Psych: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)



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


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Air date: Jul 7, 2006
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Air date: Jan 19, 2007
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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.


James Roday
as Shawn Spencer
Dulé Hill
as Burton `Gus' Guster
Corbin Bernsen
as Henry Spencer
Timothy Omundson
as Carlton Lassiter
Maggie Lawson
as Juliet O'Hara
Kirsten Nelson
as Chief Karen Vick
Liam James
as Young Shawn
Isaah Brown
as Young Gus
Kurtwood Smith
as Captain Connors
Ashley Williams
as Trish Connors
Nicole Lyn
as Jessica
Viv Leacock
as Desk Sergeant
Michael St. John
as Mort Crocker
Gardiner Millar
as Ranger De Soto
Kathleen Duborg
as Mary Vallery
Dan Luria
as Mr. Peterson
Ryan Robbins
as Stallings
Kris Lemche
as Brandon
Debra Mooney
as Mrs. Lassiter
Rachel Pattee
as Young Trish
Lara Gilchrist
as Sabrina Vito
Chris W. Martin
as J.P. Berger
Karen Kruper
as Ms. Bodansky
Lisa Banes
as Mrs. Crocker
David Kopp
as Kellen
John Treleaven
as Cop Buddy
Sonia Mais
as Grandmother
Kity Dam
as Delilah
Amanda Lisman
as Doreen Fumbar
Robin Richardson
as Player No. 1
Enid-Raye Adams
as Pharmacist
Aleera Jiwa
as Mirabehn
Troy Rudolph
as Doctor No. 2
Ryan Bauer
as Mike McMillan
Rob Daly
as Ronnie
Byron Lucas
as Organizer
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Critic Reviews for Psych Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

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…

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

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Good God, people. What an unbelievably addictive show... It's the perfect junk food -- it taste delicious, but it doesn't sit too heavy.

Jun 15, 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…

You don't have to be a psychic to figure out why this charming show has been such a success.

Apr 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Unlike Monk, a gently comic character coping with mental illness, Roday's just an overgrown kid. Who needs him?

Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Psych, a new detective series on USA, is bipolar: inventive one minute and ploddingly formulaic the next.

Jul 7, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Psych: Season 1 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.

Psych is a unique spin on detective shows. It's unashamedly silly and laugh-out- loud funny in its own absurd way.

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.

It may start off slower than some like, but Psych boasts an original premise with an extremely humorous, likable, and talented cast that blends humor and drama in a perfect ratio with smart, yet easy to follow plot lines.

i watch this when i want no brain sitmulation at all.. its engaging enough not to do any damage by mindless drivle and boring enough not to over stimulate if yuo want to just chill out, good to kill time. ps it does make you laugh at time.

At first I thought this series was kinda of funny but throughout the series I found the lead actor to be really ego-centric. Then the stories were transphobic, homophobic and masoginistic... Seriously is it that hard to make a funny series without slamming some element of culture or communities.

So watched the pilot for PSYCH and def gonna start watching this show cuz its awesome.

Evidently, RT is blissfully (or perhaps purposefully) unaware that this show has received critical acclaim ever since its premiere in '06. I can see why the TV section is still in beta status. But, while admittedly the show has had its ups and downs over the years (the downs in the fourth and fifth seasons, and the ups in the third and sixth seasons), the show is still quite fantastic overall, in my opinion surpassing Monk once it hit the third season (especially since Monk began to fall apart after the fourth season), but I still think both are very good shows. I also believe saying that Psych uses the same formula as Monk is idiotic, as, while it did borrow some elements from Monk, such as the "quirky but brilliant detective" concept, but other than that, it really shares no other elements with Monk at all. They're both quite unique, and as Psych has aged, it's moved even farther from its predecessor.


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