It's a Jungle Out There (song)
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"It's a Jungle Out There" is a song written by Randy Newman and used as the theme song for the TV series Monk starting in its second season. In 2004, it won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. As the first season's theme song "Monk Theme" had won the same award the previous year, Monk became the first series to have two different theme songs win an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in consecutive years.
|"It's a Jungle Out There"|
|Song by Randy Newman|
The lyrics allude to Monk's plethora of fears and warn that some degree of cautiousness and attention is necessary to stay alive, given everyday life's many dangers. The song was used twice in each episode(See exception below).
After the end of the first season of Monk, producer David Hoberman approached Randy Newman to create a new theme song. Newman composed the song and played it for Hoberman and Tony Shalhoub. The song debuted in the second season premiere "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School". It was initially unpopular with some fans. USA Network reported that they received many complaints from viewers who wanted the series to continue using Jeff Beal's "Monk Theme". Some references to this were made in season 2, episode 12, Mr. Monk and the T.V. Star, where a character is upset about the detective show changing its theme song, and she claims noone else liked the new song. At the end of the episode, Adrian Monk agrees to not change the theme if he ever gets a T.V. show, and the old theme plays at the end of this episode.
Although the track remained consistent, the clips used in the title sequence changed over the course of the series. There are hence three different versions of "It's a Jungle Out There":
- The first version, used from "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School" at the start of season 2 through "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine" halfway through season 3. This version was used in approximately 25 episodes.
- The shorter second version, used in the second half of season 3 and all of season 4, from "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring" (season 3) through "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" (season 4). This version was introduced because Bitty Schram quit her role as Sharona Fleming and was replaced by Traylor Howard as Natalie Teeger, necessitating the removal of the title sequence's clips featuring Sharona. This version was used in approximately 23 episodes and replaced several season 1 and season 2 clips with clips from other season 2 and season 3 episodes.
- The third and final version was used starting in season 5 with the episode "Mr. Monk and the Actor" and through the series finale. This version was used for approximately 64 episodes, and brought in clips from season 4 and season 5 episodes.
Newman wrote another song, "When I'm Gone", for the final episode, "Mr. Monk and the End". The song won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
- Paula M. Block; Terry Erddman (2007). Monk: The Official Episode Guide. St. Martin's Press. p. 99. ISBN 1429903961.
- Paula M. Block; Terry Erddman (2007). Monk: The Official Episode Guide. St. Martin's Press. p. 53. ISBN 1429903961.
- Deluca, Dan (September 27, 2017). "Why Randy Newman thinks he's put out his best song yet". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sioux City Inquirer.