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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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Andy Breckman
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Series cast summary:
Tony Shalhoub ...  Adrian Monk / ... 125 episodes, 2002-2009
Jason Gray-Stanford ...  Lt. Randall Disher 125 episodes, 2002-2009
Ted Levine ...  Captain Leland Stottlemeyer 125 episodes, 2002-2009
Traylor Howard ...  Natalie Teeger 87 episodes, 2005-2009
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

USA Network

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Monk's second psychiatrist is Dr. Bell. Sherlock Holmes was modelled on Dr. Joseph Bell, a surgeon with outstanding deductive powers. See more »

Goofs

We see Monk constantly ask the detectives working with him (or the detectives themselves) 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 Monk and the detectives 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 »

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[repeated line]
Adrian Monk: Wipe!
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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It's a Jungle Out There
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
(all season 2-? episodes)
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Charming, intelligent and hilarious
6 July 2004 | by Templeton MossSee 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 ago...you want to give Adrien a gun and set him loose in your neighborhood? Fine by me, and sleep tight.


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