Monk (season 8)

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Monk season 8
Monk Season Eight 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 August 7 (2009-08-07) – December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04)
Season chronology
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List of Monk episodes

The eighth and final season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from August 7 to December 4, 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 March 16, 2010.

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") was continued to be used, while Jeff Beal's original instrumental theme could be heard in some episodes. Newman also wrote a song for the final episode entitled When I'm Gone. The song was accompanied by a montage of past and present characters from the show, leading the series into the final end credits. Directors for the season included Randall Zisk, Michael Zinberg, David Breckman, and Andrei Belgrader. Dean Parisot returned to direct "Mr. Monk and the Badge". It was his only credit in the series, apart from the pilot episode. Writers for the season included Michael Angeli, Andy Breckman, David Breckman, Hy Conrad, Tom Gammill, Dylan Morgan, Max Pross, Salvatore Savo, Josh Siegal, Joe Toplyn, Tom Scharpling, and Peter Wolk.

Cast[edit]

Craig T. Nelson made a guest appearance in the final two episodes as Judge Ethan Rickover

All four main characters returned for the final 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 lovable but oblivious Lieutenant Randy Disher.

Hector Elizondo returned as Monk's new psychiatrist, Dr. Neven Bell. Emmy Clarke continued to portray Julie Teeger. Virginia Madsen entered the series as Stottlemeyer's new girlfriend (and later wife), Trudy K. Jensen. Melora Hardin reprised her role as Trudy Monk (Monk's deceased wife), and Casper Van Dien returned as Lt. Steven Albright, Natalie's new love interest. Tim Bagley returned to resolve Harold Krenshaw's (Monk's number-one rival) plotline. Craig T. Nelson entered as Judge Ethan Rickover in the penultimate episode. D. B. Woodside entered in the same episode as Monk's physician, Dr. Matthew Shuler. Alona Tal made an appearance in the final episode as Trudy's daughter, Molly Evans. Bitty Schram made a special appearance as Sharona Fleming, Monk's former nurse (Schram was a former cast member, who left during the third season). Other guest stars for the eighth season included Brooke Adams, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sarah Aldrich, Dylan Baker, Eric Balfour, Ed Begley, Jr., Jack Betts, Kelly Carlson, Ian Paul Cassidy, Shelly Cole, Vince Curatola, Reed Diamond, Mary Beth Evans, Michael Fairman, Mark Harelik, Jesse Heiman, Carol Kane, Bernie Kopell, Wallace Langham, Meat Loaf, Louis Lombardi, John Carroll Lynch, Jay Malone, Jack McGee, Lex Medlin, Jay Mohr, Elizabeth Perkins, Teri Polo, Sarah Rush, Rena Sofer, Daniel Stern, Eric Stonestreet, Karen Strassman, Jack Wagner, Gary Weeks, Christina Vidal, Chandra West, Wade Williams, and Alex Wolff.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
110 1 "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show" Randall Zisk Jack Bernstein August 7, 2009 (2009-08-07) 5.14[1]
111 2 "Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man" David Grossman David Breckman and Justin Brenneman August 14, 2009 (2009-08-14) 5.31[2]
112 3 "Mr. Monk and the UFO" Kevin Hooks Michael Angeli August 21, 2009 (2009-08-21) 5.16[3]
113 4 "Mr. Monk Is Someone Else" Randall Zisk Salvatore Savo August 28, 2009 (2009-08-28) 4.98[4]
114 5 "Mr. Monk Takes the Stand" Mary Lou Belli Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11) 4.82[5]
115 6 "Mr. Monk and the Critic" Jerry Levine Hy Conrad September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18) 4.88[6]
116 7 "Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse" Andrei Belgrader Joe Toplyn September 25, 2009 (2009-09-25) 4.74[7]
117 8 "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy" Anton Cropper Joe Ventura October 9, 2009 (2009-10-09) 4.37[8]
118 9 "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk" Tawnia McKiernan Peter Wolk October 16, 2009 (2009-10-16) 3.98[9]
119 10 "Mr. Monk and Sharona" Randall Zisk Tom Scharpling October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23) 5.42[10]
120 11 "Mr. Monk and the Dog" David Breckman Beth Armogida October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30) 4.69[11]
121 12 "Mr. Monk Goes Camping" Joe Pennella Tom Gammill and Max Pross November 6, 2009 (2009-11-06) 4.26[12]
122 13 "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man" Michael Zinberg Joe Toplyn, Josh Siegal, and Dylan Morgan November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13) 4.39[13]
123 14 "Mr. Monk and the Badge" Dean Parisot Hy Conrad and Tom Scharpling November 20, 2009 (2009-11-20) 5.30[14]
124 15 "Mr. Monk and the End (Part One)" Randall Zisk Andy Breckman November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27) 5.82[15]
125 16 "Mr. Monk and the End (Part Two)" Randall Zisk Andy Breckman December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04) 9.44[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Screen Actors Guild[edit]

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

References[edit]

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