Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndicated reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline Television’s Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak. The series stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose “heightened observational skills” and impressive detective instincts allow him to convince people that he solves cases with psychic abilities. The program also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn’s best friend and reluctant partner Burton “Gus” Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s father, Henry, a former officer of the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Psych debuted on Friday, July 7, 2006, immediately following the fifth-season premiere of Monk, and continued to be paired with the series until Monk’s conclusion on December 4, 2009. During the second season, an animated segment titled “The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus” was added to the series. It was the highest-rated U.S. basic cable television premiere of 2006. USA Network renewed the series for an eighth season on December 19, 2012, to include eight episodes, and ordered two more episodes on June 25, 2013, bringing the episode order to ten. On February 5, 2014, USA Network confirmed that the eighth season of Psych would be its last, with the series finale airing on March 26, 2014.
The show has developed a cult following in the years since going off air, with fans of the show being called “Psych-O’s”.
On May 8, 2017, USA Network announced “Psych: The Movie”, a 2-hour TV movie to air in December 2017.