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.
Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.
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Did You Know?
The characters and basic structure of the series were inspired by the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The character name "Adrian Monk" was intended to be unusual like that of Sherlock Holmes. Other characters correspond to Holmes characters: Sharona Fleming (a nurse) and Dr. Watson; Captain Stottlemeyer and Inspector Lestrade; and Monk's brother Ambrose and Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's brother). See more
In most law enforcement agencies, Captains and Lieutenants are primarily management jobs. They work behind a desk and rarely are involved in any type of investigations other than in a supervisory capacity. Captain Stottlemeyer and Lt. Disher would not have been at every crime scene conducting investigations as that role is for Detectives/Inspectors. See more
You'll thank me later.
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer
It's a Jungle Out There
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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