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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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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, Det. Carlton Lassiter
Maggie Lawson
as Juliet O'Hara
Kirsten Nelson
as Chief Karen Vick, Karen Vick
Liam James
as Young Shawn
Isaah Brown
as Young Gus
George Takei
as Himself
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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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.

July 7, 2006 | Full Review…

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

July 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.

July 7, 2006 | Full Review…

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

November 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.

June 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.

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

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