Psych (2006–2014)
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Pilot 

The police department in Santa Barbara hires someone they think is a psychic detective.

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Lucinda
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Mr. McCallum
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Katarina McCallum
Josh Hayden ...
Ingrid Tesch ...
Waitress
P. Lynn Johnson ...
Mrs. McCallum
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Camden McCallum
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Malcolm Orso
Jocelyne Loewen ...
Lobster Shack Blonde
Michael Roberds ...
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Shawn Spencer was ruthlessly trained in observation as a boy by his father Henry, a strict cop, who moved away years ago, to his relief. Shawn never was able to keep a job. Now a TV news item on a high-profile kidnapping in the wealthy McCallum family makes him attempt a longstanding dream, solving crime for a living. So he recruits his shy youth friend Burton 'Gus' Guster to set up an agency. To get access to the police, he poses as a medium, which bully detective Carlton Lassiter finds frustratingly hard to unmask. the case is harder then expected, but cocky Shawn's perseverance pays off. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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7 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Approximately 3 minutes from the end of the episode, when Shawn is walking down the steps of the Police Department Headquarters, a Tupac Shakur lookalike is seen in the background. See more »

Goofs

When the Chief asks Lucinda to tell Shawn to leave, she opens and closes the door to the Chief's office, but in the next shot, when Lassiter comes out, the door is open. See more »

Quotes

Shawn Spencer: This one takes the cake.
Gus: Oh yeah? Better than your acupuncture clinic?
Shawn Spencer: I didn't realize experience was necessary.
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Connections

References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Things Can Only Get Better
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Performed by Howard Jones
Written by Howard Jones
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Good start to an entertaining show
9 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Since the other comment focused solely on one minor cast member change, I felt this show deserved a real comment. The show itself is a light bit of romping fair, clearly produced to harness the popularity of the Dead Zone and Monk on USA, and it delivers. The premise is a slacker whose police office father trained him from a young age to be very observant. This observance coupled with a quick wit gives him a Scooby gang/Encyclopedia Brown style way of solving crimes. Having attempted to do this occasionally as a 'good samaritan' for the police results in them pegging him for a crime, thinking that only someone with inside knowledge could do it. His only way out--pretend he is psychic. The buy it, hook line and sinker, and put him on another case, which leads to a whole new career.

The pilot introduces the main cast of characters (although one of the group is replaced, with decent plot explanation, by the second episode). James Roday is over the top as Shawn, and while his antics can get a bit tiresome, he brings a nice life to the show. Dule Hill plays his best friend and reluctant partner Gus, who gets the lion's share of the good lines, and plays the put-upon but loyal companion to a T. Timothy Omundson brings all the gravitas you'd expect from a hard boiled police detective, unaware that he is the comic relief in the world of Shawn, and is perfect. And Corbin Bernsen shines in the screen time he gets as Shawn's frustrated father, who deep down cares about his son, but is too stubborn at trying to mold him into a protégé.

All in all, a well rounded pilot, that sets the rest of the series into motion.


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