USA's buddy comedy Psychhas impressive staying power. The irreverent series, which follows fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez) and his best friend and reluctant partner in crime Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill), ran for eight seasons and now has two feature-length films under its belt.
The second film, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, launched in the summer of 2020 on Peacock. The Hitchcock-inspired movie focuses on Timothy Omundson's Carlton "Lassie" Lassiter, who is recovering after being shot and left for dead. The film was particularly meaningful given that it marked Omundson's proper return to Psych; the actor had suffered a stroke in real life shortly before production on the first Psych movie, which he appeared in through a brief cameo.
If you've watched and rewatched all eight seasons and two movies in the Psych universe, we've curated the perfect post-Psych viewing list. These shows are full of camaraderie between best friends, eccentric murders, and plenty of Blue Skies. If you love Psych, these are the shows you should watch next.
Even though Chuck debuted just one year after Psych, it sort of feels like a spiritual successor to the USA comedy. Between the zany energy found in the action-spy comedy and the lifelong friendship between Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez), the two series seem to share similar DNA. Chuck follows a computer whiz working at a Buy More, who, after opening an email from a college friend, comes to have the Intersect, aka an extensive CIA and NSA database, stored in his brain. This makes Chuck a target but transforms him into a surprising asset for the CIA and NSA, ultimately giving purpose to his otherwise mundane life. But while the espionage and action sequences are plenty of fun, the bromance between Chuck and Morgan is ultimately the show's greatest strength. [Watch on Amazon Prime]
The CW's iZombie is surprisingly similar to Psych in that the main character, Assistant Medical Examiner Liv Moore (Rose McIver), pretends to be a psychic in order to help solve murders for the Seattle P.D. However, she isn't hyper-observant like Shawn; she receives flashes of memories from the brains she eats in order to stay human (because in case it wasn't clear, she's a zombie) to help solve cases with Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin). Liv also takes on the personalities of the deceased, which means the show changes by the week as it explores identity and gives Liv a renewed purpose. The show is also incredibly funny, features some of the best puns on TV, and has great music cues. [Watch on Netflix]
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Psych and the legal drama Suits overlapped for a few years on USA, and the two long-running series have a number of things in common in addition to both starring Dulé Hill. Psych's entire narrative is built around a hyper-observant man lying about his credentials in order to solve crimes, and this is similar to the story of Suits' Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who lies about being a lawyer for years and is able to get away with it, in part, because he is able to recall a bizarre amount of information with incredible detail just like Shawn. Both shows also feature memorable bromances and a great will-they/won't-they relationship. Essentially, Psych was Suits before Suits was Suits. [Watch on Peacock, Amazon Prime]
If you're looking for a more traditional detective series, but one that also features a great dynamic duo, Sherlock cannot be beaten. The British series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous literary detective is a relatively quick binge -- there are four seasons of three feature-length episodes apiece -- and while the latter two seasons aren't as highly regarded as the first two, the series breathes new life into the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson (portrayed here by Martin Freeman). But perhaps the real star of the show is Andrew Scott as Moriarty, who is introduced in the final episode of Season 1 and simply owns Season 2. [Watch on Netflix]
Created by Jeff Eastin, White Collar is another series from USA's comforting "Blue Skies" era, and it will quickly become an addictive binge. It stars Tim DeKay as FBI special agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as the highly skilled forger and con artist Neal Caffrey, who becomes Burke's informant and helps him stop white-collar crimes. Their relationship is rather unique and provides the basis for a number of instances in which their characters are escaping from situations they have no business escaping from, which sounds a lot like Shawn and Gus, to be honest. If you're looking for an easy binge, this is it. [Watch on Hulu, IMDb TV (free with ads)]
Like Psych (and iZombie, for that matter), Bryan Fuller's whimsical, saturated comedy-drama features someone unqualified to be solving murders, well, solving murders. Pie-maker Ned (Lee Pace) possesses the unique ability to bring the dead back to life with a single touch -- and send them back to the grave with a second. After an unfortunate incident involving his mother as a child, he largely uses his gift to make delicious pies from rotten fruit, that is until he teams up with a private investigator (Chi McBride) to bring murder victims back to life to find out how they died so the two can solve cases and split the reward money. The show only ran for two seasons before falling victim to the 2007-08 writers' strike, but it was known for its distinct visual style and excellent wordplay. [Watch on HBO Max, CW Seed (free with ads)]
For a while there, it seemed like USA was just recycling the same setup -- a man with an excellent memory and attention to detail saves the day! -- but hey, if it works, it works. And boy did it work on Monk. Another excellent crime procedural with a great sense of humor, the Emmy-winning series starred Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a germaphobe and police detective living with obsessive-compulsive disorder who, after the death of his wife, has a nervous breakdown. He becomes a private detective and consultant for the San Francisco police, and his neuroses become assets that help him solve cases. (Honestly, there's no better time to watch Monk than right now, since you're definitely social distancing and staying six feet away from everyone, right?) [Watch on Peacock, Amazon Prime]
Psych, Psych: The Movie, and Psych 2: Lassie Come Home are now streaming on Peacock.