Psych is an American crime drama that deals with the investigation of the detective and alleged clairvoyant Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster his partner. It consists of eight squadrons with a total of 121 episodes, including the approximately 90 minute long musical television movie Psych: The Musical. The first broadcast took place on July 7, 2006 to March 26, 2014 at the cable channel USA Network. In Switzerland, the private channel 3 series shows since October 25, 2007, broadcast on German television started on 30 October 2007 on RTL.

  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 United States
  • 5.3 German-speaking
  • 5.4 International


Shawn Spencer is a young man from middle-class home, which keeps up with odd jobs. Equipped with an extraordinary gift of observation, he realizes first in television reports of crime scenes sometimes important information promptly to the police by telephone. One day, he gets himself to the attention of investigators and is arrested as a suspect. To save himself from the situation, he claims to be a medium. He had obtained through extrasensory perception, the evidence.

Although the officials remain skeptical, Shawn was hired as a spiritual advisor to the case and can solve it with the help of his friend Burton " Gus" Guster. The two of them found then the agency Psych, a mixture of soothsayers Bude and detective agency. Over time, the police station are always cases from the two.

Most episodes do not require representation of violence, the focus is on Shawn's observations at the scene and other key locations. The moments before the act of reconstructing the course of action of flashbacks, comments and items of evidence.


Shawn Spencer

Shawn Spencer is the son of Police Master Builder Henry Spencer and the police psychologist Madeleine Spencer, who has a photographic memory for their sense of hearing. Henry was preparing Shawn since he was eight years on a career as a police officer before and trained specifically the boy's extraordinary perception, mostly through tasks from everyday life. At the age of 15 years, Shawn achieved the maximum score of 100 points in the examination for detectives.

Madeleine divorced from Henry, to flourish elsewhere in the job may, after Shawn had completed the Bosseigh Leland High School in Santa Barbara in 1995. Henry tells Shawn, however, he would have sought to divorce in order to protect the interests of madeleines. Shawn is as expected against the plans of his father, returns to the police back and keeps up with odd jobs.

Psych is the first job he can hold on life. Instead of interrogations, witness statements and bureaucracy Shawn relies on ingenuity, his powers of observation and Burton Gusters expertise. In the absence of "real" soothsayer abilities uses Shawn simple observations, which he rates at any time and can link sent.

Burton Guster

Burton ' Gus ' Guster Shawn knows since childhood. Actually, he's pharmaceutical sales, but is frequently disturbed by Shawn at the beginning of the series in its work to assist in a case. Burton is considered very reliable and is afraid to lose by the visits of Shawn his job. Later he is Shawn's business partner and helps officially in the cases, but he is always looking for a serious appearance of Psych. Gus contributes mainly through its broad general knowledge as well as his sense of smell to solving many cases. A running gag of the series is the " code name" Gusters, which are usually given to him by Shawn when interviewing people.

Carlton Lassiter

Carlton "Lassie" Lassiter is a senior detective in the Santa Barbara Police Department. He can not stand Shawn and takes away his role as a medium not expire. Lassiter has to rely on Shawn's services, which he evaluates as a personal defeat in the second season two (episodes 19 and 29). He is considered the Second Amendment and connoisseurs who uses extensively of his firearms. He also went through a divorce.

Juliet O'Hara

Juliet " Jules " O'Hara is a young policewoman. It is placed in the second episode of Miami Beach to Santa Barbara and appointed to the new colleague of Detective Lassiter after Shawn has revealed its relationship with its previous partner. She admires and Shawn is his unconventional methods of investigation to be disclosed. She suspects that he is not a medium, but can not shake off the last doubts. Although O'Hara is professionally treated in the course of the second season with Lassiter, he is reluctant to cases from them and often employs them with annoying searches.

Chief Karen Vick

Karen C. Vick (nee Dunlap ) is the head of the Santa Barbara Police Department. It is regarded as tough but fair, they also engaged Shawn and Burton reluctant to start a new case. Shawn succeeds but mostly, to convince them that he was useful.

Henry W. Spencer

Henry William Spencer Jr. is the father of Shawn, a former police officer ( sergeant ) and coached his son since his childhood, even to become a policeman. He went hard on him and hardly praised him, which eventually led to his son took off. He was the policeman who arrested Shawn as a teenager, after he stole a car for a girl, even though he knows that Shawn can never be a policeman by the resulting criminal record. Early in the series Shawn and Henry have no contact with each other. But over time, Shawn asks his father for help once again.


Episode List



United States

The 15 episodes complete first season of USA Network beamed from 7 July 2006 to 2 March 2007. The second season of 16 episodes was followed in July 2007 by February 2008. The also 16 episodes complete third season ran between July 2008 and February 2009. Between 7 August 2009 and 10 March 2010, the fourth season was again sent 16 episodes. With even 16 episodes, the fifth season was aired from 14 July 2010 to 22 December 2010. The sixth season with again 16 episodes was announced on September 28, 2010, the broadcast of the first nine episodes of this series has started on October 12, 2011.

In January 2012, extended USA Network Psych for a seventh season, which broadcast on 27 February took place until 29 May 2013. On 15 December 2013, the musical television movie was Psych: The Musical sent. Even before the broadcast of the seventh season has begun in the U.S., has announced the production of an eighth season in December 2012. The eighth season is the last, the series finale was shown on March 26, 2014.

In the U.S. Psych 2006 was the most successful newly launched series of the year on a cable channel. In order to strike the U.S. Authors caused "hole " in 2008 to fill the, NBC, the parent company of USA Network, repetitions radiated from the series.


The Swiss channel 3 radiated from the first season of 25 October 2007. The broadcast on RTL began on 30 October 2007 with a good start, the values ​​were then later but steadily. The average of all 15 episodes was 1.93 million 14 - to 49 -year-old viewers ( 19.8 percent market share). Overall, the station was able to gain 2.8 million people ( 12.7 percent market share) for broadcasting.

The broadcast of the second season started on RTL on 21 October 2008 as a German -speaking Original, 3 began broadcasting on March 3, 2010. The first broadcast on RTL reached an average of 16 episodes 2.48 million viewers ( 11.2 percent market share). In the commercial target group was achieved with 1.75 million viewers and 18.2 percent market share, a solid result.

As of November 30, 2010 RTL sent the third season of 16 episodes also comprehensive of the series. The ninth episode was it came to pass at the time ... too much in the course of the broadcast! Preferred ( Christmas Joy) of RTL and since it is a Christmas episode, sent on 28 December 2010 as the fifth episode of the RTL broadcasting. The odds of the third season, continuing the observed already in the first two seasons downtrend. With an average market share of 10.3 per cent at 2.39 million viewers of the total audience and 1.58 million viewers ( 15.9 percent market share ) of the target demographic was the radiance below the RTL channels section.

Immediately following the broadcast of the third season RTL started from 5 April 2011, the German -speaking Original of the fourth season, which includes a total of 16 episodes. The plan was the first eight episodes of the fourth season to send, finally aired until May 10, 2011, only the first six episodes, the ratings significantly above those of the third season. The remaining ten episodes of the fourth season were shown from 8 May 2012 in RTL.

Subsequent to August 28, 2012 nor the first seven episodes of the fifth season were also shown on RTL. The remaining episodes of the fifth season were sent from 16 May to 11 July 2013, RTL, following the sixth season on RTL started.


Psych is broadcast worldwide in more than 32 countries, including in Asia on Star World and the Arab world on Showtime Arabia.

DVD releases

  • Season 1 was released on 27 June 2007
  • Season 2 was released on 8 July 2008
  • Season 3 was released on July 21, 2009
  • Season 4 was released on July 13, 2010
  • Season 5 was released on 31 May 2011
  • Season 6 was released on October 16, 2012
  • Season 7 was released on October 8, 2013
  • The TV movie was released on December 17, 2013
  • Season 8 was released on April 1, 2014
  • Season 1 was released on 1 September 2008
  • Season 2 was released on 7 June 2010
  • Season 3 was released on 21 February 2011
  • Season 4 was released on July 18, 2011
  • Season 5 was released May 21, 2012
  • Season 6 was released on July 26, 2013
  • Season 1 was released on 24 April 2008
  • Season 2 was released on 9 April 2009
  • Season 3 was released on 5 May 2011
  • Season 4 was released on August 2, 2012
  • Season 5 was released on July 11, 2013
  • Season 6 will be released on May 16, 2014


  • The theme song is sung by the band of the series creator Steve Franks ( The Friendly Indians ). Some consequences of the bias is changed according to the theme of the episode.
  • James Roday was nominated for Best Actor Series for the 2006 Satellite Award and 2008 for the ALMA Award. Dulé Hill was nominated for the 2008 Image Award and Calum Worthy for the Young Artist Award.
  • In almost every episode, a pineapple place again.
  • In very many consequences of the performers, mostly Shawn, a word or phrase used mispronounced or in the wrong context and says if he is noted "I have both heard. "
  • In many episodes, in which pointed to articles in the newspaper, the actors always quote only the advertisements. After the reading of the newspaper advertising is reversed.
  • When Shawn and Gus imagines at people, he mostly used a different name for Gus.
  • In talking to Shawn and Gus often engage in long discussions, which can usually be broken only by a bystanders.
  • Typically, each episode begins with a, for each episode important, event from the childhood of Shawn, where Gus plays a role.
  • Shawn and Gus include in their discussions very often other TV series, but also movies, actors and other famous people in the pop culture one.