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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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 Adrian Monk / ... (125 episodes, 2002-2009)
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 Lt. Randall Disher / ... (125 episodes, 2002-2009)
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 Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (125 episodes, 2002-2009)
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 Natalie Teeger (87 episodes, 2005-2009)
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After the unsolved murder of his wife, Adrian Monk develops obsessive-compulsive disorder, which includes his terror of germs and contamination. His condition costs him his job as a prominent homicide detective in the San Francisco Police Department, but he continues to solve crimes with the help of his assistant and his former boss. Written by Jwelch5742

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He's moving to Monday, but please don't tell him. He'd just get upset. Join us for a manic Monkday. See more »

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The characters and basic structure of the series were inspired by the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The character name "Adrian Monk" was intended to be unusual like that of Sherlock Holmes. Other characters correspond to Holmes characters: Sharona Fleming (a nurse) and Dr. Watson; Capt. Stottlemeyer and Inspector Lestrade; and Monk's brother Ambrose and Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's brother). See more »

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

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[repeated lines]
Adrian Monk: I don't know how he did it. But he did it.
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Referenced in Workaholics: Real Time (2012) See more »

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Charming, intelligent and hilarious
6 July 2004 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This is written in direct protest of a user comment on this site which called this remarkable series "drivel," "awful," and other things that made me think the jerk was accidentally watching "Law and Order."

This is one of the best shows on TV. I say that because it shares one common trait with every show I have ever loved: Heart. Behind the ominous tinge of death, the cynical barkings of Captain Stottlemeyer, the Barney Fife-esque antics of Randy Disher, the equal parts maternal nagging and New Jersey attitude of Charona Flemming and the fact that it's basically a show about poking fun at one guy's mental problems is love. We LOVE Adrien Monk. We join him in mourning his wife's death, and we live and die with each step he takes toward being reinstated.

This is more than a cop show. This is more than a detective show. This is more than a comedy. This is more than a drama. Given the slightest amount of cosmic justice, this show will go down in history alongside "Sports Night," "Freaks and Geeks," and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (I apologize for nothing) as a show that did not give in to the horrors of professional television, but rose above them to produce pure art.

As for the last guy's comment that Monk should've been reinstated a long time ago...you want to give Adrien a gun and set him loose in your neighborhood? Fine by me, and sleep tight.


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