If you’re a fan of crime and detective shows, there is a very good chance you have heard of the television series, Monk. The show – created by Andy Breckman – focuses on a brilliant yet troubled Private Detective, known for his keen mind, as well as his battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and multiple phobias.

When the series originally aired, Monk was a huge hit, and even though the show is no longer being produced, it still attracts a legion of fans. And if you consider yourself a new fan, then you probably have one or two questions as you begin to navigate your way through the series.

In this post, I am taking a look at some of the big questions about the series, which you may wish to know. The Q&As below cover the number of episodes that are in the series, provide a list of the major cast members, and answer an all-important question regarding a key plot thread that is very significant to the overall series.

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When did Monk originally air?

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Monk originally aired in the US from 2002 until 2009. The show was initially broadcast on the USA Network.

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How many episodes of Monk are there?

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Monk ran for eight seasons, and a total of 125 episodes. The episode/season ratio broke down as follows:

  • Season 1 – 13 episodes
  • Season 2 – 16 episodes
  • Season 3 – 16 episodes
  • Season 4 – 16 episodes
  • Season 5 – 16 episodes
  • Season 6 – 16 episodes
  • Season 7 – 16 episodes
  • Season 8 – 16 episodes
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Who were the main cast of Monk?

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Tony Shalhoub was the main star of the show, playing the title character, Adrian Monk. He was joined by Bitty Schram as Sharona Fleming, Traylor Howard as Natalie Teeger, Jason Gray-Stanford as Lieutenant Randy Disher, and Ted Levine as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer.

Stellina Rusich played the part of Monk’s late wife, Trudy Monk for the first two seasons, while Melora Hardin took over the role for Seasons Three to Eight.

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Did Monk feature any cameos or famous actors?

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During the course of the show’s run, a number of well-known actors popped up in the series including John Turturro, Sarah Silverman, Héctor Elizondo, Snoop Dogg, Casper Van Dien, Virginia Madsen, Tim Curry, Howie Mandel, Scott Glenn, Craig T. Nelson, Ed Begley Jr., Danny Trejo, Virginia Madsen and D. B. Woodside, amongst others. Tony Shalhoub’s brother, Michael Shalhoub also appeared in the series, cropping up in multiple roles.

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Did Monk ever solve his wife’s murder?

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One of the main story threads throughout the show is the death of Monk’s wife, Trudy, who was killed prior to the events of the series. Trudy’s death was not only tragic, it had a huge impact on Monk’s health, and lead him to develop depression and multiple disorders, as well as exacerbate his OCD – key elements of his character that would become the focus of the series.

Throughout the series, Monk was unaware of who killed Trudy. To ensure he was given the correct closure before the show bid its farewell, Trudy’s death became the focus of Monk’s final episodes: Mr. Monk and the End – Part 1 & 2.

In these episodes, Monk discovers the identity of the person who murdered his wife. He also learns more about Trudy’s past, and makes a decision about where his future lies.

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Who killed Trudy Monk?

If you are working your way through Monk, you may want to scroll to the next question…

As revealed in Mr. Monk and the End – Part 2, Trudy Monk was killed by Judge Ethan Rickover, as played by Craig T. Nelson.

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What are all the episodes of Monk?

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Below is a list of all 125 episodes of Monk. As you will see, with the exception of just one episode (ep 118 ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk’), every episode begins with the words ‘Mr. Monk…’.

Season One

  • 1) Mr. Monk and the Candidate – Part 1
  • 2) Mr. Monk and the Candidate – Part 2
  • 3) Mr. Monk and the Psychic
  • 4) Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale
  • 5) Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival
  • 6) Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum
  • 7) Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger
  • 8) Mr. Monk and the Other Woman
  • 9) Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man
  • 10) Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation
  • 11) Mr. Monk and the Earthquake
  • 12) Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger
  • 13) Mr. Monk and the Airplane

Season Two

  • 14) Mr. Monk Goes Back to School
  • 15) Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico
  • 16) Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame
  • 17) Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus
  • 18) Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man
  • 19) Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater
  • 20) Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect
  • 21) Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy
  • 22) Mr. Monk and the 12th Man
  • 23) Mr. Monk and the Paperboy
  • 24) Mr. Monk and the Three Pies
  • 25) Mr. Monk and the TV Star
  • 26) Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny
  • 27) Mr. Monk and the Captain’s Wife
  • 28) Mr. Monk Gets Married
  • 29) Mr. Monk Goes to Jail

Season Three

  • 30) Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan
  • 31) Mr. Monk and the Panic Room
  • 32) Mr. Monk and the Blackout
  • 33) Mr. Monk Gets Fired
  • 34) Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather
  • 35) Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf
  • 36) Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month
  • 37) Mr. Monk and the Game Show
  • 38) Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine
  • 39) Mr. Monk and the Red Herring
  • 40) Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra
  • 41) Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever
  • 42) Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic
  • 43) Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas
  • 44) Mr. Monk and the Election
  • 45) Mr. Monk and the Kid

Season Four

  • 46) Mr. Monk and the Other Detective
  • 47) Mr. Monk Goes Home Again
  • 48) Mr. Monk Stays in Bed
  • 49) Mr. Monk Goes to the Office
  • 50) Mr. Monk Gets Drunk
  • 51) Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk
  • 52) Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding
  • 53) Mr. Monk and Little Monk
  • 54) Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa
  • 55) Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show
  • 56) Mr. Monk Bumps His Head
  • 57) Mr. Monk and the Captain’s Marriage
  • 58) Mr. Monk and the Big Reward
  • 59) Mr. Monk and the Astronaut
  • 60) Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist
  • 61) Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty

Season Five

  • 62) Mr. Monk and the Actor
  • 63) Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike
  • 64) Mr. Monk and the Big Game
  • 65) Mr. Monk Can’t See a Thing
  • 66) Mr. Monk, Private Eye
  • 67) Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion
  • 68) Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink
  • 69) Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert
  • 70) Mr. Monk Meets His Dad
  • 71) Mr. Monk and the Leper
  • 72) Mr. Monk Makes a Friend
  • 73) Mr. Monk Is At Your Service
  • 74) Mr. Monk Is On the Air
  • 75) Mr. Monk Visits a Farm
  • 76) Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy
  • 77) Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital

Season Six

  • 78) Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan
  • 79) Mr. Monk and the Rapper
  • 80) Mr. Monk and the Naked Man
  • 81) Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend
  • 82) Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees
  • 83) Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure
  • 84) Mr. Monk and the Daredevil
  • 85) Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man
  • 86) Mr. Monk Is Up All Night
  • 87) Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus
  • 88) Mr. Monk Joins a Cult
  • 89) Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank
  • 90) Mr. Monk and the Three Julies
  • 91) Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece
  • 92) Mr. Monk Is on the Run – Part 1
  • 93) Mr. Monk Is on the Run – Part 2

Season Seven

  • 94) Mr. Monk Buys a House
  • 95) Mr. Monk and the Genius
  • 96) Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever
  • 97) Mr. Monk Takes a Punch
  • 98) Mr. Monk Is Underwater
  • 99) Mr. Monk Falls in Love
  • 100) Mr. Monk’s 100th Case
  • 101) Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized
  • 102) Mr. Monk and the Miracle
  • 103) Mr. Monk’s Other Brother
  • 104) Mr. Monk on Wheels
  • 105) Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door
  • 106) Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs
  • 107) Mr. Monk and the Bully
  • 108) Mr. Monk and the Magician
  • 109) Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

Season Eight

  • 110) Mr. Monk’s Favourite Show
  • 111) Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man
  • 112) Mr. Monk and the UFO
  • 113) Mr. Monk Is Someone Else
  • 114) Mr. Monk Takes the Stand
  • 115) Mr. Monk and the Critic
  • 116) Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse
  • 117) Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy
  • 118) Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk
  • 119) Mr. Monk and Sharona
  • 120) Mr. Monk and the Dog
  • 121) Mr. Monk Goes Camping
  • 122) Mr. Monk Is the Best Man
  • 123) Mr. Monk and the Badge
  • 124) Mr. Monk and the End – Part 1
  • 125) Mr. Monk and the End – Part 2
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Are these all of the episodes of Monk?

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In addition to the 125 episodes listed above, Monk also featured in four short ‘webisodes’. The webisodes were initially made available online, but were later included on the DVD release of the show’s fifth season.

The webisodes include:

  • Mr. Monk and Dr. Kroger
  • Mr. Monk and the Computer
  • Mr. Monk and the Blood Test
  • Mr. Monk Goes to the Gym
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Are there any Monk TV movies?

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There are no Monk TV movies. The series wrapped up its story within its eight seasons, leaving no real need for any follow-up TV movies.

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And finally, was Monk a stand-alone show or was it ever joined by any spin-offs?

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While Monk largely existed as a stand-alone series, a short-lived spin-off webseries made its debut in 2009. The series was called Little Monk, and was a prequel set during Monk’s youth.

Little Monk ran for one season, composed of ten episodes. The episodes are as follows:

  • 1 Little Monk and the Missing Bracelet
  • 2 Little Monk and the Business Boys
  • 3 Little Monk and the New Kid
  • 4 Little Monk and the Rubber Ball
  • 5 Little Monk and the Monk Cousin
  • 6 Little Monk and the Geography Bee
  • 7 Little Monk and the Saturday Rehearsal
  • 8 Little Monk and the Balloon
  • 9 Little Monk and the Talent Show
  • 10 Little Monk and the Little Trophy
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If you are a fan of Monk, or you are just getting into Monk, then you may wish to know that all of the episodes of are currently available to buy on DVD.

The Monk: Complete Series boxset includes all eight seasons of the show in one handy collection.

The Monk: Complete Series DVD boxset is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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