Monk: The Obsessive Compulsive Collection (Seasons One - Four)
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"Monk: The Obsessive Compulsive Collection" compiles the first four seasons of this funny, likable little mystery series. Tony Shalhoub shines as everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive detective, solving the case with his gift/curse and his willingness to go anywhere... that doesn't have germs.
Adrian Monk's wife Trudy was killed in a car-bombing, and the devastated detective fell apart completely. Years later, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is partially recovered, but he still is obsessive-compulsive and has dozens of phobias. The only way he manages is with his assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) -- and later her successor Natalie (Traylor Howard) -- babysitting him.
When a politician is nearly killed in a mystery shooting, the police are baffled. So Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) reluctantly calls in his old pal to solve the case. From then on, Monk is called in for dozens of bizarre, baffling cases. His excellent memory and his OCD ("It's a gift.... and a curse") allow him to see patterns and details where other people see nothing.
Among Monk's cases are going undercover at a prison, a killer dentist, a deadly Christmas gift, an elephant used as a lethal weapon, a billionaire mugger, saving Willie Nelson from a murder rap, trapping a black widow, the death of a 115-year-old man, the Mafia, martial-artists, murdered models, and a guy who leaped out of a plane -- and died by drowning.
But as quirky and bizarre as the cases is, it never stops hitting the heartstrings. Monk is still passionately devoted to his dead wife; in the whole series, he goes on two dates (both disastrous).Read more ›
And they regularly seem to have some pretty puzzling cases. Why was a millionaire shot while mugging someone? How did an 800-pound man commit murder? How did a man send a letter bomb while in a coma? Why are the members of a jury being killed? Is a martial arts star alive or dead? Did a monkey commit murder? Who killed the pizza delivery guy? How did an astronaut commit murder from space?
And did I mention this show is a comedy? Along with a great puzzle, you also get plenty of laughs. Each week, Monk must deal with some quirk in order to solve the case. Maybe it's the little things, like straightening a stack of papers while fleeing a burning building, or something bigger like chasing a criminal through the sewer.
But there is a balance to the show. While we might be laughing at Monk in one scene, we're sympathizing with him the next. This is a real person, brought to life expertly by three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub. And he's deserved all three wins for this role. He's supported by the rest of the cast, who also shine every week.
Along the way, Sharona left, to be replaced by Natalie (Traylor Howard).Read more ›
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We love Monk and bought this because Netflix stopped showing it.Published 13 months ago by Theresa Cooper
Excellent service and great family movie collection; will buy again!Published 23 months ago by Daniel I.
Perhaps another movie inspired this character ("Big Night", 1996"). Some episodes have plot lines that are a bit of a stretch, and at times some of the gags fall a... Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Great Movie Addict
Got a great deal on this box set used, from Seattle Goodwill. They packed it well and shipped it in a timely manner. the set itself is wonderful. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Used to love watching this show on TV. Decided to buy it since I felt that it would be a great addition to my collection. I recommend this for anybody who likes detective shows.Published on February 20, 2013 by Ravi
my husband is a monk fan and can't wait to get seasons 7 & 8. he watches monk all the time and enjoys the fact that he can watch it any time he wants.Published on March 7, 2010 by A. Demeter
We have loved Monk since he first began. This was a gift for my wife's birthday and she has enjoyed it. She has since watched at least one episode EVERY night.Published on September 12, 2009 by Nathan C. Hastings
I am giving this item one star because of the price from Amazon. Target has sesions one - five for $19.99 each. That would make seasons one - four $80.00. Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by Rocky Mountain Region
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