to interact with the fans. Many of the other cast and crew members are also active on Twitter.

List of The Mentalist cast and crew on Twitter

Simon Baker, who plays Patrick Jane, interacts with fans on Instagram.


When the show first premiered, there was a backslash from the Psych fandom who accused The Mentalist of copying Psych since both shows had a fake psychic as a protagonist.

Archives and Fannish Links

Livejournal Communities

List of The Mentalist communities on Livejournal




  1. ^ Accessed Dec 29th 2013.