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Monk (television series)

Last modified: 2011-12-16 by marc pasquin
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  • Monk (TV series), in the English Wikipedia
    reported by António Martins, 22 Oct 2011
  • Monk Wiki, a fan-powered website
    reported by António Martins, 22 Oct 2011



Monk was an U.S. comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the titular character, Adrian Monk; it is set in San Francisco, California, U.S. It originally ran from 2002 to 2009 and is primarily a mystery series, although it has dark and comic touches.
António Martins, 22 Oct 2011, quoting from the English Wikipedia


image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 Aug 2010

I’m watching the last season of Monk now; the episode “Mr. Monk Falls in Love” concerns a fictional Eastern European country called Zemenia. The flag is clearly based on Croatia’s, but in its arms the checkers are blue and white, the “zoo” is green and blue, and the stripes are green-white-blue. Below the shield is a scroll with a date. (And to make things more odd, the family crest of one Zemenian includes the Ukrainian arms.)
Nathan Lamm, 11 Aug 2009

Since the tricolour and coat of arms are such clear plagiarism of the Croatian national flag (probably a vector drawing for the printing of the Croatian flag was simply recoloured). Well, I believe it is a shame on the series producer to have hired such an uninventive crew that can not even design a mock up country flag properly!
Željko Heimer, 11 Aug 2009


Coat of arms

The (fictional) district of San Francisco called “Little Zemenia” seemed to have a gate with the coat of arms of the country (as on the flag) mounted on it.
Nathan Lamm, 11 Aug 2009

The year in the arms is 1522. See the bottom of the page here or the photo from the Monk series directly here.
Željko Heimer, 11 Aug 2009

I was wandering weather the scroll and corn ears are also taken readily from some easily obtainable vector graphic coat of arms — vaguely similar to the wreath from the Socialist Yugoslavia coat of arms, I guess it would have been too much work for the “designer” to change it just so much…
Željko Heimer, 11 Aug 2009


Legal implications

I believe that this would be punishable by law in Croatia, and I believe that such an obvious disfiguration of the Croatian national symbols, Croatian embassy in US should have at least protested! Even though US have very liberal laws regarding what you can do with a flag of your choice, I believe that the international diplomatic conventions, in theory at least, provide protection over such desecration of foreign national flags. Not that I think anyone would do much about it…
Željko Heimer, 11 Aug 2009

This YouTube posting reports this episode «causing some controversy amongst Croatian viewers», as predicted by Željko.
António Martins, 22 Oct 2011

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