From "Magic Head" to "Tan," 26 of the Best Nicknames Shawn Has Given Gus on Psych

Grayson Gilcrease
PSYCH, (from left): James Roday, Dule Hill, 'This Episode Sucks', (Season 6, ep. 603, aired Oct. 26, 2011), 2006-. photo: Alan Zenuk / USA Network / Courtesy: Everett Collection
PSYCH, (from left): James Roday, Dule Hill, 'This Episode Sucks', (Season 6, ep. 603, aired Oct. 26, 2011), 2006-. photo: Alan Zenuk / USA Network / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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Of course, a show about a fake psychic detective named Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) was destined to be hilarious. In fact, one of the best things about Psych is that in order to get pretty much anywhere in an investigation, Shawn usually gives Gus a ridiculous nickname to fit the situation. Over eight seasons and two movies, Shawn has given Gus around 104 nicknames, give or take. While he mostly goes along with them, every now and again, he is given veto power, which he heavily invokes during Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. We picked some of our favorites below - and no, we didn't rank them, it was just too hard!

  • Magic Head: featured in season one, episode eight, "Shawn vs. the Red Phantom"

  • Chocolate Columbo: featured in season one, episode eight, "Shawn vs. the Red Phantom"

  • Big-Head Burton: featured in season two, episode five, "And Down the Stretch Comes Murder"

  • Gus "T.T." Showbiz: featured in season two, episode one, "American Duos"

  • Ovaltine Jenkins: featured in season two, episode four, "Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds"

  • Bud (from The Cosby Show): featured in season one, episode 15, "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"

  • Bruton Gaster: featured in season two, episode 16, "Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead"

  • Gus "Silly Pants" Jackson: featured in season one, episode five, "9 Lives"

  • Dr. Mc (tongue clicking sounds) Took: featured in season one, episode nine, "Forget Me Not"

  • Longbranch Pennywhistle: featured in season three, episode seven, "Talk Derby to Me"

  • Trapezious Milkington: featured in season three, episode 16, "An Evening with Mr. Yang"

  • Hollabackatcha: featured in season three, episode 14, "Truer Lies"

  • All-the-Pips-in-One: featured in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

  • Lemona Lemona Lemona Lime: featured in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

  • Black Magic: featured in season four, episode eight, "Let's Get Hairy"

  • Ghee Buttersnaps, aka The Heater: featured in season four, episode 10, "You Can't Handle This Episode"

  • John Jacob Jingley-Schmidt: featured in season five, episode one, "Romeo and Juliet and Juliet"

  • MC Clap Yo Handz: featured in season five, episode five, "Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)"

  • Sher-Black-Lock: featured in season five, episode five, "Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)"

  • Radio Star (Video Will Kill Him): featured in season five, episode 15, "Dead Bear Walking"

  • Knick Knack: featured in season two, episode 12, "The Old and the Restless"

  • Lavender Gooms: featured in season two, episode 12, "Lights, Camera. . . Homicidio"

  • Felicia Fancybottom: featured in season one, episode 14, "Poker? I Barely Know Her"

  • The Jackal: featured in season one, episode 10, "From the Earth to Starbucks"

  • Jazz Hands: featured in season four, episode two, "He Dead"

  • Tan (Tangus): featured in season two, episode 15, "Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion"

Anyway, here's us approving this list as we stream all seasons of Psych on Peacock.

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