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4.0 out of 5 stars Monk it out, 23 Feb 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Monk - Season 4 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
"Monk" is one of those intelligent cult shows that usually dies a quick and painful death -- and this is one of the few that has lasted more than a few weeks. The obsessive compulsive detective returns on DVD with his fourth season of bizarre, seemingly unsolvable crimes, from homicidal dentists to amnesia.

As the season opens, Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) encounters a nasty new obstacle -- an inept private eye, Marty Eels (Jason Alexander), has suddenly become better than him. Everyone thinks Mart is a genius -- but Monk knows better. And when Eels' case explodes in his face, he calls on Monk and Natalie (Traylor Howard) to bail him out.

As the series goes on, Adrian deals with all sorts of weird cases -- murderous dentists, black widows, a case of amnesia that has him thinking he's married to the town weirdo, a wine tasting, a stolen diamond with a million-dollar reward, deals with his boss's marital problems, fashion models, and a Christmas party that turns deadly. Worst of all, he's called on to do jury duty, and has to solve two crimes without leaving the room.

And on the personal front, Monk reunites with his even-more-neurotic brother Ambrose for a Halloween mystery. But when Adrian shows signs of overcoming his disorder, Natalie sees what seems to be his dead wife Trudy walking around San Francisco -- and she's implicated in a murder.

"Monk" just wrapped its fifth season (which wasn't quite as good as this one), which is something of a record for any semi-intelligent TV show. And for the fourth season of a detective series, it has aged quite well -- the stories are still unusual and cleverly written.

The writing is still quite solid, albeit with one or two lesser episodes ("Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage" just feels incredibly awkward). But the comedy and unique crimes continue, to the point where Monk can even solve crimes without leaving his bed. And the series continues to chronicle Monk's struggles against his OCD, while reminding us that he could be worse.

The characters continue to be well-fleshed out: We get some flashbacks to Monk's school years. And though more time has passed, he's still in love with his late wife -- one of the most charming scenes of the season has him slowly turning in the snow, thinking of Trudy.

For the supporting characters: Stottlemeyer's marital problems continue with shocking results, and Randy Disher's secret rock'n'roll dreams get revealed when he quits the police force. And we get to see more of Natalie's background -- she comes from a moneyed socialite family, complete with a snotty mom.

The fourth season of "Monk" is still solid and enjoyable, with the lovable obsessive-compulsive detective. Solid work.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulisive Viewing! - A Gift, not a Curse, 2 Dec 2006
This review is from: Monk - Season 4 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
If your a fan of Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Father Dowling mysteries...this probably isn't for you as Mr. Monk is quality television!

With Sharona a distant memory in clothes that were too tight for her, we welcome along Natalie Teeger's first full season! Teeger, Enthusiastically played by the fantastic Traylor Howard, looks like she's enjoying every minute of it, who's views are echoed by a very happy reviewer, who is extatic to have 'Monk' back on our screens!

This should be on Prime time like it is in america, not in those slots that people who stay in all day (Saturday, 3 ish) and pregnant teenagers who just got back from a Jeremy Kyle recording (weekdays 2:35).

Adrian Monk is played once again, suberbly by Tony Shalhoub, who nailed the arkward detective's personality, and he was rewarded with Emmy's! Good for him, he deserved it.

Highlights include Mr. Monk and Little Monk and Mr. Monk and the Other Detective, those are stand out but trust me, so is every other episode.

Not like anything else on TV.

Buy It.

You Won't be dissapointed. 10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he will win you over, 21 Dec 2011
This review is from: Monk - Season 4 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
I bought the entire DVD collection for my brother, he is a big fan and loves watching this qwarky decective.... what will I get him next????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 3 Feb 2014
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Really enjoy Monk and if you like a bit of humour whilst a murder mystery is solved a la columbo/sherlock this is for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars The defective detective delivers delight, 8 Nov 2013
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The good lady and I and the grandsons are all big fans and on a couple of rainy days during half term we had a Monkfest...brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, 21 Nov 2012
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The DVD was in a good condition, only I hoped it would have had subtitles which wasn't obvious in the description
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5.0 out of 5 stars what do i think of it, 4 Oct 2014
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gtr8 series loving it
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i luvs monk, 8 Jun 2009
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H. MAC-RAE "helene" (scotland, u.k.) - See all my reviews
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... hmmm wut can i say... the writers have done well, the people chosen to be the charactors, the story lines and how monk solves the cases... yeppers i duz luv monk... and they are so relaxing... a good night kinda story for sweet dreams... hmac...
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