Monk (TV series)

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Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series. It was created by Andy Breckman. It stars Tony Shalhoub. The show ran from July 2002 to December 2009. The last episode was one of the most-watched in cable television history.[1] Other actors in the show were Bitty Schram, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine and Traylor Howard.

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Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) was a great detective for the San Francisco police department. This ended when his wife, Trudy, was killed by a car bomb. This gave Monk a nervous breakdown. He was then fired from the police department. After that he refused to leave his house for many years. He finally left his house after help from his nurse, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram). This allows him to work as a private detective. This is even though he has severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, the obsessive-compulsive disorder occasionally helps him with cases. He has a great memory for details. Since he was a child, Monk has been able to notice small things that others miss.

Monk has many cleaning compulsions and a fear of germs.[2] For example he cleans his toothbrush with boiling water.[2] He vacuums his walls and ceilings in his home. These fears lead to awkward situations and problems solving cases. Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Randall "Randy" Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) call on Monk when they are having troubles with an investigation. Stottlemeyer is usually annoyed by Monk's idiosyncrasies. But he respects Monk's amazing crime solving abilities.

In Monk's spare time, he tries to solve his wife's murder.[3] He often works on cases that involve women or bombs, because it reminds him of his wife.

In the middle of Season 3, Monk's nurse, Sharona Fleming, decides to go back to New Jersey. Then Monk hires another assistant by the name of Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard).[4] Natalie has a daughter named Julie Teeger, and her husband was in the United States Navy and died in combat years earlier.

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  1. Michael Schneider (2014). "Series finale attracts almost 9.5 million viewers". Variety Media, LLC. http://variety.com/2009/tv/news/monk-exits-on-record-breaking-high-1118012312/. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark Crawford, The Obsessive Compulsive Trap: Real Help for a Real Struggle (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2004), p. 29
  3. Lee Siegel, Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television (New York: Basic Books, 2007), p. 38
  4. "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring". CBS Interactive Inc.. ND. http://www.tv.com/shows/monk/mr-monk-and-the-red-herring-364780/. Retrieved 14 August 2014.