I watched Psych some time last year or the year before. I can’t remember it too much since it was pretty much seven seasons in one shot then patiently waited for Netflix to update Season 8 to end off the show. It finally arrived on Netflix a little while ago and of course, I took the liberty to binge watch it! Unfortunately, I can’t recap seven seasons before but I’ll tell you this. Psych is pretty fun. My friend used to tell me she enjoyed it more than The Mentalist. In all honesty, the pace and tone are completely different so while the material is similar as its just some dude who is very good at noticing details and using that to solve cases, Psych is a more light-hearted detective series unlike The Mentalist which can get a little heavy especially when the first few seasons is pretty much the main guy trying to hunt down the serial killer who murdered his wife (or something along those lines).
Psych Season 8
Creator: Steve Franks
Cast: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen, Kirsten Nelson
Since I haven’t done a previous TV binge on any of the previous seasons, which I probably should but I’m too lazy to go back, I’ll do a little synopsis in case you don’t know what it is.
Psych follows Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a guy who was brought up to by his ex-cop father (Corbin Bernsen) to notice the smallest details/heightened observation skills. With those skills, he pretends that he has the psychic ability to feel his way to the next clue and eventually solve the crime. With the help of his best friend Burton Guster (Dulé Hill), he pursues this career and establishes the Psych Detective Agency and becomes the Santa Barbara Police Department’s police consultant much to the reluctance of the detective, Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson).
Season 8 is the final season of Psych and as with any ending, its all about how you wrap up the series so that the fans are satisfied. As a fan, I was happy with it. There was moments of bringing back who mattered and just how Shawn and Burton grew up even though the show is very much about their shenanigans. The way the wrapped it up made for a nice heartfelt moment that this show is about and tied up the loose ends.
Overall, Psych is an interesting series. It starts off with the first few seasons pretty strong and just a lot of fun, then it kind of drags on for a few seasons in the middle and Season 7 and 8 brings back the essence of the show. Their specials are always a treat and some of the guests they get a pretty awesome. My favorite has to be Cary Elwes.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the series. Comedy series are always a little hard for me to like and I really enjoyed Psych so I was pleased with it. The humor was right up my alley. The chemistry and bromance that Shawn and Burton had was really fun and awesome. At the same time, the father-son relationship between Shawn and his father was great also. And of course, what series is without a little romance and here is Shawn with Juliet (played by Maggie Lawson), the partner of Carlton Lassiter who has a few bumps in the road but eventually do see the light and things work out okay. The dynamic of the show kept me going and just how the characters became so fun to watch and sometimes the cases were just about the most absurd and silly situations.
Psych is perfect for where I am right now with movie/TV watching. Its a genre I like, detective/mystery but with a comedic twist to keep things not so serious and dramatic. There are a few lesser seasons as with any long running series but with a satisfying ending to wrap up the series and knowing when to end it also makes a big difference.