Henry Spencer is the grizzled former Santa Barbara police officer who is the father of Shawn Spencer, the title character "police department psychic" in Psych
on the USA Network. Certainly one of the best written comedies on television today, Psych
offers veteran actor Corbin Bernsen an opportunity for a great role. In the series plot, Shawn Spencer was taught as a boy amazing perception skills by his dad, and he has parlayed those skills as a young adult to a contract as a psychic solving mysteries for the Santa Barbara P.D. Henry's role is to keep Shawn grounded and to help him develop, even at this late date, some responsibility for his life. While Shawn frequently resents his dad, Henry continues to be a father to his grown but immature son.