Psych is an American comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network. The show stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose “heightened observational skills” 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, straight man, and reluctant partner Burton “Gus” Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s captious father, Henry.

Psych plot

Shawn originally becomes known as a psychic when, after calling in a tip on a crime covered on the news, the police become suspicious of his knowledge. They are about to arrest him theorizing that such knowledge could only come from the inside. This is when he uses his observations to convince every body present there that he is psychic. The interim police chief warns him with prosecution, if his “powers” are proved fake. With no other choice left and pretending to have psychic powers, he allows him to engage in strange and comic behavior as he turns real clues into hunches and otherworldly visitations. He enjoys teasing lifelong friend Gus, a pharmaceutical representative, over his eclectic interests.
Head detective Lassiter doubts Shawn’s psychic abilities and initially does not value his work, while junior detective O’Hara and Chief Vick either fail to recognize that Shawn is a fake, or are more willing to go along with the charade to solve cases. Though Henry Spencer and Shawn have a difficult relationship, it is visible as the story progresses that Henry unwillingly helps Shawn on numerous occasions.

Psych theme songs

The theme song for Psych is “I Know You Know” by The Friendly Indians, is a Steve Frank band’s creation. It has been re-done in Season 2 with a Christmas theme for the episode “Gus’ Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy” (episode 10) and the Christmas theme was used again in the Season 3 episode “Christmas Joy” (episode 9). It was also sung in Spanish for Season 2’s “Lights, Camera, Homicidio” (episode 13). In Season 3, the episodes “Disco didn’t die. It Was Murdered!” (Episode 5), “Earth, Wind and Wait For It…” (episode 12), and “Truer Lies” (episode 14) use the extended full-length version of “I Know You Know”, but all other episodes use the usual, shortened version. In Season 4, so far only the episode High Noon-ish has used the full length version of the song.

Psych ratings

The show was the highest-rated U.S. basic cable television premiere of 2006. Psych began its fourth season on August 7, 2009. It 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 according to a USA Network press release, quoted from the Futon Critic.
Psych was the winner of an Independent Investigations Group Annual Award for Excellence in Entertainment for advancing the cause of science and exposing superstition
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quoted that:

“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.