Monk (2002–2009)

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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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Series cast summary:
 Adrian Monk / ... (125 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Lt. Randall Disher / ... (125 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (125 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Natalie Teeger (87 episodes, 2005-2009)


Former police detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) has suffered from intensified obsessive- compulsive disorder and a variety of phobias since the murder of his wife, Trudy, in 1997. Despite his photographic memory and his amazing ability to piece tiny clues together, he is now on psychiatric leave from the San Francisco Police Department. Aided by his friend and practical nurse, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), Monk works as a freelance detective/consultant, hoping to convince his former boss, Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), to allow him to return to the force. Stottlemeyer wavers between admiration for Monk and annoyance at his eccentricities. Moreover, he harbors serious doubts about the wisdom of allowing Monk to carry a gun. Stottlemeyer's second-in-command, Lieutenant Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), also has his doubts about Monk but seems to be developing a reluctant admiration for the "defective detective." Written by CarolT

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Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective. See more »


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The characters of Captain Leland Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Randall Disher (named Randall Deacon in the pilot) serve much the same function in Monk as did Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes stories. This relationship may have inspired these characters' names: taking the first two letters of each name in order - LE from "Leland", ST from "Stottlemeyer", RA from "Randall" and DE from "Deacon" - spells out "Lestrade". (However, after the show's pilot episode, Randy Deacon's last name was changed to Disher.) See more »


In the city of San Francisco, there is no police rank of 'Detective'. The title is 'Inspector'. See more »


[repeated line]
Adrian Monk: Here's the thing...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.95 (2011) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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Absolutely AMAZING
5 June 2004 | by (NY, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Tony Shalhoub is a genius in inhabiting the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of this character. I myself am an obsessive-compulsive, and he gets the experience of suffering from this disease exactly. I watch this show regularly. It's therapeutic (partly because I get all the OCD jokes and get to laugh at myself) - and HILARIOUS, even if you don't know anything about OCD! Shalhoub completely deserves the Best Actor Emmy and SAG Awards he's won for this role. Shalhoub's sweet, anxious genius, Adrian Monk, is dead-on. And Bitty Schram as his nurse is also hilarious and so marvelous! I highly recommend you watch this show!

Thank you Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, and everyone else involved in this show!

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