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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The season four premiere, Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan was originally supposed to be a crossover with Law & Order (1990). See more »


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


lyrics: [theme song] # It's a jungle out there / Disorder and confusion everywhere / No one seems to care / Well I do / Hey, who's in charge here? / It's a jungle out there / Poison in the very air we breathe / Do you know what's in the water that you drink? / Well I do, and it's amazing / People think I'm crazy, 'cause I worry all the time / If you paid attention, you'd be worried too / You better pay attention / Or this world we love so much might just kill you / I could be wrong now, but I don't ...
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Referenced in 30 Rock: It's Never Too Late for Now (2011) See more »


Performed by Jeff Beal
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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 want to give Adrien a gun and set him loose in your neighborhood? Fine by me, and sleep tight.

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