Monk - Season Three
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In Monk, Tony Shalhoub stars in the title role of Adrian Monk, a former San Francisco detective placed on psychiatric leave. A true legend in the community, Monk solves unsolvable crimes via his towering intellect, photographic memory, and meticulous observations. But the one case that alludes Monk is the 1997 murder of his wife Trudy, which forever altered Monk's capacity to perform his job. Suffering from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and a number of odd phobias, Monk requires a personal assistant, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), for even his most basic daily activities. Yet Monk remains a police consultant on difficult cases, and he hopes to persuade Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) to give him his old job back. But Stottlemeyer and colleague Lt. Randall Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), harbor doubts about Monk's mental faculties. As Monk solves cases though, those doubts dissipate and Stottlemeyer and Disher learn to appreciate Monk's special talents - despite his inability to cope with the day-to-day activities of a normal detective... Nevertheless, he remains a de facto investigator as he and Sharona aid the San Francisco police department in solving numerous high profile cases...
The Monk (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Mr.Read more ›
Monk's third season is most noted for the unexpected and controversial firing of Bitty Schram and the hiring of almost carbon-copy Traylor Howard for the second half of the season. Without even a goodbye Sharona was remarried and shipped across America offscreen.
But I get ahead of myself.
The season opened strongly enough with Monk, Sharona, Stottlemyer and, oddly enough, Randall all following a lead from the previous season to New York City, where, unsurprisingly, Monk had one of his trademark meltdowns.
The rest of the first half of the third season had all the hallmarks of the first and second seasons: the random celebrity casting, the unbelievable explanations and Monk's continual grappling with his condition. However, because of the show's appeal to younger viewers many of the mysteries were dumbed-down and made more childish to bring in younger and younger viewers. The most notable example of this was in Mr. Monk and the Panic Room, which featured a possible killer monkey, a nice message for the kids wrapped up with a big bow, and and Stottlemyer literally acting like a crazy person in order to get a monkey to shoot a gun.
The first nine episodes did have many high points, however. Mr. Monk and the Blackout is probably the best episode of the season, finding the perfect mix between past Monk episodes and new Monk moments. Also of note is the excellent performance of Bitty Schram in Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf, which deserves an emmy nod.Read more ›
I came to know Monk because of my mother-in-law's recommendation. (I have trouble believing it, too.)
My wife and I have now been hooked for 2 years. It's the only series we watch and the only show we ever record.
I predict Monk will be a long-lived favorite in the same sense as M*A*S*H . Characters, story, characters, suspense, characters and humor... The predictibility of the characters, their interplay, the mystery solving, the romance of Monk and Trudie and, above all, Monk's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder driven skill, draw fans even though it airs on Friday night on a non-major network.
If you're not-yet-hooked-on-Monk, it's essential to watch Season One, first. (The boxed set includes the pilot.)
Yes, there is a thread running throughout the life of the series. Background info is revealed from time to time. And, you get to feel the dismay over Sharona being written out of the script...
"You'll thank me later..."
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I love to watch Monk.. It was one of my favorite shows when it was running in prime time..Published 1 day ago by mary dollyhite
Very entertaining, funny and clever show. Great chemistry among the cast.Published 10 days ago by Kasey
What is not to love about Monk?? This is a particularly good season because Sharona is still in the first few, Varla fills in for her then Natalie comes on the scene. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Terr S
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