Monk: Season 1 Reviews

March 11, 2020
This show is a unique gem and, even better, it has a real heart.
September 10, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
This fresh series has a gimmick that works like a charm.
September 10, 2018
[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.
September 10, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2018
Monk is a thinking-person's television show thanks to fresh, intelligent writing and well-nuanced characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
If Monk, man and show, require patience, they also earn it and reward it.
February 1, 2018
When you aren't enjoying the performance of Bitty Schram... you will probably suspect the candidate's glamorous black-widow spider of a wife, Gail O'Grady. But Monk is more complicated, and more fun.
July 11, 2017
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.