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Season two of Monk began airing on June 20, 2003 on USA Network. The second season concluded after 16 episodes on March 5, 2004.

This season introduces Randy Newman's It's a Jungle Out There as the main title theme, replacing the original theme by Jeff Beal that was used for Season 1.

Main characters[]


The second season of Monk consisted of 16 episodes and was split into two halves. The first nine episodes aired in the summer of 2003, while the final seven episodes began airing on January 16, 2004. The season was released on DVD on October 11, 2004.

Awards and nominations[]



  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub in Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series
  • Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series
  • Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub)
  • Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series (Bitty Schram)


Episode in Season Episode Overall Title Directed by Written by Aired U.S. viewers (millions)
1 13 "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School" Randall Zisk David Breckman
Rick Kronberg
June 20, 2003 5.43
Monk takes a job as a substitute high school teacher to determine whether a teacher's fall from a clock tower was really a suicide, or a lesson in murder.[1]
2 14 "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico" Ron Underwood Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
June 27, 2003 4.03
Monk travels to Mexico to investigate the mysterious demise of a skydiver who reportedly drowned to death... in mid-air.[1]
3 15 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame" Michael Spiller Hy Conrad July 11, 2003 3.64
When a ruthless CEO and his wife are lured to their deaths, Monk connects their murders to a baseball great and his quest for the homerun record.[1]
4 16 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus" Randall Zisk James Krieg July 18, 2003 4.07
When a circus ringmaster is murdered by a high flying daredevil, all leads point to his vengeful ex-wife. But how could the acrobatic ex have committed the crime with a broken foot?[1]
5 17 "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man" Lawrence Trilling Daniel Dratch July 25, 2003 3.65
Captain Stottlemeyer takes a page from the book of Monk in order to determine why anyone would want to murder the world's oldest man.[1]
6 18 "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater" Ron Underwood Wendy Mass
Stu Levine
Tom Scharpling
August 1, 2003 4.70
Monk reluctantly takes the stage to investigate an actor's murder.[1]
7 19 "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect" Karl Schaefer Jerry Levine August 8, 2003 4.52
Monk knows who is behind a string of mail bombs that have been exploding around San Francisco. The only problem is his primary suspect... is in a coma.[1]
8 20 "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy" Tom DiCillo James Krieg August 15, 2003 2.79
When a high-powered magazine publisher chokes to death under mysterious circumstances, all clues lead to the infamous swinging party palace, The Sapphire Mansion.[1]
9 21 "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man" Michael Zinberg Michael Angeli August 22, 2003 4.36
When a rash of murders sweeping the city goes unsolved, Monk is called upon to find a correlation with the victims and stop a killer before he strikes again.[1]
10 22 "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy" Michael Fresco David Breckman
Hy Conrad
January 16, 2004 5.95
When his paperboy is murdered, Monk turns to the pages of the newspaper for clues to solve the baffling crime.[1]
11 23 "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies" Randall Zisk Tom Scharpling
Daniel Dratch
January 23, 2004 4.94
What could possibly make a cherry pie worth killing for? Monk finds out, with a little help from his long-lost brother Ambrose.[1]
12 24 "Mr. Monk and the TV Star" Randall Zisk Tom Scharpling January 30, 2004 6.27
Monk suspects the star of a hit TV crime show of killing his ex-wife. His only problem: the actor's rock solid alibi.[1]
13 25 "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny" Tony Bill Joe Toplyn February 6, 2004 5.52
A law student promises to get Monk reinstated to the police force in exchange for his help in finding the kidnappers of her beloved grandmother.[1]
14 26 "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife" Jerry Levine Andy Breckman
Beth Landou
February 13, 2004 5.60
When the Captain's wife falls victim to a union dispute gone awry, it's up to Monk to find out what really happened and bring Stottlemeyer back from the brink.[1]
15 27 "Mr. Monk Gets Married" Craig Zisk David Breckman February 27, 2004 4.77
It's unholy matrimony as Monk and Sharona pretend to be married to get the goods on a con man.[1]
16 28 "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail" Jerry Levine Chris Manheim March 5, 2004 5.51
When a death-row inmate is murdered 45 minutes before his execution, Monk is brought in to find out why.[1]