is Adrian Monk
, the former police detective
turned independant private investigator
in the USA Network
. The show premiered in summer 2002 and follows Monk as he tries to overcome his obsessive compulsive disorder
and solve crimes on a per case basis for his former boss at the police department
, Leland Stottlemeyer
. Working with his caretaker
, Sharona Fleming
, Monk always cracks the case. The "catch" is that because of Monk's disorder he notices even the smallest piece of evidence. The first two seasons aired to critical acclaim and record ratings for the USA Network
, prompting an order for a third season to air in 2004-05. The show is extremely entertaining and I recommend it to everyone.
Monk Episode Guide
Season Two (2003-2004)
Season Three (2004)
Historical footnote: Monk had been in development hell since 1998 when ABC turned down the first incarnation of the series. Intially a post-Seinfeld Michael Richards was sought to play Adrian Monk. After he turned down the role to do The Michael Richards Show, Monk went back into development and by 2001 Tony Shalhoub had been cast as the detective. ABC turned down the series again and the USA Network picked it up for the summer of 2002. Ironically, ABC has bought the rights to air the reruns after the series earned high ratings. The series has been picked up for a second series, and ABC is seriously pursuing the first-air rights. So far USA refuses to let the show go.
A series of interviews linked from http://www.tvtattle.com in September 2002