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A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

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Think you are psychic? Shawn Spencer makes his living pretending to be. Shawn and his best friend Gus own a business called Psych. They are able to stay in business only because of the cases they work with Santa Barbara police department as psychics. Shawn and Gus go through many ups and downs trying to keep the ruse up. Can they pretend forever? Or is the world they built going to come crumbling down?

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Fake Psychic. Real Detectives. See more »

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In the episode "The Santa Barbarian Candidate" Gus says "I can fix that" more than once. That is a reference to Dulé Hill's role in Holes (2003), where he used that line on multiple occasions. See more »

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Shawn often undertakes actions which would result in evidence and investigation being compromised. Since he has never been a police officer, these actions could result in cases being dropped or overturned upon appeal. There is no way that the Santa Barbara DA would allow Shawn to perform the actions that he does. See more »

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Juliet O'Hara: You can't judge someone by the tales they tell.
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Each time a guest performer sings the theme song, they sing the entire song as opposed the shorter version in normal episodes. See more »

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Referenced in Hot in Cleveland: What's Behind the Door (2012) See more »

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I Know You Know
Written by Steve Franks
Performed by The Friendly Indians
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8 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I thought this was a pretty good pilot. I was laughing pretty consistently throughout. I also enjoyed his observational skills and the way the special effects team highlighted them. The buddy relationship between Shawn and Gus was fun and I liked the dramatic tension between Shawn and his Dad, especially considering dad's feelings on psychics and private investigators. The supporting cast at the police station was adequate with the chief really shining compared to the two detectives having an affair.

I also liked how they used Gus' very focused vocation-based observation skills to give Shawn a hand at solving the crime at the end. The whole conversation about Shawn needing Gus to take notes because Shawn zones out really rang true for me, plus Shawn occasionally needs the 'everyman view' for something he hadn't considered.

I give this a thumbs up. It's one of the few summer shows I've picked up and so far, it is clearly the winner.


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