1) I feel completely correct in my decision to have not kept up with the series, because the point I stopped genuinely enjoying it was the point at which I stopped the first go-round; but
2) I also feel good about having seen it through. It feels complete to me, and it was a very pleasant companion to have while housecleaning, cooking, etc.
It's so funny, though, because in the last episode the main character meets the long-lost daughter of his deceased wife (that is, her daughter from a previous relationship), and he understandably has a big emotional reaction, because it's like seeing a part of his wife he'd never known while she was alive.
I had a similar feeling, not because I was emotionally invested in the actual context but because OH NO THAT'S MY BABY GIRL ALONA TAL, JO HARVELL. <33333 😭
So Monk and I were in a very similar emotional place, even though it was for different reasons, which honestly is an experience I recommend and that alone makes me glad I saw it through to the end. FOR MY METATEXTUAL JO HARVELL MOMENT. AAH.