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Psych: Season 1 (2006-2007)

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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.

Cast

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
Kris Lemche
as Brandon
Ryan Robbins
as Stallings
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
David Kopp
as Kellen
Lisa Banes
as Mrs. Crocker
John Treleaven
as Cop Buddy
Sonia Mais
as Grandmother
Kity Dam
as Delilah
Amanda Lisman
as Doreen Fumbar
Enid-Raye Adams
as Pharmacist
Robin Richardson
as Player No. 1
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 (12) | Top Critics (8)

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…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

July 7, 2006 | Full Review…
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

July 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
People Magazine

The lighthearted Psych charms even as it duplicates the structure and tone of Monk.

July 7, 2006 | Full Review…
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As with Monk, the crime is largely an afterthought. Psych similarly serves up murder as a fluffy souffle, but what a tasty way to end the week.

July 7, 2006 | Full Review…
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