Detective programs are nothing new, but the collective cultural obsession with crime series of the past decade is. These days, crime series after crime series pile up every year, but before detective series became trendy, Psych hit audiences when the show premiered on the US network in 2006.
While gritty detective programs dominate the crime series genre, Psych gives the audience a funny detective series that is more digestible for a wide audience. However, Psych isn’t the first funny detective series to come to the public, and Psych is not the last. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite funny detective TV shows that will make you say, “Psych WHO? “
Psych The audience may have won over star characters Shawn Spencer & Gus Guster, but Peter Falk’s detective Columbo is the original funny guy with a badge. Columbo isn’t just the OG of detective TV shows (declined in 1971), the show stars with one of the most engaging goofball detectives to ever hit the small screen.
From Columbo’s recurring conversations about his unseen soul mate (I have to tell my wife that) to his legendary catchphrase, cigar-wielding Peter Falk charms the audience every time he tells a perpetrator to tell them “one more thing”.
Columbo gave the audience one of the first solid ‘monster of the week’ TV shows, in which each episode follows a classic formula with a different culprit every week (think of Buffy & X-Files). Plus, the show required nothing from the audience, just kicking their feet up and watching a different episode every week with no surprises, when our hero would come out on top again.
Okay, so HBOs Real detective (and we’re only talking about season 1 here) isn’t the first series that comes to mind when we think of funny detective shows, but let’s think about the series for a moment.
Real detective Known for its gritty story and philosophical themes, it brings one of the greatest acting collabs between two 90s that all the stars in the HBO series have seen in some time. however, the nothing but the reason the show works as well as it does is because of the blobs of humor peppered through the eight episodes.
Some even argue that the lack of humor is what is missing in the following (and critically fragmented) season of Real detective.
Maker Nic Pizzolatto is quoted in one LA Magazine 2014 interview in which stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey starred as they could easily bring the humor that was harder to see on paper to the small screen. Think about it: Real detective you laughed bigger than Castle ever done.
in contrast to Real detective or even Columbo, Brooklyn 99 is a straight comedy series (although the show has its sentimental moments), and is one of the funniest detective shows of the 2010s.
Furthermore, the winning humor Brooklyn 99 dishes out makes perfect sense – the show features an all-star cast of some of the funniest alternative comedians, from Chelsea Peretti to Joe Lo Truglio.
Brooklyn 99 brings the audience a clumsy group of bumbling cops working in a fictional NYC district, spearheaded by star Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta, as they go out of their way to take down perpetrators, getting into their own troubles in the process. Psych could be years later Brooklyn 99, but Brooklyn 99 clap Psych away in the laughter department.
If you love detective TV shows but are looking for some humor, start with our list of detective TV shows guaranteed to get you a few chuckles. Psych may have given you the itch of detective comedy, but it’s not the only show you need to scratch it.
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