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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)


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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Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective. See more »


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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

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The police station where Stottlemeyer and Disher work as well as a number of crimes throughout the series are said to be located on Vinton Street in San Francisco. However, the real Vinton is in Madison, New Jersey, where series creator Andy Breckman lives. See more »


We see the Monk constantly ask the detectives working with him to put out APB's (All Points Bulletins) or BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) to bring suspects and witnesses in. When found SFPD just walk up to people and place them in the squad car, taking them to the station for the Monk and the detective's he works with to interview even though it's pretty clear they didn't want to come. If there is no probable cause for an arrest or an active arrest warrant, the police can't make you go anywhere against your will. Once in a while, a wealthy or educated person will assert this and ask a lawyer to be present but this is rare. See more »


[repeated lines]
Adrian Monk: I don't know how he did it. But he did it.
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Referenced in After Lately: The Intervention (2011) See more »


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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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