If you have just watched all the episodes of ‘The Mentalist‘, I know the feeling you are going through – withdrawal symptoms. It does not get any better than this when it comes to a good crime-solving show. Come-on! the ability to read someone’s mind?? Yes, yes, I know, Patrick Jane doesn’t actually read people’s minds, but he is such a keen observer that it seems like he is almost reading someone’s mind.
As we all know, the series follows a handsome and charming man named Patrick Jane, an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based in Sacramento, California. The character’s sole entry into the office was fueled by his plan to avenge the murder of his wife and daughter by a deviant serial killer named Red John.
What makes the show worthy are its intriguing characters. The strong, no-nonsense leader of the team, Teresa Lisbon, played by Robin Tunney; Kimball Cho, the loyal second-hand man who’s tough but lovable; the goofball muscle man, Wayne Rigsby, who’s in love with his colleague; And of course, the beautiful rookie of the team, Grace Van Pelt, played by the beautiful Amanda Elizabeth Righetti.
The sub-plots that show the bonds that form between the various members of the team and the pranks they play on each other also are an integral part and parcel of what makes ‘The Mentalist’ so entertaining. The gruesome murders, tantalizing mysteries and the constant pranks and intelligent jokes by Patrick Jane are what take the show to the next level and it leaves me with a hole in my life after it ended. To fill up that hole and to get a grip on that withdrawal symptom, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Mentalist’ which are our recommendations. You can watch many of these movies like ‘The Mentalist’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
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9+ Shows Like The Mentalist
1. Chuck (2007 – 2012) – Shows Like The Mentalist
We all know that governments all over the world have millions of secrets hidden away from us regular citizens. Imagine if we got hold of all those secrets. Well, that’s what happens to Chuck Bartowski, portrayed as a goofy nerd by Zachary Levi, who downloads countless government secrets into his brain. This leads him to be hired by the NSA and CIA as an agent — yes, a nerd becomes a SPY.
Can it get better than this? Yes, it can, in the form of the stunning Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Chuck’s handler, Sarah Walker. The unique spy action, comedy, family drama show also has amazing cast members like Joshua Gomez who plays Chuck’s best friend Morgan Grimes.
Adam Baldwin plays the tough and unsmiling Colonel, John Casey. Ellie Bartowski, Chuck’s sister is portrayed by Sarah Lancaster and the handsome Ryan McPartin plays the role of her perfect husband, Devon Woodcomb.
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2. Castle (2009 – 2016) – Shows Like The Mentalist
It is always fun to watch a show where an outsider is called to help a law enforcement agency and he becomes an integral part of the organization. ‘Castle‘ is similar but upside down, making it a hilarious procedural drama which is a must watch. A high profile crime author is asked for help when it begins killing people based on his books.
3. The Bridge (2011 – 2018) – Shows Like The Mentalist
The internet is still a wonder for me. Not only it has transformed the world into a global village but it has given people the opportunity to appreciate and explore art and culture from different parts of the world.
This wonderful technology has led me to one of the most brilliant co-productions. A Swedish and Danish co-produced show, The Bridge, tells the story of two detectives, one from Sweden and the other from Denmark, who discover a body on the border between the two countries. Not only does the show offer us thrill and major twists and turns but it also shows the differences and similarities of these two beautiful cultures.
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4. Broadchurch (2013 – 2017) – Shows Like The Mentalist
In the mood for some grim hideous murder, hauntingly engaging acting and brilliant storytelling? Then the British miniseries, ‘Broadchurch‘ is the show for you.
Set in a devastatingly beautiful coastal town, ‘Broadchurch’ tells the story of the murder of an 11-year-old boy who creates a media turbulence and threatens to disrupt the peace of a small community where everyone is a suspect.
The stunning performances by David Tennant, who plays the grumpy lead detective Alec Hardy, and the assistant detective Ellie Miller, portrayed by Olivia Colman, further elevated this series to a whole different level.
5. Alias (2001 – 2006) – Shows Like The Mentalist
Taking a stroll down the memory lane, what I landed on is a gem called ‘Alias‘. Created by no other than J.J. Abrams, the series follows the life of a double agent (working for the CIA), Sydney Bristow, played by the wonderful Jennifer Garner.
It all started when Bristow was an undergraduate student and recruited into the CIA, or that is what she was told. Seven years later, when she tells her boyfriend that she works for the CIA, he is killed. She soon finds out that she has actually been working for an organization called SD-6 which is anti-America. This is when she decides to provide her services to the real CIA as a double agent in order to take down SD-6 from the inside.
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6. Luther (2010 – Present) – Shows Like The Mentalist
Another masterpiece from the British television series ‘Luther‘ is the kind of crime drama that will make you rethink your next trip to London. The narrative of a committed but obsessive and occasionally even violent detective who is caught between his commitment to his work and the darkness that surrounds him because of it, is what will have you riveted to the screen, though.
Are you intrigued yet? Perhaps this will complete the deal. Idris Alba, arguably the sexiest man alive, plays the title role.
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7. Dexter (2006 – 2013) – Shows Like The Mentalist
Now, we are entering the zone of psychological thriller. The concept of ‘Dexter‘ is something which was extremely creepy, for a lack of better word, when it first released in 2006. The show is set in Miami where Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, is a forensic technician who analyzes blood. splatter What he truly is, is a serial killer.
Yup, you read that right, the protagonist of the show is a serial killer himself. In a strange way, however, he is the good guy because the people he kills are heinous criminals who have escaped the justice system. Sounds strangely interesting? What are you waiting for? Go on, watch!
8. White Collar (2009 – 2014) – Shows Like The Mentalist
It is obvious that a good crime television story is filled with suspense, humor, excitement and good storytelling. What is even better is the amazingly gorgeous eye-candy in the form of Neal Caffrey, portrayed dashingly by Matt Bomer, who is a conman under the custody of the FBI. FBI agent Peter Burke, played by another striking actor, Tim DeKay, has finally caught his nemesis Caffrey and uses his skills to solve other white-collar criminals.
In the span of six seasons, we get to experience a steadily paced cat and mouse game with wonderful twists and turns and the blossoming of an unlikely but beautiful friendship. If you are looking for a show with an intriguing story-line full of thrilling moments, then you should check this out.
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9. The Fall (2013 – 2016) – Shows Like The Mentalist
Talking about creepy, here comes a show which is not only focused on a serial killer but a killer who lives a normal life with a wife and child i.e The Fall.
This British-Irish crime drama is set in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland and follows the cool DSI Gillian Anderson, played by Stella Gibson, as she reaches Belfast to review the progress of a murder investigation which is soon discovered to be a series of unsolved rapes and connected murders. By this time, we know that the serial killer is Paul Spector, a social worker and family man.
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