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[TV Show Review] Psych (TV Series 2006-2014)

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Plot Summary: A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Producers: Andy Berman, Gordon Mark, James Roday, Dulé Hill, Tim Meltreger, Tracey Jeffrey

Original Channel: USA Network

Runtime: 42 min / 121 episodes

Main Cast:

  • James Roday as Shawn Spencer
  • Dulé Hill as Burton 'Gus' Guster
  • Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter
  • Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer
  • Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara
  • Kirsten Nelson as Karen Vick

Review: by Lee

So there I was, sitting at home on maternity leave.  I had just finished getting caught up on New Girl, and I was looking for something new to watch while feeding the baby.  As I was browsing, the baby woke up and started to cry.  I had to make a decision fast, and there was Psych. I started the first episode, and the rest was history.

Psych tells the story of Shawn Spencer, a notorious underachiever who uses his keen observation skills to pretend to be a psychic, and his best pal, Burton “Gus” Guster, as they help solve police cases under the guise of a psychic detective agency, humorously named “Psych.”

What I Liked:

First let me start by saying that Psych was a fantastic show.  The cases were interesting, and I really enjoyed seeing the Sherlock Holmes style clues that led to their resolutions.  More importantly, though, it was hilarious.  Every episode was a comedic gold mine.

The chemistry and dialogue between the characters were outstanding.

I loved how Shawn and Gus played off of each other. Their “bromance” was definitely one for the history books, a sincere rival to the JD/Turk “bromance” of Scrubs.

The relationship building surrounding Shawn and his father, likewise, was phenomenal.  There was a tremendous amount of emotional development for them both.

The romance between Shawn and Juliet was, surprisingly, not the main focus of the show, which was a blessed relief.  A lot of shows ruin themselves by forcing a romance between two characters.  The writers did a great job of taking their time with its development, so much so that it seemed very natural.

Also, any character’s interactions with Detective Lassiter were well worth watching.  He was one of the highlights of the show, and I was super excited to see him as a main character in Galavant.

The best things about the show, however, were the running jokes/gags.  I loved watching to see if there would be a stylized version of the theme song, who would say the catchphrases, where the pineapple would be, and what new misfortunes would befall “the Blueberry.”

Finally, the last episode was the best series finale I have ever seen.  It was perfect.  I cannot imagine a better ending to the show.

What I Didn’t Like:

Nothing.  There was absolutely nothing I did not like about the show.  It was amazing.  As soon as I finished watching it, literally the same night, I re-watched episode one.  I could not and cannot get enough of Psych.  I only wish there were more.

You can purchase Psych: The Complete Series on DVD from Amazon here:

Images Courtesy of IMDB

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