The BEST Episodes of Monk

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2019

Network: USA Network

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 - Aired Dec 4, 2009

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 8.87
769 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk and the End (1)

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

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 27, 2009

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 8.28
728 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk Is on the Run (2)

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

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 22, 2008

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

star 8.15
466 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Dan Dratch, Hy Conrad
Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (2)

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

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 12, 2002

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
452 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk's 100th Case

#5 - Mr. Monk's 100th Case

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 5, 2008

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 8.03
621 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

#6 - Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 20, 2009

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

star 8.03
531 votes
Directors: Chuck Parker
Writers: Dylan Morgan, Josh Siegal, Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk Is on the Run (1)

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

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 2008

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

star 8.03
441 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

#8 - Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 23, 2004

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 8.00
492 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Daniel Dratch, Tom Scharpling
Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

#9 - Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 16, 2009

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 8.00
502 votes
Writers: Peter Wolk
Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank

#10 - Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 18, 2008

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 7.97
466 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: Hy Conrad
Mr. Monk Takes the Stand

#11 - Mr. Monk Takes the Stand

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 11, 2009

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 7.97
545 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Dylan Morgan, Josh Siegal
Mr. Monk Bumps His Head

#12 - Mr. Monk Bumps His Head

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 20, 2006

Suffering from amnesia, Monk wakes up believing he is the husband of an eccentric resident of a small town.

star 7.96
540 votes
Directors: Steve Surjik
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike

#13 - Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 14, 2006

Monk finds himself adrift in an ocean of filth when a garbage strike brings San Francisco to a halt...and Adrian to near-paralysis.

star 7.96
541 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Andy Breckman, Daniel Gaeta
Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1)

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

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 12, 2002

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 7.94
1,147 votes
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger

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

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 11, 2002

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

star 7.93
550 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Andy Breckman, Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk and the Kid

#16 - Mr. Monk and the Kid

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 4, 2005

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 7.90
505 votes
Writers: Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk and the Badge

#17 - Mr. Monk and the Badge

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 20, 2009

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

star 7.88
595 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Andy Breckman, Hy Conrad, Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

#18 - Mr. Monk Is the Best Man

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 13, 2009

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

star 7.85
575 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Andy Breckman, Dylan Morgan, Joe Toplyn, Josh Siegal
Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

#19 - Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 16, 2002

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 7.84
738 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Timothy J. Lea
Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy

#20 - Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 23, 2007

When the mysterious “Six Way Killer” strikes in San Francisco, Monk matches his detective skills against the flashy forensic technology of a federal agent as they both pursue the murderer.

star 7.84
506 votes
Directors: Tony Palmieri
Writers: Joe Toplyn
Mr. Monk's Other Brother

#21 - Mr. Monk's Other Brother

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 9, 2009

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 7.83
538 votes
Writers: Peter Wolk
Mr. Monk and the Three Julies

#22 - Mr. Monk and the Three Julies

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 25, 2008

Monk searches for a killer who is apparently targeting women with the name Julie, a name which Natalie's daughter shares.

star 7.82
470 votes
Directors: David Breckman
Writers: Joe Toplyn, Tom Scharpling
Mr. Monk and the Magician

#23 - Mr. Monk and the Magician

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 2009

When a friend of Monk's is killed, Monk believes that a magician is responsible and a battle of wits and sleight-of-hand ensue.

star 7.79
470 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Andy Breckman
Mr. Monk and the Airplane

#24 - Mr. Monk and the Airplane

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 18, 2002

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 7.77
574 votes
Directors: Rob Thompson
Writers: David Stern
Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse

#25 - Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 25, 2009

Area residents receive unmarked dolls that seem to predict a series of strange deaths, leading many to suspect a voodoo curse is in play. The mystery hits close to home when Natalie becomes involved.

star 7.76
523 votes
Directors: Andre Belgrader
Writers: Joe Toplyn