When last season of Monk started, I honestly thought I would hate it. The minute I found out Sharona was gone, I all but knew the show was completely doomed. She was so integral to the formula of the show–both its comedic and dramatic elements, and the relationship she had with Adrian Monk was so great to watch and grow with. Upon finding out that the reason Bitty Schram (Sharona) left the show was because she was apparently “disenchanted with the role”, according to Tony Shaloub, I was even more upset, because I don’t understand how she could possibly be disenchanted with the spunky, firecracker Sharona, when the happy viewing public felt exactly the opposite.
I vowed to never watch the show again. This new (Pfft) Natalie girl could never live up to my Sharona (no pun intended). But one lonely night in my basement, I found myself watching a re-run of Monk because it was midnight and there was nothing else on besides last night’s episode of Degrassi and After The Show w/ Oprah. I watched the entire episode, and realized the show was just as good as it was with Sharona. Natalie was different…she wasn’t the spunky, firecracker, but she still filled the void in the formula that left with Bitty Schram. And over the course of the season, I’ve come to realize, I actually like Natalie a hell of a lot more than I ever liked (Pfft) Sharona. She added more drama and more comedy to the show, and had great chemistry with Tony. I loved her personal backstory and how she identified with Adrian’s pain of losing a loved one.
Monk is better than ever and when I leave for college in NYC, I will not only buy all of the seasons on DVD, I will make sure Monk is ALWAYS set to be recorded on Tivo.
Ed/Pub:LMPowered by Sidelines