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The Best Seasons of 'Monk'

Updated July 29, 2020 462 votes 174 voters 9.9k views8 items

All the seasons of Monk have been great, but which seasons really stand out? Adrian Monk suffers a breakdown following the murder of his wife causing him to become a recluse until he has a breakthrough and becomes a private investigator despite his lingering OCD. Some of the most memorable episodes of Monk come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some Monk seasons focus on Trudy's death, while other good seasons reveal insight into Monk's phobias. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Monk are, let's rank every Monk season from best to worst.

Monk is a comedy-drama mystery series starring Tony Shalhoub. Monk premiered on USA Network on July 12, 2002. After eight seasons – and eight Emmy Awards – Monk ended on December 4, 2009.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Monk, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of Monk not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be difficult to put one Monk season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    Monk - Season 2

    The second season of Monk premiered on June 20, 2003, and contains 16 episodes. This season finds Monk investigating deaths at a school, doctor's office, and prison.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School," "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies," and "Mr. Monk and the TV Star."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Monk becomes a substitute teacher.
    • Monk reunites with his brother.
    • Monk and Sharona go to couples' therapy.
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    Monk - Season 8

    The eighth and final season of Monk premiered on August 7, 2009, and contains 16 episodes. This season finds Monk thinking about retirement and joining a therapy group.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man," "Mr. Monk and Sharona," and "Mr. Monk and the End (Part Two)."

    Memorable moments from Season 8 include:

    • Sharona returns.
    • Monk is reinstated to the police force.
    • Monk learns the identity of Trudy's killer.
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    Monk - Season 1

    The first season of Monk premiered on July 12, 2002, and contains 13 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Adrian Monk, an OCD homicide detective who was removed from the force after the murder of his wife.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Mr. Monk and the Candidate," "Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man," and "Mr. Monk and the Airplane."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Monk comes out of forced retirement.
    • Monk gets committed after being found in Trudy's old house.
    • Monk confronts his fear of flying.
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    Monk - Season 3

    The third season of Monk premiered on June 18, 2004, and contains 16 episodes. This season finds Monk with a new assistant after Sharona moves.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan," "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month," and "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Monk gets a call from his former partner.
    • Natalie becomes Monk's assistant.
    • Monk becomes a foster father.
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