In 2006, the US crime drama series, Psych hit television screens. The show – which originally aired on USA Network – starred James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a freelance consultant and faux psychic, who uses his eidetic memory and excellent observational skills to help the Santa Barbara Police Department solve tricky cases.
In order to pass as a psychic, Spencer enlists the aid of his best friend, as well as his father, to keep the charade going. Across various television seasons, a musical, and a collection of movies, he maintained the pretence quite well, entertaining millions of viewers in the process.
But if you’re new to Psych, and you’ve never seen a single moment of Shawn Spencer’s adventures, where do you begin? Do you start with the television series, do you watch the musical special, or do you plump for the films first?
Well, if you stick around here for a few moments, I can help point you in the right direction. Below I am running through the correct viewing order of Psych, taking into account the show, the musical, and the movies, to ensure you remain on the correct path.
Before I present a list of the Psych seasons/movies in order, let me first explain the way that Psych has developed over time. As mentioned above, the show first hit television screens in 2006, beginning with the show’s first season.
That first season of Psych ran for 15 episodes and was a hit for the USA Network, paving the way for a second season. Season Two of the show aired in 2007, running for 16 episodes, and was followed by Season Three in 2008, Season Four in 2009, Season Five in 2010, and Season Six in 2011 – all of which ran for 16 episodes apiece.
In 2013, the show’s seventh season began airing, running for 14 regular episodes. This season was then followed a few months later by a musical special – the appropriately titled Psych: The Musical – which was a double-length episode.
In 2014, USA Network aired the eighth and final season of Psych. This season ran for ten episodes, with the season finale hitting screens on March 26th 2014.
After eight seasons and 120 episodes, the Psych television series came to a conclusion. However, this wasn’t quite the end of the Psych story.
Due to the continued popularity of Psych, the show was revived for a collection of television movies. The first of these was Psych: The Movie, which aired in 2017 via the USA Network.
The film was then joined by follow-ups, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home in 2020, and Psych 3: This Is Gus in 2021. Both of these movies made their debut on the Peacock streaming service.
The Psych TV show and movies in order
If you wish to watch Psych chronologically, you should view the show, musical, and movies in the following order:
- Psych: Season One (2006 – 2007) – TV series
- Psych: Season Two (2007 – 2008) – TV series
- Psych: Season Three (2008 – 2009) – TV series
- Psych: Season Four (2009 – 2010) – TV series
- Psych: Season Five (2010) – TV series
- Psych: Season Six (2011 – 2012) – TV series
- Psych: Season Seven (2013) – TV series
- Psych: The Musical (2013) – TV special
- Psych: Season Eight (2014) – TV series
- Psych: The Movie (2017) – Movie
- Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020) – Movie
- Psych 3: This is Gus (2021) – Movie
If you stick to the above list, you will be able to watch Psych in the correct viewing order, without missing a moment of the action.
If you’re a fan of Psych or you’re just getting into the show, then you may wish to know that every episode of the television series is available on DVD.
Psych: The Complete Collection includes all eight seasons of the series all housed in one box set.
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