Thank you Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, and everyone else involved in this show!
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Thank you Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, and everyone else involved in this show!
After 8 seasons and over 125 cases solved (including Trudy's) Monk had been the funniest, most engaging, and absolutely the BEST show on television (in my opinion). I had stuck with this show until the end; until I had to say goodbye to Mr. Monk. Well, that is what I am going to say now. Goodbye to my favorite show, a true television treasure. Goodbye to the most remarkable show ever aired on television.
Here's to you, Monk :)
I'm so glad I discovered this show for my whole family. Now we refer to Friday night as "Monk Night", just because we love this show so much. Everyone should give this show a chance because it deserves at least that much. I almost felt sorry for it, seeing how ABC canceled it and all. But then, luckily, USA saw the promise in it and picked it straight up. Now most people feel sorry for ABC! Of course, if they weren't so quick to, as I say, "Judge and Cancel" all new shows, maybe they could have some decent programs on. 2 episodes just isn't enough.
This isn't one of those shows where I'll say "Well, if you have some extra time one Friday night and you're feeling bored..." No, trust me, this is a show you want to MAKE time for. Let me include a brief overview:
Adrien Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is a Detective with O.C.D. (see above), whose wife died 6 years ago when a car bomb killed her. Monk believed that the bomb was meant for him, and blames himself for her death. For the main part, Monk is going around solving crimes of all shapes and sizes (although they are all homicide), although every once in a while Monk, on one of his cases, will uncover something about the murder of his wife, which is a top goal for him. He is accompanied by his nurse/assistant Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), and just about every episode has the police captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lt. Randal Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), who is an absolute riot at times, because he has a heroic sense. In other words, he's watched too many episodes of "Cops" and likes to imitate major police films. He also seems to have a "thing" for Sharona, even though they act like they hate each other. One last character that finishes off a great cast is Doctor Charles Kroger, Monk's Psychiatrist.
Overall, this is a must see for all, and if you miss this show, you're missing out on a great entertainment opportunity.
Tony Shalhoub plays Monk perfectly. Monk isn't your average detective. His wife was killed in a car explosion 3 year ago. He suffered a major breakdown and is now trying to get reinstated on the police force with the help of his private nurse. Monk's got lots of problems. He is Obsessive Compulsive, has fear of crowds, heights, the dark, and milk. Yes milk. Yet he is the greatest detective around. In one episode he even tried to straighten up the crime scene because the mess was driving him crazy.
Here is a sample story. The chief described Monk's first day on the job in one ep. It was as follows:
They were called to a run down hotel. A prostitute had ODed on some pills. Over a dozen cops said suicide. Monk said murder. They all thought he was crazy. The chief asked "why murder?". Monk points out that if she was commiting suicide where was the glass of water needed to get the pills down..
He notices little thing no one else would.
I give this show a 10/10.
Adrian Monk is a detective with an obsessive compulsive disorder that apparently enhances his perception skills. Most of his friends at the station think he's just weird.
Tony Shalhoub portrays the nutty sleuth. Before this, I did not know that Tony could act...well. I had only ever seen him in Men in Black as Jeeves. But a role like Monk proves to me that Tony can carry a story.
But it's the humor in the show that keeps the show entertaining. If the jokes and zingers weren't there, Monk would probably be just another boring mystery where I'm trying, futilely, to solve the case before the hero. So, thank you Tony Shalhoub for making mysteries fun.
If you're a mystery fan, a comedy fan, or a combination of the two, you will love Adrian Monk.
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.
Monk's comedy, despite what the producers say, is really making fun of people who have compulsive-obsessive disorders (OCD)., but not in a mean-spirited manner. Adrian Monk (Tony Schaloub) and his many phobias are what make us laugh. That's what makes this show unique and sets it apart from every other "whodunnit" show, from Sherlock Holmes to Det. Robert Goren on Law And Order: Criminal Intent.
Shalhoub excels in his comedy, in large part, to his body movements, his reactions to situations and to his deadpan deliveries of hilarious lines. He is a master at all of it, and always entertaining.
I did have trouble, unlike most people, with his sidekick, "Sharona," played by Bitty Schram. I'm sorry but I found her extremely annoying with her OMG's every other sentence and her horrible nasal New Jersey accent. I was glad to hear she left the show midway through the following season but, as others have pointed out: the shows have gone downhill since she left. However good Scrham was in her role, (and she was effective) the show getting weaker by the fourth year is due to the writers, not the appearance of "Natalie Teeger."
The two other main characters and good and bad, too. Levine is good as the no-nonsense, gruff and tough police captain. He looks the part and acts it, but Gray-Stanford is ludicrous as his main detective. He's portrayed as someone totally stupid and immature, and no lieutenant would act like him. He's an insult to the viewers' intelligence. Oddly, he was pictured much more realistically the first season of the show but by the second season he was made into a goof-ball.
Story-wise, each episode is entirely different so it never gets stale. Most shows feature surprising twists and clever plots. That's the idea of the show - odd cases that nobody but the extremely observant Monk could figure out. All his phobias wound up costing him his badge, but he's so smart, the police have to call him in to solve the difficult mysteries.
It's beautifully filmed and occasionally you get a travelogue-type glance at the San Francisco scenery. This show is picking up new viewers each week because it's addicting. Once you've seen a show or two, you have to see more....and it rarely disappoints. After watching this, I purchased the first and third seasons. The first season is outstanding, particularly the opening episode. I'm now looking forward to viewing the third season.
This sums up Adrian Monk, played excellently by Tony Shalhoub. The 'defective' detective is paranoid, has OCD and a laugh-out-loud relationship with his assistant. And don't get me started on germs! The plots of each episode are fantastic and the way Monk's mind works is incredible...all great viewing. And it's not the physical comedy that most shows these days have, it's just the way Monk reacts to situations. 'Intellect' laugh-out loud moments at I've heard it be called. Comedy gold!
A special shout-out also has to go to Ted Levine as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, definitely the surprise cast of the lot. Because although Stottlemeyer and Monk's differences do make them disagree on mostly everything, the friendship between the 2 characters is evident and strong.
Congratulations goes to Tony Shalhoub for making a memorable and amusing TV series. Keep the laughs coming!
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A few of my friends told me to watch this show but I never listened. The title of the show is horrible and it was a turn-off from the start.
The first episode will pull you in real fast. As mentioned before, the acting is great.
Each episode focuses on a new murder. They rarely have 2-part shows but there are some. There is a series-wide storyline (the death of his wife Trudy) that really isn't addressed until very later.
I was hoping that each season had some sort of storyline that would be of focus for that season, but Monk doesn't have this. Aside from the Trudy storyline (which doesn't really impact much of the show until much later), each episode features a new storyline (i.e. new murder; new suspect).
The plots for episode often vary. Sometimes you know who the killer is before Monk and sometimes you don't. My favorite are the episodes where you don't know because you can often figure things out yourself if you pay attention to clues. Some of the plots are used over and over again in new circumstances. But Monk and company keep you watching.
Monk uses a few phrases one will come to love such as "He's the guy" or "Here's what happened." I hope you will love them too.
Monk is hilariously played by Tony Shaloub. I don't think they could've gotten anyone better to play Monk.
Traylor Howard plays Monk's assistant, Natalie. I really do miss Bitty Schram as Sharona, but she moved on, and Monk needed another assistant. Overall, this show deserves a 9/10. It's basically Law and Order with only one detective, a group of cops, and his assistant. (And sometimes his brother, Ambrose.)
I would recommend this show to anyone who likes Law and Order. You'll get a kick out of watching Monk solve all these cases.
People complain that the show has lost some of its magic, and that it's more of a sit-com now than an intelligent mystery show. Well, I agree. Maybe the mysteries aren't as ingenious as they were at the beginning, but there's a reason for that: there are only so many ways to kill someone in a "clever" way. I think the writing staff should all be given some form of gratitude for all the witty little Monkisms they have established over the course of the show. I give Monk a 10/10 (and not just because that's his favorite number.)
Monk is a prime example, and benefits from having the casting come out perfectly. When I read of some of the other actors that were considered for this role, I just shudder. This brilliant show that has entertained us for several years now would most likely have gone down the tubes after a few shows with someone like Michael Richards in the role. He would have overplayed Monk's idiosyncrasies to the point that they would have become tiring to the audience VERY quickly. With Tony, they are a constant backdrop that provide just the right balance of comedy, sympathy for his problems, and dramatic device on occasion.
The show is quite well acted, and the mysteries are solid. I find very little in the way of plot holes, and normally I can find enough of those in a mystery show or movie to make it look like Swiss cheese! Very enjoyable, highly recommended.
The do get many excellent guest stars, including one guy (sorry I can't remember his name at this time) who was on the show 'Wings' with him. I have always enjoyed him as an actor, and once again USA has surrounded their star with a very good supporting cast.
All I can say is what happened to ABC, CBS, and NBC- seems to me that USA and TNT are coming up with the best stuff!
This show uses much more observational detective work, the good old fashioned way. And the grand finale comes when Adrian Monk summarizes the Murder or when he finds the vital clue. Of course Monk's OCD gives a lot of light humour to this show, not demeaning but sympathetic. Like all good shows, it has its peak and that was its first few seasons and when Sharona left, I didn't enjoy it that much. But I am giving this rating on the basis of those good seasons