One of the things I like about 'Monk' is that I don't have to watch every episode of every season in order to enjoy it. While some of the character arcs are slightly serialized, the show frequently leaves a window open for new viewers to jump in.
The upcoming ... 'Monk' is definitely one of those opportunities. So if you're still trying to figure out how Shalhoub has managed to grab so many awards for this role, your next opportunity to find out is coming soon!
-Excerpt from Kelly West's "TV Review: Monk" on cinemablend.com