Monk (season 7)

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Monk season 7
Monk Season Seven DVD.jpg
Starring Tony Shalhoub
Traylor Howard
Ted Levine
Jason Gray-Stanford
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 16
Release
Original network USA Network
Original release July 18, 2008 – February 20, 2009
Season chronology
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Season 8
List of Monk episodes

The seventh season of Monk was originally broadcast in the United States on USA Network from July 18, 2008, to February 20, 2009. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on July 21, 2009.

Crew[edit]

Andy Breckman continued his tenure as show runner. Executive producers for the season included Breckman, David Hoberman, series star Tony Shalhoub, writer Tom Scharpling and Rob Thompson. Universal Media Studios was the primary production company backing the show. Randy Newman's theme ("It's a Jungle Out There") continued to be used, while Jeff Beal's original instrumental theme could be heard in some episodes. Directors for the season included Randall Zisk, David Hoberman, Michael W. Watkins, David Breckman and Andrei Belgrader. Writers for the season included Andy Breckman, Hy Conrad, Daniel Dratch, Tom Gammill, Dylan Morgan, Max Pross, Salvatore Savo, Josh Siegal, Joe Toplyn, Tom Scharpling and Peter Wolk.

Cast[edit]

Héctor Elizondo made his debut this season as Dr. Neven Bell after the death of Stanley Kamel

All four main characters returned for the seventh season. Tony Shalhoub returned as former homicide detective Adrian Monk, with Traylor Howard returning as Monk's faithful assistant, Natalie Teeger. Ted Levine returned as the SFPD captain, Leland Stottlemeyer, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised his role as the oblivious but lovable Lieutenant Randy Disher.

Héctor Elizondo joined the show as Dr. Neven Bell, Monk's new psychiatrist. Elizondo was cast after the death of the actor Stanley Kamel.[1] Emmy Clarke returned as Julie Teeger, Natalie's daughter, and Tim Bagley reprised his role as Harold Krenshaw, Monk's number-one rival. Melora Hardin continued to portray Trudy Monk, Monk's beloved deceased wife. Casper Van Dien made his first appearance as Lt. Steven Albright, a new love interest for Natalie who was a comrade of Natalie's late husband, Mitch, in the Navy. Jarrad Paul made his final appearance as Monk's annoying upstairs neighbor, Kevin Dorfman. The season saw the return of various villains and acquaintances from the past in the 100th episode, including John Turturro as Ambrose Monk (Monk's brother), Sarah Silverman as Marci Maven (Monk's number-one fan), Tim Bagley as Harold Krenshaw, Brooke Adams as Leigh Harrison (a flight attendant who was driven to drinking by Monk in "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"), and villains played by Ricardo Chavira, Angela Kinsey, David Koechner, Howie Mandel, and Andy Richter. Other guest stars for the season included Pamela Adlon, Kristina Anapau, Jill Arrington, William Atherton, Sam Ayers, Michael Badalucco, Malcolm Barrett, Geoffrey Blake, Julie Bowen, Jack Carter, Jude Ciccolella, Tim Conlon, Bob Costas, Henry Czerny, Ethan Erickson, Noah Emmerich, Courtney Ford, Brad Garrett, Marcus Giamatti, Eileen Grubba, Ernie Grunwald, Mike Hagerty, Anne Marie Howard, Joe Hursley, Gregory Jbara, Kathryn Joosten, Sung Kang, Tom Kiesche, James Lesure, Peyton List, Robert Loggia, Scott MacDonald, Michael Mantell, Eric McCormack, Dina Meyer, Sandra Mitchell, Steve Monroe, Tom Nagel, Joanna Pacuła, Evan Peters, Greg Pitts, Jon Polito, Kali Rocha, Gena Rowlands (in an Emmy award-nominated performance), Douglas Sarine, Richard Schiff, Richard Steinmetz, David Strathairn, Steve Valentine, Marc Vann, Tracey Walter, Audrey Wasilewski, Titus Welliver, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Williamson, Jacqueline Wright and Steve Zahn.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
94 1 "Mr. Monk Buys a House" Andy Breckman Randall Zisk July 18, 2008 (2008-07-18) 5.64[2]
95 2 "Mr. Monk and the Genius" Joe Toplyn Michael W. Watkins July 25, 2008 (2008-07-25) 5.06[3]
96 3 "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever" Hy Conrad Michael Zinberg August 1, 2008 (2008-08-01) 4.60[4]
97 4 "Mr. Monk Takes a Punch" Salvatore Savo Barnet Kellman August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08) 3.62[5]
98 5 "Mr. Monk Is Underwater" Jack Bernstein Paris Barclay August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) 4.65[6]
99 6 "Mr. Monk Falls in Love" Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan Arlene Sanford August 22, 2008 (2008-08-22) 4.57[7]
100 7 "Mr. Monk's 100th Case" Tom Scharpling Randall Zisk September 5, 2008 (2008-09-05) 4.99[8]
101 8 "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized" Tom Gammill and Max Pross Michael W. Watkins September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12) 5.02[9]
102 9 "Mr. Monk and the Miracle" Peter Wolk Andrei Belgrader November 28, 2008 (2008-11-28) 4.39[10]
103 10 "Mr. Monk's Other Brother" David Breckman David Hoberman January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09) 5.24[11]
104 11 "Mr. Monk on Wheels"
"Mr. Monk Gets Shot"
Nell Scovell Anton Cropper January 16, 2009 (2009-01-16) 4.94[12]
105 12 "Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door" Hy Conrad and Joe Toplyn Tawnia McKiernan January 23, 2009 (2009-01-23) 4.96[13]
106 13 "Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs" Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan Randall Zisk January 30, 2009 (2009-01-30) 5.39[14]
107 14 "Mr. Monk and the Bully" Joe Ventura David Breckman February 6, 2009 (2009-02-06) 5.67[15]
108 15 "Mr. Monk and the Magician" Andy Breckman Randall Zisk February 13, 2009 (2009-02-13) 5.11[16]
109 16 "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall" Tom Scharpling, Josh Siegal, and Dylan Morgan Chuck Parker February 20, 2009 (2009-02-20) 5.54[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

  • Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)

Screen Actors Guild[edit]

  • Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)

References[edit]

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