Monk

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Monk

A Descriptive Essay about Monk

Monk debuted on July 12, 2002 on USA network where it continued for eight seasons until it concluded on December 4, 2009.

Adrian Monk was a famous police officer in San Francisco until the murder of his wife, Trudy, left him with different and unique phobias. He developed an extreme case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and soon lost his job. With the help of his therapist, nurse, and loyal friends, he was able to improve. Despite these conditions, he remained a brilliant detective for the SFPD.

As mentioned before, Monk has a long list of unique phobias. They include things like milk, ladybugs, food touching, heights, dirt, dentists, soccer riots, touching, rabbits, tap water, feet, harmonicas, ladders, egg whites, decaffeinated coffee, etc… This list could go on forever, but I’ll stop here for now. These phobias, although sometimes can be as irritating as a mosquito, mainly add to the excitement and the comedy elements of the show.

During most shows, Monk will say phrases such as, “Here’s what happened.” He usually says “Here’s what happened,” whenever he solves the case. These phrases are sometimes told in an unusual fashion. For example, in “Mr. Monk goes Camping” the story is being recounted to a bear. Another of Monk’s famous phrases include “Here’s the thing.” He usually says that whenever someone does something that he thinks is wrong. For example, if someone wants to shake his hand, he would probably say, “Here’s the thing” and say why they should not shake hands. Yes, Monk does have a lot of phobias and disorders that others may have never seen before, but that is what makes Monk a good TV show.

In order for Monk to function, he required an assistant. From season one to mid-season four, Monk’s full-time assistant was his nurse, Sharona Fleming. She stopped working for Monk when she decided to move back to New Jersey and re-marry her ex-husband. After she left, in the middle of season four, Monk was in search of a new assistant. He was able to find Natalie Teeger, a former bartender. Monk also had a psychologist named Charles Kroger. They would meet at scheduled times, so that he could talk to Monk about his problems. Despite all of these details, the main story remains about Monk solving the murder of his wife, Trudy. Throughout the seasons, there are some episodes that are related to Trudy’s death. For example, in the episode “Mr. Monk goes to Manhattan,” Monk and the other police officers are able to find the man who was hired to build the bomb. Finally, in the last episodes of season eight, Trudy’s killer is found.

After Monk was released, it took a while for people to get to know the show. After a few seasons, though, people all over the world finally got to see and enjoy it. It played in over sixty-two countries on various different networks. In “Mr. Monk and the End Part II,” Monk set the record with a record-breaking 9.4 million viewers. It became the most watched scripted drama episode in cable television history!

Monk also won many different awards and award nominations. One of the best awards the show won was “Best performance by a lead actor in a comedy series.” The show also achieved other awards for achievements like “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” and “Best Television Series.” The theme song “It’s a Jungle out There” by Randy Newman also won “Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.” The show also had multiple famous guest actors, including Sarah Silverman, Gena Rowlands, Laurie Metcalf, John Turturro and Jeffrey Donovan.

Monk is not just a TV show, but also a book series. The series consists of fourteen books, including Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse and Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out. Some of the books were later adapted in to a Monk episode. They were written by author Lee Goldberg. These books were narrated by Monk’s second assistant, Natalie Teeger.

This show, in my opinion, is the best show I have ever watched. The comedy, drama and mystery mixed together give it its interesting features that make it unique and fun and all together contribute to the making this show better than all of the other shows on television.

Monk

A Descriptive Essay about Monk

Monk debuted on July 12, 2002 on USA network where it continued for eight seasons until it concluded on December 4, 2009.

Adrian Monk was a famous police officer in San Francisco until the murder of his wife, Trudy, left him with different and unique phobias. He developed an extreme case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and soon lost his job. With the help of his therapist, nurse, and loyal friends, he was able to improve. Despite these conditions, he remained a brilliant detective for the SFPD.

As mentioned before, Monk has a long list of unique phobias. They include things like milk, ladybugs, food touching, heights, dirt, dentists, soccer riots, touching, rabbits, tap water, feet, harmonicas, ladders, egg whites, decaffeinated coffee, etc… This list could go on forever, but I’ll stop here for now. These phobias, although sometimes can be as irritating as a mosquito, mainly add to the excitement and the comedy elements of the show.

During most shows, Monk will say phrases such as, “Here’s what happened.” He usually says “Here’s what happened,” whenever he solves the case. These phrases are sometimes told in an unusual fashion. For example, in “Mr. Monk goes Camping” the story is being recounted to a bear. Another of Monk’s famous phrases include “Here’s the thing.” He usually says that whenever someone does something that he thinks is wrong. For example, if someone wants to shake his hand, he would probably say, “Here’s the thing” and say why they should not shake hands. Yes, Monk does have a lot of phobias and disorders that others may have never seen before, but that is what makes Monk a good TV show.

In order for Monk to function, he required an assistant. From season one to mid-season four, Monk’s full-time assistant was his nurse, Sharona Fleming. She stopped working for Monk when she decided to move back to New Jersey and re-marry her ex-husband. After she left, in the middle of season four, Monk was in search of a new assistant. He was able to find Natalie Teeger, a former bartender. Monk also had a psychologist named Charles Kroger. They would meet at scheduled times, so that he could talk to Monk about his problems. Despite all of these details, the main story remains about Monk solving the murder of his wife, Trudy. Throughout the seasons, there are some episodes that are related to Trudy’s death. For example, in the episode “Mr. Monk goes to Manhattan,” Monk and the other police officers are able to find the man who was hired to build the bomb. Finally, in the last episodes of season eight, Trudy’s killer is found.

After Monk was released, it took a while for people to get to know the show. After a few seasons, though, people all over the world finally got to see and enjoy it. It played in over sixty-two countries on various different networks. In “Mr. Monk and the End Part II,” Monk set the record with a record-breaking 9.4 million viewers. It became the most watched scripted drama episode in cable television history!

Monk also won many different awards and award nominations. One of the best awards the show won was “Best performance by a lead actor in a comedy series.” The show also achieved other awards for achievements like “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” and “Best Television Series.” The theme song “It’s a Jungle out There” by Randy Newman also won “Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.” The show also had multiple famous guest actors, including Sarah Silverman, Gena Rowlands, Laurie Metcalf, John Turturro and Jeffrey Donovan.

Monk is not just a TV show, but also a book series. The series consists of fourteen books, including Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse and Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out. Some of the books were later adapted in to a Monk episode. They were written by author Lee Goldberg. These books were narrated by Monk’s second assistant, Natalie Teeger.

This show, in my opinion, is the best show I have ever watched. The comedy, drama and mystery mixed together give it its interesting features that make it unique and fun and all together contribute to the making this show better than all of the other shows on television.


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