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
The Defective Detective.
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Did You Know?
(Adrian Monk) is the only actor to appear in all 125 episodes of the series. In second place is Jason Gray-Stanford
(Lt. Randy Disher}, who appeared in every episode except for "Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum", "Mr. Monk and the Game Show", "Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic" and "Mr. Monk and the UFO". See more
In the opening montage in at least Seasons One and Two we see Mr Monk rinsing his toothbrush using boiling water from a kettle. From the angle of the kettle it is obvious that a full kettle was heated until the water boiled. It is unlike Monk to use the energy required to boil a full kettle when only a small amount of water is actually used; it is very wasteful. See more
It's a gift... and a curse.
Performed by Jeff Beal
(all season one episodes) See more