Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series which spoofs procedural dramas that were extremely popular in the 2000s. It was created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network. The series aired new episodes in the U.S. on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT, 9PM CST. Psych debuted on Friday, July 7, 2006, immediately following the fifth season premiere of Monk, and continued to be paired with the series until Monk's conclusion on December 4, 2009. It was the highest-rated U.S. basic cable television premiere of 2006. Season Six ended on April 11, 2012. It was USA Network's longest-running original series on air at the time it ended. On January 10, 2012, USA renewed the series for Season Seven, to include 16 episodes. On December 19, 2012, a renewal for Season Eight was announced. Psych began its eighth and final season on January 8, 2014, concluding on March 26 with the final episode of the entire series and the Psych After Pshow.
The series stars James Roday Rodriguez as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose "heightened observational skills" and impressive detective instincts allow him to convince people that he solves cases with psychic abilities. The program also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn's best friend and reluctant partner Burton "Gus" Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's captious father, Henry Spencer. Timothy Omundson stars as detective Carlton Lassiter, who often clashes with Shawn, and Maggie Lawson stars as Juliet O'Hara, a junior detective who goes on to become Shawn's love interest. Kirsten Nelson stars as police chief Karen Vick. The supporting cast includes Liam James as Young Shawn, Carlos McCullers II as Young Gus, Sage Brocklebank as Buzz McNab, and Kurt Fuller as coroner Woodrow Strode.
See also: Crew, Cast, Characters
|Season One||July 7, 2006 – March 2, 2007||June 26, 2007|
|Season Two||July 13, 2007 – February 15, 2008||July 8, 2008|
|Season Three||July 18, 2008 – February 20, 2009||July 21, 2009|
|Season Four||August 7, 2009 – March 10, 2010||July 13, 2010|
|Season Five||July 14, 2010 – December 22, 2010||May 31, 2011|
|Season Six||October 12, 2011 – April 11, 2012||October 16, 2012|
|Season Seven||February 27, 2013 – May 29, 2013||October 8, 2013|
|Season Eight||January 8, 2014 – March 26, 2014||April 1, 2014|
See also: List of Episodes
There have been three Psych movies released so far, with at least three more being planned:
- Psych: The Movie, where someone wants to take down Juliet.
- Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, where Lassiter is ambushed and left for dead.
- Psych 3: This Is Gus, where Gus only has a short time to prepare for his wedding.
There have been three official spin-off series of Psych:
- The Psych Webisodes, a series of short vignettes from 2006 featuring Shawn and Gus as we know them;
- Psych: The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus, an animated series from 2008 featuring Shawn and Gus as grade schoolers;
- Psych: Flashback to the Teen Years, a web series from 2009 featuring Shawn and Gus as teenagers.
There have been six books released that are based on Psych:
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read;
- Mind Over Magic;
- The Call of the Mild;
- A Fatal Frame of Mind;
- Mind-Altering Murder;
- Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified.
You can stream Psych on several platforms:
- Peacock (free)
- Amazon Prime Video (free only for the show, the musical and the movie must be bought or accessed via an IMDb channel subscription, or other services)
- Google Play ($1.99 per episode)
- Apple iTunes Store (Apple TV) ($34.99 per season)
- Microsoft ($34.99 per season)
- Vudu ($24.99 per season and an account must be created)