This article is about the TV series. For the social science, see Psychology. For extrasensory perception, see Psychic. For the style of music, see Psychedelic music.
Genre Detective fiction
Created by Steve Franks
Starring James Roday
Dulé Hill
Timothy Omundson
Maggie Lawson
Kirsten Nelson
Corbin Bernsen
Opening theme "I Know You Know" by The Friendly Indians
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 121 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Steve Franks
Chris Henze
Kelly Kulchak
Mel Damski
Bill Callahan
Producer(s) Andy Berman
Gordon Mark
James Roday
Dulé Hill
Tim Meltreger
Tracey Jeffrey
Location(s) British Columbia, Canada
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Pacific Mountain Productions
TagLine Television
Universal Cable Productions (2008–2014)
Universal Media Studios (2007–2008)
NBC Universal Television Studio (2006–2007)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network USA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release July 7, 2006 (2006-07-07) – March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)
External links

Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndicated reruns on ION Television.[1] It is produced by Franks and Tagline Television's Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak. The series stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose "heightened observational skills"[2] and impressive detective instincts allow him to convince people that he solves cases with psychic abilities. The program also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn's best friend and reluctant partner Burton "Gus" Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's father, Henry, a former officer of the Santa Barbara Police Department.[3]

Psych debuted on Friday, July 7, 2006, immediately following the fifth-season premiere of Monk, and continued to be paired with the series until Monk's conclusion on December 4, 2009. During the second season, an animated segment titled "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus" was added to the series. It was the highest-rated U.S. basic cable television premiere of 2006.[4] USA Network renewed the series for an eighth season on December 19, 2012, to include eight episodes, and ordered two more episodes on June 25, 2013, bringing the episode order to ten.[5][6] On February 5, 2014, USA Network confirmed that the eighth season of Psych would be its last, with the series finale airing on March 26, 2014.[7]


Most episodes begin with a cold open in the form of a flashback to Shawn and Gus's childhood. The flashbacks usually involve Shawn and Gus being taught a lesson by a young Henry Spencer (Shawn's father), who wishes that his son would follow in his footsteps and become a law enforcement officer. These lessons often play a role for the climax of the episode. As a child, Shawn was taught by Henry to hone his powers of observation and deduction, often using games and challenges to test him. Each flashback also sets the theme for the episode.

Shawn originally becomes known as a psychic when, after calling in tips on dozens of crimes covered on the news which help the police to close the case, the police become suspicious of his knowledge. The police theorize that such knowledge could only come from the "inside" and they decide to arrest him as a suspect. To avoid being sent to jail, Shawn uses his observational skills to convince the police that he is psychic. The interim police chief warns Shawn that if his "powers" are fake, he will be prosecuted. With no choice but to keep up the act, and having proven himself an effective aid to the police in solving crimes, he establishes a psychic detective agency, Psych, and becomes a consultant to the police. Pretending to have psychic powers allows him to engage in strange and comic behavior as he turns real clues into hunches and otherworldly visitations. He enjoys teasing lifelong friend Burton Guster (Gus), a pharmaceutical representative, about Gus's eclectic interests as they drive around in a blue Toyota Echo nicknamed "The Blueberry"[8] solving crimes.

Head detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), playfully named "Lassie" by Shawn and Gus, quietly respects Shawn's crime-solving skills, but doubts his psychic abilities and is constantly exasperated by his antics. However, junior detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) are far less antagonistic – with O'Hara expressing belief in Shawn's abilities, while Vick is mum on the subject – and usually willing to give Shawn the leeway he needs to solve cases. Henry and Shawn have a difficult relationship, but despite this, Henry reluctantly helps Shawn on various occasions.

Cast and characters

Main characters

The cast of Psych, from left to right: Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen, James Roday, Kirsten Nelson, Dulé Hill, and Timothy Omundson

Recurring characters


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Friday 10:00 pm (July 7, 2006 – February 20, 2009)
July 7, 2006
March 2, 2007
4.48[11] 20062007
2 16
July 13, 2007
February 15, 2008
4.70[13] 20072008
3 16
July 18, 2008
February 20, 2009
4.83[15] 20082009
Friday 10:00 pm (August 7, 2009 – October 16, 2009)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (January 27, 2010 – March 10, 2010)
August 7, 2009
March 10, 2010
2.95[17] 20092010
Wednesday 10:00 pm (July 14, 2010 – May 29, 2013)[lower-alpha 1]
July 14, 2010
December 22, 2010
2.90[19] 2010
6 16
October 12, 2011
April 11, 2012
2.71[21] 20112012
7 16
February 27, 2013
May 29, 2013[lower-alpha 1]
2.18[23] 2013
Wednesday 9:00 pm (January 8, 2014 – March 26, 2014)
January 8, 2014
March 26, 2014
1.93[25] 2014
  1. 1 2 The episode "Psych: The Musical" aired as a special two-hour event at 9:00 pm Eastern on December 15, 2013, outside of the seventh season's primary run.


The show uses White Rock, British Columbia, Canada for its Santa Barbara, California setting.[26] Psych also incorporates Vancouver and various locations around the Lower Mainland of British Columbia as a backdrop. Santa Barbara is on a mountainous coastline without bays and just has the few Channel Islands miles offshore. Many of the overlooking helicopter shots and set-up shots (in which the exterior of the Santa Barbara Courthouse is shown) are actually filmed in Santa Barbara. The animated segments "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus" were created by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. The music, effects, and sound design for "The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus" were created by Fred Weinberg.

Theme song

The theme song for Psych is "I Know You Know" by The Friendly Indians, series creator Steve Franks' band. Some episodes in seasons three-eight use an extended version of "I Know You Know", consisting of the first verse and the chorus,[27] but most episodes use a shortened version, consisting of mostly the chorus. In some episodes, the theme song is changed, usually as a tie-in to the theme of the episode to come.


The Christmas-themed and Hindi versions of the song also include variations on the main titles. The Hindi and Chinese-themed episodes phonetically translated words into Devanagari and Chinese characters, respectively, in their title sequences. The title sequence in the episode "Dual Spires" is an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the title sequence of Twin Peaks. The episode "100 Clues" featured an entirely new main title sequence based on the board game Clue. The actor names and title were shown on game cards similar to those of the cards of suspects in Clue.


In the episode "Pilot", James Roday improvised by picking up a pineapple and saying, "Should I slice this up for the road?" Since then, pineapples have appeared in almost every episode as a running gag. The pineapple is a major marketing point for items related to the show on the USA website.[29] Fan movements, such as fan-made websites, have also been dedicated to finding a pineapple or pineapple-related object in each episode.[30]

Series finale post-show

Following the series finale on March 26, 2014, the USA network aired a live post-show. The hour-long special was hosted by Kevin Pereira and featured series stars and creator/executive producer Steve Franks.[31]


Psych scored a 4.51 rating and an average of 6.1 million total viewers at its premiere, which made it the highest-rated scripted series premiere on basic cable in 2006 in all key demographics (households, P18-49, P25-54, and total viewers), according to a USA Network press release, quoted from the Futon Critic.[4]

Nominations and awards

Psych was the winner of the Independent Investigations Group Annual Award for "Excellence in Entertainment" for advancing the cause of science and exposing superstition. Accepting for Psych was staff writer Daniel Hsia.[32][33] James Roday was nominated for the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy.[34] James Roday was also nominated for the 2009 Ewwy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. Psych was nominated for its first Emmy Award in 2010 in the category Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the episode "Mr. Yin Presents...".[35] Adam Cohen and John Robert Wood were the composers for this episode. Psych was nominated for its second Emmy Award in 2012 in the category "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media" for their interactive game "HashTag Killer". In 2012 and 2013, Psych was nominated for the People's Choice Award for "Best Cable TV Comedy". In 2014, Psych won the People's Choice Award for "Best Cable TV Comedy" in its last nomination.


In July 2011, ION Television announced that Psych would become part of its 2012 broadcast in syndication.[36] During 2012, reruns of the show mostly ran on Saturdays as a marathon. In 2013, ION Television announced the acquisition option pick-up of season seven of Psych. The deal with NBC Universal Cable & New Media Distribution adds all 16 new episodes of season seven to ION’s existing library of seasons one-six of Psych and includes rights to future seasons.[37]

Title Ep # Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 15 June 26, 2007 April 24, 2008 April 30, 2008
The Complete Second Season 16 July 11, 2008 June 7, 2010 March 3, 2010
The Complete Third Season 16 July 21, 2009 February 21, 2011 March 2, 2011
The Complete Fourth Season 16 July 13, 2010 July 18, 2011 August 22, 2012
The Complete Fifth Season 16 May 31, 2011 May 21, 2012 September 5, 2013
The Psych-O-Ween Collection 4 September 11, 2012[38] TBA TBA
The Complete Sixth Season 16 October 16, 2012 July 26, 2013 August 14, 2014
The Complete Seventh Season 14 October 8, 2013 July 11, 2016 TBA
Psych: The Musical 4 December 17, 2013[39] TBA TBA
The Complete Eighth Season 10 April 1, 2014[40] TBA TBA
The Complete Series 122 October 7, 2014[41] TBA TBA


William Rabkin has written and published five novels based on the series. The novels are written in third-person narrative style. Additionally, Chad Gervich (Small Screen, Big Picture) has published a crime-fighting guide based on methods presented in the show.

Title Author ISBN Publication date
A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read William Rabkin 0-451-22635-6 January 6, 2009
Mind Over Magic 0-451-22744-1 July 7, 2009
The Call of the Mild 0-451-22876-6 January 5, 2010
A Fatal Frame of Mind 0-451-23159-7 August 3, 2010
Mind-Altering Murder 0-451-23252-6 February 1, 2011
Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified Chad Gervich 1-455-51286-9 May 7, 2013


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