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Everything You Need To Know About The 'Psych' Movies

Since ending its run in 2014, "Psych" has brought Shawn and Gus back together for three original movies. Here's what you need to know about each one. 

By Tyler McCarthy
Pictured: (l-r) James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Dule Hill as Burton ‘Gus’ Guster inPsych: The Movie

After eight seasons and countless solved cases, the series "Psych"ended its run in 2014. However, fans simply couldn’t get enough of TV’s favorite psychic detective and his intrepid band of friends. So, the powers that be followed up the show with not one, but three movies. 

“Psych: The Movie” came out in 2017, three years after the show ended. That was followed by “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home” in 2020 before the gang got together once again the following year for “Psych 3: This Is Gus.”

Speaking to TVLine in November, series creator Steve Franks said there may be a fourth movie on the horizon and even more beyond that. 

“We certainly know what we want to do in 4, and we know what we want to kind of do in 5, and then knock on wood, can we do 6?” he said, although he noted that none of these movies have been greenlit.

So, while the world waits with bated breath to find out if there will be further adventures for the Psych private detective agency, we're recapping where the movies have taken the dynamic duo thus far. 

Psych: The Movie

James Roday as Shawn Spencer in Psych the Movie

The first movie in the franchise picks up three years after the finale of the show. Fans will remember Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez) was proposing to Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) in front of Burton Guster (Dule Hill) when a street thief snatched the ring. 

So, it starts with Shawn still on the hunt for that ring, refusing to officially propose to Juliet until he does. Meanwhile, Juliet and Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson) are hard at work at the San Francisco Police Department closing cases. However, their peaceful — albeit chaotic — existence gets thrown for a loop when a new villain targets Juliet’s partner. Shawn and Gus reunite to take on the case and quickly learn that Juliet might also be in this new baddie's crosshairs. 

When the stakes are this high, they have to rely on every ally they have, including Shawn’s dad, Henry (Corbin Bernsen), Woody Strode (Kurt Fuller), and even some advice from their old pal Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson). Old friends are great, but they soon learn that old enemies may push their ties to the limit.

Together they go on an old-school romp through San Francisco to crack the mystery, find love for Gus, and have one more life-changing adventure.

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

Pictured: (l-r) James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Dule Hill as Gus Guster in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

After their first feature-length mystery, Shawn and Gus got back together once again to help one of their best and most reluctant friends: Lassiter. 

Now the chief of the Santa Barbara Police Department, Lassie becomes the victim of an on-duty shooting. Fortunately, despite how badly he was wounded, he survives. But when he wakes up in a recovery hospital after suffering a stroke during surgery, Lassiter is seeing things that appear supernatural. 

Who better to help him than the private detectives of the Psych agency? 

The duo arrives back in Santa Barbara to work the case and check back in with their old office building — which has undergone some changes in the years since they’ve lived in San Francisco. While they’re excited to get back to their old stomping grounds, Shawn and Gus have to keep the investigation a secret from their respective significant others … which doesn’t go well. 

Along the way, Shawn learns some information about his future with Juliet that he may not be ready for, which suddenly makes cracking this case and regaining her trust all the more important. Once again, with the help of their friends, Shawn and Gus have to solve a case and grow as men. 

Psych 3: This Is Gus

Pictured: (l-r) Dule Hill as Burton ‘Gus’ Guster, James Roday as Shawn Spencer inPsych: The Movie

Following the events of “Lassie Come Home,” Gus is intent on marrying Selene (Jazmyn Simon). However, it simply wouldn’t be a life event for Burton Guster if Shawn didn’t turn it into a case. 

As Gus gets deep into wedding planning, the entire process is waylaid by Selene’s inability to finalize her divorce from her estranged husband. So, with Gus in “Groomzilla” mode, he and Shawn put their detective skills to the test by tracking this guy down so that the wedding can move forward. 

However, in typical “Psych” fashion, that proves to be way more difficult than anyone could have imagined. In addition, Gus’ impending nuptials force Shawn into a tailspin regarding their future as friends as well as what Gus taking the next step in his life means for the ticking clock on his relationship with Juliet.

Meanwhile, the movie also deals with Lassiter still dealing with the injuries he suffered in the second movie. Although he’s still on the job, he’s struggling to be the detective he once was and feels he’ll soon be asked to step down. With the help of Shawn’s father, Henry, Lassiter learns that there is a lot more to him than being a police officer. 

In the end, after three long movies, the team on "Psych" are as close and sharp-witted as ever. The hope is they'll remain that way for more adventures to come. Until then, have a pineapple on standby and relive some of their greatest adventures in both movie and TV form. 

You can stream the Psych movies now on Peacock.

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