Psych: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)

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Season 1
Psych

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Its premise is sure to draw comparisons to Monk, and Psych's lead character is an acquired taste at best.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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User Ratings: 163

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Air date: Jul 7, 2006

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) parlays his uncanny knack for solving mysteries into a new career as a psychic when he pretends to have clairvoyant abilities and ends up working with the police department to find a wealthy family's missing son. Gus: Dule Hill. Henry: Corbin Bernsen. Det. Lassiter: Timothy Omundson. Chief Vick: Kirsten Nelson.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2006

When a spelling-bee official dies under mysterious circumstances, Gus and Shawn investigate.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2006

Shawn and Gus become wedding crashers at a posh ceremony in order to retrieve a stolen antique engagement ring.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2006

Shawn is called upon to use his "powers" to speak to a spirit in order to find a dead thief's stolen cash and help his widow.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2006

In order to continue his investigation into a suicide that he believes is actually a murder, Shawn pretends he's getting clues from the victim's cat.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2006

Shawn and Gus attend a Civil War reenactment where a fake death turns out all too real.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2006

Shawn and Gus investigate a man's claim that a ghost is trying to kill him.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2006

Shawn and Gus investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy, who was last seen at a comic-book convention.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2007

Shawn investigates a claim from a forgetful family friend (Kurtwood Smith) that he witnessed---and solved---an old murder case, which may be linked to a more recent homicide. Trish Connors: Ashley Williams.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2007

When a boozy and vulnerable Lassiter begins to have doubts about his own crime-solving ability, Shawn decides to boost the detective's waning confidence by helping him solve an astronomer's puzzling death.

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Creator Steve Franks' comedic entry into the crime-solving genre follows the investigative efforts of fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his childhood pal and sidekick Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill). Though Shawn has top-notch observational skills and the keen instincts necessary to become a detective, he also has a free-spirited, goofy side that prevents him from pursuing a serious career in police work, much to the chagrin of his father Henry (Corbin Bernsen). A former detective, Henry honed his son's talents at a young age and is constantly frustrated by Shawn's carefree view of adult life. Henry's former colleague Interim Chief Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson), however, sees Shawn as an asset for solving tough cases, even though she's skeptical of his alleged psychic ability, a lie Shawn manufactured after he gave the police a tip that was so accurate he became a suspect. Though Shawn and Gus set up their own detective agency when they realize they can cash in on the lie, Chief Vick often brings the guys in as consultants for tricky cases. Det. Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) takes the pair's unusual antics in stride, but her partner Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) does not. He doesn't believe for a second that Shawn is a real psychic and resents Shawn's intrusion into the police work that he takes very seriously. But as Shawn and Gus investigate a series of odd cases, including spelling-bee treachery, murder at a Civil War reenactment, a sorority-house haunting and a case in which the sole witness is a cat, they inevitably produce results, a fact that even Lassiter must begrudgingly admit. Notable Season 1 guest stars include George Takei ("Star Trek"), playing himself in a Comic-Con-based episode; Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show"), as Lassiter's former boss with a faltering memory; and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl, as a rookie trainee who finally passed the police-force entrance exam at an advanced age.

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Critic Reviews for Psych Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

The fun is in the tag-along, and the heretofore unheralded [James] Roday displays a knack for comedy.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The hammy younger actor [James Roday] isn't quite as cute as he thinks he is, and he belongs on a louder comedy series , a laugh-track sitcom in which his clowning might fit in more naturally.

Jul 7, 2006 | Full Review…

Can you enjoy a show without liking the main character? Psych puts that unnecessary challenge to viewers.

Jul 7, 2006 | Full Review…

There are holes to fill, though, before this show gets up to Monk level. What's encouraging is that it starts solidly and has a chance to find itself.

Jul 7, 2006 | Full Review…

Shawn is both in your face and completely absent as a human being.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

In "Psych," Shawn is supposed to be charmingly insouciant, and Gus is supposed to be comically uptight, and neither seems at ease in the assigned part.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Psych seems an ideal show for its moment, as viewers can disdain its predictability and identify with its cynicism about that predictability at the same time.

Feb 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

James Roday, the youthful star of Psych, tries much too hard to make a character of his alter ego, Shawn Spencer, who's just a guy with a gimmick.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The comedy is some of the best-written on television. Or anywhere.

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The thing that makes 'Psych' worth watching is Shawn's quirky attitude.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

In regards to Psych, what was seen out of its inaugural season was a mediocre but promising first half and an incredibly humorous and on-point second half that has fans everywhere eager for more.

Mar 6, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Psych certainly has the makings of a fun and diverting series, one that feels like a nice bit of light summer programming.

Mar 6, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Psych: Season 1

  • Oct 16, 2020
    Psych is one of my favorite shows of all time. It takes a while to get into, but the characters are lovable, and the writing is witty and always fun to watch. It's a unique take on the classic detective show, and I like that it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's refreshing compared to the overdone serious detective genre. The character development is incredible- it really feels like you know the characters well by the end of the series. Each episode's plot is original and interesting. The dialogue is always witty. Overall: a goofy but very well done series that never fails to make me smile. I highly recommend.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    I really enjoyed it, the characters are likeable and it's a lighthearted approach to what is usually a dark and stressful genre.
  • Aug 21, 2020
    This is THE best show I have ever watched. I still doubt I will find anything to top it. The main character's quick wittedness still makes me laugh after watching every episode 4-5 times. As the seasons go on the quality improves so don't stop watching just because of some film issues the first season.
  • May 08, 2020
    Love this series and have watched it multiple times.
  • Nov 05, 2019
    I love this show. It is funny and has good plot.
  • Oct 25, 2019
    Terrible. Lead actor is obnoxious and shallow, not funny at all. The drama/comedy element does not work. Poor writing, boring characters and shallow dialogue makes me wonder how on earth this series was on the air for so long.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Funny, charming, and witty, this show is cast perfectly, written well, and really draws you in. I thoroughly enjoyed this series from start to finish.
  • Jun 10, 2019
    WTF...how did this terrible show get such good ratings? Take the terrible acting of saved by the bell plus poor writing and you get this show. Mild entertainment not worth the boredom of sitting through the first show.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    Psych is a unique spin on detective shows. It's unashamedly silly and laugh-out- loud funny in its own absurd way.
  • Jan 15, 2018
    Incredibly creative and equally entertaining, Psych delivers each episode with an amazing cast and an elaborate plot sure to entice you. Each character is revealed to be lovable in their own way, and each episode keeps you wanting more. This is a show I would certainly recommend to anyone into comedies, the crime genre, or shows that produce exemplary character development.

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