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The Best Episodes of Monk

Every episode of Monk ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Monk!

Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. But after the tragic (and still unsolved) murder of his wife Trudy, he developed an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Now working as a private consultant, Monk continues to investigate cases in the most unconventional ways.

Genres:ComedyCrimeDramaMystery
Network:USA Network

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The best episode of "Monk" is "Mr. Monk and the End (2)", rated 9.4/10 from 2046 user votes. It was directed by Randall Zisk and written by Andy Breckman. "Mr. Monk and the End (2)" aired on 12/4/2009 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Mr. Monk and the End (1)".

  • Mr. Monk and the End (2)
    9.4/10 2,046 votes

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

    Season 8 Episode 16 - Aired 2009-12-04

    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.

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Andy Breckman

  • Mr. Monk and the End (1)
    9.1/10 1,573 votes

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

    Season 8 Episode 15 - Aired 2009-11-27

    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.

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Andy Breckman

  • Mr. Monk and the Kid
    8.9/10 1,873 votes

    #3 - Mr. Monk and the Kid

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2005-03-04

    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

    Director: Eric Laneuville, Andre Belgrader

    Writer: Hy Conrad, Tom Scharpling

  • Mr. Monk Is Up All Night
    8.9/10 1,517 votes

    #4 - Mr. Monk Is Up All Night

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-09-14

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

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: David Breckman

  • Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty
    8.7/10 1,456 votes

    #5 - Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2006-03-17

    Monk is summoned to jury duty against his wishes and must solve two crimes: he has to convince the jury the defendent is not guilty, and solve the mystery of a corpse outside the jury room's window.

    Director: Andre Belgrader

    Writer: Peter Wolk

  • Mr. Monk and the Three Pies
    8.6/10 1,538 votes

    #6 - Mr. Monk and the Three Pies

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-01-23

    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 attend Trudy's funeral seven years before. In fact, Ambrose, an agoraphobic packrat whose house is full of bundled up newspapers, has not left the home he and Adrian grew up in for thirty-two years. Believing Ambrose's claim that his next-door neighbor, Pat Van Ranken, has murdered his wife after a loud argument, Monk and Sharona visit Van Ranken and decide to follow him. Van Ranken, meanwhile, is behaving very strangely, entering a potato sack race and a bingo tournament in which the prizes include a cherry pie. It's not hard for the Monk brothers to tie Van Ranken to another murder involving a cherry pie--the challenge is finding a motive for Van Ranken and proving that he did it. The episode provides a glimpse of Monk's family background and the reasons for his estrangement from his brother,

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Tom Scharpling, Daniel Dratch

  • Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike
    8.6/10 1,468 votes

    #7 - Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-07-14

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

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Andy Breckman, Daniel Gaeta

  • Mr. Monk Is On The Run (1)
    8.6/10 1,231 votes

    #8 - Mr. Monk Is On The Run (1)

    Season 6 Episode 15 - Aired 2008-02-15

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

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Tom Scharpling

  • Mr. Monk Goes Home Again
    8.5/10 1,370 votes

    #9 - Mr. Monk Goes Home Again

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-07-15

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

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Tom Scharpling

  • Mr. Monk Is On The Run (2)
    8.5/10 1,267 votes

    #10 - Mr. Monk Is On The Run (2)

    Season 6 Episode 16 - Aired 2008-02-22

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

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: N/A

  • Mr. Monk and Sharona
    8.5/10 1,170 votes

    #11 - Mr. Monk and Sharona

    Season 8 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-10-23

    When Sharona returns to San Francisco to handle legal issues related to an uncle's death, Monk suspects foul play and is torn between the differing styles of Sharona and Natalie.

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: N/A

  • Mr. Monk and the Dog
    8.5/10 1,187 votes

    #12 - Mr. Monk and the Dog

    Season 8 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-10-30

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

    Director: David Breckman

    Writer: N/A

  • Mr. Monk and the Game Show
    8.4/10 1,406 votes

    #13 - Mr. Monk and the Game Show

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-08-13

    With Sharona in New Jersey to visit her ailing mother, Monk is left in the very incompetent hands of his annoying upstairs neighbor, Kevin Dorfman, but the prospect of a week with Kevin is eased somewhat by a visit from Trudy's father, Dwight Ellison. Dwight invites Monk (and Kevin) to spend the week with him and his wife, Marcia – and at the same time investigate gameshow host Roddy Lankman, who appears to be involved in a conspiracy to allow one of his contestants, Val Birch, to win every game. Despite the memories of Trudy aroused by spending time with her parents in her former home and the questionable help of Kevin, Monk discovers evidence that Lankman visited Birch's house – and that Birch visited the site of the accident that killed Lankman's assistant, Lizzie Talvo. To discover exactly how Lankman and his crooked contestant are communicating – and possibly prove that they're involved in something much worse than cheating – Monk becomes a contestant on the game show. His knowledge o

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Daniel Dratch

  • Mr. Monk and the Red Herring
    8.4/10 1,400 votes

    #14 - Mr. Monk and the Red Herring

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-01-21

    With Sharona in New Jersey remarried to her ex-husband, Monk has been without an assistant for three months and it's time to find a new one--if only he could find a suitable applicant. When Natalie Teeger, a thirty-something widow with an eleven-year-old daughter, arrives at his house, he thinks she's applying for the job, but she's really been sent by Captain Stottlemeyer to get Monk's help--two men have broken into her apartment in the last few days and she had to kill the second one with scissors in self-defense. Examining Natalie's apartment, Monk finds a single clue, an unused fish net caught between the sofa cushions, suggesting that the intruders were trying to steal Mr. Henry, Julie's pet fish. But why would anyone want to steal a ninety-nine-cent red herring, er, crimson marblefish? A second clue surfaces when Lieutenant Disher finds a note in the dead perp's pocket reading ""2:30 Sea of Tranquility"" and Natalie identifies the Sea of Tranquility as an exhibit at the science mus

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Andy Breckman

  • Mr. Monk and the Actor
    8.4/10 1,455 votes

    #15 - Mr. Monk and the Actor

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-07-07

    While working on a double murder, Monk finds that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery when he finds that an obsessive method actor has been cast to play...Adrian Monk in a new movie.

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Hy Conrad, Joe Toplyn

  • Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink
    8.4/10 1,260 votes

    #16 - Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2006-08-18

    When Dr. Kroger retires after his cleaning lady is killed, it's up to Monk to solve the case and get Dr. Kroger back to work.

    Director: Andre Belgrader

    Writer: Hy Conrad

  • Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man
    8.4/10 1,224 votes

    #17 - Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man

    Season 8 Episode 2 - Aired 2009-08-14

    Monk meets a visiting African widower who's determined to find the hit-and-run-driver who killed his wife near Monk's apartment. Monk begins to identify with the man and confuses his wife with Trudy.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: David Breckman

  • Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger
    8.3/10 1,622 votes

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

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2002-10-11

    When monk's favorite singer, Willie Nelson, is suspected of murdering his tour manager, Monk steps in to clear his name.

    Director: Milan Cheylov, Adam Shankman

    Writer: Tom Scharpling, Andy Breckman

  • Mr. Monk Goes to Jail
    8.3/10 1,366 votes

    #19 - Mr. Monk Goes to Jail

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2004-03-05

    Who would murder a death-row inmate forty-five minutes before his execution--and why? That's the question Captain Stottlemeyer asks Monk--but Monk's response is to ask why it matters. As Monk is hurrying to leave the prison, however, he gets a phone call from his old nemesis, Dale ""the Whale"" Biederbeck, that changes his plans. The police consider Dale a suspect in the inmate's murder (the young man owed him twelve hundred dollars) and refuse to give him a window in his cell until his name is cleared, so Dale strikes a bargain with Monk--solve the case and he'll provide information about Trudy's murder. After interviewing the cook who prepared the dead inmate's last meal, Monk notices that another cook never clocked out the evening before. The missing cook is found dead in a freezer with a wad of bills in his apron pocket--clearly the person who bribed him to poison the inmate was afraid he would talk and killed him, too. On his way out of the prison, he receives another phone call, th

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Chris Manheim

  • Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month
    8.3/10 1,396 votes

    #20 - Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2004-08-06

    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 be his disgraced ex-partner, Joe Christie. Neither Monk nor Stottlemeyer wants to work with Christie, whom they hold responsible for some missing cocaine and the death of two police officers, and both of them disregard the evidence that Edna might have been murdered--a broken shoe heel (suggesting that the victim ran from someone or something), her dust allergy (which normally kept her from entering the loading dock where the death occurred), and the three letters (in different handwriting but with similar stamps) complaining about the victim. Twenty-seven days later, realizing that the stamps were all from the same roll and therefore from the same person, Monk reluctantly agrees to help Christie discover a suspect and a motive by working undercover as a store clerk. But he still doesn't tr

    Director: Scott Foley

    Writer: Ross Abrash

  • Mr. Monk's 100th Case
    8.3/10 1,301 votes

    #21 - Mr. Monk's 100th Case

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-09-05

    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.

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Tom Scharpling

  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk
    8.3/10 1,111 votes

    #22 - Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk

    Season 8 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-10-16

    Natalie tries to throw a surprise party for her surprise-hating boss, who is busy trying to solve the murder of a maintenance man.

    Director: Tawnia McKiernan

    Writer: Peter Wolk

  • Mr. Monk and the Badge
    8.3/10 1,090 votes

    #23 - Mr. Monk and the Badge

    Season 8 Episode 14 - Aired 2009-11-20

    Upon being reinstated, Monk is put in charge of tracking down a serial killer.

    Director: Dean Parisot

    Writer: N/A

  • Mr. Monk Meets the Candidate (1)
    8.2/10 3,548 votes

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

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2002-07-12

    A former San Francisco police detective suffering from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed.

    Director: Dean Parisot, Eric Laneuville

    Writer: Andy Breckman

  • Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect
    8.2/10 1,380 votes

    #25 - Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2003-08-08

    Monk suspects that the man responsible for the mail bombing murder of rich and beautiful Amanda Babbage is the victim's brother, Brian – who has been in a coma for four months after attempting to lure Stottlemeyer and Disher into a car chase and crashing into two cars. Since the package was postmarked three days before the bombing, Stottlemeyer is naturally skeptical, but he prefers siding with Monk to tagging along behind Agent Grooms of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who suspects the victim's other brother, Ricky.

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Karl Schaefer