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Psych
Psych.svg
FormatComedy-drama
Detective
Police procedural
Created bySteve Franks
StarringJames Roday
Dulé Hill
Timothy Omundson
Maggie Lawson
Kirsten Nelson
Corbin Bernsen
Opening theme"I Know You Know" by The Friendly Indians
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes121 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steve Franks
Chris Henze
Kelly Kulchak
Mel Damski
Bill Callahan
Producer(s)Andy Berman
Gordon Mark
James Roday
Dulé Hill
Tim Meltreger
Tracey Jeffrey
Location(s)British Columbia, Canada
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Pacific Mountain Productions
TagLine Television
Universal Cable Productions
Universal Media Studios
NBCUniversal Television Studio
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelUSA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 7, 2006 (2006-07-07) – March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)
External links
Website
 
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Psych
Psych.svg
FormatComedy-drama
Detective
Police procedural
Created bySteve Franks
StarringJames Roday
Dulé Hill
Timothy Omundson
Maggie Lawson
Kirsten Nelson
Corbin Bernsen
Opening theme"I Know You Know" by The Friendly Indians
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes121 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steve Franks
Chris Henze
Kelly Kulchak
Mel Damski
Bill Callahan
Producer(s)Andy Berman
Gordon Mark
James Roday
Dulé Hill
Tim Meltreger
Tracey Jeffrey
Location(s)British Columbia, Canada
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Pacific Mountain Productions
TagLine Television
Universal Cable Productions
Universal Media Studios
NBCUniversal Television Studio
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelUSA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 7, 2006 (2006-07-07) – March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)
External links
Website

Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television.[1] It is produced by Franks and Tagline Television's Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak. The series stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose "heightened observational skills"[2] 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 father, Henry, a former officer of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The series airs new episodes in the United States on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT, 8PM CST on USA Network. During the second season, an animated segment was added to the series titled "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus". 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.[3] It is currently USA Network's longest-running original series on air.[4] USA Network renewed the series for an eighth season on December 19, 2012, to include eight episodes, and ordered two more episodes on June 25, 2013, bringing the episode order to ten.[5][6] On February 5, 2014, USA Network confirmed that the eighth season of Psych would be its last, with the series finale airing on March 26, 2014.[7]

Overview[edit]

Most episodes begin with a cold open in the form of a flashback to Shawn and Gus's childhood. The flashbacks usually involve Shawn and Gus being taught a lesson by a young Henry Spencer, who wishes that his son would follow in his footsteps and become a law enforcement officer. These lessons often play a role for the climax of the episode. As a child, Shawn was taught by Henry to hone his powers of observation and deduction, often using games and challenges to test him. Each flashback also sets the theme for the episode.

Shawn originally becomes known as a psychic when, after calling in tips on dozens of crimes covered on the news which help the police to close the case, the police become suspicious of his knowledge. The police theorize that such knowledge could only come from the "inside" and they decide to arrest him as a suspect. To avoid being sent to jail, Shawn uses his observational skills to convince the police that he is psychic. The interim police chief warns Shawn that if his "powers" are fake, he will be prosecuted. With no choice but to keep up the act, and having proven himself an effective aid to the police in solving crimes, he establishes a psychic detective agency, Psych, and becomes a consultant to the police. Pretending to have psychic powers allows him to engage in strange and comic behavior as he turns real clues into hunches and otherworldly visitations. He enjoys teasing lifelong friend Burton Guster (Gus), a pharmaceutical representative, about Gus's eclectic interests as they drive around in a blue Toyota Yaris nicknamed "The Blueberry"[8] solving crimes.

Head detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), playfully named "Lassie" by Shawn and Gus, quietly respects Shawn's crime-solving skills but doubts his psychic abilities and is constantly exasperated by his antics. However, junior detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) are far less antagonistic – with O'Hara expressing belief in Shawn's abilities, while Vick is mum on the subject – and usually willing to give Shawn the leeway he needs to solve cases. Henry and Shawn have a difficult relationship, but despite this, Henry reluctantly helps Shawn on various occasions.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The cast of Psych, from left to right: Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen, James Roday, Kirsten Nelson, Dulé Hill, and Timothy Omundson

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV Season
DatePremiere
Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Friday 10:00 pm (July 7, 2006 – February 20, 2009)
15
July 7, 2006
6.06[10]
March 2, 2007
4.48[11]20062007
216
July 13, 2007
4.33[12]
February 15, 2008
4.70[13]20072008
316
July 18, 2008
4.89[14]
February 20, 2009
4.83[15]20082009
4
Friday 10:00 pm (August 7, 2009 – October 16, 2009)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (January 27, 2010 – March 10, 2010)
16
August 7, 2009
3.98[16]
March 10, 2010
2.95[17]20092010
5
Wednesday 10:00 pm (July 14, 2010 – May 29, 2013)[a]
16
July 14, 2010
3.68[18]
December 22, 2010
2.90[19]2010
616
October 12, 2011
3.00[20]
April 11, 2012
2.71[21]20112012
716
February 27, 2013
2.94[22]
May 29, 2013[a]
2.18[23]2013
8
Wednesday 9:00 pm (January 8, 2014 – March 26, 2014)
10
January 8, 2014
2.28[24]
March 26, 2014
1.93[25]2014
Notes
  1. ^ a b The episode "Psych: The Musical" aired as a special two-hour event at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 15, 2013, outside of the seventh season's primary run.

Production[edit]

The show uses White Rock, British Columbia, Canada for its Santa Barbara, California setting.[26] Psych also incorporates Vancouver and various locations around the Lower Mainland of British Columbia as a backdrop. Santa Barbara is on a mountainous coastline without bays and just has the few Channel Islands miles offshore. Many of the overlooking helicopter shots and set up shots (in which the exterior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse is shown) are actually filmed in Santa Barbara. The animated segments "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus" were created by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. The music, effects and sound design for "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus" were created by Fred Weinberg.

Theme song[edit]

The theme song for Psych is "I Know You Know" by The Friendly Indians, series creator Steve Franks' band. Some episodes in Seasons 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 use the extended full-length version of "I Know You Know", but most episodes use a shortened version, consisting of mostly the chorus. In some episodes the theme song is changed, usually as a tie-in to the theme of the episode to come.

Variations

The Christmas-themed and Hindi versions of the song also include variations on the main titles. The Hindi and Chinese-themed episodes phonetically translated words into Devanagari and Chinese characters, respectively, in their title sequences. The title sequence in the episode "Dual Spires" (5.12) is an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the title sequence of Twin Peaks. The episode "100 Clues" (7.05) featured an entirely new main title sequence based on the board game Clue. The actor names and title were shown on game cards similar to those of the cards of suspects in Clue.

Pineapple[edit]

In the episode "Pilot", James Roday improvised by picking up a pineapple and saying, "Should I slice this up for the road?" Since then, pineapples have appeared in almost every episode as a running gag. The pineapple is a major marketing point for items related to the show on the USA website.[28] There have also been fan movements, such as fan-made websites, dedicated to finding a pineapple or pineapple-related object in each episode.[29]

Series finale post-show[edit]

Following the series finale on March 26, 2014, the USA network aired a live post-show. The hour-long special was hosted by Kevin Pereira and featured series stars and creator/executive producer Steve Franks.[30]

Response[edit]

Critical reaction and ratings[edit]

Psych scored a 4.51 rating and an average of 6.1 million total viewers at its premiere, which made it the highest rated scripted series premiere on basic cable in 2006 in all key demographics (households, P18-49, P25-54, and total viewers), according to a USA Network press release, quoted from the Futon Critic.[3]

From the San Jose Mercury News:

James Roday (Miss Match) is utterly charming and delightfully funny as Shawn Spencer (who may not be Psychic but who does have wonderful powers of observation), and he gets fine support from Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) as his cop father and Dulé Hill (The West Wing) as his Dr. Watson-esque sidekick.[31]

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Psych is one of those happy collisions of an intelligent script and an appealing cast. Roday's a charmer, nice looking but more charismatic than pretty, and ably paired with West Wing alumnus Dulé Hill, who plays Shawn's ultra-responsible childhood friend Gus.[32]

As the show continued to grow, it became a mainstay and the premiere television show on the USA Network. Critics and fans have given high praise to the chemistry between the entire cast, most notably Roday and Hill. The themed episodes and overall creativity have also been received well. Positive critical reception for the show has dramatically increased as the show has gone on. Significant applause has been given to the show for remaining fresh and witty, even as they pass the 100 episode mark, and the online fan community is extremely lively.[33]

Nominations and awards[edit]

Syndication[edit]

In July 2011 ION Television announced that Psych will become part of their 2012 broadcast in syndication.[38] During 2012 reruns of the show mostly ran on Saturdays as a marathon. In 2013 ION Television announced the acquisition option pick-up of season seven of Psych. The deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution adds all 16 new episodes of season 7 to ION’s existing library of seasons 1-6 of Psych and includes rights to future seasons.[39]

DVD releases[edit]

Seasons one through six are available on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4, as well as for online streaming on Netflix and Hulu and online download in the US, Canadian, UK, and Australian iTunes Stores. In addition, the seventh season is available on DVD in Region 1 and in the US, Canadian, and UK iTunes Stores. The episode "Psych: The Musical" is available on DVD in Region 1 and for download in the US iTunes Store. The eighth and final season is also available for download in the US iTunes Store. Despite being available in HD over streaming and download video services, and seasons four through eight being filmed in HD, no Blu-ray release of Psych exists.

TitleEp #Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete First Season15June 26, 2007April 24, 2008April 30, 2008
The Complete Second Season16July 11, 2008June 7, 2010March 3, 2010
The Complete Third Season16July 21, 2009February 21, 2011March 2, 2011
The Complete Fourth Season16July 13, 2010July 18, 2011August 22, 2012
The Complete Fifth Season16May 31, 2011May 21, 2012September 5, 2012
The Psych-O-Ween Collection4September 11, 2012[40]TBATBA
The Complete Sixth Season16October 16, 2012July 26, 2013August 7, 2013
The Complete Seventh Season14October 8, 2013TBATBA
Psych: The Musical4December 17, 2013[41]TBATBA
The Complete Eighth Season10April 1, 2014[42]TBATBA

Novels[edit]

William Rabkin has written and published six novels based on the series. The novels are written in third person narrative style.

TitleAuthorISBNPublication date
A Mind is a Terrible Thing to ReadWilliam Rabkin0-451-22635-6January 6, 2009
Mind Over Magic0-451-22744-1July 7, 2009
The Call of the Mild0-451-22876-6January 5, 2010
A Fatal Frame of Mind0-451-23159-7August 3, 2010
Mind-Altering Murder0-451-23252-6February 1, 2011
Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally UnqualifiedChad Gervich1-455-51286-7May 7, 2013

References[edit]

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