Monk (2002–2009)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

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31 March 2005 | jwhale9382
Mystery/Comedy...who knew?
I used to watch Murder She Wrote with my parents, but I never really got into the stories. Mysteries just weren't my thing back then. Then, a few weeks ago, my parents introduced me to this show on USA network about a neurotic detective. So I watched it and after one episode I had a new favorite show.

Adrian Monk is a detective with an obsessive compulsive disorder that apparently enhances his perception skills. Most of his friends at the station think he's just weird.

Tony Shalhoub portrays the nutty sleuth. Before this, I did not know that Tony could act...well. I had only ever seen him in Men in Black as Jeeves. But a role like Monk proves to me that Tony can carry a story.

But it's the humor in the show that keeps the show entertaining. If the jokes and zingers weren't there, Monk would probably be just another boring mystery where I'm trying, futilely, to solve the case before the hero. So, thank you Tony Shalhoub for making mysteries fun.

If you're a mystery fan, a comedy fan, or a combination of the two, you will love Adrian Monk.

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Cast changes (eg. Appearances, deaths, departures, and disappearances) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man (2003) (season two, episode five) First appearance of Karen Stottlemeyer. Monk: Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf (2004) (season three, episode six) First appearance of Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley) Monk: Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine (2004) (season three, episode nine) Sharona's last episode as Monk's assistant, but she returns in Monk: Mr. Monk and Sharona (2009) (season eight, episode ten) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Red Herring (2005) (season three, episode ten) Natalie's first episode. Monk: Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage (2006) (season four, episode twelve) Final appearance of Karen Stottlemeyer. In fact, at the end, she tells him she is divorcing him. Monk: Mr. Monk, Private Eye (2006) (season five, episode three) Captain Stottlemeyer moves into his new apartment. Monk: Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece (2008) (season six, episode fourteen) Final appearance of Dr. Charles Kroger (Monk's therapist). Monk: Mr. Monk Buys a House (2008) (season seven, episode one) First appearance of Dr. Neven Bell (Dr. Kroger's successor). Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy (2009) (season eight, episode eight) Final Appearance of Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley).


Adrian Monk: I just solved the case.


We see Monk constantly ask the detectives working with him (or the detectives themselves) to put out APB's (All Points Bulletins) or BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) to bring suspects and witnesses in. When found SFPD just walk up to people and place them in the squad car, taking them to the station for Monk and the detectives to interview even though it's pretty clear they didn't want to come. If there is no probable cause for an arrest or an active arrest warrant, the police can't make you go anywhere against your will. Once in a while, a wealthy or educated person will assert this and ask a lawyer to be present but this is rare.


Performed by
Jeff Beal
(all season one episodes)


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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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