Can you guess what classic shows these Monk actors appeared in early in their careers?

These actors began their TV careers in classic Westerns, sitcoms and detective shows.


Monk not only brought the long tradition of quirky TV detectives into a new era, but the show also had a much more literal connection to classic television. Many actors who appeared on the beloved series started their careers in the Sixties and Seventies.

Here are 12 performers who have appeared on the small screen for years. You may recognize their faces but can you tell which shows they appeared in early on?

  1. Philip Baker Hall played a mobster in Monk but a sergeant in which show?
  2. Holland Taylor was Natalie's mother but decades earlier she was in...
  3. Michael Cavanaugh was Natalie's father but in the Seventies he appeared in which detective series?
  4. Adam Arkin played Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck in Monk but early on he picked a fight in...
  5. Stanley Kamel played Monk's first therapist but one of his very first roles was in which spy series?
  6. Héctor Elizando was Monk's second therapist and years before he appeared in which sitcom?
  7. Charles Dougherty had a small role as a TV director in Monk but got his start as the infamous kissing bandit in which show?
  8. Linda Kash played a psychic in Monk and an ex-girlfriend in which '90s sitcom?
  9. Craig T. Nelson played a judge in Monk but one of his very first roles was a star-struck car mechanic in...
  10. James Brolin met Monk as a casino owner but started his long career with a small part in which Sixties show?
  11. Tony Plana played Captain Alameda in Monk but in 1979 appeared in which detective series?
  12. Robert Loggia played a boxing trainer in Monk but early on he got saved by nuns in...

Can you guess what classic shows these Monk actors appeared in early in their careers?

Your Result...

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wyo307pink 33 months ago
Not averaging very good today 😊
JDnHuntsvilleAL 33 months ago
10 / 12 -- pretty good since I was GUESSING on 100% of them. Careful analysis of the pictures gave me most of the answers.
2103634076 33 months ago
That’s the first time I didn’t stink up the place. Missed two.
MikefromJersey 33 months ago
10 for 12. If you don't know the answer, choose the series that appears on MeTV.
Doesn't work every time, but more often than not.
WordsmithWorks 33 months ago
12/12. The pictures helped a lot. MeTV kind of stretched the premise for this thinly disguised promo for "Monk."
country46 33 months ago
You may not want to look. Better luck next time!
4 of 12 wow
Oldielover 33 months ago
10/12.....Basically just paid attention to the surroundings in the pics for some guesses...This was pretty hard!...
33 months ago
9/12 … all guesses with help from the pictures.
Moriyah 33 months ago
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