Favorite Episodes of “MONK” Season One (2002)

Below is a list of my favorite episodes from Season One of the USA Network series, “MONK”. Created by Andy Breckman, the series starred Tony Shalhoub:


1. (1.10) “Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation” – When former San Francisco Police detective-turned-consultant Adrian Monk, his personal assistant Sharona Fleming and her son Benjy have a vacation at a local resort, the latter witnesses a murder and only Monk and Sharona believe him. Polly Draper guest starred.

2. (1.13) “Mr. Monk and the Airplane” – Monk’s first air flight proves to be harder than he had anticipated when he begins to suspect that a fellow passenger had murdered his wife. Garry Marshall, Brooke Adams and Tim Daly guest starred.

3. (1.04) “Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale” – Before dying from a violent attack, a judge places a 911 call and names her attacker – notorious criminal businessman Dale Biederbeck aka “Dale the Whale”. Unfortunately, the accused is over 800 pounds and has been bedbound for years. Adam Arkin guest starred.

4. (1.07) “Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger” – A billionaire software magnate is shot dead by an ex-cop after allegedly mugging the latter and another policeman mysteriously flees the scene. SFPD Captain Leland Stottlemeyer calls in Monk to investigate.

5. (1.01-1.02) “Mr. Monk and the Candidate” – In the series’ premiere episode, Monk is called in to investigate an apparent assassination attempt of a mayoral candidate in which one of his bodyguards is killed. Michael Hogan guest starred.


Five Favorite “EUREKA” Season One (2006) Episodes

Below is a list of my favorite episodes from Season One of the Syfy Channel series, “EUREKA”. Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia, the series starred Colin Ferguson:


1 - 1.03 Before I Forget

1. (1.03) “Before I Forget” – Occurrences of short-term memory loss begin afflicting the citizens of Eureka, when visiting scientists arrive in town, forcing Sheriff Jack Carter and Dr. Henry Deacon to determine the cause behind the phenomenon. Tamlyn Tomita and Andrew Airlie guest-starred.

2 - 1.12 Once in a Lifetime

2. (1.12) “Once in a Lifetime” – After another lab accident Jack wakens to a Eureka set in an alternate future. Tamlyn Tomita guest-starred.

3 - 1.08 Right As Raynes

3. (1.08) “Right As Raynes” – Odd fluctuations in computer-controlled environments may have something to do with the return of a former Eureka citizen, a computer programmer named Callister Raynes, who has past connections with Global Dynamics CEO Nathan Stark and Deputy Sheriff Jo Lupo. David Paetkau guest-starred.

4 - 1.01 Pilot

4. (1.01) “Pilot” – After a strange accident sidelines Eureka’s sheriff, Jack, then a U.S. Marshal, takes over the investigation into the mysterious phenomenon that led to a resident’s death, while traveling through town with his teenage daughter Zoe. Maury Chaykin, Rob LaBelle and Greg Germann guest-starred.

5 - 1.11 H.O.U.S.E. Rules

5. (1.11) “H.O.U.S.E. Rules” – Following Henry’s decision to leave Eureka and Jack considering to do the same; S.A.R.A.H., the artificial intelligence (A.I.) for the latter’s home, traps Carter, Henry, and others in order to protect Eureka from being abandoned by many.