The misadventures of a struggling rock band.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Davy / ... 58 episodes, 1966-1968
...  Micky / ... 58 episodes, 1966-1968
...  Peter / ... 58 episodes, 1966-1968
...  Mike / ... 58 episodes, 1966-1968
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Short-lived comedy about the extremely Beatles-esque band The Monkees. The group of four (Micky, Davy, Mike, and Peter) encounter interesting events and tie in their music with each episode to encompass fast-moving comedic scenes. Written by Anonymous

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12 September 1966 (USA)  »

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(58 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Tork actually did play guitar on "Papa Gene's Blues," one of the songs on their first album. This was done at the insistence of Michael Nesmith, who produced this song as well as "Sweet Young Thing" for the debut LP. Other than Peter's guitar deployment here, it is widely known that none of the four Monkees played any instruments on their first two albums, supplying only vocals; in the case of Nesmith's tracks he himself was producer. This all changed on their third LP, "Headquarters," in which they sang and played on every track, with some backup help from Mike's longtime bassist pal John London, producer Chip Douglas and bassist Jerry Yester. Their fourth album, "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones Ltd." had a little of both studio musicians and Monkees playing the instruments (this was due to the crushing time constraints of a hectic concert tour as well as filming the TV show's second season; primary outside involvement revolved around the use of drummer "Fast Eddie" Ho), and by the fifth album, "The Birds, the Bees, & the Monkees," they had gone full circle, employing studio musicians and supplying only the vocals, again due to time constraints. They would continue this practice until they stopped recording altogether in 1970, but picked it back up for their 1996 comeback LP, "Justus." See more »

Goofs

In a number of second-season episodes, Micky's hairstyle changes back and forth from a straight hairdo to a curly "permed" look. This was due to the fact that second-season episodes were filmed at two different times, the spring of 1967 (when a number of the actual episode storylines were filmed) and then later that fall (during which time all the song performances were filmed). During the summer break, Micky let his hair grow out. The difference is perhaps most notable in the episode "It's a Nice Place to Visit," when at one moment Micky is performing a song with his hair curled, and is then seen leaving the stage with his hair straight. See more »

Quotes

[Entering a spooky mansion]
Mike: Well, uh, it's a little gloomy, but we could probably work wonders with just a few geraniums.
Micky: Uh-huh. YOU decorate. I'M leaving!
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Crazy Credits

"The Christmas Show" ends with the Monkees giving the TV audience a Christmas wish of peace. The group then brings the crew-members on to the set and gives them all a very happy and raucous opportunity to give their loved ones at home a Christmas greeting, all while the closing credits play over this. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wonder Years: Whose Woods Are These? (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Pleasant Valley Sunday
Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Chip Douglas
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My Favorite Memory
4 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

To be honest, I was never a big Beatle fan, but if they were more like Mikey, Davy, Peter and Michael, I could have tolerated them. First off, I loved the Monkees more for their slipshod, improvisational, Benny Hill comedy than their music. They seemed to barely stick to a script as they just had fun, and a lot of their guest stars seemed to share the fun. Some of whom were John Hoyt and the timeless Marla Martel. Most of the music was great, but I loved their comedy routines best. Mickey was the funniest with Michael as his straight man. Peter, the shy one, was funny when he did the dumb guy thing who got his buddies in trouble, but Davy also did the same thing as the cute one with girls chasing him down. My favorite episodes are the ones with the reading of the will, the mad scientist and the fairy tell. I didn't mind much that they weren't allowed to play their instruments, but I was shocked to hear in recent years they smoked pott. I thought they would have known better, but then looking at ""Head," I guess they know now.


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