Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk and the T.V. Star 

A T.V. star charms Monk's entire team with the VIP treatment. But Monk is convinced he murdered his wife.


Randy Zisk


Andy Breckman (created by), Tom Scharpling | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Bitty Schram ... Sharona Fleming
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Stottlemeyer
Billy Burke ... Brad Terry
Kane Ritchotte ... Benjy Fleming
Nicole Forester ... Susan Malloy
Stacey Scowley ... Laurie
Brooke Burke ... Reporter
Jeffrey Vincent Parise ... Dustin Sheers (as Jeff Parise)
Charles Dougherty ... TV Director
Vic Chao Vic Chao ... Lee on 'Crime Lab S.F.'
Lara Wickes ... J (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
Stanley Kamel ... Dr. Charles Kroger
Sarah Silverman ... Marci Maven


The ex-wife of a famous TV star, Brad Terry (Billy Burke), is murdered while Terry is talking to paparazzi outside the ex-wife's house. Meanwhile this same star manages to butter up all of Monk's friends and associates by giving them the VIP treatment on his TV show. However, Monk is not convinced that a crazed fan Marcy (Sarah Silverman) who confessed to the crime is guilty and must not only find out the truth, but also combat the influence and manipulation that this famous person has skillfully placed on his friends and colleagues. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Obsessed fan Marci Maven, played by Sarah Silverman, complains throughout the episode about her favorite TV show's new theme song. This is a reference to the minor controversy that brewed among Monk fans over the introduction of the new theme song "It's A Jungle Out There" written and performed by Randy Newman in the second season of Monk. Many fans have clamored for the return of the original theme song by Jeff Beal, even going so far as to organize letter writing campaigns and petitions to USA Network demanding its return. At the end of the episode Marci Maven asks Adrian Monk to promise that if he ever gets his own show, he won't ever change the theme song. When Monk agrees to the promise, the original theme song by Jeff Beal begins to play as the scene fades to credits. See more »


During one of the lengthy scenes of the party at the TV star's home, everyone is dancing. However, there is absolutely no music playing whatsoever. In the next party scene music is playing as it should be. See more »


Sharona Fleming: [visiting a film studio] Is he anybody?
Laurie: No. He's just a writer.
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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »


It's a Jungle Out There
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Monk on great form
30 January 2020 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

Monk thinks the TV star did it, but of course it's impossible. Is Monk just prejudiced against the popular people, who left him out of parties since the 6th grade? He doesn't seem to have much else to go on.

Monk on great form here, with the whole team playing their parts, even Dr Kroger chipping in to make him feel inadequate. But irrespective of that, the whole thing is worth the price of entry thanks to the running gag about the change of theme tune in Crime Lab SF. What Randy Newman thought about it is unrecorded.

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