The BEST Episodes of The Mentalist

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 12, 2021

Network: CBS

When mentalist Patrick Jane insults a vengeful serial killer, Red John, his loved ones are brutally killed. Faced with the horrifying consequences of misusing his gift for observation and misdirection, Jane lends his skills to the California Bureau of Investigation, all the while hoping that his connections within the CBI will give him the opportunity to track down and revenge himself upon Red John.

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Strawberries and Cream (1)

#1 - Strawberries and Cream (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 19, 2011

John's mole in the CBI is revealed and Patrick Jane finally meets Red John in an explosive confrontation with shocking repercussions for the CBI team.

star 8.44
4,314 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Ashley Gable
Strawberries and Cream (2)

#2 - Strawberries and Cream (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 2011

Patrick Jane finally meets Red John in an explosive confrontation with shocking repercussions for the CBI team.

star 8.42
1,389 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
Fire and Brimstone

#3 - Fire and Brimstone

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2013

With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining Red John suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity.

star 8.18
2,860 votes
Writers: Ken Woodruff
Blue Bird

#4 - Blue Bird

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 2014

A new lead in a cold case requires Lisbon to delay her plans to leave for Washington, D.C., giving Jane time to finally come to terms with his feelings for her and decide on a course of action.

star 8.13
2,740 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
The Crimson Hat

#5 - The Crimson Hat

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 17, 2012

After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.

star 8.09
3,917 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
Red John's Rules

#6 - Red John's Rules

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 5, 2013

Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past.

star 8.07
3,063 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
Red John

#7 - Red John

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 24, 2013

Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John, the serial killer he’s tracked since the madman murdered his wife and daughter. For 10 years, Jane has doggedly hunted his nemesis in his search for justice.

star 8.06
2,960 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
Scarlet Ribbons

#8 - Scarlet Ribbons

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2011

After being imprisoned Patrick Jane has to prove that the man he shot really was Red John. Meanwhile Lisbon is trying to persuade Van Pelt to seek counseling in the aftermath of her fiancé's death.

star 8.05
4,831 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Bruno Heller
White Orchids

#9 - White Orchids

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 18, 2015

Lisbon accepts Jane’s surprise marriage proposal, but a killer’s quest for revenge may cost them the happy ending they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

star 8.03
916 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller, Jordan Harper, Tom Szentgyorgyi
Red Sails in the Sunset

#10 - Red Sails in the Sunset

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 2012

With the help of Brett Stiles, Jane orchestrates an elaborate plan to break Lorelei Martins out of prison in the hopes of her leading him to Red John.

star 7.97
3,518 votes
Directors: Simon Baker
Writers: Daniel Cerone

#11 - Violets

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 30, 2014

Jane enlists his colleagues in a dangerous sting operation to catch a deadly team of art thieves. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Lisbon and an agent from the FBI’s art squad.

star 7.95
2,580 votes
Directors: J. Miller Tobin
Writers: Jordan Harper
The Desert Rose

#12 - The Desert Rose

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2013

Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years.

star 7.91
3,087 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
Russet Potatoes

#13 - Russet Potatoes

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 31, 2009

Patrick Jane and the CBI team track down a mastermind who hypnotizes people into doing their bidding.

star 7.91
3,105 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Ashley Gable
Blinking Red Light

#14 - Blinking Red Light

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2011

The search for a serial killer hits close to home for Jane when he encounters a blogger who has devoted his life to finding the killer

star 7.88
4,242 votes
Directors: Simon Baker
Writers: Ken Woodruff
Green Thumb

#15 - Green Thumb

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2013

The FBI reluctantly enlists Jane’s help to find a missing computer programmer, but he won’t help unless Lisbon is brought on board as well.

star 7.87
2,828 votes
Writers: Daniel Cerone
His Red Right Hand

#16 - His Red Right Hand

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2009

The CBI team is faced with a violent and shocking crime in their own office, but must work the case in spite of their alarm of who may be behind it. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Van Pelt are definitely an "item".

star 7.87
3,478 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Ashley Gable
Red John's Footsteps

#17 - Red John's Footsteps

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 19, 2009

As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, Lisbon suspects that Red John is trying to draw Jane into a trap.

star 7.87
3,131 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
Red Rover, Red Rover

#18 - Red Rover, Red Rover

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 10, 2012

Red John taunts Jane on the ninth anniversary of his wife and daughter's death. With Jane's attention diverted and his concentration wavering, the current investigation and his CBI career are put at risk.

star 7.87
3,925 votes
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Red Queen

#19 - Red Queen

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 24, 2011

The CBI team is under suspicion when a museum antiques dealer is murdered. Evidence seems to suggest that one member of the team is responsible.

star 7.86
4,563 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Daniel Cerone
Cheap Burgundy

#20 - Cheap Burgundy

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 8, 2012

When Agent Susan Darcy asks Jane for help with an investigation, he suspects her motives; the team handles the murder of a woman who was killed after meeting someone in a chat room.

star 7.85
4,016 votes
Directors: Bruno Heller
Writers: Bruno Heller
Red and Itchy

#21 - Red and Itchy

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 28, 2013

J.J. LaRoche personally requests Jane’s help when the mysterious container he’s been hiding for nine years is stolen from his home.

star 7.85
3,012 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Daniel Cerone
Red John's Friends

#22 - Red John's Friends

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2009

Patrick Jane, enticed by the promise from a convicted murder that he'll reveal information about Red John upon his release, becomes singularly focused and quits the CBI in order to prove the prisoner is innocent.

star 7.85
3,066 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Bruno Heller
The Red Barn

#23 - The Red Barn

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 27, 2013

The team investigates a 25-year-old case that seems to involve both Red John and the Visualize group, and Lisbon contemplates her future.

star 7.84
3,331 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Red Listed

#24 - Red Listed

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2013

Jane reveals that a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen, and the team realizes these men are in danger.

star 7.84
2,886 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Rebecca Perry Cutter
The Red Mile

#25 - The Red Mile

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 31, 2011

A man who claims to have been abducted by aliens is murdered and his body is stolen from the coroner's van. Van Pelt moves ahead with her wedding plans.

star 7.84
4,376 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi