Alright, so it's taken me until now to even consider watching The Mentalist, mostly because I am a big fan of Psych and to me the premise of the show seemed to be too similar. Finally, for whatever reason, I watched the first couple episodes of the show and I am instantly hooked.
After watching I realized how different the two shows are. Psych is obviously a light-hearted crime comedy, but The Mentalist takes things much more seriously, in the first episode we are introduced to the motivation of Patrick Jane (to catch Red John, who murdered his family), much of his past, and also a lot of his personality. Even though he has an incredibly depressing past, he doesn't take life so seriously, he spends his afternoon building a giant sandcastle to get an interview over a chess game with a suspect, or wins hundreds of thousands of dollars in an afternoon and gives it all away the same day.
The cases themselves are quite interesting, I am intrigued to know more about how this Red John serial killer operates, and in the mean time the cases that are solved every episode keep my attention (a serial killer copycat, or a group of kids led by a calculating surfer girl). I suppose the moral of the story is the old cliche, don't judge a book by it's cover, and I'll definitely continue watching.
Source: Juliet's Place