Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the Paperboy 

Monk's paperboy is killed on his doorstep, and the killer takes Monk's paper. So, what's in the paper that the killer doesn't want Monk to see?


Michael Fresco


Andy Breckman (created by), David Breckman | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Jarrad Paul ... Kevin Dorfman
Nicole DeHuff ... Vicki Selenas (as Nicole Dehuff)
Joseph Sikora ... Boz Harrelson (as Joe Sikora)
Kane Ritchotte ... Benjy Fleming
Endre Hules ... Captain Duprat
Orlando Seale ... Lieutenant Lafitte
Mark Totty ... Malcolm Cowley
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
David Zepeda ... Jose Alverez
Luis Chávez ... Nestor Alverez (as Luis Chavez)
Joseph Whipp ... Heavyset Detective


While delivering Monk's newspaper, the paperboy is killed by somebody intent on stealing the paper. The detective's apartment is subsequently filled with police as they investigate the crime. The invasion of the numerous and untidy cops as well as a visit from Monk's bizarre neighbor rattle poor Adrian, who concludes that the thief was trying to keep Monk from seeing something in the paper. Sharona gets Monk out of the apartment by taking him to the convenience store to buy a paper. Monk pores through the paper, solving unrelated crimes as he reads, despite the interruptions from his annoying neighbor. Another murder, this time of the convenience store clerk, confuses things somewhat. However, Monk eventually ends up on the right track. Written by John Hosking

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Sung by Tony Shalhoub
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Paper trouble with Mr Monk
20 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

There are many great episodes of Season 2. "Mr Monk and the Paperboy" is one of them, and to me actually one of the season's, and show's, best. There hasn't been a bad episode of 'Monk' up to this point in Season 2 and even the weakest episode of Season 1 ("Mr Monk and the Earthquake") was still enjoyable, but "Mr Monk and the Paperboy" stands out. Loved the fact that Monk doesn't discover properly the truth until late and that most of the time he is on the wrong trail, which is not often seen with 'Monk' where he knows who it is but has to prove it and how it was done.

"Mr Monk and the Paperboy's" mystery was also very diverting and refreshingly unconventional (only "Mr Monk Goes to Mexico" to me was more unique) with a number of surprises and an interesting final solution that rings true and never takes improbability too far. So yes, it delivers more than most Season 2 episodes on the mystery factor.

One of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching. It is remarkable here that right from the first episode to when the show ended that one likes him straight away, even with his quirks and deficiencies that could easily have been overplayed, and also that he is better developed than most titular characters of other shows at this particular stage. Who can't help love Monk's brilliant mind too?

He is very well supported by a sharp and no-nonsense but also sympathetic Bitty Schram, whose Sharona makes for a worthy and entertaining partner for Monk's sleuthing and somebody with a maternal side. There is always a debate at who's better between Sharona and Natalie, personally like both in their own way and consider them both attractive though as of now leaning towards Natalie as the better acted and more attentive of the two. The two are so enjoyable together and the best detective duo of any show in recent years from personal opinion.

Both Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford are very amusing, with Stottlemeyer's loyalty and frustration towards Monk a lot of fun to watch and Disher's quirks and goofiness never coming over as annoying. The supporting cast are strong.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of hilarious wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done but extremely deft, of which some of the funniest writing of the whole show is in this episode. The character moments are such a joy with the principal cast are always, with some genuinely hilarious moments with Monk and great interplay with him and Sharona.

Visually, the episode is shot in a slick and stylish way, and the music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now.

Overall, a season and show highlight. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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