30 Suspiciously Similar TV Shows Accused Of Ripping Off Another Series
They may not have faced any lawsuits, but many have argued that The Mentalist is clearly a knock off of USA’s Psych. The former follows a consultant who tricks people into thinking he’s a psychic through his observational skills, though unlike Psych, it’s a more serious drama. Psych creator Steve Franks didn’t even try to take legal action, but he did poke fun at the copycat series on his show.
He said: “For me, I guess it’s the sincerest form of flattery, you know. There’s not really anything you can do about it, but we like to take every opportunity we can to sort of play with it and have fun with it.”
Dule Hill, who played Gus, also took it in stride. He said: “I mean it’s not like that show is taking away from our audience or we’ve taken away from their audience. There’s room for both of us on the air… I mean, on our show we like to have a lot of fun anyway, so as long as they can take us ribbing them every once in a while I think it’s all good.