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(2006–2014)

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As a running gag, in every episode, you'll find a pineapple, the word "delicious", a fist bump, the phrase, "I can't do this right now", and the question "What?"
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Inspired by how series creator Steve Franks' father, who was a Los Angeles police officer, would teach him how to be observant.
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James Roday (Shawn Spencer) and Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara) started dating during the filming of season one. Their relationship lasted seven years.
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After the series finale, the Blueberry was given away to the highest bidder. It was signed by James Roday and Dulé Hill on the passenger side mirror.
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The show often shared its extras with Supernatural (2005), as the two shows filmed in the same area.
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In the final episode, "The Break-Up", Chief Vick and Juilet mentioned that they can't hire Psych as a consulting team, because they already have a guy, and he is "alphabetizing the pantry as we speak". This is a reference to the television show Monk (2002), which was set in San Francisco, California.
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Shawn likes to tell people that Gus played Bud on The Cosby Show (1984). Dulé Hill (Gus) guest starred on "Cosby" once.
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Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) often is offered peaches by Shawn Spencer (James Roday). This is a nod to Hill's character "Sam" in Holes (2003).
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In season six, episode four, "The Amazing Psych-Man & Tap Man, Issue No. 2", Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) acts impressed, thinking that Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is The Mantis. She immediately learns that Shawn is faking it and Shawn responds with the phrase "I know you know that I'm not telling the truth...... I know, you know", which are the exact lyrics of the Psych theme song.
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Kirsten Nelson was pregnant in real life when she auditioned for her role as Interim Chief Karen Vick. During the first few episodes, she gave birth; from that time on she had to wear a fake pregnant stomach for the remainder of her character's pregnant period, to compensate for her diminishing belly.
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With the exception of Emilio Estevez, who appeared in name only as one of Shawn's aliases, and Paul Gleason, every main actor and actress from The Breakfast Club (1985) appeared in the series. Judd Nelson appeared in season four, episode thirteen, "Death Is in the Air", Molly Ringwald appeared in season six, episode six, "Shawn Interrupted", Ally Sheedy appeared in the episodes involving the Yin-Yang killer and "Psych: The Musical", Anthony Michael Hall appeared in season seven, episode fourteen, "No Trout About It" and the beginning of season eight, and John Kapelos appeared in two episodes - season seven, episode ten, "Santa Barbarian Candidate" and season eight, episode six, "1967: A Psych Odyssey".
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Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) almost always wore opposing shirt patterns (between plaid and striped). Shawn almost always wore short sleeves, while Gus rolled his sleeves to three-quarters. Even in episodes where they were wearing sweaters, the undershirts alternated. In some episodes, Gus wore a pinstriped suit, while Shawn wore a plaid shirt.
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A recurring gag featured in the show's outtakes involves the cast and crew laughing hysterically at the mention of the phrase "three-hole punch". According to James Roday Rodriguez, the gag began with a script written by Tim Meltreger, which included a joke about a three-hole punch. During filming, Roday misspoke the line as "three-hole puncher". Meltreger called for a cut and raced onto the set, then insisted that Roday read the line exactly as scripted, because, in his words, "Three-hole punch is *way* funnier than three-hole puncher!" Subsequently, it became a running joke on the set: someone says the words "three-hole punch" while shooting and the cast and crew all pretend to laugh as if it's the funniest thing they've ever heard.
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This show was based on the creators' two favorite television shows, Moonlighting (1985) and Remington Steele (1982).
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The theme song of the series, "I Know, You Know", was performed by The Friendly Indians, series creator Steve Franks' band.
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The car Gus drove was a Toyota Yaris; after Nigel St. Nigel (Tim Curry) called it "the Blueberry" in season two, episode one, "American Duos," The nickname stuck throughout the rest of the series.
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A running gag in the show is that Gus and Shawn will frequently say "C'mon son!" when something strange, surprising, or silly has happened. This phrase was coined by media personality Ed Lover. In season eight, episode three, "Remake, a.k.a. Cloudy...With a Chance of Improvement", Ed Lover guest starred as a bailiff, telling Gus to "Come on, son" as he attempts to escort him from the courtroom. He also appeared in season six, episode two, "Last Night Gus" as himself.
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Spencer's mother, played by Cybill Shepherd, was called Madeleine, as a nod to her character in show Moonlighting (1985), Madeleine (Maddie) Hayes.
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According to his "MySpace" page, the following is a list of jobs that Shawn Spencer held before becoming the CEO of Psych: Newport Sailing Assoc., Newport Beach, California, U.S., Assistant Race Chair 2006; English, Inc. Kho Samui, TH Teacher, TEFL 2005; Comerica Park Detroit, Michigan, U.S., Concessions Vendor 2005; Apollo Agency Seattle, Washington, U.S., Foot and Ankle Model 2005; Ben and Jerry's Burlington , Vermont U.S., Customer Service 2004; Minute Maid Park Houston, Texas, U.S., Concessions Vendor 2004; Aquablanca Expeditions San José, Costa Rica Raft Guide 2003-2004; U.S. Cellular Field Chicago, Illinois, U.S., Concessions Vendor 2003; Flynn Special Events Santa Barbara, California, U.S., Event Planner 2003; Mo's Outdoor Decor Santa Barbara, California, U.S., Christmas Light Hanger 2002; Graceland By Night, Inc. Memphis, Tennessee, U.S., Tour Guide 2002; Miller Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., Concessions Vendor 2002; Oscar Meyer Wienermobile Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., Driver 2001 - 2002; Safeco Field Seattle, Washington, U.S., Concessions Vendor 2001; Feedback, Inc. Santa Barbara, California, U.S., Mystery Shopper 2000-2001; Turner Field Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Concessions Vendor 2000; Assemblyman Skip Warner El Paso, Texas, U.S., Constituent Relations 1999; Camp Durango Silverton, Colorado, U.S., Water Ski Instructor 1998-1999; Barrett's Mardi Gras Universe Algiers, Louisiana, U.S., Construction 1997-1998; Hampton Inn Austin, Texaa, U.S., Desk Clerk 1995-1996; Pacific Emerald Cruise Lines San Pedro, California, U.S., Lifeguard 1994-1995. During one episode, he mentions having worked at Meineke for two afternoons.
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To add tropical warmth to the show, lots of greenery was added to the scenes, and the show employed a large greenery department to handle it.
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Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) always used Microsoft-related products, while Shawn Spencer (James Roday) always used Apple-related products. This included their phones in later seasons, where Gus could be seen using a Windows phone (for example, season seven, episode six, "Cirque Du Soul"), and it's well-known that Shawn used an iPhone. Gus always used a non-Mac PC, and Shawn used a Mac PC. Except for some episodes, where an Alienware laptop can be seen on Shawn's desk. This can clearly be seen in season one, episode ten, "Forget Me Not".
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After the series ended in 2014, the USA Network announced a reunion holiday television movie, which aired on December 7, 2017.
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The vampire-themed season six, episode three, "This Episode Sucks", featured three vampire-themed guest stars. First was Corey Feldman from The Lost Boys (1987), and the second was Tom Lenk from the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). The third is Kristy Swanson, who starred in the movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). As Corey Feldman turns around to the camera, "Cry Little Sister" from The Lost Boys (1987) soundtrack was playing in the background.
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Every time Central Coast Pharmaceuticals appeared, the set looked completely different.
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In season seven, episode ten, "Santa Barbarian Candidate", Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) says "I can fix that" more than once. That is a reference to Hill's role in Holes (2003), where he used that line on multiple occasions.
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Buzz's wife was never seen.
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The casting team for this show appeared to have a marked love of 1970s and 1980s television shows and movies. They cast stars from television shows Growing Pains (1985), Family Ties (1982), Family Matters (1989), The Cosby Show (1984), Moonlighting (1985), Married... with Children (1987), The Love Boat (1976), and Good Times (1974); and movies The Breakfast Club (1985)*, the Star Trek film franchise, Ferris Beuller's Day Off (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), La Bamba (1987), and Revenge of the Nerds (1984). This is far from a complete list. *Four of the five students in The Breakfast Club (1985) have appeared on this show. The only one not cast was Emilio Estevez, although Shawn used his name as a cover while investigating in season three, episode thirteen, "Any Given Night at 10PM, 9PM Central", as well as season eight, episode four, "Someone's Got a Woody".
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In an early episode, people tell Gus he looks like Bud from The Cosby Show (1984), and in a later episode, we meet Gus' mother, who was played by Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984).
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In season five, episode two, "Feet Don't Kill Me Now", Gus teaches Detective Carlton Lassiter how to tap dance. Lassiter was played by Timothy Omundson, who previously played riverdancing evil leprechaun Seamus McTiernan in the Disney television movie Luck of the Irish (2001).
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Season five, episode twelve, "Dual Spires" was based on Twin Peaks (1990), and was filled with dozens of references, as well as actors and actresses from the original series.
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Coroner Woody Strode (Kurt Fuller) was named after African-American athlete-turned-actor Woody Strode.
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Shawn always chewed Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum.
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As a running gag, Shawn would always give Gus random names when meeting a suspect.
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In season seven, episode five, "100 Clues", Christopher Lloyd said "Great Scott!" This was his catchphrase from the Back to the Future trilogy. Lloyd's name in the episode also happened to be "Marty".
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On May 8, 2017, Psych: The Movie, which aired on December 7, 2017, was announced.
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This show was filmed in White Rock, British Columbia.
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On this show, Timothy Omundson played Carlton Lassiter, and was named after two memorable characters from different 1990s sitcoms. The first one is Carlton Banks, played by Alfonso Ribeiro on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990). The second one is Paul Lassiter, played by Richard Kind on Spin City (1996).
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Family Guy (1999) payed homage to this show in season eight, episode twelve, "Extra Large Medium", when Peter pretended to be psychic, and helped the police solve a crime. This is the whole basis of this show, and Peter even says he will psych out the criminal, which was a line in this show's theme song.
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Several Psych cast and crew members have crossed paths before. Tim Matheson, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Carlos Jacott, Elden Hensen, Tamara Mello, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Dulè Hill appeared in She's All That (1999). Anna Paquin, Gabrielle Union, and Paul Walker were also mentioned, but didn't make appearances.
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Although never directly stated, Psych is said to be based on, or at least a parody of, Sherlock Holmes, with Shawn Spencer being Sherlock Holmes, Burton "Gus" Guster being John Watson, Henry Spencer being Mycroft Holmes, Police Chief Karen Vick being Inspector Lestrade, and "Mr. Yang" being Moriarty. When BBC's Sherlock (2010) premiered, parallels were also drawn between Detective Juliet O'Hara and Molly Hooper, and between Detective Carlton Lassiter and Phillip Anderson and Sally Donovan.

See also: All crime solvers based on the famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes, there's also Medical Doctor Gregory House from House (2004), who diagnosed medical diseases using Holmes' investigative techniques.
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Throughout the series, Gus is always seen working on a black computer in the Psych office, and Shawn is always seen using a white one.
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In season three, episode sixteen, "An Evening With Mr. Yang", the Starsky and Hutch (1975) Ford Gran Torino can be seen briefly at the drive-in movie theater, towards the end of the episode.
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In season three, episode seven, "Talk Derby to Me", the song "Check Yes Juliet" by We the Kings is playing in the background of Juliet skating in the roller derby. The title of the song relates to Juliet's actions of checking (a roller derby move) the other skaters.
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Juliet O'Hara often called Carlton Lassiter by his first name, while he often called her by her last.
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A running gag in the series is that Gus (Dulé Hill) played Bud on The Cosby Show (1984), a character who was actually played by Deon Richmond. Dulé Hill played a character named Preston in She's All That (1999). In the parody movie Not Another Teen Movie (2001), the parallel character satirizing Preston (Malik), was played by Deon Richmond.
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Throughout the run of Psych, there were numerous guest stars who had appeared as regulars on Star Trek series, as guest stars on Star Trek series or appeared in the Star Trek films. The appearances of Star Trek actors include William Shatner and George Takei (Star Trek TOS) Christopher Lloyd (Star Trek 3), Kurtwood Smith (Star Trek 6), Corbin Bernsen, Tony Todd, Saul Rubinek, Christopher MacDonald , and Olivia D'abo (Star Trek TNG) Chris Sarandon ( Star Trek Deep Space Nine), Jeri Ryan, Ray Wise, John Rhys Davies, Brad Dourif (Star Trek: Voyager), Malcolm McDowell, Alan Ruck (Star Trek: Generations), Greg Grungberg( Star Trek (2007), Peter Weller (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery)
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Shawn is the only main character who is an only child.
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In season seven, episode one, "Santabarbaratown 2" when the FBI agent is at the police station, Shawn says to him, "I don't get your peachy, Anthony Michael Hall-ish face! What is with his face?" Anthony Michael Hall played interim Chief of Police Harris Trout in season eight.
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One of the filming locations in the season four opener, "Extradition: British Columbia" takes place on O'Hara Lane.
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Shawn is a San Diego Chargers fan. In one episode, he is seen wearing a Chargers sweatshirt. In season one, episode ten, "Forget Me Not", he screams "Run LaDainian!" while playing video games, as Gus walked in. He was referring to Chargers ex-Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson.
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In season eight, episode four, "Someone's Got a Woody", Shawn used the final The Breakfast Club (1985) member (Emilio Estevez) as a nickname to get into a halfway house for an investigation.
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When Shawn and Gus are getting out of the car at Doreen's house, Shawn says, "Good luck, we're all counting on you." This is a reference to "Airplane!" where the line is spoken repeatedly by Leslie Nielsen's character.
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In season one, episode fourteen, "Poker? I Barely Know Her", Shawn states that he is not a jewelry man, yet, throughout the entire series, he has worn three different necklaces for multiple episodes, or even seasons, at a time.
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Timothy Odmundson and Kirsten Nelson appeared on Warehouse 13 (2009).
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In season two, episode fourteen, "Dis-Lodged", while pinning the murderer, Shawn says "From the halls of Montezuma!" This is a reference to the first line of the U.S. Marine's Hymn which begins, "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli."
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Throughout the entire series there is a detective named Dobson that's name is constantly used but never shown. In the final episode Detective Dobson is shown to be Val Kilmer. This is a homage to Shawn's love of the movie Real Genius, as quoted by Henry Spencer. Shawn Spencer also name drops Val Kilmer in multiple episodes.
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Many people playing bit characters in various episodes also were on the TV show Once Upon a Time. Both shows filmed in Vancouver.
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James Roday (Shawn Spencer) has hazel eyes. Corbin Bernsen, Cybill Shepherd, and Steven Weber, who played his parents and Uncle Jack, have blue eyes. It's possible that that could happen, but very unlikely.
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In season six, episode six, "Shawn Interrupted", Gus went undercover as an orderly named Suggs. This was similar to the name of his character in Sugar Hill (1993). He played seventeen-year-old Romello Skuggs, who was also Wesley Snipes' character.
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In season three, episode thirteen, "Any Given Friday Night at 10PM, 9PM Central", Shawn Spencer (James Roday) mentioned he was going to retort to Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) with a line from Night of the Comet (1984), which starred Catherine Mary Stewart. Catherine also starred in Weekend at Bernie's (1989) alongside Jonathan Silverman, who appeared in season three, episode fourteen, "Truer Lies", as Lyin' Ryan.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final episode, Gus called his new boss, Mr. Richmond (Deon Richmond), "Bud". This was a nod to the character Richmond played on The Cosby Show (1984), Kenny a.k.a. Bud. This was also the culmination of a running gag, in which Shawn told people that Gus played Bud.
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In the pilot, Shawn tells Gus that he will never tell anyone that he's not psychic. Throughout the series, he never does completely admit it to anyone, besides Juliet O'Hara, who discovered it by herself in season seven, episode seven, "Deez Nups". The closest he gets to telling anyone, is in the finale, on his video to Lassiter, who stops and destroys the disc, before Shawn finishes his admission.
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Lilly Nora, the name of Carlton and Marlow's baby, is a nod to Timothy Omundson's two daughters, Lilly and Nora.
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In season six, episode two, "Last Night Gus", the the identity of the killer is revealed to be Leroy Jenkins. Shawn reveals this by announcing his name like a boxing announcer. "Leeeerrrooooooyyyyy Jenkins!!!", this is most likely an homage or joke reference to the popular YouTube video "a rough go" wherein a World of Warcraft game goes terribly awry when the above named character rushes into battle too soon shouting his own name as a battle cry and getting his whole party killed in the process.
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In season 7 episode 11 "Office Space". Gus' boss is yelling at his assistant about 'the San Antonio e-mail'. This is a nod to James Roday who is from San Antonio, Texas.
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