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Ultraviolet
01-09-2012, 01:50 PM
I really enjoy watching Monk. I find it to be like "comfort TV" for me, nice and gentle (not gory or disturbing), and quite funny at times. I've seen almost all of them and would like something similar to try next. Any suggestions?

Ogre
01-09-2012, 01:59 PM
Try Psych. Similar feel: very light, funny, and focused on clever character interactions and dialogue.

Omega Glory
01-09-2012, 02:05 PM
I came in to say Psych, too. This isn't a detective show, but you might like Eureka too.

Tom Tildrum
01-09-2012, 02:07 PM
Get Columbo from Netflix.

Sir T-Cups
01-09-2012, 02:18 PM
The Mentalist.

You might have some gory looking stuff when they show the dead body (I didn't watch Monk enough to remember how much they showed) but the main character is funny and witty and quite Monk-ish

needscoffee
01-09-2012, 02:55 PM
Maybe Castle?

Scarlett67
01-09-2012, 03:15 PM
Ellery Queen.

davidm
01-09-2012, 03:23 PM
I'll second Columbo. Even if you've seen them all it's probably been so many years that you won't remember them.

I've sometimes wondered if Monk was inspired by Columbo. He's sort of an anti-Columbo. Columbo was a slob, Monk is a neat freak.

davidm
01-09-2012, 03:26 PM
You might also enjoy Murder She Wrote. It's another lighthearted detective show from, I think, the 80s. I think Hallmark might show it sometimes.

zombywoof
01-09-2012, 03:40 PM
Poirot?

Cartoonacy
01-09-2012, 03:57 PM
Definitely Castle, especially the first season. Watch it from the beginning.

Maybe The Rockford Files (http://www.hulu.com/the-rockford-files) or Raines (http://www.hulu.com/raines). You can watch them for free on Hulu.com. Not the same kind of humor as Monk, but funny nonetheless.

SciFiSam
01-09-2012, 04:29 PM
Life. The TV show, that is, not, like, life - that can be quite gory and disturbing. The lead character is a bit odd and philosophical and the atmosphere is always a little surreal.

Skammer
01-09-2012, 05:59 PM
Get Columbo from Netflix.
This x 10. My wife and I have been working through all the Columbo episodes and they are amusing and interesting. The biggest difference is that Columbo always begins with the villian committing the crime, so the fun is watching Columbo figure out what you already know and watching the villian squirm.

It's also fun to see the sets and fashions from the 70s and the formerly big-name celebrities doing guest spots. Hello Jack Cassidy! Hello Roddy McDowell!

davidm
01-09-2012, 06:07 PM
Here's Peter Falk as Columbo saying his catchphrase "just one more thing..." to George Wendt.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biW9BbWJtQU

davidm
01-09-2012, 06:11 PM
One thing that was cool about Columbo was that he was this poorly dressed, poorly mannered, slob who worked homicide in the ritziest sections of LA. So he was always dealing with beautiful wealthy people who never had a doubt that they could outwit this lowlife idiot cop. Of course he always won.

chrisk
01-09-2012, 06:29 PM
Definitely Castle, especially the first season. Watch it from the beginning.


That might depend on the OP's criteria for 'disturbing.' Some of Castle's cases, including the first season, were - creepy.

Cartoonacy
01-09-2012, 06:42 PM
That might depend on the OP's criteria for 'disturbing.' Some of Castle's cases, including the first season, were - creepy.

Creepy, true, but in a "fun" way. I don't recall any that were graphically gory, like, say, Bones, Fringe, CSI, or NCIS sometimes get.

SciFiSam
01-09-2012, 06:46 PM
I would kinda agree with Columbo, because it's under-rated, except that as the OP is over ten years old it would have to be a rewatch.

Tangent
01-09-2012, 07:00 PM
White Collar is a good show, too. The main characters are an FBI agent and a reformed(?) counterfeiter/thief/con-man. They work together to solve and prevent crimes. It's not quite as lighthearted as Monk, but it's still pretty fun most of the time.

Psych and Castle are great choices, too, as others have mentioned.

Roadfood
01-09-2012, 07:16 PM
I agree with the suggestions of Columbo.

But Psych, not so much. Monk was a reasonably quiet show, whereas Psych constantly screams at the viewers, at least it did the last time I was able to force myself to sit through an episode. True, it's basically fun and lighthearted, but man I just found myself almost physically drained after it, so I gave up.

White Collar was once a nice fun, mostly lighthearted show, but they've gone to the dark side. I know that there will (and should) be some tension and not-quite-full-trust between Neal and Peter, but there also should always be mutual respect. That's what makes a "buddy" show worth watching, the chemistry and respect between the two buddies. But now Neal has made a complete betrayal of every trust that Peter ever had for him. That show is now on my most hated list.

foolsguinea
01-09-2012, 07:35 PM
I quite liked Life, and it hits some similar notes to Columbo and Monk. Raines only did a few episodes, right? I think I saw one, it was OK. I don't think these all have the same "light" feel, and in fact Life became sort of an action movie at the end (though not with big explosions), but they're worth a shot.

The Mentalist, though, that might be up your alley. Or Castle if you like more romance.

BrainGlutton
01-09-2012, 07:53 PM
I really enjoy watching Monk. I find it to be like "comfort TV" for me, nice and gentle (not gory or disturbing), and quite funny at times. I've seen almost all of them and would like something similar to try next. Any suggestions?

Depends. Are you looking for a show about a detective, or a show about a person who has crippling mental-health problems and still manages to work?

Skywatcher
01-09-2012, 11:32 PM
No love for Quincy, M.E.?

dropzone
01-09-2012, 11:48 PM
No love for Quincy, M.E.?You get to see how little technology forensic pathologists had to use in the '70s! It is totally cool!

davidm
01-10-2012, 12:16 AM
No love for Quincy, M.E.?Yea, that one's largely forgotten for some reason. I hadn't thought about it in years, but it's probably a good suggestion for the OP, if it's available anywhere.

davidm
01-10-2012, 12:24 AM
Definitely Castle, especially the first season. Watch it from the beginning.

Maybe The Rockford Files (http://www.hulu.com/the-rockford-files) or Raines (http://www.hulu.com/raines). You can watch them for free on Hulu.com. Not the same kind of humor as Monk, but funny nonetheless.
The Rockford Files, yes! A very different, and very good, detective show. Jim Rockford didn't so much solve mysteries as survive them. I think half of his clients were criminals themselves who were lying to him in order to use him or set him up in some way.

cochrane
01-10-2012, 02:29 AM
Royal Pains. It's about a doctor from New York who sets up a concierge practice in the Hamptons. His quirky brother is his accountant and handles PR. Henry Winkler is a semi-regular as their dad. They have a very hot physician's assistant. It's starting its new season very soon on USA.

Small Clanger
01-10-2012, 06:21 AM
Since two of my favourites Psych and The Rockford Files have already been mentioned how about Jonathan Creek (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/jonathancreek/welcome.shtml)? Precis: Magician solves baffling crimes with the help of a spunky female sidekick. The BBC site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008jg9q) makes it look creepy but it's really quite a cosy show. You might want to try Sherlock too but there are only a few episodes.

Cartoonacy
01-10-2012, 12:57 PM
Jonathan Creek (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/jonathancreek/welcome.shtml)? Precis: Magician solves baffling crimes with the help of a spunky female sidekick.

That reminds me of two similar American shows that may be hard to find, but are worth looking for.

The Magician (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKxDBG0lFV0): Bill Bixby as a stage magician who was once wrongly imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, and now uses his talents (and considerable wealth) to help others in trouble. It ran for two seasons, and often featured professional magicians as guests. It also had some really catchy theme music. "All of the magic you are about to see was performed without trick photography of any kind, by Bill Bixby -- the Magician!"

Blacke's Magic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g0jiuG9A04): Hal Linden as a professional magician and Harry Morgan as his irrepressible ex-con man father, who somehow stumbled into a new mystery every week. Lasted only 13 episodes.

teela brown
01-10-2012, 01:30 PM
Seconding the Poirot suggestion. It seems much more like an earlier version of Monk, as Poirot himself is neat and picky and old-fashioned. And the series is soothing and un-jarring while not skimping on the mystery aspect. David Suchet is the absolute personification of the Poirot character.

I love the supporting cast, too: Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon. And I like seeing all the old clothes, accessories, cars and houses from the 1930s as well.

But you'll have to get it from Netflix or some other source, as it's an English series from the early '90's. I get it from a public TV station here in the bay area.

Ultraviolet
01-10-2012, 03:46 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I love Columbo and The Rockford Files, I'll have to rewatch some episodes as it's been years. I'm going to try Castle and Psych as well. Jonathan Creek also sounds like a definite possibility, as I love British shows. I haven't managed to get into Poirot in the past, but I'll give him another try, too.

Ultraviolet
01-10-2012, 03:47 PM
Depends. Are you looking for a show about a detective, or a show about a person who has crippling mental-health problems and still manages to work?

I'm looking for a detective series with a similar "cozy" feel to Monk. Not stressful or disturbing, just good before-bed watching.

Roadfood
01-10-2012, 06:04 PM
I'm looking for a detective series with a similar "cozy" feel to Monk. Not stressful or disturbing, just good before-bed watching.Then definitely Columbo and Murder She Wrote. Other than being a bit dated, they fit that desire perfectly. and the dated part can be fun sometimes. Imagine how the plot would have to be changed if they had cell phones. Or play "He looks so young" with the guest stars. Make fun of the leisure suits . . .

Askance
01-10-2012, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I love Columbo and The Rockford Files, I'll have to rewatch some episodes as it's been years. I'm going to try Castle and Psych as well. Jonathan Creek also sounds like a definite possibility, as I love British shows. I haven't managed to get into Poirot in the past, but I'll give him another try, too.
Then Midsomer Murders (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsomer_Murders)would fit the bill perfectly, I suspect.

priapus
01-10-2012, 07:56 PM
I always had a fondness for "Pushing Daisies". it was "different".

Skywatcher
01-10-2012, 08:14 PM
Yea, that one's largely forgotten for some reason. I hadn't thought about it in years, but it's probably a good suggestion for the OP, if it's available anywhere.The first three (out of 4) seasons are on DVD.

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