The Monkees (1966–1968)

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The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

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  • Micky Dolenz in The Monkees (1966)
  • Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith in The Monkees (1966)
  • Peter Tork in The Monkees (1966)
  • "The Monkees" Mickey Dolenz on the set, 1966
  • "The Monkees" Michael Nesmith on the set, 1966
  • Davy Jones in The Monkees (1966)

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21 January 2000 | Stevebarry2000
The original Nutty Boys
Every now and then, on TV, they repeat The Monkees, and when they do, you know you're in for half an hour of lunacy.

I've been to a few staff parties at the places I've worked over the years, and when "Here we come..." blasts out, the dance floor's always packed in seconds.


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Did You Know?


The Monkees officially broke up in 1970, two years after the show was canceled by NBC. Peter Tork had actually left at the end of 1968, using an opt-out clause in their original contract; Michael Nesmith left late in 1969, and had to pay a default of nearly $500,000. After the failure of the "Changes" album (featuring only Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, standing back-to-back on the cover) Jones announced he was resuming his solo career, and a joke went around that Dolenz would continue on as "The Monkee".


Micky: I can't stand to see a grown bush cry.


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.

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.

Alternate Versions

The first season episodes originally had a different opening sequence. The syndicated version uses the 2nd season credits for the whole series.


Written and produced by
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Chip Douglas (second version)


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