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Monkees, The

PETER, DAVY, PETER, MICKY, PETER, MIKE, DAVY and PETER may have garnered the funniest looks, but their archetypal mid-sixties “zany” chicanery courtesy of multi-purpose, multi-share, multi-floored (replete with nifty spiral staircase) pad was infinitely watchable, not least beacuse a) they were just trying to be friendly b) another ace song would always be along in a few minutes and c) they were the young generation, and they had something to say.



  1. Richard Davies

    November 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    A staple of BBC1’s summer holiday scedules for a fair bit of the 1980s.

  2. Mick

    March 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I remember that thanks to the spread of quality repeats for kids back then. So my considerable expectations of these Beatlemania-riding funboys were crushed when I saw the VHS of Head, a movie so whacked out, drugged out, aimless and space-wasting that Magical Mystery Tour appears like the deepest work.

  3. THX 1139

    February 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    It was always a bit worrying when Mike wasn’t in an episode, you wanted to believe they were all getting on famously, but then he would be absent and behind the scenes squabbles would be apparent. Peter calls him a “contrary son of a bitch”.

    Best episode: the one with Richard Kiel as the Frankenstein Monster, really funny. Oh, and Head is a masterpiece.

  4. THX 1139

    February 21, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Now there are as many Monkees left in the world as there are Beatles. RIP Peter. Seems a little poignant that in the last ever episode the other Monkees are trying to get Peter to come back to them.

  5. Droogie

    February 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Hands down my favourite show as a kid. The opening of the title sequence with that drum rimshot as Davy dressed as a cowboy draws his gun to the camera which makes his holster belt fall down still gives me Proustian goosebumps of being an excited little child. Looking back, I think the BBC only owned a dozen episodes of the show which they’d keep repeating. It was only years later in the 90’s when Channel 4 began showing the series that I realised that a total of 58 episodes had been made. I’d barely seen any of these shows before, especially the weirder later ones with cameos by Frank Zappa and Tim Buckley.

  6. richardpd

    July 25, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    I heard things were tense on the set of the TV show, mostly because Mike & Peter were mostly musicians who hadn’t much acting, while Davy & Micky were had been acting for years and would often go off script to make a joke funnier, which would confuse the other two.

    It was similar with their music, & many of their songs weren’t recorded with all four present in the studio, even later on when they had more musical freedom.

    Supposedly there were plans to drop the sitcom format for the third season and make it more of a variety show to showcase their songs, but the Fabricated Four were starting to drift apart by then so it never happened.

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