Monk Information

Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to 2009 and is primarily a mystery series, although it has dark and comic touches. The series was produced by Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television (although the corporate name changed to ABC Studios in the course of the series, the Touchstone Television logo remained throughout, making Monk the last surviving series to carry it) in association with Universal Television.

The series debuted on July 12, 2002, on USA Network. It was well received and continued for eight seasons, with the final season concluding on December 4, 2009. The series currently holds the record for the most watched scripted drama episode in cable television history, a record previously held by The Closer. Monk set the record with "Mr. Monk and the End " Part II", its last episode and finale, with 9.4 million viewers, 3.2 million of them in the 18"49 demographic.


Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) was a brilliant detective for the San Francisco Police Department until his wife, Trudy, was killed by a car bomb in a parking garage, which Monk then believed was intended for him. In a later episode, he discovers the bomb was truly meant for Trudy. He later believes that Trudy's death was part of a larger conspiracy that she had uncovered during her time as a journalist. Trudy's death led Monk to suffer a nervous breakdown. He was then discharged from the force and became a recluse, refusing to leave his house for three and a half years. Trudy's death was the only case that Monk did not solve until the final episode.

He is finally able to leave the house with the help of his nurse, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram). The breakthrough allows him to work as a private detective and a consultant for the homicide unit despite limitations rooted in his obsessive"compulsive disorder (OCD), which had grown significantly worse after the tragedy, along with several other phobias.

Monk's compulsive habits are numerous, and a number of phobias compound his situation, such as his fear of germs. Monk has 312 fears, some of which are milk, ladybugs, harmonicas, heights, imperfection, claustrophia, driving, food touching on his plates, messes and risk. He however had a breakthrough from claustrophobia later in the series. The OCD and plethora of phobias inevitably lead to very awkward situations and cause problems for Monk and anyone around him as he investigates cases. These same personal struggles, particularly the OCD, are what aid him in solving cases, such as his sharp memory, specific mindset, and attention to detail. In one episode entitled "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan", Marci Maven (Sarah Silverman) has compiled a list of all of Adrian's fears. In another episode, he tries to conquer his fears by doing various activities which involved his phobias. For example, he tries drinking milk, climbing a ladder, and putting a ladybug on his hand, but when things are scattered unorganized across a table, he cannot resist the compulsion to arrange them neatly.

Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Randall "Randy" Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) call on Monk when they have trouble with an investigation. Stottlemeyer is often irritated by Monk's behavior but respects his friend and former colleague's amazing insight and observational abilities, as does Disher. Ever since childhood, Monk's obsessive attention to detail allowed him to spot tiny discrepancies, find patterns, and make connections that others often missed. Something someone says or does usually triggers Monk to make the connection.

In his spare time, Monk continues to search for information about his wife's death, and is plagued with the idea that he may never determine who killed Trudy. He dedicates his life to solving other murders because he feels this is fixing disorder in the world. He becomes especially intrigued when a woman is killed, or when someone is killed with some type of bomb, because this reminds him of Trudy's murder.

In the middle of season three, Sharona decides to re-marry her ex-husband and move back to New Jersey, prompting Mr. Monk to hire Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) as his new assistant. Natalie is a widow and mother of an eleven-year-old daughter. Monk discovers Natalie when she is involved in a murder case herself, in "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring".

Monk has a brother Ambrose (John Turturro) and a half-brother, Jack, Jr. (Steve Zahn), whom Monk never knew about until his father tells him in season five. He later meets Jack, Jr., in the episode "Mr. Monk's Other Brother" during season seven.


See List of Monk characters for more information

Main characters

  • Adrian Monk, portrayed by Tony Shalhoub, is a former homicide detective and a current consultant for the San Francisco Police Department. He has an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder and is well known for his various fears and phobias, including, but certainly not limited to, heights, snakes, crowds, glaciers, rodeos, and milk. His wife, Trudy, was murdered in 1997, and he is haunted by her death (and the fact that it was unsolved) until he finally solves it in the series finale. He is the only character to appear in every single episode of the series.
  • Sharona Fleming, portrayed by Bitty Schram (seasons 1"3), is Monk's nurse and later becomes his first assistant. She refuses to baby him, often forcing him to do things that are unpleasant to him, even going so far as to refer to her boss by his first name. Then, she suddenly re-marries her ex-husband and moves to New Jersey midway through season three, leaving only a note. Her final appearance as a regular character is in "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine" (3.09), (because Bitty Schram quit the show allegedly over contract disputes). However, she returns in the final season in "Mr. Monk and Sharona" (8.10) in order to give closure to her character. Sharona claims that she and her now-twice ex-husband have separated for good. In this episode, she becomes romantically involved with Randy. By "Mr. Monk and the End (Part Two)" (8.16), it was revealed that she and Randy have moved to New Jersey together.
  • Natalie Teeger, portrayed by Traylor Howard (seasons 3"8), is Monk's second and final assistant. Although she is more deferential to her boss than Sharona, referring to him respectfully as "Mr. Monk", she is not hesitant about telling him when his eccentricities are going too far. A young widow who lives with her daughter Julie, Natalie lost her husband Mitch when he was shot down over Kosovo in 1998. She first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring" (3.10). Natalie was introduced partway through season three when Bitty Schram, who played Sharona, left "precipitous[ly]", reportedly over a contract dispute. Traylor Howard had not yet seen the show and was unenthusiastic about her manager's urgings to audition as Schram's replacement. She nevertheless tried out and got the part. Despite her initial "cool" reception from fans, show co-creator Andy Breckman believes Traylor quickly and successfully filled the void. "I will always be grateful to Traylor because she came in when the show was in crisis and saved our baby [....] We had to make a hurried replacement, and not every show survives that. I was scared to death." She is also the narrator of a series of novels based on Monk and written by Lee Goldberg.
  • Captain Leland Francis Stottlemeyer, portrayed by Ted Levine, is the head of the Homicide Division of the San Francisco Police Department. He and Monk have been good friends since Monk was on the police force, and he continues to be Monk's friend throughout the series. He does his best to help Monk but is occasionally annoyed by Monk's phobias and the damage they can cause. In the first two seasons, Stottlemeyer is reluctant to work with Monk, seemingly annoyed by the idea that he could not handle his cases himself. By seasons three and four, his faith in Monk's contribution is well-cemented and his collaboration unquestionable.
  • Lieutenant Randy Disher, portrayed by Jason Gray-Stanford, is a lieutenant in the Homicide Division of the SFPD. He is very naive, is often portrayed as unintelligent, and is known for his outrageous theories. The other characters are often irritated by him, but they also obviously care about him. In season eight, he is seen kissing Sharona. In the series finale, he becomes chief of the Summit, New Jersey Police Department, where he lives with Sharona.

Secondary characters

  • Julie Teeger, portrayed by Emmy Clarke, is Natalie's teenage daughter. She first appeared in "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring" (3.10) and last appeared in "Mr. Monk and the End - Part I" (8.15). In her final appearance, Julie was preparing to attend the University of California at Berkeley to study theater.
  • Dr. Charles Kroger, portrayed by Stanley Kamel, is Monk's psychiatrist during the first six seasons of the show. On April 8, 2008, Stanley Kamel died of a heart attack in between production of seasons six and seven. His character was said to have died of a heart attack as well when Monk returned for the season seven episode "Mr. Monk Buys a House". The episode was dedicated to his memory. His last appearance is in "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece" (6.14), although he was mentioned several times in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run".
  • Dr. Neven Bell, portrayed by Héctor Elizondo, is Monk's second psychiatrist. He first appears in "Mr. Monk Buys a House" (7.01). Dr. Bell was introduced in 2008 to replace Dr. Kroger after the death of actor Stanley Kamel.
  • Trudy Anne Monk, portrayed by Stellina Rusich in the first and second seasons and by Melora Hardin starting in the third season, is Monk's deceased wife. Her husband's attempt to solve her murder is the show's longest-running plot arc. Lindy Newton portrays Trudy in a college flashback in the season five episode "Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion" (5.06). Her murder was solved in "Mr. Monk and the End " Part II" (8.16).
  • Kevin Dorfman, portrayed by Jarrad Paul, was an accountant and Monk's talkative and nosy upstairs neighbor. He first appears in the season two episode "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy" (2.10). He was murdered by fellow magician Karl Torini in the season seven episode "Mr. Monk and the Magician" (7.15).
  • Harold J. Krenshaw, portrayed by Tim Bagley, is Adrian's rival for much of the series and another patient of Dr. Kroger. He and Monk have constant disputes, due to their incompatible obsessions. Harold first appeared in "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf" (3.06) when he and Monk bickered about the arrangement of magazines in Dr. Kroger's waiting room. He is prominently mentioned in the beginning of "Mr. Monk and the Actor" (5.01). He plays a critical role in "Mr. Monk Gets A New Shrink" (5.07). After Dr. Kroger dies, Harold constantly tries to discover the identity of Monk's new therapist. He finally does uncover Dr. Bell's name in "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall" (7.16). In the episode "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy" (8.08), Harold and Monk finally become friends by conquering claustrophobia together. Harold generously leaves the group at the end of the episode so that Monk can share private therapy with Dr. Bell.
  • Benjamin "Benjy" Fleming, portrayed by Kane Ritchotte during the pilot episode and seasons two and three, and Max Morrow during the first season, is Sharona's son. His last appearance is in the season three episode "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month" (3.07), though he is mentioned several times in the season eight episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona" (8.10) and also appears in the novel Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants.
  • Ambrose Monk, portrayed by John Turturro, is Adrian's agoraphobic brother. He is based on Mycroft Holmes. He first appears in the season two episode "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies", (2.11) for which John Turturro won an Emmy for his performance.
  • Jack Monk, portrayed by Dan Hedaya, is the father of Adrian and Ambrose. He abandoned the family when Adrian and Ambrose were young (having left for Chinese food and never came back) and started another family. He appears only in the season five episode "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" (5.09).
  • Jack Monk Jr., portrayed by Steve Zahn, is the other son of Jack Monk, Adrian's half brother and a known convict. He appears only in the season seven episode "Mr. Monk's Other Brother" (7.10).
  • Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck, portrayed by Adam Arkin in the first season, Tim Curry in the second season, and Ray Porter in season six, is Adrian Monk's archenemy and most hated rival. A wealthy and morbidly obese financier whom Adrian blames for ruining one of the last years of Trudy's life. He first appears in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale" (1.03), at the end of which Monk sends him to prison for a murder-for-hire. Biederbeck later appears funneling information to Monk about Trudy's murder in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail" (2.16) and "Mr. Monk Is On the Run (Part Two)" (6.16). At the end of this episode Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck loses his pocket politician, the Lieutenant Governor, during a failed conspiracy to assassinate the Governor. Biederbeck is left destitute and powerless for the remainder of his sentence.
  • Karen Stottlemeyer, portrayed by Glenne Headly, is Leland Stottlemeyer's wife from the beginning of the series until their divorce in "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage" (4.12). It is later revealed in the season eight episode "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man" (8.13) that she is actually Leland's second wife. She is a filmmaker who specializes in documentaries. She first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man" (2.05) and later in "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife" (2.14), "Mr. Monk Gets Fired" (3.04), and "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage" (4.12).
  • Linda Fusco, portrayed by Sharon Lawrence, is Captain Stottlemeyer's girlfriend in season six. She first appears in "Mr. Monk, Private Eye" (5.05) and later in "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan" (6.01). Monk proves she is a murderer in "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend" (6.04).
  • Trudy "T. K." Jensen Stottlemeyer, portrayed by Virginia Madsen, is Captain Stottlemeyer's love interest in season eight. She is a freelance journalist, first appearing in "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk" (8.09) and marries Stottlemeyer in "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man" (8.13) after a brief reconsideration. She makes a cameo appearance in the series finale, "Mr. Monk and the End - Part II" (8.16).
  • Marci Maven, portrayed by Sarah Silverman, is Monk's overzealous admirer. She first appears in "Mr. Monk and the TV Star" (2.12) and later in "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan" (6.01), and "Mr. Monk's 100th Case" (7.07).


Main article: List of Monk episodes
Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
1 Friday 10:00 pm (July 12, 2002 " March 17, 2006) 12
July 12, 2002
October 18, 2002
TBA 2002 TBA
2 16
June 20, 2003
March 5, 2004
TBA 2003"2004 TBA
3 16
June 18, 2004
March 4, 2005
TBA 2004"2005 TBA
4 16
July 8, 2005
March 17, 2006
TBA 2005"2006 TBA
5 Friday 9:00 pm (July 7, 2006 " August 25, 2006)
Friday 10:00 pm (November 17, 2006)
Friday 9:00 pm (December 22, 2006 " March 2, 2007)
July 7, 2006
March 2, 2007
TBA 2006"2007 TBA
6 Friday 9:00 pm (July 13, 2007 " December 4, 2009) 16
July 13, 2007
February 22, 2008
6.88 2007"2008 5.37
7 16
July 18, 2008
February 20, 2009
TBA 2008"2009 TBA
8 16
August 7, 2009
December 4, 2009
9.44 2009 TBA

Episode titles

Much like novels in a series about a starring detective, all but one of the episodes have titles in the form of "Mr. Monk and (a person or thing)", e.g. "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend", "Mr. Monk (does something)", e.g. "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus", "Mr. Monk (is something)", e.g. "Mr. Monk Is On the Run", or "Mr. Monk Gets (something)", e.g. "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized". The only exceptions to this rule are the season eight episode "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk" and the season four episode "Mr. and Mrs. Monk".

In the episode "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan" it is shown that Marci Maven (Sarah Silverman) is referring directly to cases in the show by the titles of the episodes indicating that she is the one creating the various episode titles when writing on her fansite for Monk.

While solving a murder is the main plot for most episodes, there are a few episodes in which Monk helps investigate other crimes, such as kidnappings in the season two episode "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny" and the season three episode "Mr. Monk and the Kid", or a failed murder plot in the season six episode "Mr. Monk and the Daredevil". There are a number of times where the episode is not about the murder itself but about finding evidence to arrest the killer, e.g. "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert", or "Mr. Monk and the Genius", and episodes where the murder is related to the main plot, e.g. in "Mr. Monk on Wheels".

Some episodes actually start as a totally different type of case, but eventually a murder happens, e.g. a suspected abduction turns into a murder case in "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized". In season seven, in the 100th episode, Mr. Monk solved his 100th (and 101st) case since his wife's death, a milestone in his career.

Plot formats

Episodes about a murder generally follow one of four basic plot outlines:

  • The killer is known, and how the crime was committed is known. The episode is spent trying to find evidence to arrest that person, and these episodes are hence patterned similarly to many episodes of Columbo.
  • Monk knows who the killer is, and knows what the motive is, but the killer has a seemingly air-tight alibi. The episode is spent trying to break that alibi and find out how the killer did it.
  • In a number of episodes, the plot involves trying to find out the killer, how the murder was done, and why.
  • In some episodes, the killer's M.O. is known, but not who did it or why.

"Here's what happened" segments

Most episodes feature a sequence in which Monk reveals how the crime was committed, almost always prefaced with the words "Here's what happened", or "Here's what I think happened", and shown in black and white. Most of these sequences are featured near the end of the episode, but have occasionally occurred at the beginning ("Mr. Monk Takes the Stand") or towards the middle. Some of these sequences are told in an unusual fashion, such as being told to a bear ("Mr. Monk Goes Camping"), in the form of a bedtime story ("Mr. Monk and the Kid"), being chanted during a ritual at a monastery ("Mr. Monk and the Miracle"), being told by someone other than Monk (by Sharona in "Mr. Monk Goes To Jail", by Natalie in "Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees" and by Disher in "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm"), and being rapped out by a rapper (guest star Snoop Dogg in "Mr. Monk and the Rapper"). Harold Krenshaw gives a fictitious summation about Monk in "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy". Monk states a summation twice, in flashback and in present, in "Mr. Monk and Little Monk" as himself and as young Monk. In at least two episodes ("Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike" and "Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door"), Monk gives multiple versions of the same summation, but all except for the last one are false as a result of his being unable to concentrate.

There are only a few episodes that do not contain a summation. The first episode not to feature a summation was the season one episode "Mr. Monk and the Airplane".


According to an interview with executive producer David Hoberman, ABC first conceived the series as a police show with an Inspector Clouseau-like character suffering from obsessive"compulsive disorder. Hoberman said ABC wanted Michael Richards for the show, but Richards turned it down. Hoberman brought in Andy Breckman as creator, and Breckman, inspired by Sherlock Holmes, introduced Dr. Kroger as a Doctor Watson-like character and an Inspector Lestrade-like character which eventually became Captain Stottlemeyer.

Although ABC originated the show, the network handed it off to the USA Network. USA is now owned by NBC (NBC Universal). Monk was the first ABC Studios-produced show aired on USA Network instead of ABC. Although ABC initially refused Monk, they did air repeats of the show on ABC in the summer and fall of 2002, and then again in the spring of 2004. On January 12, 2006, USA Network announced that Monk had been picked up through at least season six as one of the "highest-rated series in cable history." An in-joke reference to this contract renewal was also inserted into the episode "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward", which aired around this time.

Season five premiered Friday, July 7, 2006, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. This marked the first time change for the program, which aired at 10:00 p.m. during its first four seasons. The change allowed the show to work as a lead-in to a new USA Network series, Psych, another offbeat detective program. Monk has followed a consistent format of airing half of its 16 episodes in mid-year and the second half early the following year, with the exception of the first season, which broadcast entirely from July 2002 through October 2002, and the final season, which broadcast entirely between August and December 2009.

Previously aired episodes of Monk began airing on NBC Universal sibling network NBC April 6, 2008. NBC eyed the show because its block with Psych could be plugged into NBC's schedule intact. The shows were being used to increase the amount of scripted programming on the network as production of its own scripted programming ramped back up following the writers' strike. Ratings for the broadcast debut were well below NBC averages for the time period. The show came in third behind Big Brother 9 on CBS and Oprah's Big Give on ABC.


Although set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Monk is for the most part shot elsewhere except for occasional exteriors featuring city landmarks. The pilot episode was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the subsequent season one episodes were shot in the Toronto, Ontario, area. Most of the episodes from seasons two through six were filmed in the Los Angeles, California, area, including on-stage at Ren-Mar Studios for seasons two through five and at Paramount Studios for season six. These include Monk's apartment, Stottlemeyer's precinct house, Dr. Kroger's office and Natalie's house. In season two, episode eight, a building for the Toronto Star can also be seen in a cut scene.

In the later part of season 4, several scenes were shot on-location in San Francisco. Many portions of the episode "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward" were noticeably shot on location, including a climatic chase scene where Monk and Natalie are chased by three bounty hunters. Other filming was done in Chinatown, which is shown in the opening of "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" as Stottlemeyer and Disher chase wanted fugitive Miguel Escobar (Carlos Gomez) up Jackson Street. In "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut," some on-location filming was done at Edwards Air Force Base.

Theme music

During the first season of Monk, the series used a jazzy instrumental intro to the show by songwriter Jeff Beal, performed by guitarist Grant Geissman. The theme won the 2003 Emmy Award for Best Main Title Music.

NYC actor Colter Rule was hired by USA Network to do all radio and TV promos for the series from its inception, lending an ironic, understated tone which contributed to the show's early popularity. The original tag was "Monk! America's Favorite Defective Detective!" When season two began, the series received a new theme song, entitled "It's a Jungle Out There", by Randy Newman. Reaction to the new theme was mixed. A review of season two in the New York Daily News included a wish that producers would revert to the original theme. Shalhoub expressed his support for the new theme in USA Today, saying its "dark and mournful sound,...[its] tongue-in-cheek, darkly humorous side.... completely fits the tone of the show." Newman was awarded the 2004 Emmy Award for Best Main Title Music for "It's a Jungle Out There".

As a self-reference to the show controversy, the episode "Mr. Monk and the TV Star" features several characters, including obsessed fan Marci Maven, mentioning a controversy over the change of the show-within-the-show's theme music. In the epilogue of the story, Marci implores Monk to promise her that he will never change the theme music if he ever gets his own show. When Monk agrees to the promise (only so he can go back to bed), the original music is heard as the scene fades to credits, and it plays through the credits.

The original theme is heard in the season three episode "Mr. Monk and the Game Show". It is also heard in several other episodes as the show enters the credits and then leads into the new theme's instrumental. In the season five episode "Mr. Monk and the Leper", while looking around a victim's apartment, Randy doodles out the old theme song on the piano, much to Stottlemeyer's exasperation. The latest use of the original theme music was in the season seven episode "Mr. Monk and the Bully" in 2009.

For the season six episode "Mr. Monk and the Rapper", guest star Snoop Dogg performed a hip-hop version of "It's a Jungle Out There" which substitutes for Randy Newman's version in the opening credits, and later is heard at the end before transitioning into the regular credit music. The June 16, 2008, re-airing of the first episode featured a new credit sequence with the Newman theme. The season eight episode "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk" features a slower version of the original theme with a muted trumpet playing the melody.

Randy Newman also wrote a new song for the final episode entitled "When I'm Gone". The song was released on iTunes on December 1, 2009 and won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

For a few episodes where Trudy is featured, a somber but pleasant ending theme was used. The ending theme is last used in "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra".

Little Monk

Main article: Little Monk
USA Network premiered a 10-episode online series entitled "Little Monk" on August 22, 2009. It includes Adrian Monk and Ambrose Monk during their middle-school years, bringing a back story to Monk's detective skills and phobias. However, as they would have been middle schoolers in the late 1960s and early 1970s, viewers will see anachronisms; the various cars seen in the episodes, as well as some of the clothes, do not belong to the period.

Other media

TV movie

On February 17, 2012, Andy Breckman announced that a script had been completed for TV movie titled Mr. Monk For Mayor. Breckman stated that the film should begin production in summer 2012 in California for a release date in December 2012. Breckman also stated that he hoped a sequel would be produced as well. The idea was rejected for budgetary reasons.


The show's soundtrack features its original music score, composed by Jeff Beal.


A "behind the scenes" audio podcast entitled "Lunch at Monk" is available for download through the USA website. In the podcast, cast and crew members of the show are interviewed over lunch.

Novel series

Since 2006, during the airing of season four, Lee Goldberg has produced a series of novels based on the original television series. All of the novels are narrated by Natalie Teeger, Monk's second assistant. For the most part, the novels remain faithful to the television series, with slight discontinuity. Two of the novels were later adapted into regular episodes. On December 31, 2012, the last novel to be written by Lee Goldberg was released. Hy Conrad is the new writer of the book series.

Number Title Author ISBN Publication date Additional notes (if any)
1 Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse Lee Goldberg January 3, 2006 Adapted in 2006 into the season 5 episode "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing"
2 Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii July 5, 2006
3 Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu January 2, 2007 Adapted in 2009 into the season 8 episode "Mr. Monk and the Badge"
4 Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants July 3, 2007 First appearance of Sharona Fleming in any Monk-related media since 2004. Rendered non-canon by the episode "Mr. Monk and Sharona".
5 Mr. Monk in Outer Space October 30, 2007
6 Mr. Monk Goes to Germany July 1, 2008 This novel was written before, but published after, the airing of "Mr. Monk Is On the Run", so events in this story run contrary to the series timeline. The foreword acknowledges some discontinuity.
7 Mr. Monk is Miserable December 2, 2008 Direct sequel to Mr. Monk Goes to Germany.
8 Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop July 7, 2009
9 Mr. Monk in Trouble December 1, 2009 Excerpt 'The Case of the Piss-Poor Gold' was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2009
10 Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out July 6, 2010
11 Mr. Monk on the Road January 4, 2011 Excerpt 'Mr. Monk and the Seventeen Steps' was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2010
12 Mr. Monk on the Couch June 7, 2011 Excerpt 'Mr. Monk and the Sunday Paper' was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June/July 2011
13 Mr. Monk on Patrol January 3, 2012
14 Mr. Monk is a Mess June 5, 2012 Direct sequel to "Mr. Monk on Patrol"
15 Mr. Monk Gets Even December 31, 2012 Direct sequel to "Mr Monk is a Mess"
16 Mr. Monk Helps Himself Hy Conrad June 4, 2013

DVD releases

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released all 8 seasons of Monk on DVD in Region 1. On October 5, 2010, Universal released Monk- The Complete Series: Limited edition boxset on DVD in Region 1. A 32-disc set featuring all 8 seasons of the series as well as special features and a collectible 32-page booklet.

Monk episodes from seasons 1"8 are also available on iTunes. All seasons are also available in HD format. It should be noted that the Region 2 DVDs of seasons 1"3 are in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

DVD Name Ep# Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 13 June 15, 2004 December 27, 2004 January 18, 2005
Season Two 16 January 11, 2005 July 18, 2005 September 21, 2005
Season Three 16 June 5, 2005 February 27, 2006 March 22, 2006
Season Four 16 June 27, 2006 September 18, 2006 November 15, 2006
Season Five 16 June 26, 2007 September 17, 2007 April 1, 2009
Season Six 16 July 8, 2008 September 8, 2008 February 3, 2010
Season Seven 16 July 21, 2009 August 23, 2010 June 30, 2010
Season Eight 16 March 16, 2010 May 9, 2011 December 1, 2010
Complete Series 125 October 5, 2010 August 2011 TBA

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Monk

Awards won

Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Shalhoub (2003, 2005, 2006)
  • Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Jeff Beal (2003)
  • Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Randy Newman (2004)
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series John Turturro (2004)
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Stanley Tucci (2007)
  • Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Randy Newman (2010)
Golden Globe Awards:

  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Television Series " Musical or Comedy Tony Shalhoub (2003)
Screen Actors Guild:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Shalhoub (2004, 2005)

Award nominations

Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Shalhoub (2003"2010) 8 nominations
  • Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Anya Colloff, Amy McIntyre Britt, Meg Liberman, Camille H. Patton, Sandi Logan, Lonnie Hamerman (2004)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine" Randall Zisk (2005)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Laurie Metcalf (2006)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Sarah Silverman (2008)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Gena Rowlands (2009)
Golden Globe Awards:

  • Best Television Series " Musical or Comedy (2004)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series " Musical or Comedy Tony Shalhoub (2003"2005, 2007, 2009) 5 nominations
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series " Musical or Comedy Bitty Schram (2004)
Screen Actors Guild:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Shalhoub (2003"2005, 2007"2010) 7 nominations


Region TV Network(s)
Arab World MBC 4
Asia Star World
Universal Channel
Latin America Studio Universal
Country Series Title in Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere
Arab World Monk MBC 4
Studio Universal
Network Ten (original run)
and TV1 (re-runs)
Austria Monk ORF 1 (original run)
and Puls 4 (re-runs)
June 28, 2004
Belgium VTM
and La Une (French)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Monk FTV
Brazil Monk, um
(Monk, a different detective)
Rede Record
Studio Universal
Bulgaria ???? (Monk) bTV
bTV Comedy (previously GTV)
Diema 2
Fox Crime
January 3, 2007
August 19, 2008
September 22, 2008
April 14, 2009
Canada A-Channel, Citytv, TVA (French), Canal Mystère (French)
Chile Studio Universal
Colombia Monk Studio Universal
Croatia Monk HRT 2
Cyprus ?"??"???"??? ????
("Detective Monk")
CyBC October 8, 2006
Czech Republic M?j p?ítel Monk
("My friend Monk")
TV NOVA, Prima family, Universal Channel
Denmark Monk (Canal+)/
Detektiv Monk (TV 2 Charlie/TV 2)
Canal+ (first run), TV 2 Charlie (re-runs), TV 2 (first run on national television)
Estonia Monk TV 3 September 6, 2003
Finland Monk [[Canal+]], YLE TV1 September 11, 2004
France Monk TF1, TV Breizh March 22, 2003
Germany Monk RTL, TNT Serie, Super RTL June 29, 2004
Greece ?"??"???"??? ????
("Detective Monk")
Star Channel, Universal Channel
Hong Kong ???"?
("Detective Monk")
TVB (Season 8) September 18, 2003
Hungary Monk " Flúgos nyomozó
("Monk " Nutty detective")
Universal Channel Hungary
July 28, 2005
Iceland Stöð 2
India STAR World India
and Fox Crime
Indonesia Star World
and Fox Crime
Ireland RT"?
Israel ?"??? ("Monk") Israel 10
and Hallmark
and Star World
Italy Detective Monk Rete 4
June 9, 2005
May 1, 2008
Jamaica Monk Television Jamaica May 2005"
Japan ?????"? [Meitantei Monk]
("Great detective Monk")
AXN Mystery
March 30, 2004
October 2006
Kenya Kenya Television Network
Lithuania Detektyvas Monkas ("Detective Monk") TV6 September 6, 2003
MalaysiaMonk NTV7, Star World
Mexico Monk 4tv, Studio Universal
Nepal Monk Star World
Netherlands Monk SBS 6, NET 5 & 13th Street December 6, 2007
New Zealand the BOX
Norway TV2 Zebra & Hallmark Channel February 19, 2008
Pakistan Monk Star World
Philippines Star World
Poland Detektyw Monk
("Detective Monk")
TVN (free-tv-premiere), TVN 7 (free-tv-re-runs)
[[Canal+ Poland|Canal+]] (first run), [[Canal+ Poland|Canal+ Film]] (re-runs)
Universal Channel (re-runs)
April 11, 2003
Portugal TVI and FX
Romania Pro Cinema
Republic of Macedonia ???? Kanal 5 and Telma May 6, 2011
Russia "??"???"????"?? ??"???"???
("Defective Detective")
Channel One 2006, 1"3 seasons
"??"???"??? ????
("Detective Monk")
Telekanal Zvezda
Serbia "??"???"??? ????/Detektiv Monk
("Detective Monk")
????/Monk TV Avala
Fox Crime
Universal Channel
Slovakia Monk Markíza
Slovenia POP TV September 8, 2004
South Africa SABC 2
Universal Channel
South Korea ?"? ?? [Tam Jeong Monk]
("Detective Monk")
KBS 2TV & Fox KBS : Only Broadcast Season 3
Spain Monk Factoría de Ficción
Calle 13 cable/satellite
Canal Nou (Valencian Community)
ETB2 (Basque Country)
8tv (Catalonia)
TVG (Galicia)
TV Canaria (Canary Islands)
Telemadrid (Community of Madrid)
Sri Lanka STAR World India
Sweden [[Canal+ Film 1]] (first run)
and Kanal 9 (re-runs)
and Comedy Central Sweden (re-runs)
April 8, 2003
Switzerland Monk SF zwei, 3+, RSI La 1 (form. TSI 1), TSR 1,4uTV December 30, 2003
Taiwan Monk ?"?? Videoland "? W Movie Channel July 14, 2004
Thailand Star World
Turkey Dizimax, TNT Turkey
Latvia Monks TV6
United Kingdom BBC Two (First run, seasons 1-6)
Quest (repeats S1-S3), Universal Channel (repeats)
ITV (Seasons 7-8) (repeating Season 1 from 30 April 2011)
???? Inter 2009"2010
Monk USA Network (original airing)
Universal HD (syndication)
Sleuth (TV) (syndication)
Various broadcast television stations (syndication)
July 12, 2002

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