The Monkees

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  • TV-G
  • 1966
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.5  (5,158)

The Monkees was a TV show that aired on NBC from 1966 to 1968, starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork as a fictional band of the same name. The show followed the zany adventures of the four band members as they tried to make it big in the music industry while dealing with their various personal issues.

The Monkees was a unique show in that it was essentially a weekly half-hour music video, featuring the Monkees performing their latest hit single at the end of each episode. The show was a blend of sitcom and musical variety show, with episodes featuring a mix of scripted comedy and musical performances, as well as occasional guest appearances by famous celebrities of the time.

The show was a massive hit with audiences, particularly young people, who were drawn to the Monkees' catchy, upbeat music, irreverent humor, and groovy fashion sense. The Monkees became pop icons, releasing a string of hit albums and becoming one of the biggest bands of the 1960s.

Each of the four band members had their own distinct personalities and quirks that made them popular with viewers. Davy Jones was the cute, charming one with a British accent and a winning smile, while Micky Dolenz was the goofy, irreverent one with a talent for physical comedy. Michael Nesmith was the serious, intellectual one with a talent for songwriting and playing the guitar, while Peter Tork was the laid-back, hippy one with a talent for playing multiple instruments.

The Monkees was also notable for its innovative use of music videos, which were still a relatively new medium at the time. The show's producers were able to use their connections in the music industry to secure exclusive access to some of the biggest bands and musicians of the era, allowing them to incorporate footage of performances and music videos into the show. This made The Monkees one of the first TV shows to use music videos as a storytelling device, paving the way for future shows like MTV's Total Request Live.

Despite its popularity, The Monkees was not without its share of controversy. Some critics dismissed the show as a manufactured, artificial attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Beatles, while others criticized the Monkees for not playing their own instruments on their recordings (a practice which was not uncommon at the time). Nevertheless, the show's enormous popularity and cultural impact cannot be denied. The Monkees went on to inspire countless imitators and paved the way for the modern music video format.

In conclusion, The Monkees was a groundbreaking TV show that helped to define the pop culture of the 1960s. It was a mixture of comedic sitcom and musical variety show, featuring the adventures of a fictional band of the same name played by Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The show was a massive hit with audiences, particularly young people, and helped to establish the Monkees as one of the most popular and influential bands of the era. Thanks to its innovative use of music videos and catchy, upbeat music, The Monkees remains a beloved cultural touchstone even to this day.

The Monkees is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (58 episodes). The series first aired on September 12, 1966.

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Seasons
Mijacogeo (a.k.a. The Frodis Caper)
26. Mijacogeo (a.k.a. The Frodis Caper)
March 25, 1968
The Monkees do battle with the evil Wizard Glick, who plans to take over the world via the hypnotic spell of television.
Monkees Blow Their Minds
25. Monkees Blow Their Minds
March 11, 1968
Suffering from writer's block, Peter seeks the help from a manipulative mentalist.
Some Like it Lukewarm (a.k.a. The Band Contest)
24. Some Like it Lukewarm (a.k.a. The Band Contest)
March 4, 1968
When the band enters a mixed-gender "rockathon," Davy learns that the band contests can be a drag. Their competition has the same idea as an all-girl rock group dresses their singer up as a man. Davy and this "woman" meet up at a diner and fall for each other.
Monkees Mind Their Manor
23. Monkees Mind Their Manor
February 26, 1968
The Monkees travel to England to sort out Davy's inheritance of Sir Malcolm Kibee's estate.
Monkees in Paris (a.k.a. The Paris Show)
22. Monkees in Paris (a.k.a. The Paris Show)
February 19, 1968
Bored with the grind of their television show, the group flees to Paris for some free-form frolicking.
Monkees Race Again (a.k.a. Leave the Driving to Us)
21. Monkees Race Again (a.k.a. Leave the Driving to Us)
February 12, 1968
The Monkees come to the rescue of a friend whose race car is the victim of sabotage.
The Devil and Peter Tork
20. The Devil and Peter Tork
February 5, 1968
Peter sells his soul to the Devil during a lesson in music and morality.
Monkees Paw
19. Monkees Paw
January 29, 1968
Micky buys a mystical monkey's paw from a malicious magician.
Monstrous Monkee Mash
18. Monstrous Monkee Mash
January 22, 1968
When Davy falls for a mysterious woman, The Monkees enter a spooky scene with Dracula, a Wolfman, and the Mummy.
Monkees Watch Their Feet
17. Monkees Watch Their Feet
January 15, 1968
Pat Paulsen narrates this bizarre tale of alien abduction.
Fairy Tale
16. Fairy Tale
January 8, 1968
The group put their own twist on a classic fairy tale.
The Christmas Show
15. The Christmas Show
December 25, 1967
The Monkees try to instill the spirit of Christmas in a cynical rich kid.
Monkees on the Wheel
14. Monkees on the Wheel
December 11, 1967
Micky "Magic Fingers" Dolenz meddles with the mob when The Monkees land in Las Vegas.
Monkees in Texas
13. Monkees in Texas
December 4, 1967
The group comes to the rescue of Mike's Aunt Kate, whose ranch is under siege.
Hitting the High Seas
12. Hitting the High Seas
November 27, 1967
When The Monkees take jobs on a shady ship, thoughts of mutiny are bountiful.
A Coffin Too Frequent
11. A Coffin Too Frequent
November 20, 1967
The group's pad becomes the scene of a spooky seance.
Wild Monkees
10. Wild Monkees
November 13, 1967
The Monkees pose as tough bikers to win the hearts of four motorcycle mamas.
The Card Carrying Red Shoes
9. The Card Carrying Red Shoes
November 6, 1967
A Druvanian prima ballerin involves The Monkees in a plot to smuggle microfilm.
Monkees Marooned
8. Monkees Marooned
October 30, 1967
When Peter trades his guitar for a treasure map, the group goes in search of buried booty.
Hillbilly Honeymoon (a.k.a. Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding)
7. Hillbilly Honeymoon (a.k.a. Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding)
October 23, 1967
Caught in the middle of a family feud, Davy is once again threatened with the prospect of marriage.
I Was A 99-lb. Weakling (a.k.a. Physical Culture)
6. I Was A 99-lb. Weakling (a.k.a. Physical Culture)
October 16, 1967
Micky's pride is at stake when a muscle man steals his chick.
Art for Monkees' Sake
5. Art for Monkees' Sake
October 9, 1967
Peter gets caught in a plot to counterfeit and steal a priceless Rembrandt.
Monkee Mayor
4. Monkee Mayor
October 2, 1967
In a bid to save the group's groovy pad from destruction by an evil construction tycoon, Mike Nesmith runs for mayor.
Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik
3. Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik
September 25, 1967
Davy's hand in marriage becomes the object of desire for a wealthy Arabian princess.
The Picture Frame (a.k.a. The Bank Robbery)
2. The Picture Frame (a.k.a. The Bank Robbery)
September 18, 1967
Peter labors to clear the name of his bandmates after they unwittingly rob a bank.
It's A Nice Place to Visit
1. It's A Nice Place to Visit
September 11, 1967
A trip to Mexico goes south when the evil El Diablo captures Davy.
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Where to Watch The Monkees
The Monkees is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Monkees on demand at Sling.
  • Premiere Date
    September 12, 1966
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (5,158)