We live in the golden age of television, where more programs are produced and dropped every season than ever even existed before. Of the ones that stick, it makes sense that viewers are bound to miss out on some gems, as there simply isn’t enough time to watch all the great television that finds its way onto the surplus of channels made available for purchase and bundle. One of the great underrated shows of this generation is Psych, the hilarious buddy comedy that aired on the USA Network for eight seasons and saw fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a man with great abilities but little sense of responsibility, solve crimes (usually of the murderous variety) for the Santa Barbara Police Department with the help of his far more responsible best friend, Burton Guster (Dule Hill). A laugh-out-loud endeavor that featured some of the best writing and guest appearances seen on television in quite some time, Psych is a worthwhile watch for any TV fan, which is why we’ve put together a list featuring 10 of the greatest Psych episodes of all time.
10. “Spellingg Bee” (Season 1, Episode 2)
We’ll start at the beginning (as it’s best to, with most things), or at least near the beginning. Psych had an excellent pilot, but we’re by no means ready to declare it one of the better elements of the series, especially considering the female lead was swapped out between episodes one and two. In “Spellingg Bee,” audiences are introduced to the series female regular, Juliet O’Hara (as played by Maggie Lawson), as Shawn and Gus attempt to solve the mysterious death of a spelling bee judge. The episode, which does an excellent job of setting up the crucial dynamic between Shawn and Gus, while fleshing out secondary characters like Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Osmundson) and Shawn’s father, Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen), also makes an effort to clarify that Shawn isn’t psychic at all; rather, he’s a man gifted with an extraordinary memory and a knack for deductive and abductive reasoning.