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Monk: Season 1 [DVD]
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All 13 episodes from the first season of the US crime series starring Tony Shalhoub as psychologically unstable ex-police detective Adrian Monk. Episodes are: 'Mr Monk and the Candidate (Part 1)', 'Mr Monk and the Candidate (Part 2)', 'Mr Monk and the Psychic', 'Mr Monk Meets Dale the Whale', 'Mr Monk Goes to the Carnival', 'Mr Monk Goes to the Asylum', 'Mr Monk and the Billionaire Mugger', 'Mr Monk and the Other Woman', 'Mr Monk and the Marathon Man', 'Mr Monk Takes a Vacation', 'Mr Monk and the Earthquake', 'Mr Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger' and 'Mr Monk and the Airplane'.
The ranks of fictional genius gumshoes were joined by former San Francisco detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) in the summer of 2002, and he is indeed a welcome addition. Cable channel USA Network introduced Monk, a bright comedy-drama series about an obsessive-compulsive sleuth drummed out of police work following the murder of his wife and a subsequent spike in his overwhelming neuroses. Once a rising star in the homicide department, the twitchy savant is still valuable to Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), who reluctantly calls on Monk to solve difficult, high-profile murders of judges, billionaires, police informants, and famous attorneys. Monk's talent for finding clues and seeing the big picture in criminal investigations makes him a force to reckon with, but his many phobias (germs, heights, asymmetry, and much, much else) aggravate Stottlemeyer and make Monk completely dependent on a long-suffering assistant, Sharona (Bitty Schram), a single mom who functions as Dr. Watson to Monk's Sherlock Holmes.
Each of the 12 episodes included in Monk: The Complete First Season is a delightful mix of clever whodunit puzzler, neurotic schtick, and deepening relationships. Among the latter, the bond between Monk and Sharona is most touching, as the platonic friends, sometimes aghast at how involved they are in each other's lives, surprise themselves with the breadth of their trust and commitment. In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum," Monk is forced into a stay at a mental hospital, where a murderer has convinced him he's crazy; it's Sharona who makes her boss realize he's not. In "Mr. Monk and the Earthquake," it's Monk who rushes to Sharona's aid when he deduces that a lying friend is about to kill her. In almost every episode, Monk is confronted with a phobic limitation he must overcome in order to save the day. The question is whether he will heal enough, one day, to re-join his old squad. For the sake of Monk's winning formula and fans, one has to hope such good news never comes to pass. --Tom Keogh
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Basically, Adrian Monk is a former San Fran detective who suffers from OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He's obsessed by neatness and detail, as well as being phobic to just about everything (germs, heights, etc). Whenever the SF police get really stuck on a case they call on Monk as a consultant, because his obsessive attention to details makes him an unbeatable detective.
Each episode is a form of murder mystery, some of which are filmed in a Columbo-fashion - i.e. We, the Audience know at the beginning who dunnit.
The show is a quirky mix of mystery and humour, with good acting and an excellent chemistry between the main cast, particularly between Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Bitty Schrab (Sharoun, Monk's nurse and assistant). You'll enjoy trying to spot the little details when Monk does and figure out their meaning. I'm now addicted and am waiting for season 2.
The boxset extras consist of short featurette interviews with the cast and creators of the show, titled: Mr Monk and his origins (4.20), Mr Monk and his OCD (3.01), Mr Monk and his Fellow Sufferers (4.15), Mr Monk and his Emmy Award-Winning Performance (3.55) and Mr Monk and his Partners in Crime (4.35).
Imagine a crime scene, there are police, forensics, and a detective. The detective is clever, ultra clever, with the level of deduction that Sherlock Holmes has. Now imagine a person there that has problems, he does'nt like being touched, he has phobias about germs, heights, milk, he cannot stand disorder, he has an obsessive compulsive disorder. Now imagine they are the same person.
The boxset contains the 12 episodes on 4 discs that make up series 1 including the pilot episode. Also included are a handful of featurettes on the last disc.
The story begins 4 years after the death/murder of Monks wife Trudy (an ongoing story that is picked up in various episodes, but by the end of the series has hardly had the surface scratched from it). Monk has been in a serious state since his loss and has had the help of a nurse, Sherona, who now works full time for him, and that is 24/7 as Monk in some ways is the boss from hell.
Monk's toe in the door to getting back on the force, from which he has been suspended, is the Mayor, who holds him in high esteem and asks for his help to solve a couple of crimes. At first the police do not like his intrusion, but as the series progresses, genuine respect bordering ever so slightly on friendship develops.
What made this series stand out for me from your run of the mill cop shows, is just the quirky nature of it. The comedic elememt of the show is never allowed to get out of hand, mostly due to Ted Levines Police Captain character, who is always focusing Monk to the job at hand, and Bitty Schram's Sherona who badgers away at him to act normal. But.Read more ›
Monk's many phobias intensified on hearing of the murder by car-bomb of his wife four years previously - so much so that he is suspended from duty on psychiatric grounds, and becomes obsessed with working out who was responsible. He is coaxed back to a state where he can leave his house by his saintly but outwardly trashy nurse and assistant Sharona, played superbly by Bitty Schram. His former colleagues still call on his amazing powers of recall and observation of the tiniest details to help them solve the very trickiest murder cases, but now only as a civilian consultant. The plotlines are almost unerringly excellent (and as intricate as, say, Jonathan Creek) - and a neat balance is struck between slapstick and black humour to keep just about anyone entertained. Everyone I've told about the programme has enjoyed it just as much as I did myself.
Right, I'm off to order the second series box set...
"Monk: The Obsessive Compulsive Collection" compiles the first four seasons of this funny, likable little mystery series. Tony Shalhoub shines as everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive detective, solving the case with his gift/curse and his willingness to go anywhere... that doesn't have germs.
Adrian Monk's wife Trudy was killed in a car-bombing, and the devastated detective fell apart completely. Years later, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is partially recovered, but he still is obsessive-compulsive and has dozens of phobias. The only way he manages is with his assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) -- and later her successor Natalie (Traylor Howard) -- babysitting him.
When a politician is nearly killed in a mystery shooting, the police are baffled. So Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) reluctantly calls in his old pal to solve the case. From then on, Monk is called in for dozens of bizarre, baffling cases. His excellent memory and his OCD ("It's a gift.... and a curse") allow him to see patterns and details where other people see nothing.
Among Monk's cases are going undercover at a prison, a killer dentist, a deadly Christmas gift, an elephant used as a lethal weapon, a billionaire mugger, saving Willie Nelson from a murder rap, trapping a black widow, the death of a 115-year-old man, the Mafia, martial-artists, murdered models, and a guy who leaped out of a plane -- and died by drowning.
But as quirky and bizarre as the cases is, it never stops hitting the heartstrings. Monk is still passionately devoted to his dead wife; in the whole series, he goes on two dates (both disastrous).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the mysteries are quite interesting and on the whole I enjoyed it and bought future seasons, but I did find the main character unbelievably irritating, so much so it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen
Monk is such a great show. We were happy with the dvds we received. The packaging is a little flimsy, but it didn't break and all the dvds played well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Catherine M