The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 13

One Man Shy (5 Dec. 1966)

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Peter falls for a pretty young débutante, but must rely on the help of the other Monkees, to impress her and ward off her jealous suitor.


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Episode cast overview:
Davy (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Ronnie Farnsworth
Lisa James ...
Valerie Cartwright


Peter falls for a pretty young débutante, but must rely on the help of the other Monkees, to impress her and ward off her jealous suitor.

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Comedy | Music




Release Date:

5 December 1966 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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"One Man Shy" debuted what would be the group's biggest-selling single, "I'm a Believer," written by Neil Diamond with the backing track recorded in New York City by Don Kirshner. Mike was intended to sing lead, but at the vocal session in October 1966 he argued with producer Jeff Barry and stated, "I've produced records and that ain't no hit." Barry eventually asked Mike to leave and Micky replaced him at lead vocal. The song hit #1 and became the biggest single of 1967 but the battle with Jeff Barry reflected the growing animosity between the group and their musical directors at Columbia. See more »


When Micky is playing Dr. Freud, he wears glasses in the wide angles, but not during close-ups. See more »


Ronnie Farnsworth: You, uh, really get a big kick outta yourself, don'tcha?
Mike: Yeah, well, I'm all I have.
Ronnie Farnsworth: That's too bad.
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Referenced in Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000) See more »


You Just May Be The One
(early version)
Written and Produced by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
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George Furth and Lisa James
21 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"One Man Shy" depicts Peter's awkward courtship with a very pretty debutante (Lisa James), while her snobbish, high society boyfriend Ronnie (George Furth) refers to The Monkees as 'fifth-rate musicians' (Micky corrects him: "third rate!"). The group prove to be no match for Ronnie at skeet shooting or archery, with the twit warning his butler to stand back as Nesmith checks out the bow and arrow! The unforgettable George Furth was well cast in roles like this, delighting audiences for decades in such comedies as "Blazing Saddles," "Young Doctors in Love," and "Oh, God!" Best of all, this episode features the debut of Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer," issued as the band's second single the month before (Nov 12 1966), produced in New York by Jeff Barry, who went on to produce The Archies nearly two years later. This was also the second go-round for Nesmith's own production of "You Just May Be the One," inferior to the band recording done in March 1967 for the third LP, HEADQUARTERS. Broadcast no. 13 (Dec 5 1966), "One Man Shy" was 16th in production, filmed Sept 28-Oct 3.

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