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The Best 'Monk' Episodes of All Time

Updated May 18, 2020 12.3k votes 1.8k voters 95k views125 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Monk episodes, no matter how popular they are.

This list of the best Monk episodes, is voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Monk episodes of all time are. Tony Shalhoub's award-winning performance of Adrian Monk also landed his character on best fictional detectives and best TV characters with mental illness. Fans of Monk are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

The list is made up of all Monk episodes, including "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" and "Mr. Monk and the Genius." What is the best Monk episode of all time? Look below and find out, and be sure to also check out our list of more great shows like Monk.

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  • 1
    Rocky Holmes added

    Mr. Monk and the End - Part II

    Dec 04 2009
    387
    94

    SeasonMonk - Season 8

    Episode Number16

    SeriesMonk

    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....  more
  • 2

    Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty

    Mar 17 2006
    375
    98

    SeasonMonk - Season 4

    Episode Number16

    SeriesMonk

    "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" is the sixteenth and final episode of the fourth season of the American comedy-drama detective television series Monk, and is the show's 61st episode overall. The series...  more
  • 3

    Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike

    Jul 14 2006
    401
    117

    SeasonMonk - Season 5

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMonk

    Monk finds himself adrift in an ocean of filth when a garbage strike brings San Francisco to a halt...and Adrian to near-paralysis....
  • 4
    448
    147

    SeasonMonk - Season 3

    Episode Number16

    SeriesMonk

    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...  more
  • 5

    Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation

    Sep 20 2002
    277
    76

    SeasonMonk - Season 1

    Episode Number9

    SeriesMonk

    A woman is murdered during the San Francisco marathon and Monk suspects her married lover, Trevor McDowell, even though he was running in the race. Although McDowell disappears from the video tape of...
  • 6

    Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

    Jan 23 2004
    287
    83

    SeasonMonk - Season 2

    Episode Number11

    SeriesMonk

    When Monk's older brother Ambrose calls him about a ""life-or-death matter,"" Monk accepts the call grudgingly and agrees to meet the brother from whom he's been estranged since Ambrose refused to...  more
  • 7

    Mr. Monk Is Up All Night

    Sep 14 2007
    243
    62

    SeasonMonk - Season 6

    Episode Number9

    SeriesMonk

    Mr. Monk takes a walk when he can't sleep, but ends up running into a murder....
  • 8

    Mr. Monk and the Astronaut

    Mar 03 2006
    235
    70

    SeasonMonk - Season 4

    Episode Number14

    SeriesMonk

    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...
  • 9
    AmyBrown added

    Mr. Monk and the Airplane

    Oct 18 2002
    149
    26

    SeasonMonk - Season 1

    SeriesMonk

    "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" is first season finale of the American comedy-drama detective television series Monk, and the show's 13th episode overall. The series follows Adrian Monk, a private...  more
  • 10

    Mr. Monk is At Your Service

    Feb 02 2007
    205
    57

    SeasonMonk - Season 5

    Episode Number12

    SeriesMonk

    When Natalie suspects foul play in the deaths of her parents' wealthy neighbors, Monk goes undercover as a butler to investigate....
  • 11

    Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever

    Feb 04 2005
    222
    70

    SeasonMonk - Season 3

    Episode Number12

    SeriesMonk

    After witnessing a Chinese gangland murder, Monk has to stay in an FBI safe house--a cabin in the woods--in the protective custody of Agent Grooms, with Stottlemeyer and Natalie as company. Awakened...
  • 12
    Rocky Holmes added

    Mr. Monk and the End - Part 1

    Nov 27 2009
    170
    42

    SeasonMonk - Season 8

    Episode Number15

    SeriesMonk

    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...  more
  • 13
    166
    42

    SeasonMonk - Season 4

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMonk

    Monk is reunited with his agoraphobic brother, Ambrose, after the murder of an armored car driver....  more
  • 14

    Mr. Monk and the Genius

    Jul 25 2008
    237
    83

    SeasonMonk - Season Seven

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMonk

    Monk must match wits against a grandmaster chess player that he suspects of murder....
  • 15

    Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month

    Aug 06 2004
    182
    52

    SeasonMonk - Season 3

    Episode Number7

    SeriesMonk

    When Edna Coruthers, a model employee at a giant chain store called Mega-Mart, is killed by a falling television set, Monk is called in to investigate by the store's security chief--who turns out to...
  • 16
    230
    83

    SeasonMonk - Season 2

    Episode Number2

    SeriesMonk

    When a friend's college-age son dies mysteriously in Mexico, the mayor sends Monk to investigate. Doubting the coroner's report that the young man ""drowned"" in mid-air, Monk nevertheless has...  more
  • 17

    SeasonMonk - Season 4

    Episode Number4

    SeriesMonk

    Monk goes undercover as an office worker to solve a case....  more
  • 18

    Mr. Monk and the Dog

    Oct 30 2009
    151
    42

    SeasonMonk - Season 8

    Episode Number11

    SeriesMonk

    Monk reluctantly adopts a dog while looking into the suspicious disappearance of its owner....
  • 19

    Mr. Monk Gets Drunk

    Aug 05 2005
    140
    37

    SeasonMonk - Season 5

    Episode Number5

    SeriesMonk

    Monk goes to a wine-tasting and finds it a bit more than he bargained for....
  • 20

    SeasonMonk - Season 3

    Episode Number13

    SeriesMonk

    When Monk, Natalie, and Julie get stuck in a traffic jam after a multi-car collision blocks the freeway, Monk gets out of the car to investigate. He soon deduces from the absence of skid marks and...  more
  • 21

    Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater

    Aug 01 2003
    177
    71

    SeasonMonk - Season 2

    Episode Number6

    SeriesMonk

    Sharona's actress sister, Gail, is suspected of murdering Hal Duncan, a fellow actor who dies onstage after Gail stabs him with what she insists is a retractable knife. When Sharona's mother (who...
  • 22

    Mr. Monk Bumps His Head

    Jan 20 2006
    169
    69

    SeasonMonk - Season 4

    Episode Number11

    SeriesMonk

    Suffering from amnesia, Monk wakes up believing he is the husband of an eccentric resident of a small town....
  • 23

    Mr. Monk's 100th Case

    Sep 05 2008
    139
    54

    SeasonMonk - Season Seven

    Episode Number7

    SeriesMonk

    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....
  • 24

    SeasonMonk - Season 3

    Episode Number9

    SeriesMonk

    After Captain Stottlemeyer is shot in the shoulder by an unknown assailant, a somewhat rattled and very angry Disher is left in charge of the investigation. Although Monk is almost as distressed as...  more
  • 25

    Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy

    Oct 09 2009
    115
    37

    SeasonMonk - Season 8

    Episode Number8

    SeriesMonk

    After Monk's insurance company refuses to pay for more private therapy sessions, he joins Dr. Bell's therapy group, where it appears that someone is murdering fellow patients....