2002 • USA
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Season 1 episodes (12)

1 Mr. Monk and the Candidate, Pt 1 & 2
Working as a private investigator, Monk visits a crime scene to investigate the murder of Nicole Vasquez. He finds a number of significant clues, but is not yet sure of the identity of the murderer. Later, shots ring out at a campaign rally, and San Francisco mayoral candidate Warren St. Clair's bodyguard is killed. The incumbent mayor instructs Captain Stottlemeyer to bring Monk in on the case, and reluctantly, he does. Monk soon finds the cases to be intertwined, but why?
2 Mr. Monk and the Psychic
When former San Francisco Police Commissioner Harry Ashcombe puts out a call to help locate his "missing" wife, Monk and Sharona volunteer their assistance. But no sooner than they are on the case when the body of Mrs. Ashcombe is discovered by the notorious quack psychic Dolly Flint, who claims she was led to the body in a psychic trance. After attending the late Mrs. Ashcombe's memorial service, Monk begins to suspect that her death was more than just an accident.
3 Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale
San Francisco judge Catherine Lavinio places a frantic call to 911: there's an intruder in the house trying to kill her! As the 911 operators rush to dispatch a unit to the scene, the call is cut off, and Judge Lavinio is later found dead. The cops' prime suspect is 800-pound tycoon Dale J. Biederbeck III (Adam Arkin), a.k.a. "Dale The Whale." But Monk wonders how that can be possible - Biederbeck hasn't left his bed in eleven years, and can't even fit through his bedroom door!
4 Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival
Hotheaded police detective Adam Kirk agrees to meet a mysterious informant named John Gitomer on a moving Ferris wheel high above a local carnival. Moments after the ride begins to move, however, Gitomer starts screaming in agony. The Ferris wheel operator brings the ride to a halt, Detective Kirk leaps out, and he turns to find Gitomer with a knife in his heart. Now the informant is dead - and no one but Kirk could have done it. Captain Stottlemeyer, Kirk's former partner, is determined to clear Kirk's name. But given the overwhelming evidence against Kirk, doing so may prove difficult. Fearing the worst, Stottlemeyer has no choice but to bring in Monk.
5 Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum
A confused Monk is found trespassing in the home of his late wife, Trudy, and is sent to the Medford Psychiatric Institute for observation. Monk meets the hospital's brilliant director, Dr. Morris Lancaster, as well as fellow patients John Wurster (Kevin Nealon) - an overly empathic, Zelig-type ("I'm a detective too!") - and Manny, a man in his thirties who still believes in Santa Claus. Wurster tells Monk about a murder that took place at Medford four years earlier and Monk soon finds himself on the case.
6 Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger
Sidney Teal appears to have it all: his own software company, billions of dollars, a beautiful wife, and a beautiful home. But all is not as it seems. One night, Sidney drives to a movie theater and waits in the shadows. A couple emerges from the theater, and when they pass, Sidney leaps out with a knife, snarling "Give me your wallet! Don't be a hero!" But Teal picked the wrong couple to mug: the man, Archie Modine, suddenly pulls a gun and shoots the billionaire dead. Due to the high-profile nature of the Teal case, Stottlemeyer wants to bring Monk in to help investigate. Right away, Monk has issues with the crime scene.
7 Mr. Monk and the Other Woman
As attorney Lou Pratt finishes his day's work, a shadowy figure creeps into his office, kills the luckless attorney, then removes and burns a file from the file room. It's not long before Monk is called in to assist with the investigation. The prime suspect: Lawrence Grayson, the client whose file was burned in Pratt's office. Monk learns that not only did Grayson owe the dead attorney money, but that he had also threatened Pratt one year earlier, after Pratt failed to win an injunction to keep Grayson's neighbor, the lovely Monica Waters, from building a garage near Grayson's property line. Monk can't believe that a petty legal dispute over a simple garage could turn so deadly. He also can't believe the striking resemblance between Monica Waters and his late wife Trudy. Monk is smitten, and he arranges to have dinner with Monica to discuss the case. However, it's clear Monk is more interested in Monica than in the murder.
8 Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man
Monk knows arrogant local furniture magnate Trevor McDowell threw his young mistress, Gwen Zaleski, off her 21st-story balcony. Trouble is, McDowell was across town running in a citywide marathon at the time of the murder. His alibi is perfect: the runners were tracked by microchips secured to their shoelaces during the race, and the computer shows McDowell ran the full 26 miles.
9 Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation
Sharona drags a reluctant Monk to a vacation resort down the California coast. His sojourn is quickly interrupted when Sharona's son, Benjy, witnesses the murder of a woman in one of the rooms through a sightseeing telescope. The hotel's gung-ho security chief quickly puts the hotel on lockdown. Benjy's murder sighting soon appears to be a false alarm, but Monk still believes in his young witness.
10 Mr. Monk and the Earthquake
When a minor earthquake rocks San Francisco, trophy wife Christina Rutherford seizes the opportunity to bludgeon her husband Henry to death with a handy marble statue. Afterwards, she topples a huge wooden display case onto his body so it will appear he died during the earthquake. It's a crime of opportunity. A perfect murder. Or so Christina thinks. Amy Sedaris guest stars as Sharona's free-spirited sister, Gail.
11 Mr. Monk Meets the Red-Headed Stranger
An angry Willie Nelson accuses his road manager, Sonny Cross, of embezzlement just hours before making a San Francisco radio appearance. Sonny later arrives at the radio station to find a note summoning him to a side entrance. As Sonny disappears down an alley, two shots ring out. An engineer throws open the side door to find a blind woman, Mrs. Mass, screaming hysterically, and Willie Nelson hovering over Sonny's dead body. An injured Captain Stottlemeyer decides to put Lt. Disher in charge of the investigation, and Disher loses no time in calling in Adrian Monk.
12 Mr. Monk and the Airplane
Sharona blindsides Monk by announcing she is going to be flying to New Jersey to visit her Aunt Minn. The notion of going a whole week without her forces our obsessive compulsive hero to (gulp) swallow his paralyzing fear of airplanes and accompany her on the trip. At the airport, Monk notices a handsome married couple, the Chabrols, tenderly kissing. What he doesn't see is Mrs. Chabrol being murdered in a restroom a few minutes later, her suave French husband, Stephan, disposing of her body, or Stephan's mistress (dressed exactly like Mrs. Chabrol) assuming her identity on the plane.

About this show

Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. But after the tragic and still-unsolved murder of his wife, Trudy, the devastated Monk becomes obsessive-compulsive. His psychological disorder has caused him to develop an abnormal fear of virtually everything: germs, heights, crowds... even milk. Monk's condition costs him his job, but he's back as a police consultant despite the unique challenges he encounters in his everyday life. These challenges lead Monk to hire a personal nurse, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), who is always there to offer her assistance, even with the simplest of tasks (like organizing his sock drawer). Sharona is Monk's own "Girl Friday," an unlikely Dr. Watson to his Sherlock Holmes. Her less-than-subtle prodding keeps the "defective detective" on track in his investigations, as well as in his efforts to convince Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) to allow him to return to the force.

Ratings and reviews

1.76K reviews
Helen Read
April 6, 2014
I saw most of Monk on its original USA Network run, and when I got a Chromecast last summer, it was the first thing I looked for. I chased it across Netflix and Hulu Plus (both of which yanked it after I got part way in), and finally to Google Play, where I bought all 8 seasons and watched start to finish over a period of about 6 months. I just love this show. Tony Shalhoub is simply brilliant in his portrayal of the heroic and very human Monk, who struggles with his OCD, phobias and grief over the death of his wife, while carrying on as best he can and solving crimes that stump everyone else. The show is touching or heartbreaking one minute, funny the next, and you are always rooting for Monk, who can be nearly paralyzed by fear, but when the chips are down he does what needs to be done to catch the bad guys. I am OCD enough to be bothered by continuity errors here and there (and especially with a major error in the timeline in the finale), and one or two (out of 126) episodes were downright clinkers, but I just loved this series. After watching obsessively, I'm sad it's over. I'll probably wait a while then start over.
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Amanda Pancake
January 31, 2021
Love this show I do wish the ending was different. (So no spoilers) the way he loved Trudy the ending of series made me both mad and happy i have mixed feelings I guess u could say about ending but for every other episode was amazing I laughed cryed I bought the DVD box set and I watch it all the time. As far as family friendly shows this one is one of the best. You can watch with your children without worrying. Monk will always be one of my favorite shows of all time
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msfabre'82 allday
August 26, 2017
This show was hilarious! He was afraid of everything, accept solving a crime. His phobias were so ridiculous that you couldn't help but laugh. This was by far one of the best comedy detective shows I've ever seen. I saw every rerun on the ION channel before they took it off for criminal minds.
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