Jasper Place, off Filbert Street
between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue.
is the neurotic detective in the USA Network original series that premiered
in July, 2002. As played by Tony Shalhaub, Monk is something more (or less)
than your average mystery-solving mastermind. He's also deeply obsessive,
compulsive, germ phobic, height phobic, and depressive. In the debut episode,
Monk is chased by a hit man down Jasper Place in North Beach and escapes,
even though he's compelled to count every post along the alley as he makes
his escape. Some authentic City locations in the 2-hour debut also include
North Beach and Telegraph Hill sidewalks, and usual suspects like the Bay
Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid. Directed
by Dean Parisot. Subsequent episodes include mostly ersatz City locales.