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.
The Defective Detective.
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Did You Know?
USA network used the term "Monkish" to publicize the series. The word describes Adrian's odd behavior, but also is a play-on-words that relates to his monk-like isolation. See more
Boxes on shelves above couch in Monk's apartment are often placed in different distances from each other. Monk with his urges wouldn't miss it and would arrange it correctly. See more
It's a gift... and a curse.
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer
It's a Jungle Out There
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
(all season 2-? episodes) See more