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Classic MonkApril 13 2008
Nancy G. Hill
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Season Six went back to the formula that made the show one of the highest rated cable shows ever. Adrian's character went through a few new wrinkles (as it did every season) but the show was classic Monk. It works because the show offers a crime, puts Monk in uncomfortable situation which, whether the viewer has OCD or not, can relate to. We have all been frustrated by situations where we feel uncomfortable but there is really nothing we can do about it.
Several of the episodes have quickly become fan favorites. Mr. Monk and the Rapper (not one of my favorites) is off the charts on the USA/Monk website as one of their favorites of all time. Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend gave the relationship between Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer a great deal of tension before it was resolved. Fascinating plot lines were developed in Naked Man, Birds and the Bees, Daredevil, Goes to the Bank, Three Julies, and Joins a Cult.
In the end, Season Six was one of the best because there were no weak episodes and it was capped off with a real barnburner in the two-part finale, Mr. Monk is on the Run. I'm hungry for Season Seven.
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
I just solved the caseMarch 28 2008
E. A Solinas
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It must be admitted that the fifth season of "Monk" had some rough patches, where Monk's OCD was overwritten and the plots got a bit limp.
But the obsessive compulsive detective is still going, and fortunately "Monk" is still one of the best shows on television. And the sixth season continues "Monk's" grand tradition -- solidly-written mystifying stories, quirky detecting, and some excellent acting from Tony Shalhoub. Even better, the two-part finale really shows "Monk" off at its absolute best.
As the season opens, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) finds that his obsessed groupie Marcy Maven (Sarah Silverman) needs to hire him, despite a restraining order. So she "buys" him at a bachelor auction and makes him work on a bizarre case -- her dog is being accused of killing someone, but the dog died before the murder took place. Needless to say, there's more than meets the eye.
Among the other cases the OCD detective has to deal with: a framed rapper, murder on a nudist beach, an investigation overlapping with Julie's love life, stolen safety-deposit boxes, treasure maps, a daredevil who might be his archnemesis, insomnia, going undercover in a cult, a newfound painting hobby, and a shot Santa. He even has to investigate Stottlemeyer's (Ted Levine) girlfriend.
But the story takes a darker turn toward the end of the season. Monk finds a lead for the "six-fingered man" who killed Trudy, and confronts him... and after a struggle, the six-fingered man is dead. A rural sheriff arrests Monk, but Monk insists that he's innocent -- and he's determined to find out who is framing him. But with the police after him and a conspiracy in motion, can he solve the murder before he's caught?
"Monk" had a bit of a rough patch in the fifth season -- some of the episodes simply didn't gel, and Monk's OCD was written strangely. Fortunately "Monk - Season Six" goes back to what makes the series more enjoyable -- a couple of episodes don't work, like the rapper and the creepy little cult, but these are overshadowed by the better mysteries.
Nope, most of the sixth season is a string of solid murder mysteries -- lots of baffling crimes, obscure clues, and new eccentricities for Monk. Despite all the murder and bittersweet moments, the episodes are peppered with some comedy as well, such as the slow demolition of Stottlemeyer's brand-new car. And there's still plenty of bittersweet ("I'm going to be buried next to Trudy. I can't wait") and/or hilarious dialogue ("She had the oldest profession." "Stonemason, huh?").
And the last two episodes of the sixth season are among the best the series has ever produced. A seemingly straightforward crime story blossoms into a heartrending, suspenseful, dramatic, and genuinely unpredictable story, and gives us a few more clues about Trudy's death.
Tony Shalhoub is lovably oddballish as Adrian Monk, never turning his tragicomic character into a cartoon -- you just want to hug Monk and give him some perfectly symmetrical cookies. Traylor Howard does a solid job as Monk's assistant, and Levine gets to show Stottlemeyer's warmer, laid-back sides, while Jason Gray-Stanford is consistently fun as the puppy-eager Randy Disher -- even getting to sing a Johnny-Cash-style song about Monk's apparent demise.
The sixth season of "Monk" has a couple rough patches, but soars up to brilliant heights near the end. And the obsessive-compulsive detective still seems to have quite a bit of work ahead...
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Monk returns to top formJuly 18 2008
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This review is dedicated in the memory of Stanley Kamel who played Dr. Charles Kroger in the first 6 seasons of Monk. Stanley Kamel sadly passed away in April of 2008. He was a deeply talented character actor and he will be missed on Monk.
In general as a show goes on it doesn't get better, but there are exceptions; some shows like The Shield seem to get better each season and Monk while maybe not getting better is still just as good now as it ever was. After the first half of season 3 ended Sharona was out as Monk's assistant and Traylor Howard as Natalie was in. I thought that gave Monk a much needed jolt and helped keep things fresh. In many ways it was like starting over again.
A lot of critics felt season 3 was a letdown, I disagree; the 2nd half of Season 3 are in my opinion some of the best episodes of the series. After that the 4th and 5th seasons while very good and had some of my favorite episodes of the series also featured some of the weaker ones as well, but I still liked both those seasons as a whole more than the first and 2nd. Season 4 & 5 are excellent they just lacked slightly despite being every bit as good as the previous seasons. The best way to put it I suppose is Seasons 4 & 5 had some of the best episodes, and a few that were excellent that just fell slightly short of greatness and a few sub-par episodes. But again I loved both those seasons and liked them more than the first 2 Seasons, which were also great.
But Season 6 of Monk really gets things back on track and features some of the very best episodes of the series. Each season of Monk has that one or 2 episodes that are sort of duds. Even a weak episode of Monk still has funny moments, and while there are a couple of episodes that fall short as a whole though Season 6 is as good as any of the previous 5, which is rare that a series this late into the game can still remain just as good.
The concept still works well, which is a credit to not only the writers, but more so to the actors who take this material that we've seen done many times over and make it just as funny now as when the show first started. Ted Levine is great as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, he's one of the few that actually understands Monk and any scene he has with Jason Gray-Stanford as Lt. Randy Disher is priceless Levine and Stanford work so amazing together and with that said Jason Gray-Stanford often steals the show with his performance. Randy can be kind of stupid a lot of the times, but he's so damn funny. In many ways Jason Gray-Stanford steals the show every episode he never fails to make me laugh.
The big debate among Monk fans who is the better assistant Sharona who was played by Bitty Schram or Natalie Teeger played by Traylor Howard; for me it's no contest as much as I liked Sharona I personally find Natalie by far the more interesting character and quite honestly I prefer the Natalie seasons over the Sharona seasons. Emmy Clarke plays Natalie's teenage daughter Julie Teeger and she's a very talented young actress who has a bright future ahead of her. The late great Stanley Kamel as Dr. Kroger is always a pleasure to watch.
But of course above all Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk is the show; in my opinion Tony Shalhoub is without a doubt the best comedic actor on TV and in Hollywood in general. While Monk is a very funny show sometimes people forget how tragic the show is. Monk always had OCD, but it wasn't too bad until the death of his wife. In the comedy there is also a lot of tragedy and Shalhoub is simply brilliant.
Monk Season 6 was overall a great season with some of the very best episodes of the series. As I stated earlier I loved the 4th and 5th Seasons and overall prefer them over the first 2, but there were some flaws with some episodes that didn't quite work, but the 6th Season really delivers big time. Maybe not the best Season of Monk, but it's pretty close to it.
MR. MONK AND HIS BIGGEST FAN- ***** One of the best episodes of the series Sarah Silverman guest stars as Marcie Maven (last seen during season 2) is obsessed with Monk and she gets his help when a neighbor is found murdered and the evidence points to her dog. But her dog was put down 3 days before the murder. It seems the dog was framed, which yes sounds really silly, but this episode was simply hysterical. It's no secret who the killer is; figuring out how is a bit tougher.
MR. MONK AND THE RAPPER- **** Clichéd episode, but really funny; Snoop Dog guest stars as a rapper under a murder investigation. Seeing Mr. Monk in the Hip-Hop culture was hysterical. Yeah it's a clichéd concept, but it's damn funny.
MR. MONK AND THE NAKED MAN- *** Each season of Monk seems to have that one dud and this is one of them; after a dead body is found a nude beach Monk is brought in to help with the case. Monk and nudists are bound for some laughs, but overall the episode falls flat and the comedy was a bit too over the top. Not all is lost there's actually a decent twist on who the killer is and some funny moments.
MR. MONK AND THE BAD GIRLFRIEND- **** ½ Excellent episode with plenty of laughs; the killer is obvious, but trying to figure out how they did it was the best part. This is something lacking from Monk the past couple of years. The ending is a bit tragic, but great episode.
MR. MONK AND THE BIRDS AND THE BEES- *** This episode was weak; we know who the killer is and how they did it; therefore it's not as fun. There are some good moments, but overall it just doesn't fully work; in my opinion this was the weakest of the season; not bad or anything, but doesn't quite work.
MR. MONK AND THE BURIED TREASURE- ***** Classic episode of Monk; this one has Dr. Kroger's son seeking Monk's help finding what he thinks is a buried treasure, only he doesn't tell Monk what he's in search for he tells him it's a school project. I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out to be one of my favorite episodes. The final act with Monk and Kroger's son trapped in a car buried in gravel was hysterical.
MR. MONK AND THE DAREDEVIL- *** ½ Good episode that features Monk's arch rival Harold Krenshaw played by Tim Bagley; both Monk and Harold want to be the center of Dr. Kroger's attention and this episode has the two at it again. Not the best episode of the season, but with Monk and Harold laughs are bound to happen.
MR. MONK AND THE WRONG MAN- **** Solid episode that has a man Monk locked away for a double murder is now cleared due to DNA; but is this guy really innocent? Funny episode like the previous not one of the best, but very enjoyable without a slow moment.
MR. MONK IS UP ALL NIGHT- **** ½ Starts off slow, but once it gets going it gets really good; this one is very much a mystery and figuring out what happened is a lot of fun. Besides the mystery there are also a lot of funny moments.
MR. MONK AND THE MAN WHO SHOT SANTA CLAUS- ***** Classic episode of Monk; This is the 3rd Christmas episode of the series and it's probably the best one and one of my favorite episodes of the series; From beginning to end this one is a blast. Seeing Monk and Santa Claus fighting each other was just too funny.
MR. MONK JOINS A CULT- *** ½- Good episode with some funny moments, but as a whole it slightly lacks; Still worth watching though.
MR. MONK GOES TO THE BANK- ****- Classic Monk; this is one of the best episodes of the series with a solid twist at the end; the final few minutes are hysterical; Randy Disher steals the show in this one.
MR. MONK AND THE THREE JULIES- *****- Possibly the best episode of the season and one of the best of the series; this one has a killer on the loose murdering women with the name Julie Teeger, which of course is the name of Natalie's teenage daughter. The story is excellent with great mystery and an excellent twist and it's one of the funniest Monk episodes.
MR. MONK PAINTS HIS MASTERPIECE- ****- Another episode I wasn't expecting too much out of, but it turned out excellent; while not the strongest episode of the season it's a lot of fun. Sadly this is the last episode that Stanley Kamel appeared on due to his death.
MR. MONK IS ON THE RUN PART I- *****- The great thing about Monk is you can pretty much watch any episode of any season and enjoy it and not be lost. But they do have one running story arc on this show; the murder of Monk's wife Trudy; and right here is one of the Trudy episodes. This one has Monk the trail of who killed his wife, but before he can get answers the man is killed and Monk is the suspect. Obviously we know Monk is innocent even though it looks as if he did pull the trigger. This episode is one of the best of the series; it's funny and dramatic with an excellent twist and an ending that will have you begging for more.
MR. MONK IS ON THE RUN PART II- *****- Great season finale; it's funny, dramatic and suspenseful. After this episode Monk gets one step closer to solving the murder of his wife. The season started off great and ended great.
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Everyone's Favorite Obsessive-Compulsive Detective Returns to the Scene of the Crime for an Awesome 6th Season!Dec 4 2008
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This is by far one of the best seasons of this incredibly awesome series to date! Adrian Monk (Tony Shaloub) continues to use his Sherlock Holmes-like abilities to solve interesting and often complex murder cases. His sharp eyes for detail and his deductive reasoning still continue to intrique his colleagues, his beautiful and long-suffering assistant, Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), the straight-laced Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), and the always eager-to-please Lieutenant Randy Disher (Jason-Gray Stanford).
As the season opens, we see the defective detective being pursued once again by his overly-obsessed fan, Marci Maven (special guest star Sarah Silverman). This time, she needs Adrian's help in clearing her dog of a murder charge. Next, special guest star Snoop Dogg potrays a successful rap artist who needs Monk's help in clearing his name after he is accussed of killing a rival. As the season progresses, we continue to get an array of interesting mysteries, which include a murder at a nude beach, a shot Santa Claus, a possibly murderous girlfriend, and a cult that has more going than they let on. The season ends with the best season finale for this show and two of the best episodes ever! In this 2 parter, Monk is accussed of a murder and must quickly find the evidence that will prove his innonce. Ever since I got into this series, I had hoped for an episode like this. It's a beautiful mix of comedy, drama, and suspense, as the entire series has been.
By now, all of you Monk fans probably know that next season, the 8th overall, will be the last one. I will surely miss "Monk" when it is over. It is one of the best shows to come on television in a while. For all Monk fans out there, owning Season 6 is a must (along with all the other seasons). For those who have not yet discovered the show, this is a good place to start. Yes, I know its late in the series, but you can always catch up. Plus, each episode is pretty much independent, with a couple of exceptions. Here is a listing of all 16 episodes in this season, with a brief synopsis:
1. Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan: Monk and Natalie agree to help his overly-obsessed fan, Marci Maven (Sarah Silverman) clear her deceased dog of a murder charge.
2. Mr. Monk and the Rapper: Monk unwittingly agrees to help a sucessful rap artist (Snoop Dogg) clear his name in the murder of a rival rapper.
3. Mr. Monk and the Naked Man: Monk shudders at the thought of investigating a murder at a nude beach. Even though the man couldn't have done it, Monk's suspect is one of the regular nudists at the beach, and Natalie and Stottlemeyer try to help him see otherwise and help him get over his prejudice against nudists. Alfred Molina guest stars.
4. Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend: Monk's friendship with Captain Stottlemeyer is put to the ultimate test when he acusses his girlfriend (Sharon Lawrence) of murder.
5. Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees: Monk must prove a sports agent is guilty of murder and help Natalie's teenage daughter, Julie (Emmy Clarke) with her love life.
6. Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure: Monk and Natalie find themselves on quite an interesting outing when they help Dr. Kroeger's (Stanley Kamel) son, Troy, follow a treasure map.
7. Mr. Monk and the Daredevil: When Monk's rival, Harold Krenshaw (Tim Bagely) is revealed to be the famous Frisco Fly, Monk is consumed with envy.
8. Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man: When a man he put away years ago is cleared by a new DNA test, Monk is consumed with guilt and tries to help him rebuild his life, until he realizes that maybe he was never wrong in the first place.
9. Mr. Monk Stays Up All Night: When he can't seem to sleep, Monk takes a walk around San Francisco one night and witnesses a murder. Stottlemeyer and Disher believe his insonmia has gotten the better of him, but Monk is determined to prove otherwise.
10. Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa: Monk becomes a social outcast after being acussed of shooting a seemingly harmless Santa Claus passing down stuffed teddy bears to kids from a roof. Can Monk prove what really happened on that roof in time for Christmas?
11. Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank: After Monk's safety deposit box is robbed, he goes undercover as a security guard there to solve the case.
12. Mr. Monk and the Three Julies: Natalie is horrified when a rash of murders plague San Francisco that all involve women with the same name as her teenage daughter.
13. Mr. Monk Joins a Cult: Monk infiltrates a cult to solve a homicide, but ends up falling under their spell. Howie Mandell guest stars.
14. Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece: Monk learns that the world of art can be deadly after taking up painting as a hobby.
15. Mr. Monk Is on the Run, Part I: The first of this exciting 2 part season finale. Monk finally confronts the elusive six-fingered man he has been searching for, but he is soon murdered. A small town sheriff (Scott Glenn) arrives on the scene, acuesses Monk of being the triggerman and arrests him for murder. After escaping custody, Monk becomes a fugitive on the lamb.
16. Mr. Monk Is on the Run, Part II: While everyon mourns Monk's apparent "death", Monk works quickly with Stottlemeyer, Natalie, and Disher to uncover the truth that will clear his name. Natalie finally meets Monk's old archnemisis, Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck (Ray Porter).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sixth season of Monk is hilariousOct. 18 2008
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Monk - Season Six As a rather new recruit to Monk...my sister had been trying to get me to watch the show for years, but I was just to busy. A recent illness gave me the time. And after the first few episodes I was just hooked. I ordered all of the episodes from every season...so now I can watch them in order......and the 6th season is the best season so far. The Actors all seem to have fleshed out their characters to the point that "I" as the audience tend to forget I am watching a crew of actors carrying out a very complicated and enormously intricate script. This is probably the best acted and written show on television today.