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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If Monk, man and show, require patience, they also earn it and reward it.
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.
[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.
Audience Reviews for Monk: Season 1
Jul 04, 2020It's sometimes old-fashioned with hit-and-miss comedy, but "Monk" is light and sweet, and represents an amiable way to pass the time. The main selling points for the series are the quirky compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and the bizarre cases he solves. The series establishes quickly that Monk is an unusual man. He prefers order and cleanliness. He does not shake hands. He arbitrarily touches the points on random objects. Monk is hardwired to see even minuscule problems and rectify them--which makes him perfect to solve crimes so unusual and inventive. He is joined by his assistant Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram; Traylor Howard later fills the role of assistant Natalie Teeger), as well as his former boss Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford).
Dec 30, 2017While 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, 2017The year I became a MONKaphile.