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* DeathOfTheAuthor: PlayedWith in "The Grade." The professor in question insists Ian doesn't understand Ian's own books, though he doesn't know it is Ian at the time.

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: [[invoked]] PlayedWith in "The Grade." The professor in question insists Ian doesn't understand Ian's own books, though he doesn't know it is Ian at the time.


Creator/TonyShalhoub is Ian Stark, a misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.

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Creator/TonyShalhoub is Ian Stark, a misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.


[[Series/{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] is Ian Stark, a misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.

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[[Series/{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] Creator/TonyShalhoub is Ian Stark, a misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.


The show, an NBC SitCom, ran for a single season, 1999-2000. Despite being both clever and funny, it suffered from clashing styles with ''{{Frasier}}'', which followed it in the next time slot, leading to its time-slot bouncing and subsequent cancellation.

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The show, an NBC SitCom, ran for a single season, 1999-2000. Despite being both clever and funny, it suffered from clashing styles with ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', which followed it in the next time slot, leading to its time-slot bouncing and subsequent cancellation.


[[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] is Ian Stark, a misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.

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[[{{Monk}} [[Series/{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] is Ian Stark, a misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.

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* CovertPervert: Henry, which may come as a surprise. Notable incidents include ''The Grade'' where he has put a topless picture of his former girlfriend as his screensaver and ''The Pidgeon'' where he becomes fixated over Tess' former classmate being a lesbian and having a crush on her (with the two of them meeting again later in the episode).


[[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] is Ian Stark, a fun-loving horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.

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[[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] is Ian Stark, a fun-loving misanthropic horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.



* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Tess.
* CampStraight: Henry.



* DumbBlonde: Subverted with Tess. The episode told from her POV reveals that she's smarter than her bubbly personality would suggest.
* EpunymousTitle: Ian Stark is '''Stark Raving Mad'''

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* DumbBlonde: Subverted with Tess. The episode told from her POV reveals that she's smarter than her bubbly personality would suggest.
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* EpunymousTitle: Ian Stark is '''Stark Raving Mad'''Mad'''.


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* TheStoner: Jake.
* TransparentCloset: Cesar.

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[[caption-width-right:349:Chaotic, neurotic, peculiar and amazing.]]

[[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] is Ian Stark, a fun-loving horror writer with a penchant for practical jokes. Henry [=McNeeley=], played by NeilPatrickHarris, is obsessive compulsive, afraid of everything, insistent on working when there is work to be done, and Ian's new editor. Their [[IncrediblyLamePun starkly]] different approaches to work and life clash as they work together, which apparently involves a lot more hanging out than actual writing or editing.

They are joined in their hijinks by Ian's typist, Jake Donovan, who's not too bright after years of recreational marijuana use; Maddie Keller, a bartender and college student who [[HollywoodHomely somehow has difficulty attracting men]]; and Henry's girlfriend, Tess Farraday, who is every bit who you would expect to be with an obsessive compulsive, phobia-ridden, super-serious book editor.

The show, an NBC SitCom, ran for a single season, 1999-2000. Despite being both clever and funny, it suffered from clashing styles with ''{{Frasier}}'', which followed it in the next time slot, leading to its time-slot bouncing and subsequent cancellation.

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: PlayedWith in "The Grade." The professor in question insists Ian doesn't understand Ian's own books, though he doesn't know it is Ian at the time.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ian and Henry's relationship is often played as pseudo-romantic, a premise extended in "Therapy" to include accusations of cheating and a child (Jake).
* DumbBlonde: Subverted with Tess. The episode told from her POV reveals that she's smarter than her bubbly personality would suggest.
* EpunymousTitle: Ian Stark is '''Stark Raving Mad'''
* HypnoFool: Ian and Henry hypnotized Jake and Tess to respectively believe they were Romeo and Juliet. Turn your back on two people believing they're hell-bent literary lovers that died in Shakespeare's play, and look what happens.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Tess is not above using this on Henry.
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: Ian once starred in a [[spoiler:cheesy musical.]] He is so [[OldShame ashamed of it]] that he is willing to let people believe he was in a mental institution during that time.
* UnwantedGiftPlot: Jake receives a heavy bead necklace from his then girlfriend, which he must wear for the rest of the episode because he "loves" it so much.
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