Psychic Detectives

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  • TV-14
  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 6.9  (89)

Psychic Detectives is a true-crime television series that aired on truTV from 2004 to 2007. The show focuses on crime investigations where psychics played integral roles in deciphering and solving long-standing cases. It is an interesting and unique concept that attempted to bridge the gap between science and paranormal activity.

The show follows several psychic detectives who work with law enforcement agencies to help solve challenging crimes. The main cast members of the show include Les Marshak, Phil Jordan, and Patrick McGuinness. All three are experienced psychic detectives who claim to have psychic abilities. Marshak claims to be a medium who can communicate with the dead, while Jordan and McGuinness use their clairvoyant skills to help solve crimes.

The episodes of the show are usually split into two parts: the first half focuses on the crime being investigated, and the second half delves into how the psychic helped to solve the case. The show's opening sequence sets the tone for what is to come, displaying scenes of crime-scene investigations and haunting music.

The show proves to be an interesting mix of paranormal activity and science, often presenting the evidence collected by detectives and the psychic's visions in parallel. The psychic detective’s input is showcased by visually illustrating their visions with animation and overlays over the crime scene photos. The show’s editors did an excellent job of keeping the pace of the episodes' flow by cutting back and forth between the crime scene and the psychic's interpretation.

The detectives themselves have decades of experience in paranormal investigations, so the show is not just focused on the “true” crime aspect, but also on their unique approach to solving crimes. Marshak, Jordan, and McGuinness use different approaches to tap into their psychic abilities, but all have a thorough understanding of the methods and tools they use. They don’t just provide vague impressions - they offer detailed accounts of what they are experiencing and how it could be relevant to the case.

As the episodes unfold, it becomes clear that the psychic’s contribution can mean the difference between the successful or unsuccessful resolution of the crime. There are cases where the psychic's vision complements and corroborates the physical evidence found by detectives, making it difficult to dispute their claim that the investigation required their unique abilities.

In addition to the investigative content, the show also goes into detail about the psychics' lives outside of work. For example, in one episode, Les Marshak recounts the events of his youth that led him to pursue his career as a psychic medium. These insights into the detective’s personal lives emphasize the importance of having strong conviction and proof-reading one's own efforts.

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Psychic Detectives is the graphic reenactment of the crimes, which allows for illustrations and graphics based on the psychics’ visions to appear as overlays during the depiction of the crime. The addition of this graphic explanatory tool adds another layer of visual stimuli that adds to the high-energy experience of watching the show.

In conclusion, Psychic Detectives is a unique show that attempts to bridge the gap between the paranormal and the “real” world. The series is a product of its time, and it proved to be quite an innovative and controversial show when it made its debut on truTV in 2004. Despite its controversial nature, the show enjoyed worldwide success for its memorable scenes, riveting storytelling, and fascinating insights into the psychic detective's world. The show is still remembered by its fans as an entertaining and thought-provoking exploration of an unconventional investigative approach.

Psychic Detectives is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on October 23, 2010.

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The Girl Who Wasn't There (aka Urso)
10. The Girl Who Wasn't There (aka Urso)
October 24, 2008
A fun family outing at the town marina becomes a parent's worst nightmare when 8-year-old Jessica Urso goes missing from a friend's boat. Police do their best to track down any sign of the young girl, but it seems that Jessica has vanished without a trace. After a number of leads come to dead ends, police call in psychic Phil Jordan, hoping he can help find the 8-year-old before the missing persons case turns tragic. Will Phil's visions lead police to the young girl before it's too late?
9. Osborn
October 24, 2008
A woman in Lamar, Colorado calls police to report her husband has gone missing. He was last seen meeting a potential buyer for the couple's car, Larry Wayne Shepherd, and police immediately suspect foul play. Detectives track down the suspicious buyer, but without any hard evidence they're forced to let Shepherd go. Desperate for leads, the detectives turn to psychic Phil Jordan to jumpstart the case. Phil's ominous visions point to murder, and it's up to the Lamar police department to put together the pieces of this puzzle.
The Fatal Ring
8. The Fatal Ring
October 17, 2008
When police find Joe Devine murdered in his own bulk as plant, they are horrified by the surprise attack and execution-style killing. Residents of the small town in Indiana are shocked by the crime, but with little evidence and no murder weapon, investigators are hard pressed to find a lead. Detectives turn to psychic Phil Jordan for answers about the murderer, and his surprising visions suggest the victim may have some secrets of his own. Will the cryptic clues help police solve this complex case?
Broken Hand of Fate
7. Broken Hand of Fate
August 15, 2008
A young woman is found on a set of railroad tracks outside of Detroit, strangled and viciously stabbed with a railroad spike. Investigators track down the last people seen with the victim before her death, but confusing evidence and convenient alibis throw them off the trail. As each promising lead comes to a frustrating end, the detectives decide to call in some unusual help. Will psychic Karyol Kirkpatrick's visions help police close this gruesome case?
A Deadly Triangle
6. A Deadly Triangle
August 22, 2008
A large pool of blood in the parking lot of an apartment complex is at first thought to be from a deer, left by a hunter. But police in Xenia, Ohio are in for a shock when the blood is identified as human, not animal. Bone and tissue fragments found at the scene, as well as a cracked eye glass lens and a broken hearing aid, point to a brutal slaying. Further investigation reveals that the victim is 23-year-old Greg Turner, but his family and friends cannot think of anyone who would want to hurt him. With few clues and no leads, police ask psychic Karyol Kirkpatrick to see what they cannot and help track down the killer.
The Devil Inside
5. The Devil Inside
August 8, 2008
Albany, NY police respond to a 911 call and are shocked to find that a religious goods store owner and his employee have been brutally murdered in the store. A witness is able to give a description of someone running from the scene and dropping something into a garbage can, but police only find a bloody vestment. They scour the crime scene for evidence and even call in a K-9 unit to follow the killer's scent but the trail stops cold. With only one witness and few clues, investigators turn to psychic Ann Fisher to pick up the trail and help the police catch the vicious murdered.
Lethal Lovers
4. Lethal Lovers
October 3, 2008
Police are baffled by the mysterious disappearance of a widow, Lois Jean McNamara, and her car. An initial search of the house does not provided clues, and there are no signs of a break-in or a struggle. The investigation is at a standstill and police are unable to identify anyone who would want to harm a kind, elderly woman. Jeanne Borgen, a local psychic, is called in to help the investigation. Will her power sight be the key the police need to catch the killer?
3. Mudman
August 8, 2008
The mysterious disappearances of several young girls in Delaware County, Pennsylvania terrorizes the quiet community. Police are determined to catch whoever is responsible, and their investigation leads to local motorcycle gang known for its connections to violence, drugs and lawlessness. However, when police start questioning the gang members, one of the bikers cryptically tells police to look into the disappearance of another young girl, Beth Smith. With no information and no clues, investigators turn to psychic Phil Jordan to solve the mystery and stop the killing spree.
Final Delivery
2. Final Delivery
October 30, 2007
A 911 call comes in to Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana police. The body of 16-year-old Eric Walber was found lying face down along a remote gravel road, evidently dead from a hit and run. Police are devastated to learn the boy's identity, not just because he was an honor student and well liked in the community, but because Walber is the nephew of a captain from a neighboring sheriff's office. With little evidence at the scene and the case threatening to stall before it even gets off the ground, Eric's uncle calls Rosemarie Kerr, a California-based psychic who has worked with his department in the past.? When they connect over the phone, visions of gravel and a curving road begin to flood her mind. Kerr's accurate description of the crime scene is impressive, but it would be her description of the killers that breaks the case wide open.
Mystery on the Mountain
1. Mystery on the Mountain
October 23, 2010
Tom Amburn's wife makes a frantic call to police. She says he never came home from his daily hike on nearby White Oak Mountain. Not only are temperatures falling fast on the lost or injured man, but his diabetes medicine is still sitting on his kitchen table. Authorities immediately start scouring the mountainside. Choppers with night vision cover the sky as teams canvas the mountains caves and crevasses, but turn up nothing. With no leads and time running out for the lost hiker, his last hope may lay in the hands of psychic Angela Moore.
Where to Watch Psychic Detectives
Psychic Detectives is available for streaming on the truTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Psychic Detectives on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    October 23, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (89)