The BEST Episodes of Monk

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2019

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 8.82
188 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
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 8.27
173 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Hy Conrad, Dan Dratch
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 8.25
173 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk's 100th Case

#4 - 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 8.12
196 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk and the Badge

#5 - Mr. Monk and the Badge

Season 8 - Episode 14

Monk is put in charge of tracking down a serial killer.

star 8.12
144 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Andy Breckman, Tom Scharpling, Hy Conrad
Mr. Monk and the Airplane

#6 - 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 8.11
217 votes
Directors: Rob Thompson
Writers: David Stern
Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1)

#7 - 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 8.11
171 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

#8 - 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
216 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling, Daniel Dratch
Mr. Monk and the Kid

#9 - 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 8.03
208 votes
Writers: Tom Scharpling
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 8.03
188 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Anthony Maranville, Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (2)

#11 - 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 8.03
254 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Andy Breckman
Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

#12 - 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 8.01
158 votes
Writers: Peter Wolk
Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

#13 - Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

Season 8 - Episode 13

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

star 8.01
153 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Andy Breckman, Joe Toplyn, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
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 8.00
163 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Jack Bernstein
Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger

#15 - 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 7.97
244 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Andy Breckman, Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1)

#16 - 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 7.97
522 votes
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk Is Up All Night

#17 - 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 7.95
179 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: David Breckman
Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank

#18 - 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 7.94
171 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: Hy Conrad
Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

#19 - 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 7.94
161 votes
Directors: Chuck Parker
Writers: Dylan Morgan, Tom Scharpling, Josh Siegal
Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico

#20 - 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 7.94
275 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin
Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect

#21 - 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 7.93
239 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Karl Schaefer
Mr. Monk Takes the Stand

#22 - Mr. Monk Takes the Stand

Season 8 - Episode 5

Monk and the police have a killer right where they want him... until the case goes to court and a hotshot lawyer demolishes the prosecution as he uses Monk's phobias against them

star 7.92
173 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized

#23 - Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized

Season 7 - Episode 8

Monk agrees to undergo hypnotic therapy as treatment for his OCD and reverts to a different persona.

star 7.92
184 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: Tom Gammill, Max Pross
Mr. Monk's Other Brother

#24 - Mr. Monk's Other Brother

Season 7 - Episode 10

When Monk's delinquent half-brother, Jack Jr., escapes from prison and breaks into Monk's apartment, he manipulates Monk into helping him find the person he claims framed him for murder.

star 7.91
167 votes
Writers: Peter Wolk
Mr. Monk and the Earthquake

#25 - 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 7.91
244 votes
Directors: Adam Shankman
Writers: David Hoberman, Andy Breckman