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MONK - A Seriously Good Detective Story Series with Plenty Laughs Too

Updated on April 27, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

I love a good, serious detective story with unexpected twists and turns. Above all, nothing beats a detective story where the murderer turns out to be someone you never even suspected in the least. That's always the case with this detective series, Monk.

I also love good comedy! You know the kind that isn't overbearingly obvious but which gives you a really good laugh. Again that's the case with Monk.

Monk, with his quirky self, is my all-time favourite TV detective and detective movie, followed by 'Murdoch Mysteries' and 'The Mentalist'. Trust me! You'll never meet a more adorable detective than Adrian Monk (superbly played by Tony Shalhoub). He's a bit eccentric, his method of doing things may be irritating at times but he's always right and he always gets the bad guy or gal.

There's a twinge of sadness in his personal story, though, in that he lost his wife (Trudy) in a car bombing that he believes was meant to kill him instead. This has had a traumatic effect on him which has left him a little unstable mentally and emotionally as well as frightened of many things. So although he cannot return to the police force as an official police detective, he works for the police force as a Crime Consultant on their really hard to solve cases.

He's especially afraid of germs, heights and the dentist! Don't try shaking his hand or touching him at all.And he has a precise routine for doing everything, even something as trivial as brushing his teeth, that only his beloved caregiver - Sharona Fleming (played by Bitty Schram) in earlier series and Natalie Teeger (played by Traylor Howard) in later series - can tolerate. I must confess that I liked Natalie Teeger better.

He is loved and respected, though, by his former boss and friend, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (played by Ted Levine) and a rooky police officer Lieutenant Randall "Randy" Disher (played by Jason Gray-Stanford).

If in the past, while watching television, Monk was clashing with any other television show that I liked, bet your last dollar Monk took precedence! That's how good this detective show is.

This TV series was sooooo good that it "...held the record for the most-watched scripted drama episode in cable television history from 2009 through 2012...with 9.4 million viewers, 3.2 million of them in the 18 - 49 demographic" (Monk (TV Series), Wikipedia). It also won 17 awards including the prized Golden Globe Award and the Family Television Award. It’s a good clean show that you can watch with your teenage children without feeling embarrassed. (And we know there aren’t many of those kinds of shows around these days).

9.4 million viewers and I just can’t be wrong about how great this detective series is. Now go get the entire series because it's addictive and you'll need multiple doses of Monk!

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Clips featuring some of Monk’s Loveable Quirkiness

I think it’s quite funny how Monk’s nicely arranged Captain Lelands’ computer keys. I don’t want him near my computer, though :)

Poor Monk! Bad guys trying to extract (ouch! Wrong word at the Dentist) from Mr. Monk. In this episode I really felt sorry for him.

And there’s Lieutenant Randy’s attempt at a music video that no one quite knows what to say after watching.

Some of my other favourite detective shows you'll just love...

MURDOCH MYSTERIES COLLECTION: SEASONS 1-4
MURDOCH MYSTERIES COLLECTION: SEASONS 1-4

This Canadian gentleman is another crime detective you'll enjoy.

 
The Mentalist: Season 6
The Mentalist: Season 6

A mischievously smiling detective, who catches criminals with' their hands in the cookie jar'.

 
Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 1
Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 1

He has a stiff upper lip but you can't 'pull wool over his eyes'. He always solves the mystery!

 

Which of these detective movies/shows is your favourite?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @TerriCarr: Yeah, I loved the keyboard one, too. I just had to share it. Captain Leland's reaction had me cracking up. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I also love Monk. The keyboard key-switching video above is a scream!! But I sure don't think square tomatoes are the Lord's work.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks georgepmoola! Never say Foyle's War but I checked and I see it has high ratings, so I will check it out some time. Have a blessed week.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Great write-up. Foyle's War takes a lot of beating, in my opinion.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Lynda Makara: Never heard about Rockford Files but I did like Columbo. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: Glad you liked the review, esmonaco! I see we're in the same boat! Watching re-runs :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      He's quite a character in the show. I loved Rockford Files and Columbo.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I still watch as many re-runs as I can, as Love the show and was sad when when the series ended. Thanks nice review :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @AlleyCatLane: Well then you know how I feel, AlleyCatLane! I watch re-runs to fill the void :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @smine27: smine27 this WILL be fun! I guarantee it :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci! Glad you enjoyed it and you're so right about its timelessness. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Kim Milai: Well thanks for confirming it, kimmilai! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: Don't wait any longer poetvix! Get ready for some good laughs! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      My kids and I really enjoyed this show.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @WriterJanis2: I am glad you all did, WriterJanis. It's superb! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      I loved Monk, and hated when the series ended. It was a terrific show.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I haven't seen this yet, but looks like it could be fun!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Ah, Monk! He is so lovable. This was such a great series, timeless in many ways. Great review.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      I LOVE this series.I bought some seasons a while ago and my teen girls and I still love to watch it!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I have yet to see this. Sounds good :).

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @AnnaMKB: I see you have good taste in detective movies AnnaMKB :) If you like Poirot, then you'll adore Monk! Yes Yes Yes! Start doing the same with Monk! Your family will love you for it. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: LOL! So true, Susan! He just embodies that character so well, that I don't think I would be able to think of him otherwise in real life. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      AnnaMKB 3 years ago

      We hardly ever watch TV, but I did start watching Monk a bit when it first came out. I love the actor - he was fantastic in Galaxy Quest!We've been working our way through the Poirot series by borrowing each season from the library, then having family evenings, watching several episodes in a row. Much more our style! *L* I think might be worth our while to start doing the same with the Monk series, too. :-)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We love Monk, too. The character is so real to us and I have to say that if I ran across Tony Shalhoub in real life, I'd stand back and expect him to act just like Adrian.