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Television Sun Dec 06 2009

Good Riddance Monk

Now that the show "Monk" has ended, I'm going to say what I've been thinking for a long time: it wasn't even good anymore! It especially went downhill when Bitty Schram (who played Sharona) left the show. There was always an interesting tension between them because they had different personalities, and she called him out on his weird behavior.

But more than the unfortunate departure of Sharona was that the early episodes were actually mysteries, and after a while, the show became just about him and his annoying quirks. What we ended up watching was his amicable relationship with his new assistant Natalie, which seemed boring because there was no tension, and one big character sketch, supported by lots of extras at the show's site. I stopped watching it, even when Sharona came back to the show for one episode, though I did see the finale (which was better than most of the show's episodes anyway).

And btw: Tony Shalhoub, who's the producer and lead actor, is Jonathan Brandmeier's cousin (at least according to Shalhoub's IMDb bio).

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Fred / December 6, 2009 8:19 PM

I was happy when Sharona left, she was annoying and she brought the show down. Natalee was a huge improvement.

Sue / December 6, 2009 8:42 PM

I liked Sharone way better than Natalie. Natalie was terribly annoying and boring. the shows were much better with Sharona but I loved the show and watched every show several times. I am a MONK fan forever

Macy / December 6, 2009 8:48 PM

I LOVE MONK! It was by far the best show that I have ever watched in my life. There wasn't an episode that I didn't like. I am pretty postitive that I have seen all of them too. My mom and I have 85 of them taped on our DVR and we can talk about them individually. It made me cry to see the last episode. I love everyone in the show including NATALIE!!! My mother is weird and doesn't like her. I will continue to watch Monk, but Friday nights just wont be the same.... I LOVE MONK!!!!!!!!!!! I love Monk like some people love star trek. I would love to go to a Monk convention, I would dress up as Natalie. haha. I will miss it!

William / December 7, 2009 12:32 AM

I liked Natalie, she was cool, funny and kind. Sharona was a pain in the ass. I was glad when she left the show.

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