He's ingenious, he's phobic, he's obsessive-compulsive. Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Tony Shalhoub is former police detective Adrian Monk. The brilliant Monk is now back fighting crime and his abnormal fears of germs, cars, heights, crowds and virtually everything else known to man.
This comedy detective show is entertaining in a whimsical way. Monk is a thinker and solves mysteries using observation in a Sherlock Holmes manner- seeing things all others miss. It's funny because he is a germophobe with precise processes from handshakes to eating. A sad note to the show is that his wife was murdered a few years ago and the crime was never solved. He grieves constantly and the viewer is left hoping that he will solve this particular crime someday.
Monk is awesome. After my family and I worked our way through the entire Psych series, we were looking for another detective show that is mostly family-friendly and funny. This show works. Both kids and adults can enjoy it. Well done.
One can never go wrong with watching Monk. Whatever season, whichever episode...pure entertainment. I look over the small amount of violence (needed to set the stage for investigation). Monk always makes me laugh out loud, and that is something that takes a LOT for me. I plan on buying each season as my budget allows. Well worth it. Better than going to a movie and paying even more for one movie than an entire season of Monk.
I put off buying this first season of Monk for a long time, my reasoning (if we can call it that) being that I wasn't sure if the whole OCD, multi-phobic thing would hold up for, say, annual viewing. Now my right heel is getting calloused from kicking myself in the butt for waiting so long. How could I have forgotten how artfully Monk's neuroses are worked into the fabric of the show, how they add to the interactions between Monk and his nurse, his former commander, and the guest stars? In the features comparisons are drawn between Monk and Peter Seller's Clouseau but I disagree. I find far greater synchronicity with David Suchet's Hercule Poirot. Hercule claims his obsessiveness is all about 'order and method' and Adrian blames it all on his deceased wife, but in both cases the silliness only serves to distract unwary miscreants from the brilliance of detectives who miss no details, and who turn them into clues which bring down the guilty. Seasons two, three, and four of Monk are on their way to my doorstep even as we speak
Our entire family enjoys watching this show. Tony Shalhoub's portrayal of a genius afflicted with OCD and anxiety who still manages to solve baffling crimes is understated yet entirely appropriate. The plots are clever, there are many genuinely laughable parts, and the characters interesting. Sometimes it is a whodunnit, other times a Columbo-like display of Monk's detective powers, but it is always interesting and they usually give you enough clues to figure it out. A great show!
Absolutely love Monk. He is a perfect example of what it is to love. I started watching this show at a terrible point in my life and no matter how ugly things were in my life, watching Monk brought me happiness and laughter. I find his innocence beautiful and heart warming. The messages in this show run deep at times and I thoughouly enjoy sharing this show with my son and would recommend it to anyone trying to find a show with light hearted laughter and an overall positive message and role model.
Little bit of comedy mixed with a who done it mystery, and even a little heart felt side as sometimes the show goes back to Monks wife and how that affects him. The girl with him (Sharona) is beautiful and plays off Monk very well, well the first three seasons, then a new girl comes in afterwards. Would recommend. One my favorite shows in last so many years of junk from Hollywood.