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When I heard that season eight would be the final season of Monk, I was mostly glad. Yes, I still enjoyed the show, but it wasn't as good as it had once been. I was hoping this would give them a chance to go out with a bang. And did it ever.

For the most part, the show didn't really change a thing. Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is SFPD's secret weapon in the war against crime. When Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) get stuck on an especially hard case, they call in Monk. Aided by his assistant Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), Monk's obsessive compulsive behaviors and phobias allow him to see those clues that others miss.

Granted, the show was never filled with super tough cases, but this season has its share of great ones. I especially enjoyed the one that found Monk convinced he had seen a UFO outside a small desert town. They do a spot on spoof of The Brady Bunch when the now grown actress of Monk's favorite childhood show is being stalked. Monk joins a group theory group only to have the other members start to die.

But what has always made this show so wonderful is the liberal mixing of laughter and quiet, tender moments. And that is what we get here. It's like the writers knew this was their last chance to really say something with the characters, and they didn't want to miss an opportunity. Looking over the episodes makes me smile as I remember a particular line or a scene that make me laugh or a tender moment the characters shared together.

The acting is top notch as always. I've never been able to fault the cast, and they didn't rest on their laurels going into the final season. Their performances really gave wonderful life to those words.

Since this was the final season, the writers did go places they couldn't go previously. Bitty Schram agreed to come back one list time as Monk's first assistant Sharona. That episode had some of the funniest moments of the season as we got to watch Sharona and Natalie fight over Monk, almost literally at one point. Monk also was rehired by the police force. In one of the most touching episodes, Stottlemeyer gets remarried.

And the biggest question of the series is finally answered. In the two part season finale, we finally find out who killed Monk's wife Trudy. Honestly, these episodes were the weakest of the season. Yes, there were some very funny moments and memorable lines. There were also had some wonderful moments for the characters. But I was disappointed with how the mystery itself unfolded.

The box set will look pretty familiar to fans of the show. The sixteen episodes are presented in surround sound and widescreen on four discs. Extras are limited to a video commentary on the final episode and interviews with cast and crew.

I started season eight of Monk hoping it would end on a high note. Even with the disappointing final episode, it left me wishing we'd get more from this wonderful show. Thanks for the wonderful eight years, Mr. Monk. I'll see you in the tie-in novels and my DVD sets.
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on March 25, 2012
Season eight is the final season of the hit show Monk from USA network. Perhaps one of the best seasons of all time from Monk, season 8 brings many monumental moments for Monk and his friends. For the final season, it was clear that the writers intended to wrap up all of their running story-lines and show Monk making real progress. He is still the same Adrian Monk we know and love, but through episodes such as "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy," "Mr. Monk and the Badge," and of course, "Mr. Monk and the End (pts 1 & 2)," Monk makes leaps and bounds in terms of his biggest challenges. And, as expected, the rest of the ensemble cast has their share of time in the lime-light. "Mr. Monk and the Critic" is an episode that features Natalie prominently, "Mr. Monk Goes Camping" centers around Disher for much of the story, and Stottlemeyer has "Mr. Monk is the Best Man" to showcase his character. And, of course, the long awaited return of Bitty Schram finally came about in season eight with "Mr. Monk and Sharona."

The season finale is perhaps the most well written and well acted episode of the series. Fans, along with Monk, finally discover what happened to Trudy and it's an emotional rollercoaster as they follow Monk on his journey to bring justice to her killer. Tony Shalhoub deserved every award they could give him for his portrayal of Adrian Monk in that final episode. The series is wrapped up in such a beautiful and fulfilling way, fans are left with feeling the satisfaction of completion.

The special features provide fascinating and entertaining looks into the behind-the-scenes. These features include Tours of the Set, interviews with the cast and creators, on set footage of the final day of shooting, and (my favorite) a video commentary for the final two episodes with Tony Shalhoub, Randy Zisk, and Andy Breckman. Speaking as one Monk fan to another, I'm telling you, you MUST own this final season...you'll thank me later.
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on June 21, 2014
I love Mr. Monk and I don't believe television will ever have another extremely original show like this. It's a genius show and I'm not going to say it needs to come back because all good things have to come to an end. The character of Mr. Monk has helped me with some of my phobias and also the actor, Tony Shaloub (so talented), has gained a spot on one of my favorite actors lists. I look for anything with him in it now. Some movies that I already owned had him in it and i wasn't aware of it. I don't know if this is the right word or phrase, but he is an eclectic actor that i would love to see in more movies and TV shows.
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on November 19, 2015
Monk is an awesome series and this set (Season 8) was offered for a great price here on Amazon. Why didn't Monk open that Christmas present earlier, lol! Needed this set to complete the series. If you don't already own any of the Monk season sets, you might want to wait until the complete series goes on sale.
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on November 3, 2016
Bought for my grandfather. He loves Monk, and he loves owning the dvds.
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on June 10, 2017
every season gets better and the ending to the series is worth the watch. Best series wrap up ever.
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on March 11, 2017
Sad to come to the end with season 8. Encourages people to pay more attention to details. THANKS
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on April 1, 2017
AWESOME ENDING, WOWZERS... NEVER EXPECTED THAT ONE! WOW, GOOD DELIVERY TIME TOO..... :-)
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on March 31, 2017
I have all the seasons of Monk. Excellent tv show.
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on July 27, 2012
AVID MONK FANS... AND WE MISSED THE LAST EPISODE ON TV. AND NO RERUN SCHEDULED. THOUGHT WE WERE SUNK BUT THEN WONDERED IF AMAZON MIGHT?......

YEP THEY HAD IT; IN REGULAR AND HD. AND CHEAP.

DID NOT KNOW HOW TO DOWNLOAD (AND THE INSTRUCTIONS WERE WEAK TO SAY THE LEAST)...BUT ENTERED MY CREDIT CARD AND BANG...SCREEN SAID "START" TO VIEW.

HOOKED THE LAPTOP HDMI TO THE BIG SCREEN AND GOT THE POPCORN. BUT WOW--UNEXPECTED SIDE BENEFIT. WE HAVE HD CHANNELS ON CABLE AND THOUGHT THEY WERE GOOD. BUT THIS HD EPISODE OF MONK WAS SPOOKY. SO SHARP AND CLEAR...ALMOST 3D. FELT LIKE YOU COULD WALK INTO THE SCREEN. NO OTHER SOURCE (INCLUDING BLUERAY DVD!!) HAS PRODUCED AS INCREDIBLE A PICTURE ON OUR 52' FLAT SCREEN.

SO...GOOD SERVICE. HUGE SELECTION. CHEAP. ON DEMAND. AND THE UNEXPECTED BONUS OF AN INCREDIBLE HD PICTURE. THANKS AMAZON.
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