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04 August 2006
  I'm Psyched

PsycheI dare not utter the dreaded "Odd Couple" cliche, but Shawn Spencer and Burton "Gus" Guster are the most mismatched partners to grace television in years. And yes, grace is a good word. Cable's original programming is getting stronger all the time and USA Network's Psyche is a pleasant addition to the mix. Indeed, it's becoming one of the few shows I actually plan ahead to watch.

The simple premise (ne'er-do-well cop's kid becomes private detective pretending to be a psychic) belies the solid character acting in an ensemble cast. Each of the characters is just human (and normal) enough to avoid being a complete caricature and all do well at playing off of each other and exploiting the others' assorted weaknesses and vanities. While not cloaked as deeply as those in an Agatha Christie novel, clues are revealed gradually and not always completely obviously, giving watchers the opportunity to solve along with Shawn.

Regarding television and films, I'm never quite sure whether something is a pleasure or a guilty pleasure. Psyche definitely falls into one of those categories.

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We love it too! I even feel fine letting our kids watch.
 
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