Thursday, 18 April 2013

A-Z Challenge: P: Psych

What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV aka Justifying my TV Habit.

P is for Psych

It’s funny. It’s silly. The set up could have been done more seriously (and has been, in The Mentalist) but in a nutshell: Shawn pretends to be psychic and solves cases, when really he is just super observant.

A light touch and a bit of humour go a long way. Psych never fails to make me smile. Okay if you are writing a serious The Killing-esque murder mystery, silly humour may not work, but I’d argue dark humour would. We forget we can bring the fun, sometimes, I think.

Quote: Oh, you mean my pilot's license? That's out back in the Cessna. Or perhaps you're referring to my license to kill. Revoked. Trouble at the Kazakhstan border. I could give you the details but then I'd have to kill you, which I can't do because my license to kill has been revoked. 

Could have gone for: Prison Break. Party of Five.


  1. Love the quote, love the show. It is just silly fun, and that's why it works.

  2. Psych is one of my favorite shows, and they have a ton of awesome quotes.

  3. I love dark humor and the quote is funny. I need to watch this show.

  4. JL - ;)

    MJ - Love Shawn! And indeed, it's silly and fun and makes me smile!

    Cherie - it is SUCH fun

    Julie - Psych is very much on the silly side humour wise, but it's fun.

  5. Psych is an awesome show!!! So many pop culture references and rapid fire humor. Excellent choice.

  6. You've made my day with the quote! I'm laughing.

  7. I was OBSESSED with Party of Five when I was a teenager. My bedroom walls were literally covered with pictures, magazine articles and clipings on the actors and the show- especially Neve Campbell.

  8. Sheena-kay: it is indeed! Makes me smile!

    Alex - such rapid fire humour! I love it!

    C Lee - hee, glad you enjoyed!

    Beverly - ah it was a GREAT show.

  9. Love this show. I love all the 80's references. I liked the first season better just because at the end they would all break into song during the credits and it was hilarious.

    I would have commented on Prison Break as well, I enjoyed it. Party of Five, not so much.

  10. Jeff - ah I LOVED the songs!!!

  11. I haven't watched Psych much, but it's an intriguing concept.


Please comment, I'd love to know what you think! :)