He?s ingenious, he?s phobic, he?s obsessive-compulsive. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner "Tony Shalhoub is a riot" (TV Guide) in Monk, the show that critics are praising as "fresh, exciting and utterly original." (Chica... more »go Tribune)
Monk?s hilarious, offbeat antics have made him unfit for duty but he?s back as a police consultant to help out on their most baffling cases. The brilliant but neurotic Monk is now fighting crime as well as his abnormal fears of germs, cars, heights, crowds and virtually everything else known to man in "the best detective show to come along in decades." (NY Post)
"Nothing on TV generated more fun than this" (LA Times) and now you can enjoy the entire first season of Monk on DVD.« less
I love Monk. Great cast, good mysteries and lot of "heart". You smile at the end of each episode. It's a little like Buster Keaton does Sherlock Holmes though... Monk is brilliant but damaged. He does evolve over time and gradually heals. But in the meantime, the schtick can sometimes become a little much, but Tony Shalhoub does a great job regardless. From humour to pathos, he has great range. I generally get a good chuckle and sometimes an outright guffaw... which is becoming increasingly rare from TV shows these days. I think that is why I reverted back to Monk. It is good medicine for the end of a hard day. The mysteries keep me entertained, and the good feelings keep me coming back : ) I wish I didn't have to revert to old shows for this type of entertainment (wake up Hollywood!). I also loved Castle for similar reasons. Both ran for 8 seasons, which should tell you something!
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Excellent comedy, short season
cyclista | the Midwest | 05/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A funny show where a quirky detective is alternately helped and hindered by his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and several phobias. The premiere was two hours long and episodes were 60 minutes long. I'm impressed that this is widescreen and DTS! Four discs and running time of 563 minutes doesn't leave much room for the extras, but I haven't been able to find much detail about the extras or their length.Premiere: 1 & 2. Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Monk works as a private investigator after losing his job on the police department due to his psychiatric problems. Three years later, he gets a call from his old boss who needs his help to solve a murder.3. Mr. Monk and the Psychic: Monk and a psychic stage a psychic reading to catch a murderer.4. Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale gs: Adam Arkin: Monk tries to prove how a bedridden 800 pound man could have murdered a judge.5. Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival: Monk tries to discover who murdered a man riding on a ferris wheel.6. Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum: While incarcerated in a psychiatric facility, Monk learns of an unsolved murder.7. Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger: A billionaire is shot dead while supposedly mugging a couple outside a movie theater.8. Mr. Monk and the Other Woman: While investigating the murder of a lawyer and his assistant, Monk is attracted to another woman who understands him.9. Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man: Monk tries to find out who killed a woman during the San Francisco marathon.10. Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation: Monk goes on vacation to the beach with Benjy and Sharona. The vacation ends when Benjy witnesses a murder.11. Mr. Monk and the Earthquake: A man dies during an earthquake and Monk tries to prove that he was murdered.12. Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger gs Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson (playing himself) is suspected of killing his manager.13. Mr. Monk and the Airplane gs Tim Daly: Monk's concerns about flying doesn't keep him from investigating what he thinks might be a murder. The flight attendant is played by Monk's wife in real life, Brooke Adams."
Off to a Strong Start
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 06/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I blew it. I didn't start watching this show until it's second season. Little did I know what I was missing.Tony Shalhoub stars as Adrian Monk, a former police detective no longer on the force because of his obsessive-compulsive disorder and his phobias. He does still consult on some of their most bizarre cases, however. For example, how could an 800-lb. man commit murder? Why was a billionaire killed while mugging a man on a date? Did a fellow airline passenger really kill his wife? How could a man commit murder and run a marathon at the same time?This series falls into the classic puzzle mystery genre, my personal favorite. Sometimes I have an idea why or how, but it takes the ending for me to know for sure. More often then not, I'm stumped. Along the way, we get plenty of laughs at the various situations we find Mr. Monk in. The obsessive-compulsive disorder and his fears are handled just right. They provide the clues needed and humor without being over the top or annoying.Of course, the series is helped by its actors. Tony Shalhoub is excellent as Monk with a performance just slightly understated. He deserved his Emmy win for this season. Just as praise worthy is Bitty Schram as Monk's nurse Sharona. She mixes exasperated and compassionate while providing a strong sidekick character that doesn't get lost behind the lead. Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford as the police Monk helps and Stanley Kamel as Monk's shrink are equally excellent.The writing is sharp and manages to find humor without mocking Monk, a subtle but clear distinction.This DVD set is great for old and new fans alike. All twelve first season episodes are present, including the previously released two-hour pilot. They're presented in widescreen and look sharp. The sound, while presented in 5.1 surround, is nothing spectacular. Still, it gets the job done. Disc four has some short extras discussing the creation of the show, obsessive-compulsive disorder, the cast and crew's obsessions, the Emmy win, and the casting of Bitty Schram and Ted Levine. I would have loved a commentary track or two and some outtakes, but they aren't to be found here.While the extras could have been just a tad better, this set is a must have for those who love light mystery. It was nice to catch the cases I'd missed. This is one mystery show you can watch time and time again for the humor and character even if you remember how it ends."
The set was a great idea, but had problems with the Extras
cyclista | 07/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I couldn't wait to get this set. The first thing I did was to watch the extra material. Hmmm. No sound. Well, there was the background music, but couldn't hear the voice track. There was one part of one clip where Bitty's voice came through, but otherwise nada. Amazon sent me a replacement, but it had the same problem. I went through all the episodes, and they worked. But just couldn't get a voice track out of the extra material.Is it just me that had this problem? For me it ruined an otherwise outstanding buy."
A good DVD set that is worth checking out. Great show!
S. Granger | Los Angeles, California United States | 08/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Monk is a great show. It's very funny while being a extremely clever mystery. Though the mystery is often not who but how the crime was committed. I knew of Tony Shalhoub from a few TV series and films that he is great in, but almost always a side character. He's really given an opportunity to shine in Monk.
The DVD set is great. The video is wonderful. Very clean. The audio is great EXCEPT for the bonus material. The bonus material suffers from being inversed. Meaning on a four speaker setup the sound is very loud out of the back speakers and very quiet in the front. So if you're running through a receiver with only two front speakers you might hear nothing on the bonus material. It works fine on 2.0 systems like computers. Personally the strange audio isn't a deal breaker for me. I'd still recommend this extremely great TV show DVD set to anyone...but I'm taking off one star for the messed up audio on the bonus material."
The Beginning of the Wonderfully Obsessive Monk
MZ | Novinger, MO United States | 08/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Love Monk. Love Sharona. Love the show, the scripts, the music, the cinematography. Love it, love it, love it. VERY glad to receive the first season of Monk -- which I didn't catch on USA Network -- as a present.
So why only four stars? Perhaps I received a slightly defective DVD, but on my player, some of the dubbing is off. Enough that it is noticeable and annoying. Also, the special features portion did not have sound. There was music, but no voices.
Fortunately, I was able to borrow someone else's copy of the DVD to hear the special features. To me, this is one of the greatest things about DVDs -- those special features, and Monk First Season is no exception to this.
Overall, this season is great for your collection, whether you've seen the episodes before or never seen Monk in your life. It is so much fun watching Monk work and "play" that you will be lost in his world. And your problems could never be as bad as his!
My personal favorite episode is Mr. Monk and the Airplane. In this episode, Monk is forced to fly with Sharona. The entire episode takes place on the airplane where his fears, compulsions, and obsessions take full force, and where he manages to solve a couple mysteries. As a person with a fear of flying myself, this episode had me laughing all the way through.
This show only gets better over time. The first season was good. The second season was great! And the third season -- well, you catch my drift. Slowly we learn about Monk's real life -- and Sharona's, too. Will Monk ever solve the mystery closest to him -- what happened to his wife Trudy? I know I'll be trying to solve that mystery right along with him.
Each episode of Monk is only about 40 minutes long without commercials. Perfect!"