Monk remains a hit after nine years off the air
As I browsed the recent additions section of Amazon Prime, I was excited to see that they had added all of the seasons of the TV show Monk.
Monk is a show filled with mystery, emotion and loads of laughs. The show, which ran from 2002 to 2009, follows the crime solving adventures of Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and has eight out of 10 stars on IMDb.
Left heartbroken by the death of his wife in a car bombing, Adrian Monk pushes past his grief and overcomes his anti-social skills and obsessive-compulsive disorder to help people when no one else can.
With the help of his assistant Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), or in later seasons Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), Mr. Monk solves even the most convoluted cases of his friend Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and comic relief, Lieutenant Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford). Together, this cast delivers a story that is both hilarious and heart touching.
A typical episode will open with the scene of the crime, setting the tone of the
After the theme song, “It’s a Jungle Out There” by Randy Newman (and one of my personal favorite parts of the show), you open on Mr. Monk carefully inspecting the cleanliness of his recycling jars, arguing with his assistant about not endorsing her paycheck or taking out the bagged-papered-bagged-again-plastic-wrapped-ziplocked-single-dirty-tissue trash from his apartment.
From there, you move on to the crime scene and whatever the baffling case of the week is.
The following scenes reveal clues and follow leads in the typical crime drama style, leading to the solution of the case and Adrian Monk proving ‘the guy’ did it. In every episode Monk tells the story of the crime in his “Here’s what happened” flashbacks.
From the direction of threads on a button to stolen shoes and an askew sundial, no detail is too small or insignificant for Adrian Monk to crack the case.
The last scene of each episode ends with a smile, a laugh and the fond memories of Mr. Monk for his dearly departed wife, Trudy.
So, take my advice, watch Monk (you’ll thank me later) and appreciate that bitter-sweet feeling that lasts so much longer and means so much more than just a smile.