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YMMV: Monk
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Alice Cooper's cameo in "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike"
  • Broken Base: Holy God, the fights between Sharona fans and Natalie fans.
  • Crazy Awesome: "It's a gift... and a curse." In "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring", Monk goes to a museum and sees the body of a caveman that supposedly froze to death. Monk determines that he was actually murdered and actually figured out what happened. We never actually get to hear it, but suffice it to say Monk is a really good detective to solve a 30,000 year old murder.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Both theme songs.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Some viewers' reactions to the show's humor and treatment of mentally ill people.
    • The reaction that some OCD sufferers and their loved ones have to the show.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In the subplot for the episode "Mr. Monk Is Stuck In Traffic," Monk reports a trucker for driving crazily on the road, it wasn't the first time the trucker in question did so, and they fired her. She then, during the traffic jam, decides she wants to kill Monk as revenge for getting her fired (and her brandishing a crowbar implies that she is not bluffing), and in order for Monk to evade a potential beating on his part when found by her, he is forced by her to withdraw the complaint by claiming he lied about her speeding as revenge for her turning him down in the hand of marriage. Basically, the moral is that, unless you want to be beaten down and possibly killed by the person you reported, don't squeal, even if the person being squealed on deserved the punishment.
    • Throughout the series, anytime Monk gets up the nerve to try to fix his OCD issues and succeeds he always loses his brilliant detective skills as a consequence and always ends up having to undo it to get them back. The message seems to be "The ability to do your job is more important than fixing a crippling problem that ruins your life."
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Some of the trivia questions on Treasure Chest in "Mr. Monk and the Game Show" count. For example, Monk's question at the Bonus Round is, "Who was the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize?" The answer, if Monk had not been trying to nail Roddy Lankman for a cheating scandal, would have been Theodore Roosevelt.
    • In "Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees," there are several sports jerseys on the walls in Rob Sherman's living room. These includes a #21 San Antonio Spurs jersey that was that of Tim Duncan, and there is a #3 Denver Nuggets jersey that is that of Allen Iverson. Both Iverson and Duncan were League MVPs. The presence of these jerseys implies that Sherman may or may not have been their agent.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the novel Mr. Monk Is Miserable, published in early December 2008, Monk finds a skull in the Paris catacombs belonging to a recently deceased man. The skull is identified by dental records as Nathan Chalmers, a man who committed a pyramid scheme in America, and who faked his death to avoid prosecution. Barely a week after the book was released in hardback, Bernard Madoff was exposed and arrested for one of the largest Ponzi schemes in recent history. Madoff was identical to the descriptions of Nathan Chalmers: the architect of a massive pyramid scheme whose victims included several of California's wealthiest and most sophisticated persons.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Monk, who treats his friends callously without actually realizing it. Usually the source of an Aesop Amnesia when he learns to appreciate and treat them, especially Natalie, better, which he then promptly forgets next episode.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Barry Kripke appears as a minor character in "Mr Monk Joins a Cult".
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The ads for the final season of the show set to Keane's "Time to Go".
    • The final episode is possibly one of these, depending on how emotional you can get. Keep your tissues handy.
    • Any scene when Monk is talking to his dead wife.
    • The scene in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies" where Ambrose admits he never called Adrian after Trudy died because he blames himself for her death.
    • "Mr. Monk and the Kid," when Monk becomes a temporary foster parent. He begins to fall in love with the child and considers adopting him. However, the child begins to take on Monk's OCD-tendencies, and while telling him a story (Which was a bit like the situation the child was in!) Monk comes to a conclusion and states that the child won't be happy with Monk. The ending was sad, where Monk has to give him up for the kid's own good.
    • "Mr. Monk and the Dog". It turns out Shelby's puppies were proof of an affair and manslaughter, so Steven DeWitt comes in to destroy the evidence but Monk talks him out of it. At the end, Monk's selling the puppies but is too afraid to separate them. Someone with a farm comes by and buys all of them, since they have space for all of the dogs and are able to take care of the whole litter.
    • "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show" certainly counts. Monk explains that the reason he loved it so much as a kid was that it showed his view of the 'perfect family.' A family that he never had.

  • What an Idiot
    • In "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room", Darwin the chimp is framed for his owner's murder despite the fact that the guy was shot twice in the back. You'd Expect Stottlemeyer and the others to realize no monkey could handle a handgun so adeptly. After Sharona points this out, Stottlemeyer takes Darwin into an interrogation room with what he assumes is an unloaded gun; it's not. Darwin shoots without aiming and only hits the room's window. You'd Then Expect the cops to admit Darwin could not have killed Ian Blackburn, his owner. Instead, they continue to insist Darwin is the killer until Monk's summation.
    • In "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf", Sharona continually sees a blood-soaked man with a knife in his chest and a screwdriver in his ear who disappears as soon as she runs screaming for help. On both occasions, this man speaks to her, calling her by name and saying things like, "Daddy needs you." You'd Expect Monk, Stottlemeyer, or somebody to ask what Sharona's childhood history is or where her father is. You'd Then Expect somebody to ask who, besides Sharona, knew said history. One answer would've been, "My creative writing teacher," for whom Sharona wrote an essay about her mentally ill dad, and who turned out to be the killer. Instead everyone believes Sharona is reacting to stress or even crazy, right up to the summation.

  • The Woobie: Monk's cringing and general pitifulness when being confronted with one of his phobias generate an instant oh-the-poor-thing factor and tend to put one in mind of a small child or bewildered dog; on top of that, cruel minor characters unacquainted with Monk are always around to mock him, stare at him, or try to forcibly make him "get over" his fears. It's almost painful to watch, even when played for laughs as it usually is. (For some reason, neither Monk nor Natalie/Sharona ever bother to explain Monk's OCD, instead describing him as being "particular" or something similarly vague; thus, the other characters are rarely sympathetic to or accommodating of his problems.)
    • Could be justified. If they "did" explain, people might react to Monk the way they often do to other, more visible, disabilities, such as treating Monk as if he is an anomaly or is helpless. Or maybe it's just because his particular manifestation of OCD would take too long to explain.

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