Monk: Season 8 (2009)

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Season 8
Monk

Critics Consensus

Monk wisely closes the curtain just as the formula begins to grow tiresome, delivering a predictable conclusion that will still hearten fans of San Francisco's finest germaphobe.

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Critic Ratings: 11

94%

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User Ratings: 17
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Episodes

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Air date: Aug 7, 2009
2
Air date: Aug 14, 2009
3
Air date: Aug 21, 2009
4
Air date: Aug 28, 2009
5
Air date: Sep 11, 2009
6
Air date: Sep 18, 2009
7
Air date: Sep 25, 2009
8
Air date: Oct 9, 2009
9
Air date: Oct 16, 2009
10
Air date: Oct 23, 2009
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Tv Season Info

In the eighth and final season, Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) continues to work with the Homicide Division of the San Francisco Police Department. His cases involve a murder related to a UFO sighting, victims who receive voodoo dolls before their deaths, guarding a former child star and rejoining the police force. Monk's former assistant, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), returns to San Francisco, and he finds himself torn between her and his current assistant, Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard). Dr. Neven Bell (Héctor Elizondo) continues to help Monk with his OCPD and numerous phobias, especially when they threaten to derail his investigative abilities. And Monk makes a breakthrough in finding his wife's murder. Guest stars include Eric Stonestreet, Meat Loaf, Teri Polo, Jack Wagner and Craig T. Nelson as "The Judge."

Critic Reviews for Monk Season 8

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The finale summed up the reasons why lots of people loved this series, and why I and other people thought it had all become repetitive and silly.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything neatly wrapped up - just like Monk folding his laundry.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

I won't miss Monk all that terribly, but I will miss knowing that the show was out there, creating a safe haven for people who just wanted a few smiles on a Friday night.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Here's to you Mr. Monk, a small and steady light on an often blinding, hyperkinetic screen. In your own quiet way, you have changed our lives and you will be missed.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

So, in its final season, Monk stays close to the formula that made it successful, offering more of the same.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's the TV equivalent of comfort food, and there aren't many shows you can say that about anymore. Now there's one less.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are many fabulous stand-alone episodes in season eight.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The performance that Tony Shalhoub gave as a close-to-death Monk was simply amazing.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Monk slowly evolved from a tightly-constructed mystery show into a more entertaining character study.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Like a great old band going for one final tour, the final season of Monk promises to play all the greatest hits and go out on a high note.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A good balance for the final season, giving fans time to enjoy some of the typical, lighter mystery-of-the-week episodes and then wrapping the series up by tying together all of the loose ends with Monk and the other characters.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monk: Season 8

  • Mar 27, 2019
    The original defective detective. Adrian Monk, formerly a cop on the San Francisco police force, is haunted by the car-bomb murder of his journalist wife, bedeviled by more phobias, quirks, and peccadilloes than even his psychiatrist can handle, and yet--in his new role as a police consultant (he turned in his badge after his wife's death) is able to solve the most complicated of cases with ease. Over the course of the series, he has lost his sight, found a girlfriend, trod the boards as an actor, suffered amnesia...and through it all, been able to figure out whodunit well before the final commercial. Often, the murder occurs at the very start, and we are aware of the killer's identity before Monk is; the fun comes from watching him put the pieces together until he knows what we've known all along-- and sometimes, the story revolves around Monk's efforts (usually unsuccessful) to cope with the agonies of day-to-day living while the mystery is placed squarely on the back burner. Tony Shalhoub's performance is a master class in acting, filled with tics, twitches, grimaces and frowns (he rarely smiles)--but also quieter, more soulful moments--from first scene to last; he is brilliant. Also starring Ted Levine as his exasperated boss, Captain Stottlemeyer; Bitty Schram and Traylor Howard as his personal assistants, Sharona and Natalie; and Jason Gray-Stanford as the goofy but efficient Lieutenant Disher. Move over, Columbo. Monk is just as smart, and even quirkier. (Funnier, too.) If you haven't seen the show yet, what have you been waiting for? You can still catch it in reruns, or binge-watch it on DVD. It's a gem.
  • May 17, 2018
    Love the cast and the guest stars.
  • Dec 26, 2016
    It was an Outstanding TV Series and the Star Cast was Perfect.

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