MONK (2002 – 2009)


Creator: Andy Breckman

Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine 

Adrian Monk (Shalhoub) suffers from an acute case of obsessive/compulsive disorder along with a plethora of other various phobia. This cause him to behave strangely and has no social skill. But also prove remarkably useful in discovering evidence and solving crimes. Monk,is a private investigator, used to be a homicide detective with the San Francisco PD, but lost his badge for reasons not fully explained. Still, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Randy Disher who hates to admit it but need Monk to help them to solve cases. Also Monk lost his Wife Trudy was killed under suspicious circumstances over seven years ago, He never fully recover from it.

The charm of this show is Monk and the other goofy character sort of speak. Capt. Stottlemeyer is a no-nonsense cop, but with a surprisingly warm and human side, he has a  documentary filmmaker wife.  Ted Levine has the most cool voice I’ve ever heard on television. Monk on the other hand has an assistant , Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) who has to have wipes handy so if he touches something he wipes his hand with a wipe that is one of his phobia he is afraid of germs. the two of them has a love/hate relationship in a comic sense. Jason Gray-Stanford is a typical young, gung-ho cop, he gets at it both feet in. They have an old-fashion take on the television mystery story like kind of like Columbo. The cases are a little on the weird side but it works well here. This turn to be one of my favorite show. Of course there is plenty of guest star that will show up from time to time.





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