Soon the priest and the cop are solving crimes together.
People tell Sidney things they won’t tell the police, both because he’s a vicar and because of Sidney’s innate compassion for everyone.
It has the tone that many great English cozies have of the perfect image, that is seething with prejudice, jealousy, hatred, assumption, and guilt underneath.
And the cast brings the characters to life wonderfully.
and impressive eidetic memory allow him to convince people that he solves cases with psychic abilities.
The program also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn's intelligent best friend and reluctant partner Burton "Gus" Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's father, Henry, a former officer of the Santa Barbara Police Department. Most episodes begin with a cold open in the form of a flashback to Shawn and Gus's childhoods.
To avoid being sent to jail, Shawn uses his observational skills to convince the police that he is psychic.
The interim police chief warns Shawn that if his "powers" are fake, he will be prosecuted.
Whether it’s the class distinctions that mean he can’t be with the woman he loves, Amanda.
Or the prejudice that his housekeeper at first has against his next girlfriend, Hildegard, who happens to be German.
Or the racism his sister faces for dating a Black jazz singer.
Or even Geordie’s prejudice against homosexuals (including Geordie’s arresting gays for “gross indecency”).
Shawn originally becomes known as a psychic when, after calling in tips on dozens of crimes covered on the news which help the police to close the case, the police become suspicious of his knowledge.