Monk is obsessively clean More on Monk

In his obsession for order, he notices every stray bit of disorder

Friday, January 19, 2007

No more Monk
I really enjoyed the first episodes of Monk, but with a different writer who focused on short snappy plots instead of the interesting portrayal of Monk's character, the show went downhill.

As it happens ,I have not watched TV since late 2004 so this blog may as well be scrapped, right? Except I rather like the design of it.


Friday, May 28, 2004

Monk is coming back on after a hiatus, with new episodes.

I really liked this show when it first aired, but I find their scheduling very annoying. They do not seem to understand that repeats are better watched after you've had a chance to forget about an episode and 13 episodes does not a devoted fan club make.

Also they appear to have dumbed down and sexed up the storylines.

Saturday, November 08, 2003


Friday, August 29, 2003

I watched part of the Sharona dates the deputy mayor episode again, and found it funnier and more enjyable than i did first time through. I think its because onthe first go-round, I was more focused on the plot. Second time through, I knew the plot and was free to observe and appreciate the comedic interplay between Monk and Sharona, Monk and Mrs. Chen, etc. They are very good!

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Less Monk?
Monk is becoming more and more disappointing. He is becoming more and more incapable. Sharona now does most of the talking. Perhaps she will become the detective, while Monk will become a gibbering fool who sits at home lining up chess pieces on a board.

Monday, July 14, 2003

Hy Conrad
I have figured out what it is about Hy Conrad's episodes that troubles me. He's too facile. Take a plot - any plot-- and plop into it the stock characters from Monk. Add a couple of Monkish mannerisms -- make them extreme so the less subtle in the audience can't fail to notice -- and stir. What do you get?

Mysteries dumbed down for kids. Check out this list of credits for Mr. Conrad (he of Minute Mystery fame)

It looks as if the producers have decided this is going to be a kids show. Over at, on the kids/young adults page, you see a list of Puzzles, games and mystery stories for kids and teenagers to pit their wits as they figure out whodunit, including a link to Detective Club Puzzlers by Hy Conrad .
On the same page is a big USA network ad for the Monk series.

It's too bad they have to dumb it down. If their research showed that a lot of kids were watching it, why not suppose the kids in the audience are as bright as the adults?

Well, I'm going to wander on over to the USANetwork bulletin board discussion and see what the original fans of this show think of th changes. I alread kknow they dont like Randy Newman's theme song, and yearn for the Season I title them by Jeff Beal

Saturday, July 12, 2003

New episodes
Here's what's coming up this week:
Thu, Jul 17 9:00 PM 12 MONKEYS

The Ballgame episode also aired Friday at 10 p.m., so I have watched it already. I may watch it again Monday, as there are a couple of points I want tosatisfy myself about before making any comments.

In a recent entry, I wondered aloud why it took them so long to come up with new episodes. I guess the reason is that they couldnt get good writers. Now we have the one-minute mystery man, Hy Conrad popping out plots as fast as a cat pops kittens.
The 1-minute mystery has been done before. See Ellery Queen
Hy Conrad is all over the net posting his mystery plots. See (loosely based on the PBS series "Mystery!")
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