Monk: Season 8 (2009)


Season 8
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Monk wisely closes the curtain just as the formula begins to grow tiresome, delivering a predictable conclusion that will still hearten fans of San Francisco's finest germaphobe.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 31

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Air date: Aug 7, 2009

In the Season 8 premiere, Monk plays bodyguard to a former child star (Elizabeth Perkins) who receives death threats after releasing a tell-all book. The job turns sour for Monk, however, after he learns she's unlike the character she played on TV.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2009

Monk connects with a visiting African widower (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who's investigating his wife's death. Meanwhile, Monk works on a high-profile case in which a maid's killer tended to her wounds.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2009

Monk investigates a girl's disappearance, which seems to be linked to a UFO sighting in a small town. Daniel Stern guest stars.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2009

Monk poses as a hit man to prevent an assassination.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2009

A defense attorney (Jay Mohr) questions Monk's unusual investigative methods in a big murder case.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2009

Natalie suspects that a critic (Dylan Baker) committed a murder after he condemns Julie's performance in a play, which was staged on the same night as the murder.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2009

Area residents receive unmarked dolls that seem to predict a series of strange deaths, leading many to suspect a voodoo curse is at play. The mystery hits close to home when Natalie becomes involved. Meat Loaf guest stars.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2009

An insurance snag leads Monk to join Dr. Bell's therapy group, which appears to have a murderer in its ranks who's targeting fellow patients.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2009

Natalie plans a surprise birthday party for Monk, who's busy investigating a maintenance worker's strange death. Virginia Madsen and John Carroll Lynch guest star.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2009

Sharona (Bitty Schram) returns to San Francisco to sort out legal red tape following her uncle's death. Monk suspects foul play, however, and gets a taste of working with Sharona and Natalie simultaneously. Jack Wagner guest stars.

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In the eighth and final season, Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) continues to work with the Homicide Division of the San Francisco Police Department. His cases involve a murder related to a UFO sighting, victims who receive voodoo dolls before their deaths, guarding a former child star and rejoining the police force. Monk's former assistant, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), returns to San Francisco, and he finds himself torn between her and his current assistant, Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard). Dr. Neven Bell (Héctor Elizondo) continues to help Monk with his OCPD and numerous phobias, especially when they threaten to derail his investigative abilities. And Monk makes a breakthrough in finding his wife's murder. Guest stars include Eric Stonestreet, Meat Loaf, Teri Polo, Jack Wagner and Craig T. Nelson as "The Judge."

Cast & Crew

Tony Shalhoub
Adrian Monk
Ted Levine
Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer
Traylor Howard
Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford
Lt. Randall Disher
Virginia Madsen
T.K. Jensen
Melora Hardin
Trudy Monk
Casper Van Dien
Lt. Steven Albright
Craig T. Nelson
Ana Teresa Sosa
Emmy Clarke
Julie Teeger
Chandra West
Carolyn Walsh
Tim Bagley
Harold Krenshaw
D.B. Woodside
Dr. Matthew Shuler
Héctor Elizondo
Dr. Neven Bell
Jessica McCabe
Teenage Cashier
Mary Beth Evans
Mrs. Rickover
Michael Coleman
Uniform Cop 1
Shelly Cole
Mrs. Rickover
Hy Conrad
Writer
Joe Toplyn
Writer
Jack Bernstein
Writer
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Critic Reviews for Monk Season 8

Audience Reviews for Monk: Season 8

  • May 10, 2021
    Man, I just wanted to see see Snoop Dog and Tony, so I skipped a few seasons to what I thought was the one Episode I was looking for- Absolute Mistake. I teared up by in a few moments and I couldn't bare skipping any of such great Scenes from previous Episodes. (For everybody who watched it, it was the first part of the series finale)
  • Mar 12, 2021
    I don't understand the rave reviews. At the start, sure, a somewhat refreshing take on the, let's be fair, still done to death detective formula, but here? I mean the final episode the acting is lackluster at best, the story is predictable and in the end it all sort of went nowhere anyway. Just a filler series to pass the time, not much more.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    The original defective detective. Adrian Monk, formerly a cop on the San Francisco police force, is haunted by the car-bomb murder of his journalist wife, bedeviled by more phobias, quirks, and peccadilloes than even his psychiatrist can handle, and yet--in his new role as a police consultant (he turned in his badge after his wife's death) is able to solve the most complicated of cases with ease. Over the course of the series, he has lost his sight, found a girlfriend, trod the boards as an actor, suffered amnesia...and through it all, been able to figure out whodunit well before the final commercial. Often, the murder occurs at the very start, and we are aware of the killer's identity before Monk is; the fun comes from watching him put the pieces together until he knows what we've known all along-- and sometimes, the story revolves around Monk's efforts (usually unsuccessful) to cope with the agonies of day-to-day living while the mystery is placed squarely on the back burner. Tony Shalhoub's performance is a master class in acting, filled with tics, twitches, grimaces and frowns (he rarely smiles)--but also quieter, more soulful moments--from first scene to last; he is brilliant. Also starring Ted Levine as his exasperated boss, Captain Stottlemeyer; Bitty Schram and Traylor Howard as his personal assistants, Sharona and Natalie; and Jason Gray-Stanford as the goofy but efficient Lieutenant Disher. Move over, Columbo. Monk is just as smart, and even quirkier. (Funnier, too.) If you haven't seen the show yet, what have you been waiting for? You can still catch it in reruns, or binge-watch it on DVD. It's a gem.
  • May 17, 2018
    Love the cast and the guest stars.
  • Dec 26, 2016
    It was an Outstanding TV Series and the Star Cast was Perfect.

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