Monk: Season 1 (2002)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Monk is a pedestrian procedural anchored by an extraordinary star performance, with Tony Shalhoub bringing both beguiling eccentricity and rich humanity to the titular detective.



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 24
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Air date: Jul 12, 2002
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The first season of this quirky detective show introduces Adrian Monk (Tony Shaloub), a private eye with obsessive-compulsive disorder who, after being removed from the police force after his wife's murder, now assists the Homicide Division of the San Francisco Police Department. Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) is his sassy no-nonsense assistant and helps him cope with his OCPD and 312 phobias, which include flying, heights, crowds, imperfections, messes, ladybugs and milk. His cases include an assassination attempt, an 800-lb. murder suspect, a deadly ferris-wheel ride and being institutionalized. Guest stars include Willie Nelson, Garry Marshall, Adam Arkin, Tim Daly and Shaloub's wife, Brooke Adams.


Tony Shalhoub
as Adrian Monk
Ted Levine
as Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer
Bitty Schram
as Sharona Fleming
Max Morrow
as Benjy Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford
as Lt. Randall Disher
Stanley Kamel
as Dr. Kroger
John Bourgeois
as Comm. Harry Ashcombe
Liliane Clune
as Irene Fenimore
Amy Sedaris
as Gail Fleming
Maria Del Mar
as Monica Waters
Justin Peroff
as Young Monk
Tim Daly
as Himself
Gail O'Grady
as Miranda St. Claire
Kate Trotter
as Kate Ashcombe
Patrick Garrow
as Todd Katterskill
Peter Outerbridge
as Trevor McDowell
Cameron Daddo
as Darryl Wright
David Sparrow
as Sgt. Cargill
Michael Hogan
as Warren St. Claire
J. C. Kenny
as Reporter
Ben Bass
as Gavin Lloyd
Nicholas Campbell
as Lawrence Grayson
Alan Van Sprang
as Leonard Stokes
Janine Theriault
as Christina Rutherford
Linda Kash
as Dolly Flint
Zakes Mokae
as Tonday Mawaaka
Dean McKenzie
as PR Spokesperson
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Dr. Lancaster
Sandra McCurdy
as Nicole Young
Neil Crone
as Terry T
J.C. MacKenzie
as Stanley Teal
Juan Chioran
as Dr. Christian Vezza
Jenny Levine
as Jennifer Zeppetelli
Rob Stefaniuk
as John Gitomer
Vito Tassielli
as Uniformed Cop
Stephen McHattie
as Lt. Adam Kirk
Peter Onorati
as Archie Modine
Mary Black
as Kelly Street
David Anderson
as Sonny Cross
Garry Marshall
as Warren Beach
Richard Zeppieri
as Arthur Zaleski
Stellina Rusich
as Trudy Monk
Jane Luk
as News Anchor
Jessica Steen
as Myra Teal
David Gardner
as Minister
Bill Lake
as Hardware Owner
Aron Tager
as Leo Otterman
Damir Andrei
as Father Hatcher
Jennifer Pisana
as Sue Ellen
Ross Petty
as Henry Rutherford
Carl Marotte
as Stephan Chabrol
Brandi Marie Ward
as Gwen Zaleski
Robin Duke
as Aunt Minn
Don Ritchie
as Attorney
Jay "Mad Dog" Michaels
as Li'l Kenny Freedman
Martin Roach
as Carl Jenkins
Beatriz Pizano
as Mrs. Garcia
Jennifer Dale
as Barbara Chabrol
Paul Brian Anderson
as Myra's Lawyer
Andy Marshall
as Police Officer
Polly Draper
as Rita Bronwyn
Jonathan Wilson
as Young Promoter
Paul A. Macfarlane
as Medical Examiner
Kelly Fiddick
as Bill LaFrankie
Quancetia Hamilton
as 2nd Dispatcher
Eric Fink
as Taxi Driver
Bernard Kay
as Man in Sweater
Haylee Wanstall
as Little Girl
Tamara Levitt
as Photographer
Jim Feather
as Old Man
Oliver Matthew
as 2nd Psych Tech
David Huband
as Judge, Kirk Trial
Shannon Barnett
as Uniformed Cop
Chuck Byrn
as Standup Comic
Graham Harley
as Tony Landis
Reuben Thompson
as Uniformed Cop
Ray Kahnert
as Schizophrenic
Paul-Emile Frappier
as Man in Reception
Kaya McGregor
as Christine
Deborah Grover
as Mrs. Butterworth
James Downing
as Police Dispatcher
Peter Snider
as Prosecutor
Bruce Beaton
as Foreman
Kay Hawtry
as Mrs. Danvers
Zoe Heath
as Torch
Barry Flatman
as John Fenimore
Ed Sahely
as Ticket Clerk
Lawrie Mifflin
as Club Manager
Ian Heath
as Stork
Indiana Jagait
as Security Guard #1
Sonya Cote
as Defense Attorney
Tim Burd
as Participant #2
Rory O'Shea
as Reporter 2
Johnie Chase
as Airport Cop
Ho Chow
as Property Clerk
Randy Thomas
as Streaker
Bruce Hunter
as Board Member #1
Carolyn Scott
as Board Member #2
Dvora Kedar
as Witness
Dvora Kedar
as Witness
John Carson
as Processing Guard
Carol Rigg
as Customer
Mickey Raphael
as Band Member #3
Susie Dias
as Sales Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Monk Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

This fresh series has a gimmick that works like a charm.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Story-wise, there's nothing in Monk that makes the show terribly different from all the detective shows that came before. It's the character of Monk that gives the series distinction.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

[Tony Shalhoub and Bitty Schram] make a formidable and entertaining team... If the energy and originality of the storylines catch up with their dynamic, the series can only improve.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The talented star of Monk proved that there was still life in the character-driven detective series even as programs like Law & Order had thrived on ensemble over lead structures.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Monk is a thinking-person's television show thanks to fresh, intelligent writing and well-nuanced characters.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This series is more than just the best show USA has done in years (which is such faint praise, it's barely audible). No, Monk is a summer delight - a sure-handed blend of mystery and humor.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The series never sells out its protagonist's need for justice and acceptance. It is this compelling desire, underpinning a goofy premise, that gives the show its remarkable durability.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Deftly shifting between scenes of pathos and physical comedy, he renders Monk as an endearingly original hero, a germaphobe who's fighting to clean up the gritty streets of San Francisco without getting his hands dirty.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Departs enough from the tired detective formula to be worthy of your attention, and also features a stellar performance from Shalhoub and crisp, original writing.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The breezy gait of the storytelling, the nicely explained quirks of a brilliant mind and Tony Shalhoub's sterling characterization in the lead role make this a fine ratings contender in the season to come.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If Monk, man and show, require patience, they also earn it and reward it.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Tony Shalhoub is not the only reason to watch Monk, a smart new detective series on USA, but the intriguing character he and the show's writers have created might have been enough.

Jul 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monk: Season 1

  • Dec 30, 2017
    While weak when compared to future years of Monk, season 1 is still a strong start to a fantastic original concept with a strong cast of characters and expert writing that creates smart, unpredictable mysteries and combines them with fresh, clean humor.
  • Oct 28, 2017
    The year I became a MONKaphile.

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