Okay, so why would a 63-year-old woman whose pursuits are mostly intellectual be so psyched about winning tickets to the premiere of a television series?
The short answer is I LOVE Psych.
I have watched every episode of the first five seasons at least twice and pre-ordered Season 6 before the season has aired. What makes Psych so special?
As a writer, I have to confess to loving the….wait for iiiiit…writing. That’s right. The team that cooks up the episodes for Psych must have a ball putting the scripts together. Dialogue is hard to do; comedy is hard to do. A comedy wrapped around murder and mayhem — impossible. But somehow the writers pull it off, week after week.
I also have to call out the cast. James Roday and Dule Hill make it look easy to be funny, fast and friends. I love Corbin Berenson as Sean’s dad – the man who made the hyper aware monster named Sean Spencer and has to live with him, his “psychic” abilities and his odd sense of humor.
Timothy Omundson’s Lassiter is the quintessential uptight, by the book, cop who keeps getting his hard-held beliefs tested. And Juliet O’Hara, played by Maggie Lawson, is a good girl, good cop who packs a punch you wouldn’t believe. (Watch Season 5 – Viagra Falls to see what I mean.) Last but not least, there is the Chief – Kristen Nelson – who brings just the right touch of boss/parent to her role in the squad room cum asylum she runs.
If you asked what my favorite episode is, I would be hard pressed to tell you. Homicidio is hilarious – a take off on Spanish soap operas as only Psych could do it. Guest star Tim Curry brings just the right amount of disdain to American Duos and Lassie’s interaction with co-star Gina Gershon is classic love-hate. The cast sends up fashion models in Black & Tan in a way that makes me laugh out loud. And who could stop laughing at Dual Spires alias Twin Peaks!
But laughter isn’t all this amazing cast and crew bring to the show. Three episodes reveal the complexity of both the plots Psych offers and the actors hired to bring the scripts to life. An Evening with Mr. Yang, Mr. Yin Presents and Yin 3 in 2D showcase the writing and the acting. Even though these episodes spanned three seasons, each had me glued to my chair, watching, waiting for the next twist or turn.
Psych is a departure from most of my usual fare. When I say I’m watching mysteries, it usually means Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost or Rosemary and Thyme. All of these shows are British productions; all are intelligent, very well-acted and, for the most part, very serious.
Serious is not a word I would apply to Psych but I think I love the series because of the way it deals with difficult topics but always, always brings it back to the relationships of the cast members, how they live, work, fight and “find the bad guys” together, despite their differences. Oh, and the fact that they make me laugh, every time.
So this over the hill baby boomer is dusting off her sneaks, pulling on her Psych t-shirt and heading for the metropolis! Psyched!!