TV Series Review: Psych

By Karan Patel (Simple Complex Continuity)

This is by far one of the best shows I have watched. The writing is absolutely brilliant. It’s not just funny, it’s off-the-hook funny. It’s completely-nuts funny.

The show is about a slacker called Shawn Spencer who has developed great observational skills because of intense training from his father who used to work as a policeman for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Shawn has a passion for solving mysteries and gives tips to the SBPD for both, the passion and the reward money. He accidentally starts to work as a psychic consultant to help the homicide division tackle complex murder mysteries.

Please do watch The Pilot before watching any other episode. It will all fall into place. I do not want to give away the spoiler.

The show is very postmodern, if you will, and each and every character is so well defined and likable. That, coupled with all the pop culture references in both a positive and a negative light, the hilarious father-son relationship and the complete madness between Shawn Spencer and Burton Gustor, his best friend, who also works as a pharmaceutical sales representative, pulling Detective Lassiter’s case all the time, buckets of nice sweet love stories (devoid of that idiotic sexual tension that one sees usually in any drama on TV these days) and lastly, the pure detective work based on attentiveness, astute observations and instincts without the use of fancy, over the top scientific machines and equipments that help one solve identities and what not, makes this one the best detective shows, of course, as always, after Columbo.

The beauty of the show is that while watching, you don’t care so much about the case, as its all just about the humor and the characters. The show is based on crime in Santa Barbara. The city is known to have the least crime rate, possibly none. You probably don’t even need a homicide division in SB. I think that’s the irony and the point of the show. That itself should give away the humor ride you are in for when you start to watch the show. While it is based in Santa Barbara, the show is shot in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. The cinematography is beautiful, the music selection and the background score is really nice and the acting is flawless.

Psych is a must-watch if you are into detective shows and witty humor!

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9 Responses to “TV Series Review: Psych”

  1. 1 Girl Interrupted
    September 1, 2011 at 02:46

    Thanks for the review. At one point you say, “The show is very post-modern” Can you please elaborate on that.


    • 2 KP
      September 1, 2011 at 05:10

      @Girl Interrupted : LOL, i wish i could explain that OR i wish you wouldn’t have asked that. Thing is i have my own definition of that term and it might not necessarily be the correct definition. That is the reason why i have mentioned “post modern, if you will”…so as to say..its only post modern if you believe it to be. You could read the wiki article on post modernism..i have read it..but i prefer to analyse it my own way, even if it may or may not be incorrect. BTW i think its 1 word..Postmodern not post modern, but thats inconsequential. Since i cannot really explain, if you see the pilot, and the rest i could point out what i think is post modern about the show..:)

      @Aditya: Thanks for posting my shyte..\m/…i havent heard/read or seen anything new/current in a while..This show is old..2006…the new Iced Earth album is gonna be out soon..and i cant wait for it..hopefully i can review it..not much into metal but Iced Earth is one of my favs..
      i love yr blog….. it was the inspiration for this review, maybe even the writing style to a lot of extent.


      • September 1, 2011 at 05:38

        Thanks for giving me this! Postmodern is now one word and I’m looking forward to the Iced Earth album review!


      • 4 Girl Interrupted
        September 1, 2011 at 17:45

        Thanks KP for the clarification. So you mean to say you just picked up a cool-sounding word and employed it with IMPUNITY!

        You mean it’s more KPostmodern than postmodern, aye, KP?

        See the game I played there?

        P.S: Your racist comments in your above review like, “Oh and all the star cast is white which is good about this show. They have principles and they are not afraid to pursue them” are KPreposterous.


        • 5 KP
          September 1, 2011 at 18:04

          “P.S: Your racist comments in your above review like, “Oh and all the star cast is white which is good about this show. They have principles and they are not afraid to pursue them” are KPreposterous. ”

          Where did u get that from ?..unless of course you playing the “game”..also just to let you know, the central character is mexican and the other main character is african american (black)..btw girl interrupted is clearly Sid Adelkar..HA!


  2. 6 Anonymous
    September 1, 2011 at 16:39

    I love this show!


  3. October 10, 2011 at 03:01

    Excellent review I have read. Really superb and great write up. Its a good detective comedy-drama television series. I simply love this show and watch Psych Episodes online.


  4. October 26, 2011 at 02:43

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed last season’s episodes of Pysch. They we great comedy and creative.
    We DVR all the episodes and have viewed them repeatedly’

    Tonight we viewed the first episode of the new season. We were appalled at the unnecessary words-cursing, off color, crude. They are not necessary for a good story or plot.

    We had been enjoying watching Pysch with our grandson but would not feel comfortable doing that now.
    Good wholesome TV shows are hard to find. Please honor our concerns.


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