The performance of Tony Shaloub is what makes Monk a landmark show and a true original. No other show that I have seen is so willing to annoy the viewer when necessary just to stay committed to the joke. At times as he acts out his obsessions, Monk does just that, but it translates to true comic genius and provides a really true window into the psychiatric disorders from which Monk suffers.
Every episode, though, makes me question why Captain Stottlemeyer and his bumbling Lieutenant Disher still have jobs. Clearly, they can't solve a case without Monk's help, and he gets paid on a case-by-case basis. His assistance costs the city a lot of money, so why haven't Tweedles Dee and Dum (in that order) been fired? Of course, the answer is that it's comic, but when the logical mind kicks in . . .