Monk (2002–2009)
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Mr. Monk Is on the Air 

Monk and Natalie take on a very popular shock jock after his sister-in-law suspects that the jock is responsible for killing his wife. But the jockey has an airtight alibi.


Mike Listo


Andy Breckman (created by), Josh Siegal | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Adrian Monk
Traylor Howard ... Natalie Teeger
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Disher
Ted Levine ... Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Jarrad Paul ... Kevin Dorfman
Steven Weber ... Max Hudson
Heather Tom ... Linda Riggs
Danny Woodburn ... Little Willie Karelli
Kevin P. Farley ... JJ the Joke Machine (as Kevin Farley)
Melora Hardin ... Trudy Monk
Angela Little ... Kimberly Dennaman
Carl J. Johnson ... Neighbor
Craig Patton ... Rent-A-Cop
Denver Dowridge ... Young Fan
Matt D'Elia ... Engineer


When popular radio shock jock Max Hudson's wife Jeanette dies from carbon monoxide poisoning during a nap, it is dismissed as an accident. But Jeanette's sister believes she was murdered, and turns to Monk for help. Monk and Natalie agree with the sister that Max killed Jeanette, but there's a problem: Max was live on the air doing his show when she died. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The radio station is 99.9 KISW, which is an actual station in Seattle. See more »


When Monk sits down during his second visit to the radio station, the joke cards he hid up his sleeve slide out, though when the camera changes, the cards are not visible. See more »


Linda Riggs: I'm sorry to bother you at home. I read about you on the internet and I looked up your address and... I don't know where else to go.
Adrian Monk: I'm on the internet?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Radio Monk
23 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Monk' has always been one of my most watched shows when needing comfort, to relax after a hard day, a good laugh or a way to spend a lazy weekend.

Am one of those people who generally likes Season 5, though can definitely see why some will not, with more emphasis on the humour and the mysteries being more obvious and in some cases playing second fiddle. "Mr Monk Gets a New Shrink" and "Mr Monk and the Leper" are particularly outstanding. "Mr Monk is on the Air" is another great episode with not much that's wrong. Would have liked to have seen more of Disher and Stottlemeyer and personally disliked the tasteless scene with Max mocking Trudy's death, that was bang out of order and incredibly mean-spirited.

Otherwise, "Mr Monk is on the Air" is terrific. Loved the exchanges between Monk and Natalie and even more so the interaction between Monk and Max, the radio scenes are hysterically funny. Those jokes are purposefully awful but are still hilarious. "Mr Monk is on the Air" delivers too on the emotional elements, especially the bittersweet but mostly very touching ending. Oh and the summation was immensely satisfying, Monk's delivery when standing up to one of his meanest adversaries was more than well deserved and one is cheering him on. The killer is not a surprise at all, but how the murder is done is a stroke of genius.

As said many times, one of the best things about 'Monk' has always been the acting of Tony Shalhoub in the title role. It was essential for him to work and be the glue of the show, and Shalhoub not only is that but also at his very best he IS the show. Have always loved the balance of the humour, which is often hilarious, and pathos, which is sincere and touching.

Natalie is down to earth, sympathetic and sassy, also being sensitive to Monk's needs and quirks which Traylor Howard does well bringing out. Jason Gray-Stanford and Ted Levine are good as usual as Disher and Stottlemeyer despite not being used well. Steven Weber does a great job here, making Max suitably loathsome and Jarrod Paul's Kevin is not as annoying as in his previous episodes.

It's not just the cast though. Another star is the writing, which is also essential to whether the show would be successful or not and succeed it does here. The mix of wry humour, lovable quirkiness and tender easy-to-relate-to drama is delicately done, particularly the last one. The quirks are sympathetically done and never exploited or overdone.

The music is both understated and quirky. While there is a preference for the theme music for Season 1, Randy Newman's "It's a Jungle Out There" has grown on me overtime, found it annoying at first but appreciate its meaning and what it's trying to say much more now. Oh and a good job is done with the different opening credits sequence to accommodate the changes made. The episode is made with a lot of slickness and style as always.

In conclusion, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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