***May contain spoilers of Psych Season 5 and Burn Notice***
I decided the other day to burn through Psych Season 5 when I realized it was on Netflix Instant. I have loved this show since the first season started to air. The interactions between Shawn and Gus are amazing. They are so funny and perfect, but still feel somewhat grounded. They could have taken a very wrong turn and went the direction of Gilmore Girls where every interaction is so quick paced and super pithy/witty that it doesn't seem realistic. But somehow with the same level of ridiculousness they have made this show where the characters interact in perfectly. Basically the show is amazing and was at one point fairly original (unlike mentalist).
Well all in all I often find myself watching USA shows such as Psych, Suits, White Collar, and Burn Notice, which I usually enjoy. But one thing I have noticed recently was that they are pretty much all the same shows. One of the things that USA claims is "Characters Welcomed", and one thing they do well is create very good characters that usually play well off of each other. The interactions between these people is what we want and expect from these kinds of shows, but how long can they keep going in this direction? I mean the shows are great, but even after watching Season 5 of Psych I am already asking myself, really how much longer can they keep this show going? How long before someone finally calls him out on not actually being Psychic? How long before he just gets tired of doing the whole act and just comes forward as a "hyper-observant" person? This show is excellent but cant survive off of characters alone forever.
The main problem with these shows is that they heavily rely on Characters and not necessarily story. Burn Notice is a perfect example of this. This show is more or less contained with in the season. I mean there is this weird thread that drives through the main plot but for the most part at the end of each season there is a new deeper, darker threat that he has to find. After watching 4 seasons I cant even remember if he actually found who burned him or if he even cares anymore. Psych is another example of this. They had a story that drove them from the beginning that now has kind ended in the middle of the 5th season, so what drives the show now? It cant be the hanging relationship between Shawn and Juliet? It cant be Ying Yang, so what drives it? The plus about most other shows and movies is there is a thread or drive that connects all the episodes/movies. Unlike most USA shows where every episode is more or less contained within itself.
Another problem with most of these shows is that there is actually a huge similarity between them. Psych and Suits are basically the same character with the same ability doing different jobs. And take a look at the show that really started it all for USA, Monk. Another show about a person with a photogenic mind and is hyper-observant. How long before people get tired of that trend? How many different situations can you put the same character in before we get tired of that character.
Now that I have bashed all USA shows, let me state that I actually love them all. I thought Psych would be done years ago, and yet here I am still watching season 5, and will watch season 6 the moment the season ends. The shows are amazing, the characters are great and the actors do a really good job. More likely then not I will watch every season of all of these shows until USA goes out of business.