Top positive review
on 16 March 2010
The psychic powers may be fake, but the laughs are genuine. Manic chancer Shawn Spencer (James Roday) enjoys running rings round the local police force and solving its crimes. Hilariously humourless lawman Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) longs to expose him as a fraud, thwarted because he keeps getting everything right. Secret of success are the lessons drummed into Shawn throughout childhood by his hard taskmaster cop dad (Corbin Bernsen), phenomenal powers of observation becoming his speciality. Resenting that pressure, Shawn now delights in being the two things his father most despised - a (pseudo) psychic and private eye. Their scenes together sparkle, needling the other one of life's particular pleasures. Partner is his old playmate Gus (Dule Hill far removed from his "The West Wing" role), in many ways the two never having really grown up.
"Monk" was funny. "Psych" is even more so. Both have been helped by witty scripts, fine central performances and genuinely intriguing mysteries. James Roday is tremendous and very funny indeed (although he and Dule Hill perhaps occasionally need to rein things in a bit). Their chemistry is irresistible. In fact, everything works a treat.