How has no one else mentioned what a ripoff this show is?

A Fake Pyschic who just has heigthend observational skills, where have I heard this premise before, oh yes it is the exact plot of the show Pysch, the hillarious show on USA. What a joke, how are they not being sued right away for copyright laws? Is this all it takes to sell a show to a network, just resell the premise of another show. Here you go CBS I have a series to pitch you, ok there this nerdy guy who works for a best buy type store, we'll call it the Buy Extra. He gets a email with all the government secrets and now he work with them, he is the intersect...ional. I call the show, Buck. Now does that sound like something you might be interested in? What a joke, why would anyone watch this show, they are absolutely insulting the viewers intelligence with this.

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Oct 16, 2008 7:25AM EDT

Although I agree, it is a replica of the USA show Psych, and nowhere near as good might I add. You can't sue everybody who makes a replica of a good show. If they manage to make a half decent programme out of it then theres not much you can do but hope that they are going for a different audience and genre. It does seem like Mentalist is far more serious (not in a good way, but some people might prefer it like that) and has a whole background story about trying to redeem himself or some shite. If it does well, I'd just relax and tell yourself that at least it will never have the ratings Psych has. By the way. I MISS PSYCH! WHEN IS IT BACK!!!

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Oct 16, 2008 7:35AM EDT

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Oct 17, 2008 12:21AM EDT

What rock have you been living under? 80% of movies and TV shows are ripoffs or remakes...
I am a big fan of Psyche and I just started watching The Mentalist last night. It is pretty much the same premise, but it does have it's obvious differences. It's meant to be a serious drama, while Psyche is more of a comedy. I actually like both shows and I wouldn't consider them the same thing, because each has an entirely different tone.

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Oct 17, 2008 2:52AM EDT

I never said they were the same show, obviously they are different, my problem is the creators of the mentalist just outright stealing the plot, there is no creativity, no originality there they flat out stole the idea that they sold. They are now making money for an idea that no one can deny was not theirs. I just do not see how this is legal. Its funny, every network passed on Psych. USA was the only one to give the show a chance, then after everyone finds out just how awesome the show is, now these other networks that passed on it, are going to steal a poor ripoff. The sheer fact that the mentalist exist cheapens the original uniqueness. Its just pathetic that people have to infringe on other creativity, I know it exists but that does not make it right. Shows outright and unapologeticly stealing another shows plot, rappers sampling a rock song, A move like Tom Hank's Big being ripped off and remade with other titles not once, but soon to be two times with 13 going on 30, the matthew perry zak efron future bomb, 17 again. Im sorry, but I can not see how anyone can support shows or movies or songs, that are directly infringing without any credit going to the original. It does not take talent or creativity to repackage someone elses idea and then profit from it, it is cheap and insulting and no one should support it, you support it and this is exactly what they will continue to do.

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Oct 17, 2008 12:25PM EDT

I'm in the same case scenario as thinkTank.I've just started watching the Mentalist, and from what I see, I think it's safe to assume that the main character knows he's not a psychic and tells everyone that he used to pretend to be one, but now he's just using his sense of observation.This guy is profiler.Psych guy is a guy with a keen eye who pretends he's having visions.and yeah all of today's shows are a huge copy of others.
I love Psych, and seriously, I'm starting to like this show as well.
Like all those police shows,CSI and NCIS..they're pretty much the same.

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Oct 18, 2008 5:10AM EDT

I just have a giant problem with it, however you want to disect it or justify it, the creators of the mentalist did not have this idea. This is someone elses plot, someone elses creativty. I know people remake or base stuff on other things they have seen. but come on. There is no possible way you can tell me that these guys were not sitting around watching an episode of psych and thinking to themselves, hey thats a good idea, maybe we should make this into another show. It just bothers me that this is not an any way an original idea.I do not care what is different about the two shows, everyone knows exactly where these untalented douche bags stole their show from. I guess I would not have as big of a problem if the show they were stealing from was no longer on the air, but Psych is a newer show, its just now in the middle of its third season. Eventually, there will be people who see the mentalist and see psych and think psych is the one stealing from the mentalist, people who dont know that psych was there well before this piece of trash. Creativty is something special and even a funny off the wall show like psych, there is art in writing it, so for these guys to come along and piss all over that is pathetic and cheap and just really should not be supported. I dont care that it happens and other people do it, it shouldnt happend and other people should do it, so by watching and supporting this show you are saying you are alright with the theft and the rape of peoples art. What is the motivation for someone to think of a fresh new idea for anything, when you are showing that you will still watch and support a reguregated idea from someone else. Seems to me that its a lot easier to steal someone elses idea than to make something original themselves.

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Oct 20, 2008 8:26AM EDT

althought pysch and the mentalist are similar in concept they are different in execution. in pysch shawn has a photographic memory and therefore can pick things apart from memory. in the mentalist patrick is just highly observent. if the mentalist had come out first then everyone would rave about how big a ripoff pysch is. so does it really matter there both great shows and well worth the watch.

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Oct 20, 2008 6:50PM EDT

"If the mentalist came out first everyone would rave about how big a ripoff psych is?" Did you actually say that? The whole point is without psych there first there is no mentalist, because then there wouldnt have been a show on tv for these guys to steal from is the whole point. The mentalist would not have ever existed without psych being there first because that is where these idiots took the idea from. So you can even begin to say something like that, that is a terrible arguement. Please tell me how the menatlist could have come out first? Please? Where would they have gotten the idea for the show. See you are actually echoing my problem with this whole thing. You think there is orginiality in the mentalist, you actually think that it is just that psych made it to air first? How is that possible you can not see the holes in what you just said? Without Psych there would never be the mentalist, how is that a hard concept to gather? And I do not care that these guys stole the idea and then made it slightly different, they still stole the idea.

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Oct 21, 2008 4:43AM EDT

first your looking way to deep into it. i'm not arguing against the mentalist as an original idea. i said that the first time i saw the comercial. now pretend it came out first in place of pysch. it would have been the original and pysch the cheap copy.
then there is no way to competely make a show concept one persons. its an idea like mcdonalds. and every time you see it in movies change the name but its still looks like mcdonalds. no copyright infringement. multiple shows come off the same idea it happens all the time. look at CSI and all the spinoff that have come from it. all with the same basic idea but none with the same name. so even thought pysch came out first its still and idea and can me reconstrude in as many ways as a person wants. i could make a show called the observer and it would still look like pysch and the mentalist but wouldn't be either. no matter how you look at it anyone with a tenth of a brain stem can see that there the same in core ideals but different in execution and perseption.

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Oct 21, 2008 5:57AM EDT

But you can not even make that hypothetical suggestion. In no possible way could the mentalist have come out first, the consept of a fake psychic who is just good at observation has never been done on tv, so you can not hypothetically say what if the mentalist came out first because they never would have thought of the idea on their own in the first place. So you can not make that argument. Shows like CSI or ER that are broad premises, doctors cops lawyers, there has been multiple series on all, but it is just a field not an idea, the plot of psych is such a defined one, that is so specific that when someone steals it, it should be obvious and it is. It is not like putting your spin on something that is well known, like a doctor series, it is like a show like pushing daisies, that plot is so specific and never been done before that if someone came along and made a show where the main character was waking up dead people but in a different way, the theft of that idea is so obvious and specific that people should have a problem with it, just like the mentalist stealing psych idea. When steve franks was pitching psych to networks what did he say, probably something like a fake psych who is just good a perception. What did they say when they were stealing(I mean pitching) the mentalist, probably exactly the same thing. They stole such a specific idea, that is why I have such a problem with it, when I saw the commercial for it, I just had to laugh, I thought to myself, WOW, I wonder how they ever could have come up with that idea? And if your someone who knew about psych and knew the mentalist stole their idea from them, and still choose to watch the mentalist, you are just confirming how stupid networks think the american public is. People like you have to be the reason networks keep making reality tv shows. You just keep confirming networks theory that stupid people will watch anything if you put it on tv.

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Oct 21, 2008 8:57PM EDT

Watched a bit of Psyche when it premiered and it wasn't my cup of tea. Watched Mentalist and enjoyed it. The concept of this a**hole "former" psychic who willingly admits to manipulating peoples emotions for his own gain in the past is pretty interesting to me. Although I can obviously see the connection between the two shows, the similarities in no way warrant the accusations your slinging around.
Once a "defined" genre such as psychic (or fake) cop has one show look at one angle of the concept, that whole general idea of psychic and crime solving shouldn't been done again? We may have a shortage of tv shows ranging from good to bad if we would take your approach.

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Oct 21, 2008 10:03PM EDT

okay...so ak10 you are saying you don't think batman begins and The Dark knight deserves credit for being good movies?

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Oct 21, 2008 11:33PM EDT

i think he's just a pimple faced computer geek with too much time on his hands who takes EVERYTHING way to serious.

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Oct 21, 2008 11:49PM EDT

I agree, it just amuses me to annoy idiots.

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Oct 22, 2008 12:39AM EDT

what does batman begins and dark night have to do with anything? They are not ripping off anything they are continuations in a series. How is that in any way the same thing? And Akrim, I am not shocked that your assement of me is completely wrong, judging by your comments, your obviously not that bright. And I am well aware this is not a serious life changing issue, but people stealing other peoples idea and creativity is something that has always bothered me. Whats even worse is when people identify that someones idea has been ripped off and then actually support the knockoff. Those people are worse then the ones who stole the idea in the first place. It just shows how unintelligent you really are. Just continue to follow that line of sheep your in. Your completely right, original ideas and independent thought, those are the real problems we should be fighting against. But just please can you answer me one question, In your opinion, where did the creators of, the mentalist get the idea for the show?

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Oct 22, 2008 2:03AM EDT

there is nothing on tv now that is original. like south park almost everyone loves that show and its nothing but ripoffs of other ideas and you not spewing off at the mouth about that. So what if they got the idea from pysch. i'm sure if you look far enough back somewhere you'll find the place pysch came from be it a book or another show. all the good ideas have been done. so onlything left is to redo old shows like knight rider. or the movie casino royale. all done before now there just updated and givin little changes and BAM new show. so basicaly get off you high horse and just watch the things on tv for what they are. ENTERTAINMENT

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Oct 22, 2008 8:57AM EDT

Like I said, I know it happens, stuff gets redone or inspired from other things, your example of southpark, obviously the simpsons paved the way for all those adult cartoons, but the plot is not so completely similar as in the way psych and the mentalist plots are. If they were going to steal the idea just change it enough so the similarities are not laughable. Why play the fake psychic angle, why the really good at observation thing? Atleast change it enough so that so can trick people into believing you have an original idea. Thats all I ask, just honor the thing your ripping off enough not to be so obvious with the theft, they can do that, thats all I ask, just dont make it so hit you in the face obvious.

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Oct 23, 2008 1:39AM EDT

Have you watched The Mentalist? Because even though the premise is similar it is as much like Psych as Psych is like Monk. The writers of these shows are like night and day and whereas they might have started with a similar idea, they're writers are writing two completely different shows that are going in two altogether different directions. The Mentalist is not a comedy about a fake psychic working for the police. It is a show about a Mentalist who works for the police after giving up being a fake psychic after his family is killed by a serial killer. It has depth. Who cares what it was inspired by?

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Oct 23, 2008 2:08PM EDT

Sigh... i mean come on.. if no one copyed from other ideas then there would only be 1 brand of everything... and i don't see you going mad that 2 face creams do the same thing but are made by different people... at the end of the day whats the point in geting mad about it.

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Oct 23, 2008 5:38PM EDT

Honestly guys, just because the mentalist is a show about psychics doesnt mean it copied psych. Like everybody else has said mentalist is a drama so its more serious and psych is a comedy. Just because they both happen to be about psychics doesnt mean mentalist copied psych.

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Oct 24, 2008 10:01PM EDT

Wait up.
Since when was the idea of a person with heightened sense of observation original? Just like cops, snobby rich kids, humorous families and so forth, keen observers is also a general real category. The producers of Psych did not meet up and say, "Hey! I have a great idea....let's make this dude special by giving him abnormal observation skills and photographic memory and pretends he's a psychic!" No no no. There are plenty of observers in the population that pretend they are psychics or have abnormal powers. There are plenty novels written about it. From this general category, they make shows with special backgrounds, settings, tones, and plots. Hence, Gossip Girl and the OC. CSI and Without a Trace. American Dad and Family Guy. The House of Payne and Family Matters. As someone mentioned about McDonald's and someone else with face creams, the producers take a general category or subject and add their own original fluff around it to produce something more derived from that category/subject. So just because Psych just so happened to be the first hit TV show about a keen observer, doesn't mean another show with the same concept is literally plagiarizing the idea.
So I suggest you rethink things more clearly before you shoot your ignorant mouth. Besides, how the hell do you even think Psych and the Mentalist are equivalents that you have to scream bloody murder about? They are completely different in context.

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Oct 24, 2008 10:43PM EDT

By the way, if you haven't figured it out, which I doubt you did considering your comments, "mentalist" is the actual name of these keen observers. It's not a word CBS just made up out of thin air.

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Oct 25, 2008 8:38AM EDT

Oh my god, I do not know how many times I have to say this, I am aware shows are inspired from other shows, but every example everyone is giving is generic ideas that are then taken in different directions, gossip girls vs the oc, rich kids lives would be the generic theme, so it is not the same, if gossip girls was about a poor kid who gets adopted by a rich family then that would be what I am complaining about, but shows like csi and ncis etc.. are like all the cops and lawyer shows, they are not centered in a finely hoaned original idea, they are just general concepts based on occupations, whoever said american dad vs family guy is an idiot cause they are made by the same person, so you can not plagarize off yourself. House of Payne and Family Matters again, generic plot about a african american family, their is not accident prone nerdy kid who lives next door, if there was that would again be the type of thing I am talking about with psych and mentalist. Also, as I said before, psych is a new show, it would be alittle better if like family matters it was no longer on the air, but it isnt there show and idea really just started. If the mentalist came 10 years after psych then I still think they were ripping it off but atleast enough time had past where it wasnt so obvious where the story came from. Bottom line all the examples everyone is bringing up are not the same thing I am talking about. Psych has such a defined plot and there are not 10 different fake psychic detective shows on tv, there was one, and fairly new, so my problem is that they based the mentalist on such a similar and direct idea that is not seen on tv except for psych so the glaring similarities are so extreme that everyone knows exactly where the idea came from, does anyone actually believe the quote unquote creators of the mentalist did not know psych was on tv already, obviously they knew about it, so my problem as I have stated is that the mentalist took their plot from such a unique and original show and such a defined premise that the mentalist being sold to a network is laughable, because obviously they ripped it off. Again I go back to my actually appropriate example of pushing daisies. The plot has never been done before and it is so unique that if someone created a show where the guy wakes dead people up in another way to help solve cases, the rest of the show could be completely different, it does not matter, they would be infringing on the creative idea behind pushing diasies. That is the same thing with psych and the mentalist. They can make the two shows as different as they want, but it does not matter, they ripped off such a directly defined plot, that has never been on tv before, and they did it rather quickly after the original idea became popular so it is so unbelivably obvious. That is my problem with the show. So please do not give me more lame examples of shows that are generally similar, cause it is not the same thing.

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Oct 28, 2008 1:54PM EDT

What this all comes down to is proof. You have no proof that the idea for the mentalist was stolen from Psych so you have no right to be arguing that statement.

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Oct 28, 2008 8:49PM EDT

Pomerenke7, so your contention is that the "creators" of the mentalist had no idea that Psych was on tv or that is was about a fake psychic with good observational skills? That is your argument? So your saying the mentalist is a fresh and completely original idea? Ignorance must truely be bliss. Alright, then with your logic I think I write a script, here we go, a galaxy far far away this battle between good and evil is taking place, and spolier alert, the bad guy is the good guys father. What? thats not stealing cause I have seriously never seen any of the star wars moives, so I cant be stealing from a movie I have never seen right? What more proof do you need that it is taken directly from something else?

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Nov 2, 2008 5:27AM EST

Psych totally ripped off The Mentalist. No wonder it's on a cable network nobody watches. Psych.........pfffftttt. The Mentalist is superior and I can't believe someone thinks it's not original.

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Nov 2, 2008 8:24AM EST

I'm going to assume that your being sarcastic

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Nov 3, 2008 1:17AM EST

OMG OMG OMG!!! I just read your idea for a story. The one with a far away galaxy, good v evil. You have to totally come thru with that. I would so watch that

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Nov 3, 2008 6:08AM EST

Nicely done, sarcasm about my sarcasm. You do not see that very often.

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