Top Three Thursday- Monk Episodes

Since Monk landed in a Top Three Thursday post a while back, I thought I’d narrow down my three favorite episodes. Share your favorites in the comments!

3. Mr. Monk Visits a Farm- Season 5 Episode 14

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For some reason this episode makes me laugh out loud more than any other. Maybe it’s Monk’s constant references to ‘Fields of Reefer’ and his over the top fear of getting high by exposure. Or maybe it’s the fact that the poor man has literally no business on a farm. Either way, this one’s a gem.

2. Mr. Monk and the Kid- Season 3 Episode 16

This episode tore me apart. When Monk took little Tommy in after he discovered some severed fingers, the OCD detective bonded with the boy in a way that surprised me. And the grief when he had to return Tommy to foster care made my eyes sweat.

  1. Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty- Season 4 Episode 16

Can you imagine being on a jury with a man who notices literally everything? It would stress and wow me in equal measure. Also, the way he convinced the other jurors to see things his way was impressive.

Top Three Thursday- T.V. Detectives

As much as I love me some Criminal Minds, there are a few other television shows with detectives I love. Some a little more comical than the straight-faced Aaron Hotchner, but still a blast to watch. Hey, we can’t all be simultaneously stone-faced and amazing. And P.S. the male main character in my trilogy was definitely patterned after Hotch. Here’s my personal list of favorite television detectives.

3. Patrick Jane- The Mentalist

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This man can sniff out a lie a thousand miles away, and it’s a treat to watch him in action. “Being sorry is a far worse punishment than being dead. Everybody dies. Very few people ever feel truly sorry for the bad things they’ve done.” -Patrick Jane

2. Columbo- Columbo

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He’s literally the most frumpy, unassuming detective of all time. But he notices things that the garden variety detective misses. It’s safe to say he annoys suspects into confessing. “Just one more thing.” -Columbo

  1. Adrian Monk- Monk
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Not only is Adrian Monk obsessive in the extreme, he has a tragic backstory that made me want to give him a hug (which he would have hated, by the way) and root for him as he sought justice for his wife’s murder. He’s the perfect blend of aggravating and lovable. “It’s a gift, and a curse.” -Adrian Monk

There are so many other television detectives out there that I’m sure I missed your favorite. Drop your top picks in the comments below!