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Why You Should Be Watching: Psych

Psych is my favorite show on television. A bold statement? Perhaps, but not to my fellow Psychos who KNOW. The big finale to season 6 hits the air this week (USA, WED @10 pm EST), and season 7 is already in the works. Netflix is your friend if you need to catch up on the five glorious seasons that have already captivated so many fans. Whether you’re a longtime fan or wondering what you’re missing, here are five reasons to love Psych.

1. Shawn Spencer & Guster Burton

A.K.A. James Roday and Dule Hill. Brilliant. Mad chemistry and they’re getting better all the time. From their perfect timing to overeager dancing, these are two of the funniest guys on TV since other funny people that would make sense at the end of this sentence. The entire cast—Lassie (Timothy Omundson), Jules (Maggie Lawson), Henry (Corbin Bernsen), and more—is perfect.

2. Iconic Guest Stars

This side of Psych has really picked up over the years. You never know who will show up like when Franka Potente came back from the dead to “Bourne it up” in a spy episode. Throwbacks like Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid), Jaleel White (Urkel), Corey Feldman (Corey Feldman), and Breakfast Club alums Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy have all made appearances. Best of all is Cary Elwes (The Princess Freaking Bride) who’s appeared in multiple episodes as the slick thief Despereaux. Lately it’s been all about Shatner (William) although the memetastic George Takei had a great appearance as well.

3. Funniest Writing on Television

I’m not talking about plots although they’re fun enough. It’s the dialogue, the one liners, the running jokes, and those delicious pop culture references that make every episode fly by. They’re also storing up treasures in catch phrase heaven. Friendly familiars like “You know that’s right” and “WHAAAAAT?” always make us smile.

Probably best of all are the fake names Shawn always introduces Gus by a different name like Sillypants Jackson, Ovaltine Jenkins, and MC ClapYoHandzzz, but you also gotta love those lines that start with “Gus don’t be a…” when the two have a tiff. If you watch Psych and don’t laugh it’s okay, just know that you don’t have a soul. Or sense of humor.

4. Themed Episodes

Psych is a buffet of delicious flavor from 80s and 90s culture, and they manage to weave homages to film and TV classics all the time. Some recent examples include tributes to Police Academy, The Bourne Identity, Indiana Jones, and the famous Twin Peaks episode. They’ve done brilliant things with vampire and ghost sendups and even rocked an episode in tribute to The Shining. I’m super pumped for the CLUE (all caps can’t contain my excitement) episode coming next year.

5. Originality

Most television shows are SO unoriginal. I just can’t even take it anymore, especially cop/murder shows. Given the choice between 200 stations or reruns of Shawn & Gus I take the latter. The constantly unfolding absurdity works. Geeks and nerds get lots of love too from Comic-Con episodes to gobs of sci-fi asides and trivial mentions that make dorks like me think. They even make the theme song interesting through never-ending variations that make the opening to The Simpsons look downright stale.

Psych is completely original, and I can’t get enough.

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    You know that’s right! The finale is KILLING me right now. I can’t wait for season 7 to get here.

    • http://www.givinguponperfect.com/ Mary Carver

      I agree – that finale was a killer! Well, you know, I’m hoping it wasn’t ACTUALLY a killer. I can’t believe we have to wait until fall.

  • http://twitter.com/awestintx sonja

    One reason I love it is because it is like cold beer – best shared with friends.

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  • skippingstones

    CLUE!!  Well, I’m excited now too!  I can’t “wait for iiitttt….”

    I don’t have cable, so I can’t watch during the season, but I’ve got them all on DVD so far.  I wholeheartedly agree with all your points.  The writing is brilliant, the references sublime, the guests delightful, etc., etc.  It’s one of the only shows I’ve ever seen that made me feel like I was “in on it”.

  • http://meetthebuttrams.com/ Jessica Buttram

    I was wondering if you’d show up here toting Shawn and Gus. Hit the Jackal Switch, Clay.

  • http://twitter.com/ClayMorganPA Clay Morgan

    Yous are all good Psycho-Os.

  • http://www.scottcouey.com/ Scott Couey

    I don’t have cable right now, so I’m just having to watch the first 5 seasons on DVD. This show never gets old. Very funny and written very well!

  • http://randomlychad.com Chad Jones

    Have to check this show out on the ye olde Netflix.

  • Larisa

    I love Psych – I started watching because of Dule Hill. I was also a huge West Wing fan.

    All the 80s referrences bring back memories of my teenage years. They did a whole episode with John Huges movie quotes. Loved it! I do think the references are strange coming from characters who would have been about 10 years too young to remember the 80s culture. I was 13 in 1980, which would have made Shawn and Gus around 3.

    The writing is wonderful. Kind of campy, but it always makes me smile! :)

  • http://thoughtsappear.wordpress.com/ thoughtsappear

    Just when I thought it couldn’t be better than Urkel, you said Corey Feldman….

  • http://torinelson.wordpress.com/ Tori Nelson

    “just know that you don’t have a soul. Or sense of humor.” Amen! My two year old doesn’t seem to like the show just yet. I told him he has until he’s three and then we’re going to have to reconsider this whole “My Being Your Mom” situation :)

  • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

    Daniel Son, Urkel, AND Corey Feldman? I’m already hooked…

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