This show is about so much more than solving murders. Monk is my favorite TV character to come along in the last ten years, at least. Each week he uses his brilliant mind and talents to solve crimes that no one else can decipher, but he also has to deal with much more difficult issues. How do you live with all the bad things that happen in this world? When even the smallest, simplest things are terrifying to you, how do you keep going? As someone with a severe phobia myself, I can testify how difficult that is. That Monk constantly overcomes his fears and makes great, awe-inspiring discoveries in spite of them, is truly wonderful.
It's one of those shows that can make you laugh, cry, and think deeply in the space of a few minutes. I would recommend this show to anyone.