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(2002–2009)

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Tony Shalhoub's wife, Brooke Adams, appears five times, playing a different character four times. - Monk: Mr. Monk and the Airplane (2002) (#1.13) A flight attendant named Leigh Harrison.
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The first basic cable series to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Comedy.
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For the first five seasons, Monk's preferred brand of bottled water was Sierra Springs (a real-life brand of bottled water), and his refusal to drink any other water was an important plot point in several episodes. In season six, ostensibly due to a contract termination between Sierra Springs and USA Network, the brand of water was changed to the fictional "Summit Creek".
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The season three premiere,Monk: Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan (2004)(#3.1), was originally supposed to be a crossover with Law & Order (1990).
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All episode titles begin with "Mr. Monk..." except for Monk: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk (2009)(#8.9).
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Tony Shalhoub (Adrian Monk) is the only actor to appear in all one hundred twenty-five episodes of the series. In second place is Jason Gray-Stanford (Lieutenant Randy Disher), who appeared in every episode except for Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum (2002), Monk: Mr. Monk and the Game Show (2004), Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic (2005), and Monk: Mr. Monk and the UFO (2009). Bitty Schram (Sharona), Ted Levine (Captain Leland Stottlemeyer), and Jason Gray-Stanford (Lt. Randall Disher) attempted to renegotiate their contracts halfway into the third season. The three actors sat out the episode Monk: Mr. Monk and the Game Show (2004) (season three, episode eight) when an agreement was not reached. Schram was fired after the next episode, Monk: Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine (2004) (season three, episode nine), and replaced with Traylor Howard. Captain Stottlemeyer doesn't appear in Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum (2002) (season one, episode six), Monk: Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation (2002) (season one, episode ten), Monk: Mr. Monk and the Airplane (2002) (season one, episode thirteen), Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Married (2004) (season two, episode fifteen), Monk: Mr. Monk and the Game Show (2004) (season three, episode eight), Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic (2005) (season three, episode thirteen), and Monk: Mr. Monk Is Underwater (2008) (season seven, episode five).
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Tony Shalhoub auditioned for the role of Kramer on Seinfeld (1989), and Michael Richards was considered for the title role on this show. Richards passed, and Shalhoub took the role. Richards won three Emmys for playing Kramer, while Shalhoub also won three Emmys for playing Monk.
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Sharona was the only main character to call Adrian Monk, "Adrian", Leland and Randy both simply called him "Monk", and Natalie called him "Mr. Monk" with the exception of the season eight episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona", when Natalie tried calling him "Adrian", and they both decided they didn't like it. Natalie also called Mr. Monk "Adrian" in season seven, episode eight, "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized".
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The show was originally to be made for ABC, with Michael Richards starring. When he pulled out, so did ABC. However, when the show was successful on the USA Network, ABC agreed to carry second-run episodes (much in the same way that USA carries second-run episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)). This only lasted for a year.
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Producers originally considered offering the role of Sharona Fleming to Queen Latifah. She had previous experience as a nurse in The Bone Collector (1999).
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Adrian Monk contains ten letters, Monk's favorite number.
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This was the first show that the USA network filmed in the U.S. All previous shows were filmed in Canada.
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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 also: All crime solvers based on the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes.
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The show's writers occasionally satirize Monk's nearly perfect memory. For example, Monk: Mr. Monk Goes Back to School (2003)(#2.1) he can't remember if a crime scene on a roof is his fourth or fifth worst nightmare, since he "didn't bring the list".
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In the first two seasons, Monk's deceased wife, Trudy, is portrayed by Stellina Rusich. In later episodes, in pictures and flashbacks, Trudy is played by Melora Hardin, best known as Jan on The Office (2005).
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The characters of Captain Leland Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Randall Disher (named Randall Deacon in the pilot) serve much the same function in Monk as did Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes stories. This relationship may have inspired these characters' names: taking the first two letters of each name in order - LE from "Leland", ST from "Stottlemeyer", RA from "Randall" and DE from "Deacon" - spells out "Lestrade". (However, after the show's pilot episode, Randy Deacon's last name was changed to Disher.)
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Monk's second psychiatrist is Dr. Bell. Sherlock Holmes was modelled on Dr. Joseph Bell, a surgeon with outstanding deductive powers.
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The shifting letters in the title sequence are a nod to the fact that Monk has OCD, and therefore likes things to be straight.
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In Germany, the series is presented by a well-known brand of consumer tissue (as of April 2008), playing with Monk's obsessive-compulsive behavior.
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The police station where Stottlemeyer and Disher work, as well as several crimes throughout the series, are said to be located on Vinton Street in San Francisco. However, the real Vinton is in Madison, New Jersey, where Series Creator Andy Breckman lives. The market in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure (2007)(season six, episode six) was called Vinton Street Market, but that was not its actual name.
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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.
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In France, the first episode (in two parts) was re-edited into a single forty-four minute episode, so half of the minutes were cut, and are still unpublished in France.
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Adrian Monk plays the clarinet. He is seen playing it in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger (2002) (season one, episode twelve) and Monk: Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1 (2002).
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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer is a native of San Francisco, but moved to Los Angeles and would have moved back in 1979. This is mentioned in Monk: Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs (2009)(#7.13) when he says, "I have not lived in Los Angeles for thirty years". He mentioned in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend (2007)(#6.4) that he was 51 years old. So he would have been 22 or 23 in 1979 when he left Los Angeles.
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As of January 20, 2018, Tony Shalhoub has one hundred credits on IMDb. This number would be extremely satisfying to Monk. Edit: As of August 18, 2018, he has one hundred two credits.
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Adrian Monk has been buried alive twice: Monk: Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005)(#3.11) & Monk: Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure (2007)(#6.6).
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In line with the Sherlock Holmes motif, Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley) is akin to James Moriarty, Holmes' nemesis. (JM) initials shifted two characters to the left in the alphabet (HK).
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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer had a brother in Vietnam. He mentioned it in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny (2004) (season two, episode thirteen).
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There are at least six references to the Star Trek franchise, presumably because Starfleet Headquarters is based in San Francisco:
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Dr. Neven Bell served on the Tulsa, Oklahoma city council. He reveals this in Monk: Mr. Monk Fights City Hall (2009) (season seven, episode sixteen).
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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer's address (effective Monk: Mr. Monk, Private Eye (2006) when he moved into his new place after Karen divorced him) is revealed in Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 2 (2008)(#6.16). It's as follows. 338 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 90019. The address is real, however, the correct ZIP code is 94105. 90019 is in Los Angeles. In fact, it's the ZIP code for the Freedomtown scene in Scarface (1983), the post office branch for that ZIP code is right across the street from where that scene was filmed.
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It's revealed in season eight, episode nine, "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk" why Monk hates surprises.
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There are four episodes that connect to The Silence of the Lambs (1991):
  • Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Jail (2004) (#2.16) Dale The Whale wants a window in his cell in exchange for giving valuable information, just as Hannibal Lecter did to Clarice Starling.
  • Monk: Mr. Monk and the Blackout (2004) (#3.3) Adrian Monk is in his own apartment with night vision goggles tracking the killer. This is just like the scene in The Silence of the Lambs where Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb is using night vision goggles to stalk Clarice Starling. The shoe is on the other foot though as in the Monk episode the protagonist ("good guy") is stalking the antagonist ("bad guy").
  • Monk: Mr. Monk Bumps His Head (2006) starred Charles Napier, who was a prison guard in The Silence of the Lambs, so he was a Law Enforcement Official in both. Charles Napier also appeared in Star Trek: The Way to Eden (1969) (#3.20) which is also one of five connections between Monk and the Star Trek franchise. So he is the one actor who connects this show, Star Trek, and The Silence of the Lambs.
  • Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 1 (2008) (#6.15) and Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 2 (2008) (#6.16) reunites Ted Levine with Scott Glenn, who also played a Law Enforcement official in the television episode and The Silence of the Lambs. Except that in The Silence of the Lambs, they had no scenes together, in the television episode, they did.
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Cast changes (eg. Appearances, deaths, departures, and disappearances) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man (2003) (season two, episode five) First appearance of Karen Stottlemeyer. Monk: Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf (2004) (season three, episode six) First appearance of Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley) Monk: Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine (2004) (season three, episode nine) Sharona's last episode as Monk's assistant, but she returns in Monk: Mr. Monk and Sharona (2009) (season eight, episode ten) Monk: Mr. Monk and the Red Herring (2005) (season three, episode ten) Natalie's first episode. Monk: Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage (2006) (season four, episode twelve) Final appearance of Karen Stottlemeyer. In fact, at the end, she tells him she is divorcing him. Monk: Mr. Monk, Private Eye (2006) (season five, episode three) Captain Stottlemeyer moves into his new apartment. Monk: Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece (2008) (season six, episode fourteen) Final appearance of Dr. Charles Kroger (Monk's therapist). Monk: Mr. Monk Buys a House (2008) (season seven, episode one) First appearance of Dr. Neven Bell (Dr. Kroger's successor). Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy (2009) (season eight, episode eight) Final Appearance of Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagley).
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Benjy Fleming's birthday is August 14. This is revealed in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect (2003).
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Ted Levine starred with Debra Monk in Ellen Foster (1997). He also starred with Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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Two stars from Starship Troopers (1997) appeared in the series, and they were born only four days apart: - Casper Van Dien appeared in Monk: Mr. Monk Is Underwater (2008) , Monk: Mr. Monk and the End: Part 1 (2009), and Monk: Mr. Monk and the End: Part 2 (2009). Dina Meyer appeared in Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized (2008)(#7.8).
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Adrian Monk has tried his hand at art twice: Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum (2002) (season one, episode six) then later in Monk: Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece (2008) (season six, episode fourteen).
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There are five episodes that had a hit and run. Two resulted in injuries, three in death, making all of them felonies:
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Lieutenant Randy Disher was born in San Diego. This is mentioned in Monk: Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan (2007) (season six, episode one).
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Trudy Monk's driver's license number is I7101864. It's shown close up in Adrian Monk's wallet in Monk: Mr. Monk Is Up All Night (2007) (season six, episode nine).
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Captain Leland Stottlemeyer is a basketball fan. This is made apparent in Monk: Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty (2006) (season four, episode sixteen) and Monk: Mr. Monk's 100th Case (2008) (season seven, episode seven).
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The second through fourth characters on Natalie Teeger's, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer's, & Sharona Fleming's car are "PCI".
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Eight actors from Fight Club (1999) appear in various episodes of the series.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In Monk: Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan (2007) (season six, episode one), Captain Stottlemyer's girlfriend Linda Fusco (played by Sharon Lawrence), joked after discussing failed weekend plans, "What do I have to do to get your attention, Captain, kill someone?" Which foreshadowed her killing her real estate partner in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend (2007) (season six, episode four).
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