|Date(s):||September 23, 2008 – February 18, 2015|
|Medium:||Live-Action Television series|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
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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.
Fans of the show sometimes call themselves 'mentalistas'.
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.
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
- Mentalistlist - General community
- mentalist_bb - a Big Bang community
- redjohnlovesyou - community during the hiatus
- mentalistnews - a newsletter (inactive)
- mentalist_icons - an icon comm
- mentalistfic - a Fic comm
- mentalist_slash - a slash comm
- mentalist_kink a kink meme community
- Paint It Red - General discussion forum
- Jello Forever - Jane/Lisbon-centric discussion forum
- The Baker Boy - Simon Baker fanforum
- Accessed Dec 29th 2013.