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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2008
CAUTION: Watching Psych while enjoying milk may cause said milk to come out your nose. Please drink responsibly.

This show is freakin' hilarious. There are a few sitcoms that have made me laugh, even one hour comedy/dramas that I have found amusing, but I have never watched a television show that has made me laugh as much or as consistently as Psych.

Shawn Spencer is a hyper-observant son of a police detective, who frequently calls in tips to the police hotline to solve crimes. After calling in one too many tips, the police bring him in for questioning. The head detective ("Lassiter a/k/a Lassie") thinks that Shawn must be involved in the crimes to have given all the tips. To avoid arrest, Shawn tells the detective he is a psychic and the "spirits" give him the information about the crimes. Thus begins a beautiful relationship between the Chief, Lassie, Shawn and his best friend Gus. Shawn & Gus open "Psych", their psychic detective agency which leads to all sorts of hijinx.

Thank you to everyone involved in making Psych and USA for airing it, because quite frankly it is the funniest show on tv, hands down. The cast is perfect, the premise interesting and the antics are hilarious! Just remember, avoid projectile milk. Now, who wants some pineapple? Are you a fan of delicious flavor?
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Without a doubt, Shawn Spencer is the public's favorite fake fictional psychic detective. Of course as far as I know, he's also the only one.

But that doesn't stop the second season of "Psych" from being a rollicking good time, full of crazy schemes and baffling murder mysteries. James Roday and Dulé Hill actually become even more entertaining, with less slapstick and more of a reliance on eccentric plot twists, pop culture references, and crimes that get ever weirder.

Shawn (Roday) and Gus (Hill) get swamped by reality pop culture when American Duos comes to Santa Barbara. The cruel British judge Nigel St. Nigel (Tim Curry) hires them to protect him, because he thinks that someone is trying to kill him.

A live wire and a poisoned sandwich later, Shawn agrees -- especially when a drugged-out female judge almost dies. But out of all the people who loathe Nigel, which one tried to kill him? Then the police suspect that Shawn has lost his touch when he announces that someone was killed by a dinosaur, and is confronted by a sexy FTD psychic.

But that isn't the last or least of Sean and Gus's problems -- a chop shop with secrets, bounty hunters, Gus's parents accused of Yuletide murder, jockey deaths and fixed races, nanny-related robberies, electrocutions on the catwalk, and going undercover at a telenovela, a school for the gifted, and a retirement community. They even have a run-in with a wealthy, crazy woman that Gus drunkenly married on spring break years ago... and it turns out her new fiancee is a bit shady.

Finally, Shawn and Gus are pursuing one of their weirdest cases ever. First a security guard is suspected of stealing a 3000-year-old mummy -- but then it appears that the mummy actually murdered the guard. Can Shawn figure out what is going on -- with the mummy murder, the police chief, and his oddly-behaving father?

Although it didn't break much new ground, the first season of "Psych" was very fresh and entertaining TV. Fortunately creator Steve Franks is sticking to the old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," and the second season doesn't deviate from what works -- there's still lots of comedy, spoofery, silly dialogue ("It's spontaneous psychic krav maga!") and enjoyable mysteries.

The first episode kicks things off a bit weakly, since the "American Idol" joke gets stretched out too far. Fortunately the mysteries after that get much more solid, deftly juggling even the funny-sounding plot twists (strangulation by mummy bandage? Refrigeration trucks?). You even get an endless parade of pop culture references, from Michael Jackson to "Shaun of the Dead," James Bond to wikipedia.com. Gotta love that.

But the best aspect of "Psych" continues to be its kooky dialogue. Usually Shawn provides it ("I hunger for the meatballs the way a jackal salivates for an injured possum"), but other characters get to as well ("Hola. Me llamo Inspector Carlton Lassiter. Me gusta queso").

Shawn and Gus remain an entertaining pair of twentysomething everymen, with Roday continuing to be eccentric, lovably charming and kooky -- although Shawn gets quite a shock in the cliffhanger ending. And Hill gets more attention, with Gus pursuing models and faking psychic powers. We even discover a secret past involving sweater vests, spring break, and a drunken wedding -- lots of fun.

And the supporting cast remains solid -- Corbin Bernsen gets to participate in a couple of the cases as Shawn's hard-nosed dad, sometimes in loud tropical shirts. Timothy Omundson continues to be entertaining as harder-nosed cop Lassiter. And Maggie Lawson rounds off the cast as the "enigma wrapped in a little blonde riddle" who is Shawn's love interest, as well as a counterpoint to Lassiter.

The second season of "Psych" continues the eccentric crimes and equally odd crimesolvers, mingling comedy and mystery with only a couple weak spots. Sweet black licorice!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2008
I've been watching this series ever since it aired, and I have to say this show could easily be moved to a prime time spot on NBC or FOX and become on of the greatest shows out there. The show is great for anyone, and one of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2008
Psych has become one of my favorite shows on television. I never miss an episode and i cant wait for Season 2 to be released on DVD!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For the second season of this wonderful mystery/comedy show, the producers wisely left things pretty much alone. Shawn Spenser (James Roday) comes from a long line of cops. But he rebelled against his father's (Corbin Bernsen) wishes and didn't become a cop. Instead, he pretends to be a psychic, using his finely honed observation skills to get the information for his "visions." He's even opened Psych, a psychic detective agency with best friend Burton "Gus" Guster (Dule Hill). And he has an impressive track record, much to the dismay of Detective Lassiter (Timothy Omundsun). Rounding out the cast are Santa Barbara Detective Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) and Interim Chief of Police Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson).

And what a collection of cases they have this year, too. Shawn and Gus join the TV sensation American Duos to find out who is trying to kill the head judge (played by Tim Curry). They become models to find out who killed both partners of a fashion house. Shawn must clear Gus' parents of murdering the neighborhood crank. When Gus' uncle (guest star John Amos) comes for a visit, Shawn and Gus have to switch places, without the police figuring out that both of them are faking it. Equally complicated is a case where a real psychic is brought in and Shawn must keep his secret from her. Shawn puts his credibility on the line by claiming one victim was killed by a dinosaur. And in the season finale, Shawn pins the crime on a mummy.

This show has real come together and is firing on all pistons now. The mysteries are tight and confusing. I might piece things together a little before Shawn, but not by much. And it doesn't matter because the entire fun is getting to the end. The over the top physical humor has been toned down this year (and that's a good thing), but there is still plenty of laughs. You've got cultural references spewed in mile a minute dialogue by Shawn and Gus, comedy from the character's relationships, comedy from the situations, and some physical humor. I can't stop myself from laughing out loud while I watch this show. And the cast does a great job holding it all together. They bring high energy to each episode, but they keep it real.

If you have missed this show, you have definitely missed out. Don't let another day go by without becoming a fan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2008
I love Psych with a burning passion that only an '80's-grooving-pineapple-loving-silly-moniker-spewing-psychic-detective-wanna-be could. James Roday and Dule Hill's chemistry is superb! The writers all deserve a trophy case full of awards... hey, does anyone have a spare Emmy or Golden Globe sitting around they could donate? You know you didn't deserve it, but these guys do! I must admit that to my shock and horror, I came to find out that many of my friends had never heard of Psych. [Gasp!!] So I quietly slipped them the first season one-by-one, and now we are all addicted. It's like a Pert commercial come to life! Keep up the good work because I need my Friday night fix!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2008
Psych is a must-watch show!! it is perfect if you are in the mood for captivating mysteries, interesting plots, perfectly timed sarcastic humor, witty dialogue, obscure '80's refrences, and incredibly unique characters. i recieved the dvd set the day it came out and i watched it for 12 consecutive hours. my belly still hurts from laughing so hard!!!!!! the best part of the whole show is the clever characters, from the eccentric fake psychic detective, to the skeptical P.I who is always ready to pull his gun, they are all different and well-rounded. any single one of them could easily be considered a favorite and all of them are of equal importance to the show. the chemsitry betweeny them is astonishing. they all balance each other out and add even more color and interst to this clever, cooky, and very colorful comedy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2011
FUNNY. Can't get tired of them. It's just good fun fluffy entertainment.

I watch these again and again, every now and then...I'm not weird or anything! lol. But these stories are creative and the actors are just so awesome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2008
Psych is by far the best comedy-show I have ever seen. James Roday is great as Shawn Spencer and Dule Hill equally great as his partner Gus. Laugh-out-loud humor combined with a mystery to solve. The result is just FANTASTIC TV!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2008
It's hard for me to explain this show to people. It is so different then the shows that my friends and family watch... The Wire, Sapranos, and other serious dramas. But, I think that's what I like about this show. It's good clean humor... very sarcastic and very silly. I cant speak on the actual DVD yet, but I watched all the shows on tv and they are consistently on point. Not that it matters too much, I hope they release this second season in the same condition as the last. I was real impressed with the box and packaging. Bottom line, this is a good show. I say its good clean humor, because really the whole family can sit and enjoy it. I hope this show sticks around longer than all the other good "different" shows that get canceled.
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