Psych, The TV Series Located in Santa Barbara

Isabelle Gerig, Switzerland

PSYCH is a tv series about a young police consultant Shawn Spencer (James Roday) who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute that Santa Barbara PD detectives think he’s psychic. Shawn Spencer’s best friend, Gus (Dule Hill), who helps him and supports him. They don’t do anything without each other.

Shawn was raised in Santa Barbara by a family of cops; Shawn possesses uncanny powers of observation honed by his police officer father, Henry, who drilled young Shawn to note even the smallest of details from his surroundings as a way of grooming him for his inevitable career in the family business. Unfortunately, Shawn finds himself only with taking a series of random jobs instead of becoming the detective he was groomed to be.

His career for the police started when  Shawn had made a habit of calling in tips to the police about cases he reads about or sees on television, and when one of his tips appeared too close to the truth, the police are convinced that Shawn is an accomplice and arrested him. However, Shawn used his charm and well-tuned talent, so the cops thought that he’s a psychic. Then is career has began!

So every episode begins with a cold open in the form of a flashback to Shawn and Gus’s childhoods. The flashbacks usually involve Shawn and Gus being taught a lesson by Shawn’s father, who wishes that his son would follow in his footsteps and become a law enforcement officer. These lessons play a role for the whole episode.

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This nice and funny tv series is set in Santa Barbara with the central stage in the police department of Santa Barbara. However, the sad truth is that the series is produced and filmed in British Columbia, Canada. So if you are a fan of this series, you have to visit British Columbia and not Santa Barbara.

For example, the picture on the left shows the pier in Santa Barbara. The picture on the right shows the pier from the tv series Psych. There is no similarity at all. So as in the tv series Psych, the areas in series or movies aren’t quite often the areas or cities they say they are.

I really like the series because of Shawn’s funny and special way to help the police. Moreover, the friendship between Shawn and Gus is also really nice to watch. Furthermore, it’s interesting how easy it could be to become better known a person, when you only look more on the details. Moreover I was impressed from the idea of the director of the series. How can one person have such a creative idea? So I really recommend you to watch this funny series. It never gets boring.

Watch the trailer for series 1 now:

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