Monk

MONK/USA/2002-2009 (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) , a private investigator with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is single, claustrophobic, afraid of the dark, crowds, driving, germs, glaciers, harmonicas, ladybugs, heights, milk, rodeos, and snakes, among his 312 fears.

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After the death of his wife, Trudy Anne Monk (1962-97) who was killed by a car bomb, Monk began to fall apart. He got fired from his job as detective with the San Francisco police when he began to manifest OCD.

Until he can get his anxiety problems under control, he won‘t be able to return to active duty. Meanwhile, Monk hires himself as a private consultant and uses his detective skills to solve crimes. His attention to detail and his Zen/Sherlock Holmes like demeanor enables him to read people and the environment, to see what others do not.

Monk’s talisman is a set of keys that belonged to his wife’s car. He holds them close until he can discover the true facts behind her death. Monk occasionally will play his clarinet at the foot of his wife’s grave.

Monk’s sidekick is a practical nurse named Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) who monitors Monk’s progress and helps him cope with stressful situations. For instance, when Monk walks down the street, he will compulsively touch and count each and every parking meter he passes. And meal time has a strict order: Tuesday is always chicken pot pie night.

When Sharona relocates to New Jersey to remarry her ex-husband, Monk hires as his new assistant Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), a widow and single mother with an eleven-year-old named Julie.  Monk first meets Natalie during a murder case on episode “Mr. Monk and the Red Herring.”

Monk has an older agoraphobic brother named Ambrose (John Turturro) who is just as quirky (he has not left his childhood home in years, in hopes his father will return).

Monk later learns he also has a half-brother, Jack, Jr., (Steve Zahn) whom Monk never knew about until his father, Jack Monk, Sr. (Dan Hedaya) tells him on episode “Mr. Monk’s Other Brother.”

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