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Monk (season 2)
Monk Season Two DVD.jpg
Starring Tony Shalhoub
Bitty Schram
Ted Levine
Jason Gray-Stanford
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 16
Original network USA Network
Original release June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20) – March 5, 2004 (2004-03-05)
Season chronology
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List of Monk episodes

The second season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from June 20, 2003, to March 5, 2004. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on January 11, 2005.



Andy Breckman continued his tenure as show runner. Executive producers for the season included Breckman and David Hoberman. Universal Network Television was the primary production company backing the show. The instrumental theme (written by Jeff Beal) was replaced by "It's a Jungle Out There" by Randy Newman. The song received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, making Monk the first show to win the award twice. Directors for the season included Randall Zisk, Jerry Levine, and Michael Zinberg. Writers for the season included David Breckman, Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, Hy Conrad, Daniel Dratch, Michael Angeli, Tom Scharpling, Joe Toplyn, and Andy Breckman.


Kane Ritchotte returned as Benjy Fleming. He portrayed the character in the pilot episode, but Max Morrow was given the role for the remainder of season one. Ritchotte took over for the remainder of the series.

All of the main cast from the first season returned, including Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, the "defective detective." Bitty Schram appeared as Sharona Fleming, Monk's forceful nurse and assistant. Ted Levine starred as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer of the SFPD, and Jason Gray-Stanford returned as the oblivious but lovable Lieutenant Randall "Randy" Disher. The character of Benjy Fleming (Sharona's son) returned to the original actor, Kane Ritchotte, and Stanley Kamel returned as Monk's psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Kroger.

Guest stars for the season included Glenne Headly in two episodes as Karen Stottlemeyer, Leland's wife, and Jarrad Paul as Monk's annoying upstairs neighbor, Kevin Dorfman. John Turturro guest starred as Monk's agoraphobic brother, Ambrose, a role that would later win him an Emmy. Tim Curry took over the role of Dale the Whale, who was originally portrayed by Adam Arkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale". The part of Trudy Monk, Monk's deceased wife, originally given to Stellina Rusich, was recast, and Melora Hardin was given the role. Amy Sedaris reprised her role as Gail Fleming, and Sarah Silverman made her debut as Monk's biggest fan, Marci Maven. Additional guest stars included Corbin Allred, Kathy Baker, Danny Bonaduce, Bobby Brewer, Pat Crawford Brown, Betty Buckley, Billy Burke, Brooke Burke, Nestor Carbonell, Jane Carr, Rosalind Chao, Gary Cole, John Cothran, Jr., Lolita Davidovich, Rachel Dratch, Chad Donella, Sonya Eddy, Edward Edwards, Bill Erwin, Kurt Fuller, Melissa George, Lola Glaudini, Daniel Goddard, Currie Graham, Frank John Hughes, Kathryn Joosten, Leslie Jordan, Michelle Krusiec, Shishir Kurup, Jerry Levine, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Lyons, Fay Masterson, James C. Mathis III, Holt McCallany, Andrew McCarthy, Steve Monroe, Jim Moret, David Norona, Tony Plana, Jenni Pulos, David Rasche, Jake Richardson, Rene Rivera, Michael Shalhoub, Michael B. Silver, Josh Stamberg, Lauren Tom, Danny Trejo, Marcelo Tubert, Marc Vann, Ilia Volok, Christopher Wiehl, Rainn Wilson, and Matt Winston.


No. in
No. in
Title Written by Directed by Original air date U.S. viewers
14 1 "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School" David Breckman and Rick Kronberg Randall Zisk June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20) 5.43[1]
15 2 "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico" Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin Ron Underwood June 27, 2003 (2003-06-27) 4.03[2]
16 3 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame" Hy Conrad Michael Spiller July 11, 2003 (2003-07-11) 3.64[3]
17 4 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus" James Krieg Randall Zisk July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18) 4.07[4]
18 5 "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man" Daniel Dratch Lawrence Trilling July 25, 2003 (2003-07-25) 3.65[5]
19 6 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater" Wendy Mass, Stu Levine, and Tom Scharpling Ron Underwood August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01) 4.70[6]
20 7 "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect" Karl Schaefer Jerry Levine August 8, 2003 (2003-08-08) 4.52[7]
21 8 "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy" James Krieg Tom DiCillo August 15, 2003 (2003-08-15) 2.79[8] (HH)
22 9 "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man" Michael Angeli Michael Zinberg August 22, 2003 (2003-08-22) 4.36[9]
23 10 "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy" David Breckman and Hy Conrad Michael Fresco January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16) 5.95[10]
24 11 "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies" Tom Scharpling and Daniel Dratch Randall Zisk January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23) 4.94[11]
25 12 "Mr. Monk and the TV Star" Tom Scharpling Randall Zisk January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30) 6.27[12]
26 13 "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny" Joe Toplyn Tony Bill February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06) 5.52[13]
27 14 "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife" Andy Breckman and Beth Landou Jerry Levine February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13) 5.60[14]
28 15 "Mr. Monk Gets Married" David Breckman Craig Zisk February 27, 2004 (2004-02-27) 4.77[15]
29 16 "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail" Chris Manheim Jerry Levine March 5, 2004 (2004-03-05) 5.51[16]
  • A (HH) listed next to a viewership number indicates the number of household viewers. These are only used if total viewership numbers were unavailable for that particular episode.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Emmy AwardsEdit

  • Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
  • Outstanding Casting – Comedy Series (nominated)
  • Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series (John Turturro for playing "Ambrose Monk" in "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies", won)
  • Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (Randy Newman for "It's a Jungle Out There", won)

Golden Globe AwardsEdit

  • Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub, nominated)
  • Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series (Bitty Schram for playing "Sharona Fleming", nominated)
  • Best Series – Musical or Comedy (nominated)

Screen Actors GuildEdit

  • Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub for playing "Adrian Monk", won)


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