This show has to be one of my favourites, however I feel it’s extremely underappreciated. It’s no longer showing, but people don’t even seem to know it even existed and trust me it’s a good’un. A detective show solving crimes, oh but not serious as ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Psych’ is a comedy. Because the main character, Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is hyper-observant, he notices things that people usually don’t pick up, he uses this gift to then pretend he is psychic. Teaming up with the police, Shawn and his partner-in-crime, literally, and long-life friend, Burton Guster, otherwise known as Gus (Dulé Hill), help solve crimes. The police detectives who get lumped with this witty fake psychic and his know-it-all best friend are Carlton Lassiter, ie. Lassie (Timothy Omundson) and his junior detective, Juliet O’Hara aka Jules (Maggie Lawson). Then there’s only Shawn’s ex-cop father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen) and the Chief of Santa Barbara Police Department, Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson) to introduce.
If you think it’s boring solving homicide cases over and over again, then you won’t be bored with this show. Shawn and Gus’ private detective psychic agency cases are all different, there’s been a murderer back from the past, a death of a sealion, a dinosaur involved, and a mummy walking out of a museum. There’s been a slasher movie episode and a ghostly haunted ‘Shining’ episode. All of them unique and great! The reveals of the killer are always fun as Shawn is always hilariously over the top in his pretend psychic ways. Every episode begins with a flashback of Shawn’s life, usually with his father involved – the first few series from 1987 of a young Shawn played by Liam James, who is a brilliant choice. But there are still the great familiarities that are loved from episode to episode. Henry and Gus are the only two that know of Shawn’s fake abilities. Shawn’s flirty banter with Jules and her constant knocking him back down; I love this as they’re the hope of the golden couple, but never happening. Shawn’s constant witty comebacks and Lassiter’s insults and hatred of Shawn. Shawn repeatedly changing Gus’ name to clients. And finally Shawn and Gus’ fist bumps, stealth mode and angry whispers. Then there’s always some quotes that seem to keep coming back, Gus’: “I’m going to kill you Shawn”, “I hear that” and “you know that’s right”; and Shawn’s: “wait for iiiiiiiit”, “I’ve heard it both ways” and “I can’t do this with you right now” when squabbling with Gus, I can hear them both saying it. Plus, there’s always a pineapple somewhere…
So more detail of the characters… Shawn, my favourite. He is brilliant. He’s immature, not a stickler for the rules, never discrete, always has a mocking tone and an opinion on everything. Shawn always has to be right, he’s a smart-ass and loves the sound of his own voice. He just has a way with words and is so easily distracted. But those words are usually mocking or in reference to some old tv or film. His extremely high-pitched screams are constant and comical. Hilariously played and a great main protagonist. His life-long best friend, Gus… Gus’ main job is a pharmaceutical rep but he is always dragged into Shawn’s stupid ideas. He has a super sniffer, a magic head and is a sympathetic cryer. He calls himself a “player”, but he’s petrified of blood always running out of the morgue from looking at a dead body. He’s logical and full of the knowledge Shawn doesn’t know any thing of. He has the constant love of reality shows that Shawn constantly mocks him about among other things. And food is always on his mind. Charming and always chasing after the wrong girls. Next Lassie. The detective whose job is everything to him, seriousness is down to a T with police procedure and protocol. He’s stuck in his ways and hates Shawn’s influence in the police department. You can always expect his angry outrages at Shawn. Juliet is great, she’s extremely trusting and a hard-worker in what she does. When she goes undercover, she goes down deep. She always trusts Shawn and believes his psychic ability like there’s no tomorrow. You can always rely on her sympathetic looks. Henry, Shawn’s father. He is the reason Shawn is the way he is, as when he was younger he constant tested Shawn on what is in the room and what he can see and hear. He’s a brilliant character, stubborn, prideful and controlling. But he is always loyal to helping Shawn when he needs it, even if they have to make a deal or even if he protests. Finally, Karen Vick. Head boss of everyone, chief of police. She’s blunt but keeps returning to Shawn and keeps hiring him, having blind faith in what he does. No one will dare question her, her looks are ones that make people hold their tongue. All the characters are amazing, they all bring so much to the table. They all have their own hilarity and they all must be appreciated.
‘Psych’ is addictive and fun. As all episodes are different, you can watch them continuously. There’s eight series and I could watch them over and over again. If you think you would like this show, I would 100% recommend. You don’t even have to watch episodes in order, they all have a different case therefore can be watched whenever. Shawn’s witty comebacks are hilarious, Gus’ loyalty and continuous want to kill Shawn for getting him in the situations he does is always comical. Even got to appreciate the mystery of the programmes, some are more serious than others, but they all have a classic Shawn with his psychic observant ways.