I'm not sure anyone expected the USA series Psychto have endured as long as it has. The detective buddy comedy about Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez), a fake psychic detective, and Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill), his best friend and somewhat reluctant partner in crime (or at least solving crimes), ran for eight seasons and now has two feature-length films under its belt, the second of which, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, is now streaming on Peacock, NBCUniversal's just-launched streaming service.
The second film features nods to Hitchcock and has a strong focus on Timothy Omundson's Carlton Lassiter, aka Lassie, who is recovering after being shot and left for dead (Omundson suffered a stroke in real life, and the film was his first project back to work), and is another classic Psych adventure that calls back to the show's best episodes.
If you've already finished the movie and are looking for something like Psych to watch (and don't want to begin another rewatch just yet, of course), 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.
Watch it on: Amazon Prime
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 it on: Netflix
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 it on: Amazon Prime
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 it on: Amazon (for purchase)
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.
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 it on: HBO Max
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 it on: Peacock
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?)
Psych, Psych: The Movie, and Psych 2: Lassie Come Home are now streaming on Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service.