The Best Episodes of Monk

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

An ex-cop suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder solves crimes with various (and usually exasperated) sidekicks. The 'defective detective' may have an abundance of phobias (heights, crowds, and even milk), but also razor-sharp deductive skills, which he uses to help the San Francisco police with especially baffling cases.

Mr. Monk and the End (2)

#1 - Mr. Monk and the End (2)

Season 8 - Episode 16

After listening to Trudy's last message, Monk finally discovers who killed his wife. Racing against time before he dies of poison, he must make a fateful decision.

star 8.83
177 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
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Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2)

#2 - Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2)

Season 6 - Episode 16

Stottlemeyer must keep up the pretense that Monk is dead, while Adrian tries to determine who framed him for murder.

star 8.24
165 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Hy Conrad, Dan Dratch
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Mr. Monk and the End (1)

#3 - Mr. Monk and the End (1)

Season 8 - Episode 15

Monk is called to a murder at the location where he first heard of his wife's murder, and while Monk figures out who the assassin is, he doesn't know that the one who ordered the hit is also responsible for the death of Trudy. Knowing that Monk will eventually put all the pieces together, he orders Monk's death, and when all hope seems lost, Monk discovers something which could finally end his 12-year nightmare.

star 8.24
162 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
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Mr. Monk and the Airplane

#4 - Mr. Monk and the Airplane

Season 1 - Episode 13

Monk braves the unfriendly skies–and finds murder in the air. No one believes him except for Randy, who provides aid back in San Francisco. While in the air, Monk must deal with his fear of flight, a flight attendant (Brooke Adams), a zealous extension cord salesman (Garry Marshall), and Tim Daly.

star 8.12
198 votes
Directors: Rob Thompson
Writers: David Stern
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Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

#5 - Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

Season 2 - Episode 11

During the investigation into a carjacking over a cherry pie, Adrian is called by his estranged agoraphobic brother Ambrose (John Turturro), who is convinced that his next-door neighbor murdered his wife. Adrian must rebuild his relationship with Ambrose while investigating the neighbor at the same time.

star 8.10
198 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling, Daniel Dratch
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Mr. Monk's 100th Case

#6 - Mr. Monk's 100th Case

Season 7 - Episode 7

As Monk and his friends watch a TV news magazine piece on the solution of his hundredth case, he realizes that one of the victims was murdered by a different killer.

star 8.09
181 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling
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Mr. Monk and the Badge

#7 - Mr. Monk and the Badge

Season 8 - Episode 14

Upon being reinstated, Monk is put in charge of tracking down a serial killer.

star 8.07
137 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Andy Breckman, Tom Scharpling, Hy Conrad
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Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1)

#8 - Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1)

Season 6 - Episode 15

Monk is arrested for murder, and finds that he has to go on the lam to clear himself.

star 8.06
160 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling
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Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (2)

#9 - Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

Adrian Monk, a former San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) detective, comes out of forced retirement to investigate the murder of a politician's bodyguard and learns that there is more at play than meets the eye, especially after discovering secrets involving the candidate's wife (Gail O'Grady) and campaign manager (Ben Bass).

star 8.05
232 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Andy Breckman
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Mr. Monk Buys a House

#10 - Mr. Monk Buys a House

Season 7 - Episode 1

Monk finds himself forced to move into what he hopes will be his dream house... which is anything but.

star 8.02
176 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Anthony Maranville, Andy Breckman
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Mr. Monk and the Kid

#11 - Mr. Monk and the Kid

Season 3 - Episode 16

After twenty-two-month-old Tommy Graser finds a severed finger and gives it to a policeman, Monk walks through the park with Tommy trying to retrace the child's steps. He finds no body or other incriminating evidence, but he does discover a surprising affection for the placid and intelligent toddler, who constantly repeats Monk's name and quietly submits to having his hands wiped when he touches "nature". A lab technician identifies the finger as that of a twenty-five-year-old man, and Monk deduces from a callus that the young man played the violin. After visiting the home of Daniel Carlyle, a musician who fits this description, Monk concludes that Daniel's mother and her other son, Jason, killed Daniel and that Jason is masquerading as his brother. Meanwhile, little Tommy is temporarily removed from the custody of his foster parents, and Monk surprises everyone, including himself, by volunteering to care for him for two weeks until his new adoptive parents can take him. With Tommy in...

star 8.00
195 votes
Writers: Tom Scharpling
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Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1)

#12 - Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

Adrian Monk, a former San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) detective, comes out of forced retirement to investigate the murder of a politician's bodyguard and learns that there is more at play than meets the eye, especially after discovering secrets involving the candidate's wife (Gail O'Grady) and campaign manager (Ben Bass).

star 7.99
484 votes
Writers: Andy Breckman
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

#13 - Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

Season 8 - Episode 9

Natalie tries to throw a surprise party for her surprise-hating boss, who is busy trying to solve the murder of a maintenance man.

star 7.97
151 votes
Writers: Peter Wolk
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Mr. Monk Is Underwater

#14 - Mr. Monk Is Underwater

Season 7 - Episode 5

A friend of Natalie's ex-husband seemingly commits suicide aboard a locked cabin on a submarine. Monk agrees to investigate, despite his phobia about being on--and beneath--the water.

star 7.96
152 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Jack Bernstein
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Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

#15 - Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

Season 8 - Episode 13

Monk must determine who is trying to ruin a friend's wedding.

star 7.96
144 votes
Writers: Andy Breckman, Joe Toplyn, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
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Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger

#16 - Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger

Season 1 - Episode 12

Country superstar Willie Nelson is arrested for murder, but Monk thinks he is innocent.

star 7.96
227 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Andy Breckman, Tom Scharpling
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Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank

#17 - Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank

Season 6 - Episode 12

One of Monk's treasured possessions is stolen from a safety deposit box, and he'll go to any length to solve the case.

star 7.95
159 votes
Writers: Hy Conrad
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Mr. Monk and the Earthquake

#18 - Mr. Monk and the Earthquake

Season 1 - Episode 11

When a San Francisco philanthropist dies mysteriously in a minor earthquake, Monk suspects foul play, and Sharona's life is soon in danger.

star 7.93
226 votes
Directors: Adam Shankman
Writers: David Hoberman, Andy Breckman
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Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico

#19 - Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico

Season 2 - Episode 2

When a skydiver on vacation in San Macros, Mexico jumps out of an airplane, his chute malfunctions and he dies on impact in the desert. But the coroner finds water in the skydiver's lungs, saying that the boy drowned in midair. Monk is brought to Mexico, where the phrase "don't drink the water" takes on a whole new meaning.

star 7.93
256 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin
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Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect

#20 - Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect

Season 2 - Episode 7

Monk suspects a guy of murdering his sister with a mail bomb. The only problem: his primary suspect is in a coma. Meanwhile, Sharona is visited by her ex-husband Trevor (Frank John Hughes).

star 7.92
215 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Karl Schaefer
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Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

#21 - Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

Season 7 - Episode 16

Monk becomes involved in the disappearance of a city official that could have ramifications concerning Trudy's murder.

star 7.90
152 votes
Directors: Chuck Parker
Writers: Dylan Morgan, Tom Scharpling, Josh Siegal
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Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

#22 - Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

Season 1 - Episode 7

A billionaire computer mogul is shot dead while mugging a couple outside a movie theater, and a uniformed officer later is seen fleeing the scene. While the press hound the police about the identity of "Fraidy Cop", Monk investigates what at first appears to be a midlife crisis gone horribly wrong–until he finds out that the two cases are connected.

star 7.90
283 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Timothy J. Lea
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Mr. Monk Is Up All Night

#23 - Mr. Monk Is Up All Night

Season 6 - Episode 9

Mr. Monk takes a walk when he can't sleep, but ends up running into a murder.

star 7.90
169 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: David Breckman
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Mr. Monk and the Astronaut

#24 - Mr. Monk and the Astronaut

Season 4 - Episode 14

When Captain Stottlemeyer suspects that a suicide is really a murder, Monk confirms his suspicions by discovering that the victim, Joanne Raphelson, was too short to have used the stool she supposedly stood on to hang herself. But the next clue, the remains of an olive, a cherry, and a cocktail onion on a stirring stick, leads Monk to suspect that the murder was committed by an astronaut, Steve Wagner. A little research reveals a motive – Joanne was about to publish a book revealing that Wagner had abused her five years earlier. Now all Monk has to do is to prove that Wagner could commit the murder when he was in outer space.

star 7.90
172 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: David Breckman, Joe Toplyn
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Mr. Monk Is at Your Service

#25 - Mr. Monk Is at Your Service

Season 5 - Episode 12

When Natalie suspects foul play in the deaths of her parents' wealthy neighbors, Monk goes undercover as a butler to investigate.

star 7.90
172 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Rob Lazebnik
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