Elementary is essentially Mentalist, which, is essentially Castle, which, is essentially the general conception for most detective shows, which, is formulaic taken from the basic principles of the Holmes and Watson investigative hijinks.
The more I think about it, the more I realize just how damn underrated Psych actually is; it's the procedural that all other procedurals should aspire to be. It takes the well-worn hallmarks of its genre and wears them not as a weight, but rather as a shiny toy badge of honor that's there to be played with.
I don't know. Nathan Fillion is great, because he is being Nathan Fillion. A naturally goofy guy, who got the role that let him really be him. He doesn't have to stretch, and that is rare for any show. They also have Seamus Dever and Jon Fuertas who play off each other as a smarter version of the Pink Panther style. It is a very intelligent show.
I was talking Castle here, if you all don't know actors names or haven't seen it.
As far as Psych, I can see it's appeal, but the comedy is a bit too over the top for me, and I can't stand Corban Bernson (?)
Corbin Bernsen is a bit of a legend in a Bruce Campbell kind of way.
I've started to watch a bit of The Mentalist. I initially thought that it was going to be yet another of these formulaic shows but Simon Baker plays his part with a dry wit I find entertaining and for once I can say I don't find Robin Tunny annoying.
If any of you are so inclined, there's a good Aussie series worth checking out called Rake. Also, one called Lowdown from the creator and star of the original Wilfred.
Rated him to me= other people rate him = they think he's good.
If you watch Rake, you should know it's based on an actual person. According to my sister who knows him or someone that does(?), it's pretty close to the mark. There's a new show, Jack Irish I think it's called, with Guy Pearce which has only just kicked off but I'm liking it.