The Monkees (1966–1968)
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I Was a Teenage Monster 

The Monkees are lured to the lab of a mad scientist, only to have their musical abilities, put into a Frankenstein-like monster.


Sidney Miller


Gerald Gardner (teleplay), Dee Caruso (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
John Hoyt ... Dr. Mendoza
Richard Kiel ... Monster (as Dick Kiel)
Byron Foulger ... Groot


The Monkees are lured to the lab of a mad scientist, only to have their musical abilities, put into a Frankenstein-like monster.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Music





Release Date:

16 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The $200.00 The Monkees were paid (in 1967) by Dr. Mendoza to play would be worth approximately $1,553.00 in 2019. See more »


Dr. Mendoza: This is my valley, Groot.
Groot: I live to grovel.
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Alternate Versions

This was the first episode to be shown in The Monkees' Saturday Afternoon run (September 13, 1969), where the song "Your Auntie Grizelda" was replaced by "Good Clean Fun". See more »


References I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) See more »


Your Auntie Grizelda
Written by Jack Keller and Diane Hildebrand
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jeff Barry and Jack Keller
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Richard Kiel as a long haired, near sighted monster
28 November 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"I Was a Teenage Monster" delightfully spoofs Frankenstein, as John Hoyt's mad scientist puts on a Transylvanian accent, and hunchbacked assistant Byron Foulger ('I live to grovel!') gets to indulge in the kind of mischief that Dwight Frye could appreciate. As the Monster, Richard Kiel was perfectly cast, decked out in groovy clothes, Roger McGuinn shades, and Beatle wig (Mike: "he looks like a long haired, near sighted Monster with a guitar!") After the scientist transmits the musical abilities of The Monkees into his creation, Peter wonders if they can regain their talent: "we don't have any to spare!" (this was one of the episodes showing Tork's belt buckle on the side, so as not to scratch his guitar). Appearing unbilled as Dr. Mendoza's beautiful daughter (waiting for the sequel!) is Bonnie Dewberry, who later turns up in "Monkees in Texas." The lone track this time is "Your Auntie Grizelda," composed by Jack Keller and Diane Hilderbrand, recorded Oct 14 1966, which featured Peter Tork's very first lead vocal (issued on the second LP). Broadcast no. 18 (Jan 16 1967), "I Was a Teenage Monster" was 21st in production, filmed Nov 1-3 1966.

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