If you love The Mentalist and need more like it then this article is for you. Keep reading for a good list of the best suggestions like The Mentalist.
Most suggestions on this list have in common that they are police procedural like shows with an eccentric consultant. Shows like that are a dime a dozen, but this list contains some of the better ones.
Patrick Jane is a former famous psychic. He outs himself as a fake after a serial killer called Red John kills his family.
Jane blames himself. Right before the murders of his family, Jane was mocking Red John on national TV.
Jane joins the California Bureau of Investigation, the CBI, as a consultant. His life goal is to hunt down and kill Read John. Working for the CBI makes this easier.
Jane's skills as a mentalist, ex psychic, and con man come in handy. He's an expert at picking up on small details, thinking on his feet, and tricking people to get what he wants. His unorthodox methods help CBI to close lots of cases.
Sherlock is a new contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Many of the details and stories from the original books are kept, only modernized to fit in today's society and technology.
His most important tool, after his brilliant mind, is a modern smartphone.
Doctor Watson is a medical veteran of the Afghan war. Together they navigate a web of cryptic clues and myriad of lethal killers to get at the truth
Is Sherlock good?
This is the best adoption of the Sherlock Holmes books I have ever watched.
It`s truly exciting to watch Sherlock's fast and leaping but accurate deductions. This is a show everyone should try out.
Why is Sherlock recommended?
Both Sherlock and The Mentalist are about police consultants.
Patrick and Homes are both excellent at observing minute clues and drawing mostly correct conclusions. They are both also not above bending the rules to solve their cases.
Sherlock is the better show, but sadly it does not has as many episodes. But the episodes it has is really good.
Lucifer Morningstar is bored with his life and duties as the lord of hell. He decided to take a vacation in the city of angels.
Lucifer owns one of the cities most prestigious nightclubs. There he lives a life full of delicious sin and fun while trading favors with clients.
But when one of his clients is gunned down he teams up with an LAPD detective to solve the case.
Lucifer is so smitten with this detective that he decides to join the LAPD as a consultant. He uses his power to draw out people's deepest desires and wishes to solve crimes.
Is Lucifer good?
I love this show.
I know it`s jet another crime show with a specially gifted but flawed main person, but I still love it.
Some people get in a fizzy fit because the TV show goes too far away from the comic. I have never read the comic books so I don really care about that.
Why is Lucifer recommended?
Lucifer is a paranormal show but is has police procedural elements.
The main characters also have some common characteristics, but also very different. Lucifer does not deny himself worldly pleasures.
If you like The Mentalist and supernatural elements, then Lucifer is definitely worth watching.
Shawn Spencer is posing as a psychic.
He does this with his fail prof memory and excellent attention details.
He and his best friend Gus is hired by the police after they manage to cons them into thinking that Shawn is a real psychic with powers that help to solve crimes.
Is Psych good?
Psych is a hilarious show full of witty commentary.
I haven't seen the last seasons, but I want to do it if I get time. This is a delightful show that will give you plenty of laughs.
Why is Psych recommended?
Both The Mentalis and Psych are about police consultants.
The two main characters are almost identical. The main difference is that Patrick Jane is honest about not being a real psychic. Psych is also a less serious show. It focuses more on humoristic elements.
Adrian Monk is an ingenious San Francisco ex-detective.
Since the murder of his wife, he has suffered from intensified OCD and a variety of phobias. Before this, he was a detective at San Francisco Police Department but he was laid-off because of his problems.
Monk has managed to come back as a police consultant.
Is Monk good?
This is a good detective show. I watched up to season 5 or 6, but then I fell off. But I have some fun memories from the parts I did watch.
Why is Monk recommended?
Both The Mentalist and Monk are about police consultants.
Monk is also brilliant at finding minute details and drawing conclusions from it. But Monk is less willing to bend the rules than Patrick. He only bends them when his conditions make him.
Elementary is a modern take on the classic stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock lives in New York and works as a private detective. He used to live and worked in England, but he moved.
He works as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by the beautiful Joan Watson. She is a former surgeon, who now works as a sober companion. Watson was originally hired to help Sherlock stay away from his coke habit, but she ends up as his assistant and PI in training.
Is Elementary good?
It`s not the best Sherlock series, but it is still a good show. Interesting to have a female Dr. Watson.
Why is Elementary recommended?
Both Elementary and The Mentalist are about police consultants.
Patrick and Sherlock are both excellent at observing minute clues and drawing mostly correct conclusions. They are both also not above bending the rules to solve their cases.
Neal Caffey, a charming con artist, escapes from a maximum-security prison, only to be recaptured by FBI Agent Peter Burke.
Instead of going back to prison he is given the choice to help the bureau. Help them to bring down other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom.
Is White Collar good?
White Collar is an interesting show, lots of cons and tricks. Cool to watch.
If you like crime shows, then you should give White Collar a try.
Why is White Collar recommended?
Both White Collar and The Mentalist are about police consultants.
Neal Caffey has also been working as a con man, but he was more directly criminal in his endeavors than what Patrick was. So now he's an ex-con working for the FBI.
Rick Castle, a popular crime author, is asked to help NYPD homicide to investigate a murder.
A murder that is an exact copy from his book.
When this first case is solved, Rick Castle decides to stay on with detective Kate Beckett and her team. He got permission because he was so helpful with the first case, and being a personal friend of the mayor did not hurt either.
Rick Castel keeps working with the NYPD after the first case is over to do research for his next book. But having fun and becoming close with detective Kate Beckett is another strong reason.
Is Castle good?
It is interesting to listen to all the crazy ideas Castle rattles of on how and why the crimes are committed. I really like this show.
Why is Castle recommended?
Both Castel and The Mentalist are about police consultants.
Castle is an author and not as brilliant at finding details as Patrick is. But he is excellent at making fantastic stories of how the crime might have taken place.
An FBI most wanted fugitive, Raymond Reddington (Red), joins FBI to help bring down criminals and terrorists.
Red agrees to help to catch these bad guys only if he gets Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler, as his handler. After their first victory, a list of dangerous but unknown criminals is revealed by Red. With a special team, they start to catch them one by one.
Is The Blacklist good?
I like The Blacklist, it's a cool show.
Not only is the show about catching criminals. A second thrilling plotline surrounding Elizabeth Keen is also in play over the whole show.
It`s cool to watch worldwide criminals taken down.
Why is The Blacklist recommended?
Both The Blacklist and The Mentalist are about police consultants.
Red is a harden criminal, not just a con man Patrick. Red is also helping out taking down a global network of bad guys. It has a grander scope.
Dr. Cal Lightman is a deception specialist that reads the truth from people`s faces.
Cal has partnered up with Dr. Gillian Foster to create the Lightman Group, selling their services as deception experts. His personal team also includes Eli Loker and Ria Torres.
The Lightman Group has also started to cooperate with the FBI. With Agent Ben Reynolds as their liaison.
They tackle all kinds of cases using their skills to look for deception.
Is Lie to Me good?
Lie to Me is a really good series.
It`s interesting to see how facial and body reading is used to solve cases.
Why is Lie to Me recommended?
Lie to Me also focus on the human element when they solve cases.
Cal and his team do not only work on criminal cases, and they focus more directly on catching liers.
Patrick and Cal are both no strangers to bending the rules if it helps them.
Charlie Crews, an LAPD detective, was wrongly imprisoned 12 years for a murder he did not commit. He got a $50 million settlement when he was released, and he still chose to go back to work as a detective.
His years in prison changed him. He got a new spiritual outlook on life, a strong fondness for fruit, and a highly unusual approach to solving crime
Is Life good?
Life is a really good show.
I don`t understand why it only got two seasons, it deserved many more.
Why is Life recommended?
Charlie's attitude after getting out of prison is kind of similar to Patricks, only Charlie is more honest and happy.
If you like The Mentalist then you should check out Life.
Charles Eppes is a mathematician from CalTech University. Don Eppes is his brother and a Special Agent at the FBI.
Together, the two brothers take on complex cases for the FBI that. Charles, with the help of his friends from CalTech University, uses algorithms from statistics and other fields to help solve the cases.
Is Numb3rs good?
Numb3rs is a cool series. I have watched it a couple of times.
It`s interesting to see how they use different algorithms to solve criminal cases. Like most shows, they do simplify things. Some of the data points are much too complicated to gather in the time they do. And some of the data is way too generalized to get so exact results as they get. But this is common in almost every piece of entertainment. This show still rocks.
Why is Numb3rs recommended?
Both shows are about police consultants. They are both brilliant at their method of working, but it is drastically different.
Numb3rs is worth checking out if you like The Mentalist.
This show follows a team from the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), a subsection of the FBI.
They travel to local police stations to investigate serial killings or other serious crimes. Crimes likely involving a mentally distorted unsub (Unknown or unidentified subject).
This special team uses behavioral profiling to track and apprehend the unsubs. This means they are using psychology and statistics to come up with the basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims.
Is Criminal Minds good?
This is one of the more interesting police procedural shows.
Criminal Minds is definitely worth giving a try.
Why is Criminal Minds recommended?
Criminal Minds also have a focus on solving criminal cases by using technics focusing on the human mind. But it is more serious than The Mentalist.
That's it. Hopefully, you found some good suggestions on this list.
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