The Monkees is an American television sitcom that first aired on NBC for two seasons, from September 12, 1966, to March 25, 1968. The series follows the adventures of four young men (The Monkees) trying to make a name for themselves as a rock ‘n roll band. The show introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to series television and won two Emmy Awards in 1967, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The program ended in 1968 at the finish of its second season and has received a long afterlife through Saturday morning repeats (CBS and ABC) and syndication, as well as overseas broadcasts.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|33||1||“A Nice Place to Visit”|
“The Monkees in Mexico”
|James Frawley||Treva Silverman||September 11, 1967|
|In El Monotono, Mexico, Davy is captured by the notorious bandito El Diablo (Peter Whitney) and his minions after he becomes “captivated” with El Diablo’s girlfriend (Cynthia Hull).|
Song: “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”
Note: Featuring a cameo appearance by Godfrey Cambridge
|34||2||“The Picture Frame”|
“The Bank Robbery”
|James Frawley||Jack Winter||September 18, 1967|
|Peter must prove the Monkees’ innocence at trial when they unwittingly rob a bank in the pretext of making a movie for two con men (Cliff Norton and Kelton Garwood).|
Songs: “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Randy Scouse Git”
|35||3||“Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik”||Alex Singer||Jack Winter||September 25, 1967|
|It is a “harem-scare ’em” scene as Davy faces the prospect of marriage to a lovely Nehudian princess (Donna Loren), who selected his face from a magazine in an effort to avoid marrying her country’s evil prime minister.|
Songs: “Love is Only Sleeping” (alternate mix), “Cuddly Toy”
|36||4||“Monkee Mayor”||Alex Singer||Jack Winter||October 2, 1967|
|Mike casts his wool hat into the political ring to stop a crooked construction tycoon (Monte Landis) from turning the city into parking lots.|
Songs: “No Time,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday”
|37||5||“Art for Monkees’ Sake”||Alex Singer||Coslough Johnson||October 9, 1967|
|With great detail, Peter copies an art museum painting for a pair of crooked museum guards (Monte Landis and Vic Tayback) aiming to steal the original; it causes the Monkees to mount “Mission: Ridiculous” to swap the real work back in.|
Songs: “Randy Scouse Git,” “Daydream Believer”
|38||6||“I Was a 99-Pound Weakling”|
|Alex Singer||Story by : Jon C. Andersen|
Teleplay by : Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Neil Burstyn
|October 16, 1967|
|After losing girlfriend Brenda to a muscle man named Bulk (David Draper), Micky starts a health program under the guidance of fraudulent physical cultist Shah-Ku (Monte Landis).|
Songs: “Sunny Girlfriend,” “Love is Only Sleeping” (alternate mix)
Notes: Michael Nesmith does not appear due to a tonsillectomy; his absence is noted throughout. The other guys appear as the Monkeemen during the musical “romp” scene (to “Sunny Girlfriend”). Professional wrestler Nick Bockwinkel appears as a Shah-Ku strongman.
“Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding”
|James Frawley||Peter Meyerson||October 23, 1967|
|Lost in Swineville, the Monkees get caught in the middle of a hillbilly feud between the Weskitts and Chubbers, with Davy staring down the barrel of a shotgun wedding to pretty Ella Mae Chubber (Melody Patterson).|
Song: “Papa Gene’s Blues” (extended edit)
Note: First appearance of the “Isn’t that dumb?” catchphrase.
|40||8||“Monkees Marooned”||James Frawley||Stanley Ralph Ross||October 30, 1967|
|A gullible Peter trades his guitar for a con man’s treasure map, which leads the Monkees to a deserted island — where they’re hunted by a mad Australian treasure hunter (Monte Landis) and his man Thursday (Rupert Crosse).|
Songs: “Daydream Believer,” “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”
|41||9||“The Card Carrying Red Shoes”||James Frawley||Treva Silverman||November 6, 1967|
|Peter is the target of a romantic prima ballerina (Ondine Vaughn) and a dastardly plot choreographed by the rest of the Druvanian National Ballet, who want a valuable microchip implanted in one of her shoes.|
Song: “She Hangs Out” (alternate mix)
Notes: Mike appears only in a musical number at the episode’s end.
|42||10||“The Wild Monkees”||Jon C. Andersen||Story by : Stanley Ralph Ross and Corey Upton|
Teleplay by : Stanley Ralph Ross
|November 13, 1967|
|The Monkees turn chicken when, while serving as both entertainment and staff at “The Henry Cabot Lodge and Cemetery,” they unwittingly impress the girlfriends of a tough motorcycle gang.|
Songs: “Goin’ Down” (sung live over instrumental track in the teaser), “Star Collector” (without Moog synthesizer)
|43||11||“A Coffin Too Frequent”||David Winters||Stella Linden||November 20, 1967|
|A mad scientist (George Furth), his goony cousin (Mickey Morton), and his dotty aunt (Ruth Buzzi) use the Monkees’ pad for a séance to summon their relative, Elmer, from beyond the grave.|
Songs: “Goin’ Down,” “Daydream Believer”
|44||12||“Hitting the High Seas”||James Frawley||Jack Winter||November 27, 1967|
|Thoughts of mutiny are bountiful as the Monkees try to stop the hijacking of a cargo ship by a vengeful sea captain (Chips Rafferty).|
Songs: “Daydream Believer,” “Star Collector”
|45||13||“The Monkees in Texas”||James Frawley||Jack Winter||December 4, 1967|
|In the Lone Star State, the Monkees battle Black Bart (Barton MacLane), cohort Red (Len Lesser), and their gang to save Mike’s aunt, Kate, (Jacqueline deWit), and her valuable Nesmith Ranch.|
Songs: “Words,” “Goin’ Down” (sung live over the instrumental track in the tag)
Note: No laugh track.
|46||14||“The Monkees on the Wheel”||Jerry Shepard||Coslough Johnson||December 11, 1967|
|“Magic Fingers” Micky wins big at a Las Vegas roulette table unaware that it’s been rigged. After a roulette dealer (Rip Taylor) and policeman (Dort Clark) mistake the band for the crooks, the Mokees are given 24 hours to find the real perpetrators (David Astor and Pepper Davis) and return the money to the casino.|
Songs: “The Door Into Summer,” “Cuddly Toy”
Notes: No laugh track. First appearance of the “Save the Texas Prairie Chicken” catchphrase.
|47||15||“The Monkees’ Christmas Show”||Jon C. Andersen||Story by : Dave Evans and Neil Burstyn|
Teleplay by : Neil Burstyn
|December 25, 1967|
|The Monkees try to instill the spirit of Christmas in a cynical, neglected little boy (Butch Patrick) who has soured on the whole idea of the holiday.|
Notes: No laugh track. Instead of the show’s standard closing credits card, the Monkees appear on-set and invite many of the behind-the-scenes staff and crew members to appear with them on camera (the credits are superimposed over the joyful crowd). As part of an elf costume, Davy wears Mike’s iconic green wool cap.
|48||16||“Fairy Tale”||James Frawley||Peter Meyerson||January 8, 1968|
|A Monkee pantomime romp through Fairy Tale Land, introduced by a “Town Crier” (Rege Cordic), sees “Peter, peasant of Tork” rescuing a haughty princess (Mike) from death by her fiendish fiancé (Murray Roman), with the help of a chain-mail suit (from tailor Davy), a magic sword (from innkeeper Micky), and gravity-defying shoes (from cobbler Mike).|
Song: “Daily Nightly”
|49||17||“The Monkees Watch Their Feet”|
“Micky and the Outer Space Creatures”
|Alex Singer||Coslough Johnson||January 15, 1968|
|A documented film report by the Department of UFO Information, narrated by is seecretary (Pat Paulsen), shows Davy and Peter battling invading space aliens (Stuart Margolin and Nita Talbot) from Planet Zlotnick who’ve replaced Micky with a robotic lookalike.|
Song: “Star Collector”
Note: Michael Nesmith only appears in the opening and closing segments with Pat Paulsen.
|50||18||“The Monstrous Monkee Mash”||James Frawley||Neil Burstyn & David Panich||January 22, 1968|
|Davy is under the spell of girlfriend Lorelei (Arlene Martel), or to be more precise her magic necklace; it’s part of a plot by Lorelei’s uncle, Count Batula (Ron Masak), to transform Davy into a vampire, forcing the remaining Monkees to look for Davy in a monstorously-populated castle.|
Song: “Goin’ Down”
Note: No laugh track
|51||19||“The Monkee’s Paw”||James Frawley||Coslough Johnson||January 29, 1968|
|A down-on-his-luck magician (Hans Conried) sells Micky a magical monkey’s paw that brings the equally broken-down Monkees luck… all of which, unfortunately, is bad.|
Songs: “Goin’ Down”, “Words”
Note: No laugh track
|52||20||“The Devil and Peter Tork”||James Frawley||Story by : Robert Kaufman|
Teleplay by : Robert Kaufman and Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso
|February 5, 1968|
|At an eerie pawn shop, Peter unwittingly sells his soul to devilish character Mr. Zero (Monte Landis) in order to purchase a golden harp (despite never having played the instrument previously). Can Peter’s musical talent save him from Mr. Zero’s evil clutches forever?|
Songs: “Salesman,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (harp instrumental), “I Wanna Be Free” (harp instrumental), “No Time”
Note: Final episode in which Mike Nesmith is seen wearing his green wool hat, an item he would rarely wear during Season 2 (the episode was filmed in the season’s production calendar).
|53||21||“The Monkees Race Again”|
“Leave the Driving to Us”
|James Frawley||Dave Evans and Elias Davis & David Pollock||February 12, 1968|
|Davy drives the Monkeemobile in an auto race when the British entry (owned by an old friend of Davy’s grandfather) is sabotaged by Baron Von Klutz (David Hurst) and his Klutzmobile.|
Song: “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”
Notes: No laugh track. The ‘Klutzmobile’ is the original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (chassis #CSX2287). Series co-producer Bob Rafelson has a cameo appearance as the “World’s Oldest Flower Child”.
|54||22||“The Monkees in Paris”|
“The Paris Show”
|Robert Rafelson||Robert Rafelson||February 19, 1968|
|Tired of saying the same monotonous lines week in and week out, the Monkees leave the studio grind behind and travel to Paris, where gendarmes and amorous women pursue them; while they’re away, the director (James Frawley) thinks up something to make the script more unique.|
Songs: “Love is Only Sleeping” (album mix), “Don’t Call on Me,” “Star Collector,” “Goin’ Down”
Note: No laugh track. The Paris scenes were filmed on-location in June 1967 and done with little dialogue (outside of sounds of women screaming the band’s name). The wraparound studio scenes were filmed on Christmas Eve 1967, the final scenes ever shot for the series.
|55||23||“Monkees Mind Their Manor”||Peter H. Thorkelson||Coslough Johnson||February 26, 1968|
|Davy inherits an English manor but doesn’t want to live there for 5 years (a stipulation of the bequest); since he also doesn’t want the manor sold to a land developer, the band puts on a medieval fair to raise funds for the local villagers to buy the property. Davy also must use lances, swords, and vocal cords in a tournament against Sir Twiggley Toppen Middle Bottom (Bernard Fox).|
Songs: “Greensleeves,” “Star Collector”
Note: No laugh track. Directed by Peter Tork (who is credited under his birth name). Jack Good, who portrays Lance Kibbie the Sot, would later produce the 1969 TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
|56||24||“Some Like It Lukewarm”|
“The Band Contest”
|James Frawley||Joel Kane and Stanley Z. Cherry||March 4, 1968|
|The Monkees enter a band contest (hosted by radio DJ Jerry Blavat) with a $500 cash prize, but when they learn the entrants must be mixed-gender groups, Davy is chosen to pose as a girl. “Miss Jones” soon falls in love with another entrant, Daphne, (Deana Martin), who’s posing as a male in her group.|
Songs: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “The Door Into Summer,” “She Hangs Out”
Note: No laugh track. Special guest appearance by Charlie Smalls, who appears with Davy in the end-of-episode tag segment.
|57||25||“The Monkees Blow Their Minds”||David Winters||Peter Meyerson||March 11, 1968|
|The Monkees swing to the rescue when mentalist Oracullo (Monte Landis) gains control of Peter’s mind to use him in a nightclub act.|
Songs: “Valleri” (1968 version), “Gonna Buy Me a Dog” (instrumental track), “Daily Nightly”
Note: No laugh track. Final appearance of Mr. Schneider. Frequent Monkees director James Frawley appears as Oracullo’s assistant, Rudy. Featuring cameos by Frank Zappa (who appears with Mike in the teaser) and Burgess Meredith (as the Penguin).
|58||26||“The Frodis Caper”|
|Micky Dolenz||Story by : Jon C. Andersen and Micky Dolenz|
Teleplay by : Micky Dolenz and Dave Evans
|March 25, 1968|
|After Peter and their neighbors are hypnotized through their TV sets, Micky, Mike, and Davy must match wits with the insane Wizard Glick (Rip Taylor), who is out to control the minds of television viewers worldwide.|
Notes: No laugh track. Directed by Micky Dolenz. Special guest appearance by Tim Buckley in the end-of-episode tag segment. One of Wizard Glick’s henchmen says that the Monkeemen monitor “Ain’t been activated in 5 years”, implying that the fictional Monkees have been together since at least 1963, and had battled Wizard Glick before. The alternative title, “Mijacogeo,” comes from the name of Micky Dolenz’ childhood pet dog, who was named after all the members of Micky’s family at the time: Micky, Janelle (his mother), Coco (his sister) and George (his father).
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