Six seasons later Shawn Spencer and Burton “Gus” Guster are still as funny as ever.
I was worried as season six began last year that their antics and clever quips would grow wearisome. Many TV shows start fading after a few seasons, but that is not the case with Psych.
The main plot is that Shawn Spencer (James Roday), who has uncanny observation ability, starts working for the Santa Barbara Police Department with the cover that he is a psychic.
With help from his long-time best friend Gus (Dulé Hill), Shawn then opens a psychic detective agency.
One of the side stories throughout the seasons is Shawn’s interest in Juliet “Jules” O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), a detective at the police department.
Throughout the episodes there is a lot of flirting between the pair, and near the end of season five they become a couple. This is a huge theme in the following seasons. Shawn has to learn to adjust to a serious relationship, while juggling his own immature antics.
By the middle of season six he gets close to proposing to Juliet, unbeknownst to her. With the start of season seven, there will still be that engagement ring in the back of every viewer’s mind.
More importantly, there is this question: will the police department ever learn Shawn is conning them? As he showed in the first episode of season six, not even a polygraph could get him to admit the truth, although Shawn almost revealed his secret to Juliet at various times.
Those aren’t the only questions left unanswered from last season. Season six ended with Shawn’s father Henry (Corbin Bernsen) shot and left for dead without anyone knowing.
Besides the mystery and crime solving, most of Psych is humorous. Shawn always introduces
Gus to others with an unrelated name (my personal favorite is “MC Clap Yo Handz”), and the two partners make frequent humorous references to movies.
With both comedy and suspense, Psych has kept me hooked.
Season seven starts this fall.
I give Pysch: 5/5
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