I admit that I stumbled across this series completely by accident. The West Wing is one of my favourite series of all time. When I heard that Dule Hill was starring in Psych, I assumed it was a deadly serious psychological drama. I mean, that is the kind of thing brilliantly talented actors like Dule Hill act in, right?
Whereas other crime dramas are going the serious and dark route, Psych does a complete and total 180-degree turn and goes for the laughs instead. The series takes its time building up both its characters and the situation, but once it gets going it is addictively funny viewing.
James Roday is a charismatic lead actor. There's a little Jim Carrey-ishness in his Psychic slapstick, but he has his own innate charm that allows him to pull off some outrageous stuff. And Dule Hill, as always, does great work as the straight-man - never an easy role to play when your co-star is stealing the limelight. Fortunately, Dule deftly holds his own.
I was delightfully surprised, in these grimly serious times, to see that series as lighthearted and entertaining as this are still being produced. It's a beacon of light in a bleak television landscape.