Most of the show The Mentalist happens in California (in particular Sacramento). In Season 6, the characters move from CBI to FBI, moving from Sacramento to Austin, Texas.

In "the real world", the biggest FBI field offices are in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago (according to Wikipedia). Any of them would have made a more sensible choice.

In addition, the show was being recorded in Santa Clarita, California, making a stronger point for Los Angeles.

Why Austin?

  • Not that I have anything against Austin, I simply do not understand the reason for the random choice.
    – Trylks
    Jan 2, 2021 at 1:25

1 Answer 1


According to this article:

Tom Szentgyorgy, an executive producer for The Mentalist, said he and other producers mulled several cities for Jane’s new locale before settling on Austin.

“We were looking for a city outside California where Patrick Jane could start over. We wanted it to be a city with a distinctive character, a city with some funk to it,” Szentgyorgy said. “At the same time, we wanted it to be a city whose architecture and look weren’t too familiar to television audiences — because, frankly, we continue to shoot our exterior scenes here in Southern California.”

In addition, he said, Jane’s new home base needed to be a city where it made sense for the FBI to maintain a significant presence. (Note: The fictional FBI office in Austin looks much fancier and bigger than the real one.)

This likely originated from the earlier storyline:

Another team member, Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), is in Austin, the previous stomping ground of FBI agent Dennis Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar), who is assigned to close the CBI after its infiltration by a secret society of corrupt California law enforcement agents, including the man at the center of the Red John manhunt, CBI director Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .