It is rare Chris, but I disagree with you on this one! In addition to the points Barbara made in her comment, I'll add that Monk is not a police officer -- his character is that of a detective. He is not just generically neurotic, he specifically has OCD. And while this hinders him in many ways, they present it as something that makes him a better detective -- in fact, he is presented as being the best detective in the entire state of California. He is famous, and always solves his cases, because he pays great attention to detail, in part because of his OCD condition. I find the mystery stories in Monk to be generally pretty good (only a few weak episodes), and I also find the show downright funny. I still laugh when I think of the episode where he listed out all of his fears, and milk was third -- ahead of snakes! Ha ha... Monk is in fact one of my all-time favorite shows... Susan and I look forward to it every Friday night, and lament the fact that it only comes out in six-episode "seasons". My parents also watch it every week, and it is one of their favorites too. If you have only watched a few episodes, try it a few more times and see if you change your mind. Even better, watch some from the first two seasons, as I think in general they have gotten a little weaker as stories/mysteries, because I think the writers are running out of ideas.