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DVD TV Show Reviews
Psych: Complete First & Second Seasons
Review by Suzanne 12/29/10
Psych is a very original, fun show that airs on USA Network. The
star is James Roday, who plays "psychic detective" Shawn; the other star is Dulé
Hill, who plays his reluctant sidekick, Gus. When the show first started,
Gus was sort of the straight man, but the show has evolved a lot since the first
season, and so has Gus.
Shawn is an 80's slacker, raised by his cop dad to be a great
detective. Shawn didn't want to be a detective, but his dad left him little
choice as he drilled him on everything. Shawn left their home in Santa Barbara
for five years as he kicked around aimlessly. Shawn is very smart,
although he won't admit it. Eventually he came home and had to deal with his
father and his aspirations for Shawn to be a cop.
Shawn ended up using his detective insights to help the police
department solve crimes. Since he didn't want to admit that he was just using
his own observations and judgment, he pretended to be psychic, and they bought
it. Now he runs a detective agency and helps the cops on a regular basis. Gus,
who sells pharmaceuticals, helps Shawn solve the cases, as well as cover up his
lie about being psychic. Shawn and Gus have been best friends since they
were little, so the show has many flashbacks to their childhood.
It is a very innovative show. They had the idea of a fake
psychic long before "The Mentalist" came along. In some ways, Shawn is a
lot like Adrian Monk, except much less honest, and lazier, and without most of
his mental problems. Monk was a comedy, but it was often played seriously.
Psych is rarely played seriously. It is not only a comedy, but it is often a
farce, and a very silly one at that. It is a good mystery show and
sometimes very romantic.
Since Shawn and Gus grew up in the 80's, there are many 80's
references in their speech. The show is very good at having spoofs of
movies and other TV shows, like their recent excellent "Twin Peaks" homage.
The other characters on the show include Detective Lassiter, a very intense
detective that always spars with Shawn and Gus; and his partner Juliet; and
their boss Karen; as well as Shawn's father, Henry. They all do an
excellent job on the show of being serious when necessary and silly when needed.
Henry is played by the veteran actor Corbin Bernsen. They also have many
fabulous guest stars.
This value pack set of seasons one and two is a great deal and
has the early episodes of "Psych". They are fun to watch and it is great to see
how the show grows and progresses. I would advise you to get all of the
season DVD sets, but if you just want to see what the show is like, this value
pack is a good start. All of the season sets have tons of great interviews
and other extras that are well worth watching for any Psych fan. The show
is now in its 5th season and shows no signs of slowing down.
Some people may find this show too silly to watch. It is
definitely one that has its ups and downs - some episodes are better than
others. You should watch a few and make your own judgment. I have grown to
really love the show over time. Below are links for you to buy any of the sets.
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