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What's really up with Shawn?

Updated on June 23, 2014

Breaking news for those of you who are fans of both Psych and Netflix: Psych: Season 7 is now available on Netflix.

One of the biggest surprises to come out of "Psych: Season 8" is that the show made it this far.

Now, please don't get me wrong.

I love wacky comedies and physical humor. Give me a full dose of slapstick, double-meanings, pies in the face, and high-school hi-jinx, and you'll have me smiling from ear to ear.

I also love detective shows. Mysteries. Whodunits. Whatever. I enjoy trying to outguess heroes and villains, alike.

But when you put these genres together, things can get really annoying. And, with Psych, the comedy + detective = annoyance thing happened within the first few episodes of the first season. It's a miracle of modern science that the combination worked for as long as it did.

But it did. And Psych developed a near cult-like following of devoted fans.

It's understandable.

The characters are well-developed and expertly-played, and the show is actually quite watchable.

The story lines have enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and the relationship tensions -- goodness, there are a lot of them -- deliver an unexpected charm to the thin ice comedy-detective framework.

In the end, I've watched them all and I've enjoyed most. I just can't get past that Shawn guy. What's up with him, anyway?

The bottom line, despite my [perhaps irrational] discomfort with the irrational behavior of the lead character, the show's story line and strong cast lead me to happily recommend the entire Psych series. I'm confident that, once you learn to look beyond Shawn's look-at-me-I-have-to-be-the-center-of-attention antics, you will find yourself surprised at how much you really enjoy the show.

WARNING: If you start Psych anywhere but with the first episode of the first season, you will drive yourself nuts.

Watch the series in order and you will be able to enjoy the development of the characters and understand their interpersonal relationships.

If you skip around from episode to episode or season to season, you'll be confused, and find yourself wondering what's going on and why Shawn is doing whatever goofy thing he's doing. Well, even if you watch from the beginning, you'll still wonder why Shawn does what he does.

You'll notice I only show the first three out of the eight seasons of Psych. Please don't take that to mean I don't recommend them all. I do! It's just that I think you'll get the gist if I list the first three, and then you'll head over to Amazon and buy them all!

Psych: Season 1
Psych: Season 1

This is where it all started. Psych: Season 1 will introduce you to the primary characters and the back-story.

Psych: Season 2
Psych: Season 2

In Psych: Season 2, Shawn and Gus (the lead characters) really hit their stride. This is where the magic begins to happen as James Roday and Dule' Hill develop their characters and define their relationships. The second season is one of my favorites.

Psych: Season 3
Psych: Season 3

In the third season of Psych, you'll get a full dose of Shawn. 'Nuff said!


Sometimes it seems like the whole show is a series of bloopers, but these are the real thing!

There's always an amusing sort of tension when you get Juliet and Lassiter together, especially in non-traditional settings. Take this "speed dating" event, for example.

If you're a Psych newbie, this may be the best 1:49 you've ever invested.

Candid laughter from the cast.

It's hard to narrow the list of Psych's funniest moments, but they've done a pretty convincing job of it with this compilation. Enjoy!

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"Psych the Musical (Season 7, Episode 15) is: [Click the COMMENT button to tell us about your choice!]

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      Guy E Wood 3 years ago from USA

      @Seasons Greetings: Ha!

      I appreciate you stopping by, thatgrrl, and hope you'll give Shawn a try and return here to tell us about it!



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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'd never heard of the show before so I couldn't leave a vote in your poll.

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      Guy E Wood 3 years ago from USA

      @TJHousel: Greetings and thank you for stopping by.

      I appreciate your kind comments and have to admit that Shawn kind of grew on me. As annoying as I found or find him, I am also sad to see the series end. The show had a great run, gathered a lot of Psych-Os along the way [wink], and I look forward to seeing the cast in other roles.

      Thanks again for popping by!



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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      I have a completely different opinion of the show, but like your honest review. By the way, I am one of the cult-like followers that Psych attracted over the years. Also, fondly referred to as a Psych-O and watched the finale of the eight season with tears in my eyes.

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      Guy E Wood 3 years ago from USA

      @SusanDeppner: Your daughter-in-law is probably right. I have a love/hate relationship with the Psych and my appreciation for the Shawn character waxes and wanes.

      Be careful, my wife and I got hooked on the show and ended up watching the entire series from start to finish three or four times, sometimes two or three shows a night!



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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My daughter-in-law insists that I would love this show, but I haven't seen it yet. Sounds like it might be a good one to take me through the summer.