Season 7 Episode 1

Mr. Monk Buys A House

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2008 on USA

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  • Monk buys a home.

    This was my first exposure to Monk, and I must admit that it is a really weak program. Tony Shalhoub is in his role well, but his performance is not worthy of his Emmy awards that he has won. The academy loves virtually an eccentric, bizarre behavior and thus overrates Adrian Monk.

    The program tries to hard to be funny, but then takes serious moments too lightly (such as Brad Garrett's character murdering his girlfriend). Utilizing guest actors is something Seinfeld mastered, and it's great that Monk uses it too, but a strong supporting cast is more important. Not a single actor outside of Shalhoub has any sense of presence on camera.

    Brad Garrett's Jake character would be a perfect supporting actor for the show. A handyman alongside the former detective would gel really well. Garrett has a great perception of comedy and this was a good idea to put him in the season premiere, but even he couldn't save this trainwreck of an episode.

    The show tries to hard to be funny, and then immediately switches to a serious moments. Shows like Desperate Housewives know how to ration the drama in with the comedy in a way that produces an entertaining hour. Scribes for Monk should take note of that.
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