Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1 

A former San Francisco police detective suffering from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed.

Director:

Dean Parisot

Writers:

Andy Breckman (creator), Andy Breckman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Lt. Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Kane Ritchotte ... Benjy Fleming (as Kane Richotte)
Michael Hogan ... Warren St. Claire
Ben Bass ... Gavin Lloyd
Rob LaBelle ... Sheldon Burger
Vincent Gale ... Jesse Goodman
Gail O'Grady ... Miranda St. Claire
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Fred Ewanuick ... Jake
Shawn Reis Shawn Reis ... Ian Sykes
Dion Johnstone ... Lieutenant Gitomer
Christopher Shyer ... Carl (as Chris Shyer)
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A former San Francisco police detective suffering from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

USA Network

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

In this pilot episode, the character played by Jason Gray-Stanford is listed as "Lt. Deacon". Throughout the rest of the show's run, his name is Lt. Randy Disher. See more »

Goofs

Randy Disher states that the shooter used a Weatherby Fibermark rifle. Then he and Monk agree that it is a British rifle used by snipers and mercenaries. The rifle is actually a hunting rifle made in Paso Robles, CA. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adrian Monk: [surveying a crime scene] The stove.
Lt. Gitomer: Over here. It's in the kitchen.
Adrian Monk: No... I mean *my* stove. I-I think I left it on.
Sharona Fleming: It's okay. I, uh, checked it as we were leaving.
Adrian Monk: Are you sure? Did you turn the knob?
Sharona Fleming: Yeah.
Adrian Monk: The little knob, though?
Sharona Fleming: I turned all the knobs. The stove is off, Adrian.
Lt. Gitomer: We believe it was a burglary gone sour. She walked in, she surprised him, he panicked, he left there from the kitchen.
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Connections

Spoofs The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Monk Theme
Written by Jeff Beal
Performed by Grant Geissman
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Monk is Brilliant
31 July 2002 | by melodycSee all my reviews

Adrian Monk has OCD in the same way Superman has an allergy to Kryptonite. I LOVE Monk, and this new series underscores how what may seem a "disability" can really be a whole new, wider way of looking at the world. Naturally, he'll need a LOT of help with the disabling aspects, however.

Tony Shalhoub is perfect in this -- every nuance, every moment, every choice is 100%. His empathy with the character is profound, and rather than some quirky stereotype, his Monk is a beautiful, poetic character that will live for a longtime after the petty series characters of modern "hit" television fade away.

Bitty Schram's Sharona is a lovely, warm act of faith, and everyone -- literally everyone -- is perfectly cast.

And along with all this warmth, this is the funniest show to come along in many years.

Ignore the naysayers...watch it.


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