Psych Series Review

In 2006, USA came out with a completely new TV show. They knew it was good, but they didn't know it would spawn the following that it did. Psych would go on to entertain audiences for a solid 8 years. With ingenious writing, unforgettable characters, and a welcome "feel good" tone, Psych never failed to keep the laughs and mysteries coming.

This show was cancelled just this Wednesday, so I figured it wasn't too late to talk about it. The series centers around Shawn, who's been trained by his police officer dad to hone his Sherlock Holmes-like observation ability. Due to a confusion with the Santa Barbra Police Department, he is forced to tell them that the reason he can tell so many things about people is because he's a psychic. He gets his friend Gus to help him with the scam and they start a private psychic detective agency. They solve crime throughout the series, either for the Police Department or for their own agency.

First off, the characters really do make this show. Even if the premise was the stupidest thing ever, I'd still love these guys and gals. Shawn (James Rodey) is arguably the coolest snarky character conceived since Bugs Bunny. He's sarcastic, he's silly and just all around wild. He constantly drags Gus into outrageous situations that always get a ton of laughs and, for some crazy reason, actually end up working. Not only is he funny, but he's also smart and even has his emotional moments in the show.

Gus (Dule Hill) is more cautious than Shawn, but still possesses the same kind of playfulness. And, what's really cool about him is that he's not an unnecessary character. Since he's a pharmaceutical salesman, he helps out in a lot of forensics stuff where Shawn is lacking.

Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) is one of the head detectives at the SBPD. She's Shawn's on and off love interest while also being a total boss. She has been shown to hold her own in several episodes. In fact, the one time she does get kidnapped, it feels so out of place that she needs to be saved. The chemistry between her and Shawn has ranged from funny and sarcastic to serious and heart-warming. (That's as far into spoiler territory as I go.)

Now, on to everybody's favorite self-obsessed, tight-butt cop: Detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson). This is actually where the best comedy comes from. Just seeing Lassiter (Lassy) react to Shawnn and Gus and the way they tease him is just hilarious. Even though, like I said, he is egotistical and takes himself way too seriously, he actually does have moments throughout the show where he actually shows he's a human being. You feel sorry for him, you feel happy for him, and you even have moments where you just want to say, "Awwww!"

Not only are the characters great, but the writing is also phenomenal. Not only is it funny and witty, but each mystery for each episode is great. Each case is well thought out and well put together. Just when you think you know the culprit by the end of the episode, the writers say, "Nope, try again!" Even though it is episodic, it's still really entertaining and each case isn't like the others.

Synopsis: This is honestly one of the greatest TV shows I've ever seen. It's funny, it's clever, it's intelligent, it's heartwarming and there's simply not a single thing you hate about it. It ran for a good 8 seasons and now it's passed on to make room for an undoubtedly crappy spin-off. Watch this any chance you get.

Score: 10/10


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