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 »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Adrian Monk contains ten letters, Monk's favorite number. See more »


The newspaper clippings in Monk's scrapbook (seen throughout the series,) which have headlines about Trudy's murder, are in fact articles describing the state of the economy. See more »


[repeated line]
Natalie: I'm calling the Captain.
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Referenced in Movie Nights: A Day in the Life of Tommy Wiseau (2010) See more »


Performed by Jeff Beal
(all season one episodes)
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User Reviews

Law and Order Witha Comedic Twist
5 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Meet Adrian Monk. He's a detective solving crimes in San Francisco. He is also obsessive compulsive. Being obsessive compulsive, Monk pays attention to small details, which helps him solve the crimes.

Monk is hilariously played by Tony Shaloub. I don't think they could've gotten anyone better to play Monk.

Traylor Howard plays Monk's assistant, Natalie. I really do miss Bitty Schram as Sharona, but she moved on, and Monk needed another assistant. Overall, this show deserves a 9/10. It's basically Law and Order with only one detective, a group of cops, and his assistant. (And sometimes his brother, Ambrose.)

I would recommend this show to anyone who likes Law and Order. You'll get a kick out of watching Monk solve all these cases.

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