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->''"The series stars a fearsome foursome in The Monkees, a wholly manufactured singing group of attractive young men who come off as a combination of Music/TheBeatles, the [[Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces Dead End Kids]] and the Creator/MarxBrothers. Critics will cry foul. Longhairs will demand, outraged, that they be removed from the air. But the kids will adore The Monkees; you can bet on it."''
-->--'''''The Washington Post''''', May 31, 1966

This article is about Franchise/TheMonkees' TV show; the article about the music is [[Music/TheMonkees here]].

''The Monkees'' was about four incredibly clean cut aspiring young musicians with regrettable taste in clothes and haircuts who people on the show treated like they were pierced and tattooed Alternative Rockers. But hey, it was the Sixties!

The series ran two seasons on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1966 to 1968. The show ended its initial run when the group and the network could not agree on a format for the third season. The band wanted to update the format and make it more like a variety show, while the network wanted to maintain the status quo. NBC decided to pull the plug, but did make an agreement with the band for three television specials to be produced. When the first, the extremely weird ''33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee'', bombed in the ratings, plans for the other two specials were cancelled. However, Saturday morning reruns on Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{ABC}} were successful. Then in 1986, a marathon showing of the series on Creator/{{MTV}} produced that network's best ratings to date, propelling the group back into the limelight. Over the next few years, the series would return to syndication on Creator/NickAtNite and a variety of local channels. It's available in its entirety on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray, and as of 2011 the series has been a weekend fixture on over-the-air digital subchannel network Creator/AntennaTV, which also occasionally airs ''Film/{{Head}}''.
!!''The Monkees'' television series contains examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Every minor character seems to be completely incapable of pronouncing Mike Nesmith's last name. Among the variants: Nishwash, Nashmirth, Nipmop... Subverted in "The Monkees in Texas", when the villians refer to Mike and his aunt as "Nesters"...he starts to correct them before his aunt explains that the word means "farmer" and that they were correct in their word choice.
** In the opening sequence, Peter gets increasingly upset when each of the others is mis-identified as him, then smiles once the credits get his name right.
** In "Monkee vs. Machine", when Peter gets flustered in an interview, the computer identifies him as "Notwhat" and "Nitwit".
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: In "Monkees At The Movies," after the guys spend the majority of the episode getting [[{{Jerkass}} Frankie Catalina]] to leave the set in order to land Davy the lead role, Davy gets cast and ''immediately'' starts acting the same as Frankie. He snaps out of it fairly quickly and quits, telling the director that becoming a movie star [[LampshadeHanging was spoiling]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall his character.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Mike playing a folk song on a TV [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDgF-A_kGVg talent show]].
** Peter was Adorkableness Personified!
* AdultsDressedAsChildren: All (except Mike) take turns disguised as 11-13 year-olds in "Monkee vs. Machine", ultimately to throw a SpannerInTheWorks and disrupt a toy company's product testing session.
** And again in "Captain Crocodile," Davy and Peter barge in on the studio board meeting disguised as children demanding to see The Monkees perform. Even the studio head [[GradeSchoolCEO (who is a child)]] is fooled.
* AIIsACrapshoot: When Peter applies for a job in "Monkee vs. Machine", he gets confused when the computer interviews him:
-->'''Computer''': [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness To preclude the variable factor inherent in the human equation, we have instituted this new electronic personnel procedure acquiring.]] Your name, please?\\
'''Peter''': What?\\
'''Computer''': Thank you, last name "What". And your first name, Mr. What?\\
'''Peter''': [[WhosOnFirst No, it's not "what".]]\\
'''Computer''': Notwhat, Mr. Notwhat What.\\
'''Peter''': Wait a minute, that's not my name at all. My name is...\\
'''Computer''': Occupation?\\
'''Peter''': Peter, you dig? Pete.\\
'''Computer''': [[InsaneTrollLogic You dig peat, occupation peat digger.]] And your mother's maiden name?\\
'''Peter''': Thomson.\\
'''Computer''': Mother's name "Thomson". Sex, please?\\
'''Peter''': Female, of course.\\
'''Computer''': All right, Mrs. Notwhat.\\
'''Peter''': No, my mother is female.\\
'''Computer''': What do you do in your spare time, Mrs. Notwhat?\\
'''Peter''': Listen, I'm a man.\\
'''Computer''': In your spare time, you are a man.\\
'''Peter''': No, no... that's not it at all. First of all, you got my name wrong.\\
'''Computer''': Correction, name misspelled. Please give correct letter.\\
'''Peter''': Well, I...\\
'''Computer''': Correct letter is "I". Name is not "Notwhat", but "Nitwit".\\
'''Peter''': Oh brother.\\
'''Computer''': Brother is also a nitwit.\\
'''Peter''': Now just a minute...!\\
'''Computer''': That will do, Nitwit. Test complete. Interview ended, application rejected.
** Mike later turns the tables on the computer when he uses this interview as a LogicBomb.
* AlienInvasion: "Monkees Watch Their Feet", "The Frodis Caper"
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played with in "The Wild Monkees". The four boys try to adopt "tough" personas in order to impress some female bikers. They immediately become cowards again once the girls' actually tough biker boyfriends enter the picture.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, there really is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attwater%27s_prairie_chicken Texas prairie chicken]], and it's even more endangered now than it was in 1967 (about 32 left in the wild after Hurricane Harvey).
* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame: In "The Picture Frame", the Monkees are hired to play bank robbers in a movie holdup scene, not knowing they will actually be robbing a bank.
** In "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers", a shady publicity agent (actually the manager of a rival band) convinces the Monkees to submit to a phony kidnapping as a publicity stunt. Only, he doesn't tell the band that it will be a ''real'' kidnapping.
* AnticlimacticParent: Davy's grandfather flies in from England for a visit, under the impression that Davy is a big star. Panicked, Davy convinces the rest of the band to pose as his chauffer, houseboy, and personal chef to keep up appearances. Of course, given what show we're talking about, it fails, but the grandfather allows him to stay (rather than taking him back to England) because he has "such loyal friends".
* AttractiveBentGender: Micky in "The Chaperone", at least to Davy's love interest's father.
** Also with Davy in "Some Like It Lukewarm" to radio personality Jerry Blavat.
** Mike in "Fairy Tale" to both Peter and Mike!
-->'''Mike:''' Wow, what a great looking chick! She's the most beautiful thing I've ever laid eyes on! Look at those sideburns!
* AudienceMurmurs: Parodied when at least one of the boys says "rhubarb" over and over in "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers".
* BANGFlagGun: In the second season/syndicated opening credits.
** In "Monkees à la Carte", Peter, disguised as a member of the Purple Flower Gang, is stopped by one of the {{Mooks}}:
-->'''Rocco''': Nobody leaves the meeting.\\
'''Peter''': Who says so?\\
'''Rocco''': This gun says so.\\
'''Peter''': Oh, yeah? Well, this gun says "I go". [''[[LampshadeHanging Peter pulls out a gag gun that says "I go"]]'' ]\\
'''Rocco''': Oh yeah, hurry back.
* BeachBury: In "Here Come the Monkees", the boys (except Davy) are buried side by side up to their necks at the beach. Each has a bucket over his head, and Davy lifts the bucket off so each can sing a tune (to help the GirlOfTheWeek study for her history test).
* BeachEpisode: The Monkees lived in a shabby Southern California beach house, with scenes in many episodes taking place at the beach. The episode "Monkees at the Movies" takes place almost entirely on the beach.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Micky's wishes give him and the guys bad luck in the episode "The Monkee's Paw" in their version of the classic story.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Mike has this for the rest of the band, and it's implied that he's the oldest (in the show's universe, anyway). Possibly explained in "Monkee Mother," where he said that he was the oldest of MassiveNumberedSiblings and had to help take care of them (even though in real life Mike Nesmith was an only child).
* BillBillJunkBill...
* BlandNameProduct: In one episode the boys take a bus to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity on Blem Bus Lines.
-->'''Micky''': You know them - Ride Blem, and leave the driving to them.
* BleepDammit: NBC wouldn't let them say "{{Hell}}" in "The Devil and Peter Tork", even though they were talking about the place and not just cursing. Cue a magnificent bit of BitingTheHandHumor where they {{Lampshade}} this by saying "Hell" over and over, bleeped out with a whistle sound.
* BloodlessCarnage: "Monkees à la Carte" ends with rival gangsters shooting each other, which is depicted by the actors simply falling over. The scene deliberately avoids realism.
* BookcasePassage: In the episode "The Spy Who Came In From the Cool", there is a secret exit from the pawn shop through a harp case. Micky jokes that he thought it was through the accordion.
* BottleEpisode: "Monkee Mother" and "A Coffin Too Frequent" both take place entirely in the Monkees' apartment. There's also the episode "Fairy Tale", which takes place on a minimalist cardboard set.
* BoundAndGagged: The boys were tied to chairs a few times, including in "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers" and "Monkees Chow Mein".
* TheBoxingEpisode: "Monkees in the Ring"
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** "Dance, Monkee, Dance" has a scene where Micky leaves the set and talks directly to the writers (who are portrayed as elderly Asian men).
** In "The Devil and Peter Tork", Micky insists that the prosecution call another witness, on the grounds that the television show isn't over and they need to fill more time.
** An episode set in the WildWest (despite still being in the 1960s) had Micky approached by a saloon girl. He hissed at her, "Not now; this is a family show!"
** ...and other examples too numerous to document. Most episodes contained at least one, if only an aside to the audience.
* {{Calvinball}}: In "The Frodis Caper", the boys make up a card game called "creebage" to escape from imprisonment.
* CallBack: "The Frodis Caper" has two odd call backs to "The Monkees on The Wheel": the villain in "Frodis" is Wizard Glick, whose name is mentioned in "Wheel". Wizard Glick was played by Rip Taylor, who played a croupier in the earlier episode, and he quotes a couple of his lines from "Wheel" in "Frodis".
** The song performed by the all-female band The Westminster Abbeys in "Some Like It Lukewarm" is just a sped-up "Last Train To Clarksville", which they {{Lampshade}} by interspersing a few quick cuts of sped-up footage of The Monkees performing it.
* TheCameo: Liberace in one episode, smashing a piano to pieces with a sledgehammer as a performance piece, and Burgess Meredith in "Monkees Blow Their Minds" as [[Series/{{Batman}} The Penguin]].
* CelebrityEndorsement: The band appeared in advertisements for Kellogg's cereals and Yardley aftershave. When the show was placed in Saturday morning reruns in 1969-1970, Dolenz, Jones and Nesmith appeared in a series of Kool-Aid advertisements.
* CensorshipBySpelling: This little gem from Peter:
-->''"Well, when I was very young I used to be embarrassed about kissing but now I can talk very openly about...S-E-X."''
* ChaseScene: The kids chasing the band in "Captain Crocodile," among many others in Monkee "romps" that the series was well-known for.
* ChickMagnet: Davy Jones. The episode "One Man Shy" has them playing Spin The Bottle, with the bottle's mouth homing in on him every time. When he goes into another room, the bottle flies off the table and sticks to the door.
* ChristmasEpisode: "The Christmas Show."
* CircusEpisode: In "The Monkees at the Circus" the band goes to a bankrupt circus and pretend to be a French trapeze act in order to help them drum up business.
* CoatCape: Micky did this when he was pretending to be a big-time movie producer.
* CodeName; In "Art, For Monkees' Sake": "Manchester Marauder" (Davy), "Connecticut Counterspy" (Peter), "Los Angeles Leopard" (Micky), and the "(Modest) but Towering Texan" (Mike).
* CombatBreakdown: The climactic fight in "Fairy Tale".
* ComicBookAdaptation: It was published by Creator/DellComics and lasted 17 issues. It matched the slapstick tone of the TV series, and the artist depicted Mike with PointyEars.
* ConcealingCanvas: A painting hiding a painting of a safe hiding an actual safe.
* CoolCar: The Monkeemobile, a Pontiac GTO modified for the TV series by celebrated car customizers George Barris and Dean Jeffries.
** ''Too'' modified; Jim Wengers, [[ProductPlacement then head of marketing for Pontiac]], was displeased with the result as it looked far too different from the cars he was trying to sell.
* CoolShades: Mike in later episodes and the movie ''Film/{{Head}}''.
* {{Corpsing}}: In "Art, For Monkees' Sake," not only does Mike collapse in laughter watching [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Liberace destroy a piano in an art museum]], but the camera also helpfully zooms in on him as he does.
** And that's just one of the few examples that wasn't from the boys cracking each other up through ad-libbing.
** In "Fairy Tale," Mike can't help but laugh when Peter says that he's too young to get married (in real life, Michael was already a married father and was ''younger'' than Peter, not to mention that Peter had already been married and divorced at that point).
* CourtroomAntic: In "The Picture Frame", Mike, Micky, and Davy make a very thorough mockery of the court system.
* CrankyLandlord: Mr. Babbit.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The ChristmasEpisode has the behind-the-scenes crew and office workers saying hello to the camera during the closing credits.
* CreatorCameo: James Frawley, who directed many episodes of the series (and had previously been an actor), also made cameo appearances in a handful of shows, including a Yugoslav diplomat in "Son of a Gypsy" and Oraculo's assistant Rudy in "Monkees Blow Their Minds".
** Monkees co-creator Bob Rafelson also appeared in a few episodes: Notably as "The World's Oldest Flower Child" in "The Monkees Race Again."
* CreditsGag: The second season credit sequence mistakenly names everyone Peter, cut to Peter with sad face, cut back to Monkee with his correct name... and, finally, Peter smiling when the credits get his name right.
* CriminalDoppelganger: In "Alias Micky Dolenz", Micky gets in a bit of trouble because he looks absolutely identical to a dangerous gangster wanted by the police.
* {{Crossdresser}}: All four Monkees appeared in drag on the show. In fact, with the exception of Peter, each of them had a drag role as the main focus of an episode. The topper might be Mike Nesmith playing the princess in "Fairy Tale".
* CrystalBall: The fortune teller in "Monkee See, Monkee Die" has one at the seance (& another one that's just a snowglobe).
* CutAwayGag: Usually a couple or so per episode.
* DadTheVeteran: In "The Chaperone", Davy tries to date the daughter of a military man, but has a difficult time finding time alone with her because he runs his household like a barracks.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mike.
* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil and Peter Tork"
* DisguisedInDrag: Several episodes
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "The Monkees Watch Their Feet", {{Narrator}} [[AsHimself Pat Paulson]] talks of the "[[StealthPun Alien-ation]]" of American Youth, as well as part of Micky's problems stemming from "being forced to fight in an oversea war he didn't understand" (while showing him in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI garb).
* DoorRoulette: Micky and Peter's peril in "Monkee Chow Mein."
* DroppedAfterThePilot: Rudy Gunther, the band's manager, played by Bing Russell.[[note]]Creator/KurtRussell's dad[[/note]] The producers decided the character wasn't necessary, an important decision since the depiction of four young men without an authority figure was unheard-of on American television at the time. Since the pilot was originally aired as the 10th episode of the series, Rudy's sudden appearance and disappearance made him seem more like a OneShotCharacter.
* EndOfEpisodeSilliness: The interviews of the guys by an off-camera Bob Rafelson whenever episodes ran short. While usually silly, sometimes they'd have a thoughtful discussion about youth culture concerns (like the Sunset Strip riots or the co-option of hippie rhetoric by mainstream culture). Occasionally they'd end episodes with the group saying goodbye or with HilariousOuttakes.
* EverybodyMustGetStoned: "Mijacogeo: The Frodis Caper."
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Besides the name of the band, there's a stuffed monkey in the boys' beach house.
* ExpositoryThemeTune[=/=]TitleThemeTune: The TV show had an iconic one, quoted above.
** Leading Micky to be quoted as complaining "Music/TheBeatles don't have to sing 'Hey, Hey, we're the Beatles'"
* ExploitingTheFourthWall: In "Dance, Monkee, Dance", Micky exits the set and goes to the writers' room and asks them to write a way to escape their current predicament. The trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when upon returning to the set, Micky reads what they have written and tosses it aside, commenting, "This is terrible! Those guys are really overpaid."
* {{Expy}}: While not blatant, the series clearly used Music/TheBeatles as templates for the characters. Peter/Ringo is the most obvious one, with Davy/Paul and Mike/John working pretty well too. Micky doesn't match with George with at all, however. Alternately, you can say that Peter is a hybrid of Ringo and George, and John got split into Mike (DeadpanSnarker) and Micky (John's sillier side).
** In interviews they've said that the creators also used [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers Will Rogers]] (Mike), Creator/JerryLewis (Micky) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bowery_Boys Huntz Hall]] (Peter) as archetypes.
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt ("The Devil and Peter Tork")
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption
* FakeFood: In the episode "Success Story", while pretending to be rich and successful, Davy is served rubber food while his grandfather gets the real stuff. Also, the fruit in the center of the table is plastic.
* FanService: Micky interrupts the climactic gunfight in "Monkees A La Carte" in order to parade an attractive woman across the screen. "[[BreakingTheFourthWall The producers thought we should have a pretty girl in the show.]]"
* FilmFelons: In "The Picture Frame", Mike, Davy, and Micky are tricked into robbing a bank, thinking they're acting in a movie.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Played with in "Monkee See, Monkee Die" when Peter seemingly knocks out the bad guys by "shooting" at them with his finger. They really just happened to pass out at the exact moment Peter did that (from a drugged drink).
* TheFool: Peter.
* FourManBand:
** The OnlySaneMan - Mike is considered the leader of the group and has the most common sense of the four.
** TheSmartGuy - Micky is usually the one who comes up with all the plans.
** The Pervert - Davy tends to attract a lot of women and even gets distracted by girls himself sometimes.
** The ButtMonkey - Peter is the goofball of the group and is often a victim of hilarity.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Davy is Sanguine, Micky is Choleric, Mike is Melancholic and Peter is Phlegmatic.
* FracturedFairyTale: Appropriately named, "Fairy Tale."
* FrothyMugsOfWater: The boys have milk whenever they're at a bar.
* FundraiserCarnival: "Monkees Mind their Manor" has a medieval faire to raise money to buy Davy's inherited Manor for the local villagers.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: A guy randomly riding on the bumper of a backwards-moving car (with his arms out [[WalkLikeAnEgyptian like an Egyptian]]) in the beginning and end of "Monkees Marooned."
* GameShowAppearance : In "Captain Crocodile" the boys parody two classic game shows with "[[Series/WhatsMyLine What's My Scene?]]" and "[[Series/ToTellTheTruth To Tell A Fib]]"
-->'''Micky''': Will the real David Jones please stand up?
-->'''Davy''': I '''AM''' standing up!
* GayParee: "The Monkees In Paris."
* TheGenerationGap: Played straight (it was the 60's after all).
* GenieInABottle: In one episode, Davy rubs against a table lamp and a genie appears. He turns to the camera saying [[ShoutOut "Imagine That!]] [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Wrong show!"]]
* GilliganCut: in "The Frodis Caper"
---> '''Mike:''' We made it awfully easy. You don't suppose it could be some kind of a trick, do you?
---> (cut to Mike and the others chained up in chairs)
---> '''Mike:''' It was some kind of a trick...
* GirlOfTheWeek: More often than not, an episode will feature a girl after one (and in some cases, more than one) of the Monkees' affections. Mainly Davy, the cute ChickMagnet of the group.
* GradeSchoolCEO: In "Captain Crocodile" the owner of the studio is a kid.
* [[GranolaGirl Granola Guy]]: Peter.
* GroupieBrigade: "The Monkees in Paris".
* HangingJudge: The episode "The Devil vs. Peter Tork" uses Roy Bean as the judge for the trial, and explicitly calls him this.
* HauntedHouse: Featured in "Monkee See, Monkee Die" and "Monstrous Monkee Mash".
* HaveAGayOldTime: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuGvCXDycEc "Don we now our GAY apparel!"]]
* HenpeckedHusband: The Monkees find Millie a husband in "Monkee Mother" and he quickly becomes this.
* HilariousOuttakes: In TheTag of "Monkees On the Wheel", Mike tries over and over to finish the line "Save the Texas Prairie Chicken", but ends up corpsing over and over. He finally gets the line down (to fake thunderous applause).
* HisNameIs: Micky attempts to invoke this in "Hitting the High Seas". When the captain is about to make the boys walk the plank, Micky tries to stall them by saying that if they're killed, the captain and his crew will never know about "the secret". It works, at first, until Peter blows it by revealing that he isn't aware of any secret.
* HotAsHell: The "Salesman" sequence in "The Devil and Peter Tork" shows the boys in Hell, tormented by a bunch of pitchfork-wielding sexy female demons clad in leotards with horns and tails.
* HurricaneOfPuns: In "The Picture Frame[=/=]The Bank Robbery", when Mike, Davy and Micky are being interrogated by the police:
-->'''Sergeant''': All right, my fine feathered monkees, start talking!\\
[''Mike, Davy and Micky mumble at random'']\\
'''Sergeant''': About the robbery!\\
'''Mike''': Huh, well, you see, it's like I told you, but we thought we were doing a movie.\\
'''Sergeant''': Still sticking to that story, huh? Well, if you know what's good for you, you'll change your tune!\\
[''Mike blows a sour note on a harmonica and repeats what he just said in a high-pitched voice'']\\
'''Sergeant''': You do that once more, and you're gonna get the third degree!\\
'''Micky''': Oh, three degrees! Here's a Ph.D. ...[''Mickey starts handing out diplomas'']\\
'''Sergeant''': All right, bring out the light!\\
'''Micky''': Oh, the light!\\
'''Davy''': Oh, we might as well get a suntan while we're here. [''They put on sunglasses'']\\
'''Sergeant''': Okay, Monkees, are you ready to spill the beans?\\
'''Micky''': You think we should?\\
'''Mike''': Sure.\\
'''Micky''': All right, here we go: spilling the beans. [''They spill canfuls of beans on the floor'']\\
'''Sergeant''': All right, throw the book at 'em! [''An officer throws a book into Mike's hands'']
* HypnoTrinket: The infamous magic necklace in "Monstrous Monkee Mash".
* ICantHearYou: "The Wild Monkees", when Micky runs his motorcycle indoors and no one can hear anything.
* IceCreamKoan: In "The Prince and The Paupers"
-->'''Mike''': ďIf apple seed turns to wing, itíll fly away a beautiful butterfly, but if a butterfly turns into apple seed, itíll just lay there on the ground.Ē Thatís what Ling Foo Yang said five thousand years ago.
-->'''Davy''': Oh really? What does that mean?
-->'''Mike''': I just donít have any idea.
* IdenticalStranger: "Alias Micky Dolenz"- Micky looks exactly like a notorious criminal. The police recruit Micky to impersonate the crook in order to capture his gang and retrieve the merchandise they stole. Things go awry when said crook busts out of jail and catches Micky in the act.
* ImagineSpot: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in "Monstrous Monkee Mash" when the episode's villain intrudes on a fantasy scene that Micky and Davy are having. "Hey, what are you doing? This is ''our'' fantasy scene!"
* ImprobablyCoolCar: The Monkeemobile probably ''should have been'' an early '50s panel truck, since they were broke all the time...
* IncrediblyObviousBug: In the episode "The Spy Who Came In From the Cool", the bug is in a lamp at the center of the table which the guys blatantly move back and forth between them and the spies.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: In "Monkees Get Out More Dirt", the four boys have all fallen in love with April Conquest and want to get away from the apartment to go see her. Micky suddenly declares that his aunt is ill and leaves. Mike announces he is going to the store to get dog food. When informed that they don't have a dog, he says that he'll pick up a dog too while he's out. Davy announces a desire to become a boxer and leaves immediately to start doing road work. Peter, who has believed every excuse, isn't sure what to do now that he's all alone, and decides without a hint of irony that he'll go visit April.
* InkblotTest: In "The Monkee's Paw" a [[HerrDoktor German psychiatrist]] (played by an uncredited Severn Darden) administers one to Micky, who can't talk. The doctor insists that the inkblot shows "a bunny and a chicken" and gets in an argument with the other Monkees over it (Mike sees flowers, Peter says it's a ketchup stain and Davy thinks it looks like a bunch of dancing women).
* InstantMessengerPigeon: Parodied in "Monkee See, Monkee Die".
* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: Mike turns the Monkeemobile into a dimension machine (and lowrider) in 1997's ''Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees.''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: From "Monkees a la Carte"
-->'''Red O'Leary''': Fuselli, you're a two-timing, double crossing, cigar smoking rat!
-->'''Fuselli''': Watch what you're saying, Red! I don't smoke cigars!
* JuryOfTheDamned: "The Devil and Peter Tork"
* KarmaHoudini: The villains in "The Picture Frame". [[spoiler:The Monkees get off the hook for the robbery, but the real crooks aren't shown getting in trouble for it.]]
* LameComeback: Micky: "You do and I'll be sorry!"
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: A henchman attempts to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade Kill Peter to Uphold a Masquerade]], but his plan is quickly shot down by his boss. They opt to brainwash him instead.
-->'''Villain''': What are you doing with that [gun]?
-->'''Henchman''': HeKnowsTooMuch.
-->'''Peter''': [[InsultBackfire Thank]] [[TooDumbToLive you!]]
-->'''Villain''': No, we cannot afford to murder here. Besides, I have a better plan...
* LaughTrack: Dropped midway through the second season.
* LetsMockTheMonsters: Micky and Mike, confronted with a mummy, berate it for being dirty and smelly. The mummy retires discomfited. (Note that despite his bravado, Micky is actually terrified.)
* LipLockSunBlock: Peter and Miss Cartwright (the "GirlOfTheWeek") kiss this way in the episode "One Man Shy".
* LogicBomb: Mike confuses the computer interviewing him at the toy company and he gets the job.
-->'''Computer''': What is your name?\\
'''Mike''': Nesmith, what's yours?\\
'''Computer''': What?\\
'''Mike''': Thank you, Mr. What, and what is your first name?\\
'''Computer''': It's not what.\\
'''Mike''': [[InsaneTrollLogic Mr. Notwhat What.]] And what is your occupation?\\
'''Computer''': Name is not "Notwhat". I am computer DJ-61.\\
'''Mike''': Oh, you're a D.J.? Look, I bet you got a great record collection.\\
'''Computer''' [''smokes from a short circuit'']: Wait, I am not programmed for these questions.\\
'''Mike''': Oh, you want a different program? Wait, okay, look, um... [''Mike starts pressing buttons; the computer sparks up and dispensing punch-cards'']
** Worth noting that he starts off using ''exactly'' the sequence of lines that the computer used earlier to confuse Peter.
* LovableCoward: All four of the boys have shades of this.
-->'''Davy''': Mike, that guy was throwing knives at me. He could've killed me! Why didn't you do something?
-->'''Mike''': Well, I didn't want to antagonize him.
* UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren: The answer to a trivia question in "Dance, Monkee, Dance".
* MediumAwareness: One of the first television series to really play with this concept.
* MerchandiseDriven
* MickeyMousing: Slapstick gags are punctuated by the music.
* MindControl: "The Frodis Caper", "Monkees Blow Their Minds"
* MindScrew: The movie ''Film/{{Head}}'', as well as the TV special ''33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee''.
* MockMillionaire: Done twice; once so that Peter could romance a debutante, and another time to convince Davy's grandfather he is a success so he won't force Davy to return to England.
* MrFanservice: All four boys, but especially Davy.
* MyspeldRokband
* NerdsAreSexy: Micky spends most of "I Was A 99lb. Weakling" trying to win the GirlOfTheWeek away from a JerkJock by working out, only for her to go for a nerdy guy reading Marcel Proust.
* NewJobEpisode: Besides episodes where the band gets a new gig to play, there's "Monkee vs. Machine" where Mike gets a job at a toy company, "Monkees on the Line" where all help work an answering service, and "Monkees at the Movies" where they are extras in a movie (among other episodes).
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: The episode "Monkees vs. Machine" is all about a JerkAss toy company executive who is in favor of firing all unnecessary humans and letting computers design and run most everything. Mike is seen as having a genuis level IQ for [[LogicBomb confusing the computer]] that interviews potential employees.
* NiceHat: Mike's iconic wool cap.
** Also the leafy green bathing caps that made an appearance in two stories: ''Find the Monkees'' (in which they were worn by the members of The Jolly Green Giants), and ''Captain Crocodile'' (in which they were used in a PieInTheFace gag).
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In "The Monkees At The Movies", the teen idol/beach party movie star was an obvious spoof of Frankie Avalon. His name, Frankie Catalina, was even a StealthPun of Avalon's name (the largest town on Catalina Island is Avalon).
* NoFourthWall
* NoHoperRepeat: ''33 and 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee'' was broadcast opposite the Academy Awards. As a further indicator of how seriously [=NBC=] regarded the special, its segments were aired out of order.
* NoPartyGiven: In "Monkee Mayor", Mike threatens to take his complaint with the current mayor and "dump it in the opposing party's lap". It's never stated which party the mayor belongs to or which party would be the opposing party.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: In "Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik", Donna Loren, playing the princess of a [[{{Qurac}} fictional Middle Eastern country]], makes no attempt to sound even remotely Arabian.
* OneSteveLimit: Slightly averted by Robert Michael "Mike" Nesmith and George Michael "Micky" Dolenz.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In "Success Story", Davy (who is a born & raised Brit) states that he was raised by his grandfather, who is flying in from England to see his grandson. However, when we first hear the grandfather speak, his British accent is very mild-to-nonexistent, to the point of almost sounding American, and later, when the charade is falling apart, the grandfather starts sounding...Irish? Ben Wright, who played the grandfather, was a London native, but his father was American.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Peter usually plays "the dummy". But then you see him spinning a bandit gun and translating for an island native.
-->'''Mike:''' "I didn't know you could do that! [[LampshadeHanging You usually play the dummy!]]"
* PassThePopcorn: "The Picture Frame" has three of them robbing a bank after being tricked into thinking they're making a movie. When the police present them with the film from the surveillance cameras as evidence, they treat it as an actual movie, complete with being critical about their performance and popcorn.
* PerpetualPoverty: There's often a threat of running out of food or being kicked out of the beach house for non-payment of rent, but [[StatusQuoIsGod the status quo is maintained]].
* PieInTheFace: The episode "Captain Crocodile".
* PirateParrot: The captain in "Hitting the High Seas" has one. His voice is provided by Micky Dolenz; this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Micky is called upon to impersonate the parrot because he is the only one of the boys with the skill to do so.
* PlungerDetonator: Usually, something else completely blows up instead.
* PortraitPaintingPeephole
* PrankInjuries: Mike has a fake arrow through his head in one of the romps.
* PreciousPuppies: The romp to "Gonna Buy Me a Dog."
* PrinceAndPauper: Davy impersonates a visiting prince in order to find him a wife.
* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Used in "One Man Shy" as part of Peter's dating etiquette training. Instead of using his coat, Peter uses his girlfriend's.
* ReadTheFinePrint: Peter in "Dance, Monkee, Dance" is tricked into signing a lifetime contract at a dance studio after winning a free dance lesson.
* RearrangeTheSong:
** In the ''33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee'' special, Micky sings a slowed-down, funkier version of "I'm a Believer".
** "Words" and "Valleri" were two songs featured in the show's first season. Reworked versions of those songs would be featured in Season Two.
** The pilot featured two different versions of "I Wanna Be Free": a midtempo version sung by Davy and Micky, and a slow version featuring just Davy.
* RecursiveCanon: Says Mike in "The Frodis Caper": "Hey! It's 7:30, 6:30 Central time! Time for ''The Monkees''!"
* ReunionShow: ''Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees'' in 1997.
* {{Revival}}: The 1987 series/band ''Series/TheNewMonkees'', which was intended to make the franchise relevant to the Creator/{{MTV}} era, was a revival InNameOnly. It featured none of the original band members, and it had only one tenuous connection to the 60s project: the executive producer was Steve Blauner, studio manager of Rafelson and Schneider's Raybert Productions, the company that made the original series and ''Film/{{Head}}''. ''The New Monkees'' failed as quickly as the "old" Monkees had succeeded.
** One odd ShoutOut - we see them watching the tv - when they see Micky singing "Last Train to Clarksville" they all shout "Dad!"
* RunningGag: Many of them. Some were contained within a single episode, while others spanned several shows. A common example of the second type involves someone telling Davy that he needs to stand up, whereupon Davy (the shortest of the four) or another Monkee comments that he ''is'' standing up.
* {{Ruritania}}: In "Royal Flush", the country of [[FictionalCountry Harmonica]], where the princess and soon-to-be queen is from. "Card Carrying Red Shoes" is about a traveling ballet company from Druvania, a fictional version of Russia.
* ScoobyDooHoax: "Monkee See, Monkee Die", though the fortune teller doesn't always try to hide her involvement in the scheme.
* SenselessViolins: Subverted in "Monkees A La Carte": "Boss! There's a guitar in this guitar case!"
* SerialRomeo: Davy.
* SharePhrase: "Don't do that"
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Parodied in "The Monkees in Texas". Michael marvels at how beautiful his TV cousin Lucy turned out to be, given how awkward and unattractive she was when they were younger. Aunt Kate points out that Michael is thinking of his other cousin, Clara, who still looks the same.
* ShirtlessScene: Parodied in "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers". When the band contest in which the Monkees are entered is won by a man who had his clothes torn off earlier in the episode, the group realizes that the key to success is having your clothes ripped off and proceed to do it to each other in a desperate grab for attention.
** Played straight with Davy in "Monkees in the Ring" during his boxing training.
** In "Monkees a la Mode", when asked what they have to lose by being featured in the magazine, the group replies, "Our shirts!", at which point Micky and Peter are suddenly shirtless.
* ShoutOut: The show contained frequent references to other popular artists of the period. At the end of the concert episode, Mike thanks the Lovin' Spoonful, the Mamas and Papas, and Music/TheBeatles for being such great groups.
** From "Randy Scouse Git": "''[[Music/TheBeatles The Four Kings of EMI]] are sitting stately on the floor...''"
** The final episode, "The Frodis Caper", begins with Music/TheBeatles song "Good Morning, Good Morning".[[note]]Not a random choice. Micky attended a ''[[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]]'' recording session during his first visit to UsefulNotes/{{London}} and they played him a rough mix of "Good Morning, Good Morning", which he considered a personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome[[/note]]
** In ''Film/{{Head}}'', Peter can be heard whistling Music/TheBeatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" in the bathroom scene.
** The group's advisor/dummy Mr. Schneider is named for the show's executive producer Bert Schneider.
** During the song "Papa Gene's Blues" Mike says "Oh, pick it, Luther!", meaning Music/JohnnyCash guitarist Luther Perkins.
** In the ChristmasEpisode a quick cutaway shot of Micky at a chalkboard figuring out a math problem reveals the words "Beatles" and "Frodis" written in the corner.
** Micky says the first thing the Monster/Android needs to be a rock musician is a Beatles haircut.
** In the song "Gonna Buy Me A Dog," Davy's line "You can't teach a dog to do that; you can only train elephants" is a reference to Micky's childhood role in the series ''Circus Boy.''
** In one episode there's a joke contrasting Music/BobDylan and [[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} Marshal Matt Dillon]]. This is a little HilariousInHindsight because it's been speculated that Bobby Zimmerman might have taken his stage name in honor of Marshal Dillon but chose Dylan because it was a cooler spelling.[[note]]Dylan has {{Jossed}} this but has confirmed that he only liked the spelling of the name of Creator/DylanThomas and didn't really consider him an influence[[/note]]
** Micky Dolenz [[WordOfGod has mentioned many times]] that the word "Mijacogeo" is a ShoutOut to the names of himself and his immediate family: '''Mi'''cky, his mother '''Ja'''nelle, sister '''Co'''co and father '''Geo'''rge. [[invoked]]
** In "The Monkees Race Again" Micky says "[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Curse you, Red Baron!]]"
* SitcomCharacterArchetypes:
** '''The Wisecracker''': Mike
** '''The Charmer''': Davy
** '''The Goofball''': Micky
** '''The Dork''': Peter (as TheDitz who does things like play the harp, he straddles the line between Dork and a less zany Goofball. Tork rhyming with Dork also helps.)
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Especially in the second and last season, with such things as a concert episode ("The Monkees on Tour"), a FairyTale spoof and guest appearances by other musicians, such as Music/TimBuckley and Music/FrankZappa.
* SomethingPerson: Monkee Men!
* SoundEffectBleep: Says Micky, "You can't say CUCKOO![[note]]hell[[/note]] on television!"
* SpinTheBottle: Played to help Peter's confidence in "One Man Shy."
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/BigTimeRush''. Also ''Series/{{Jonas}}''. (It's been stated in Creator/{{Disney}} press releases that the series is directly inspired by The Monkees' TV concept.)
** ''Music/GarfunkelAndOates'', especially with the music video cutaways, the stars playing [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] versions of themselves, and plots dealing with the struggles of being a professional musician.
* SpookySeance: "A Coffin Too Frequent".
* SpySpeak: In "The Spy Who Came In From the Cool", Davy inadvertently says the spy's secret phrase at a pawn shop, as he's actually looking for a pair of red maracas.
* StageMom: "Too Many Girls" finds one of these trying to pair her daughter with Davy in the hopes they'll rocket to stardom together.
* StandInPortrait
* StopTrick
* StorybookEpisode: The appropriately titled "Fairy Tale".
* SuperheroEpisode: A few episodes feature the guys dressed as Monkee Men and fighting crime (& sometimes flying to the rescue). In "Monkee Chow Mein", Davy & Mike's "powers" were limited to VolleyingInsults at their opponents.
** In ''Find The Monkees'', the band auditions over a pay phone as a Clark Kent {{Expy}} impatiently waits to use the booth.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic
* TheTag: every episode would have a tag scene or an additional musical number before the credits.
** [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] and {{Lampshaded}} in the "tag" of "Monkees On the Wheel" (actually two scenes before the actual tag - see HilariousOuttakes).
* TakeThat:
** One of the first shots in the series was of the Monkees using a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] poster as a DartboardOfHate. In the "Here Come the Monkees" pilot episode, Mike throws a dart which lands on Music/RingoStarr. This was probably also a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Help}}'', which begins with a similar scene (except that it was a movie screen showing Beatles footage in the latter case).
** At the end of Episode 19, the boys give an interview regarding The Sunset Strip Riots[[note]]In 1966, residents and business owners on the Sunset Strip had enforced a 10 pm curfew, which didn't sit with the youth. The curfew was met with rallies and demonstrations on November 12, 1966 with crowds as big as 1,000, including Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda, who was actually arrested.[[/note]] and when asked about it, the boys spoke their minds, especially with Micky chiming in, ďThere havenít really been riots. In actuality, since I was there, there have been demonstrations. But I guess a lot of people, uh, journalists donít know how to spell Ďdemonstrationí so they use 'riot' because it only has four letters.Ē
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "Monkee See, Monkee Die" during the reading of the will [[VideoWills (on phonograph)]]
-->'''John Cunningham''': I leave my mansion, and everything contained within it, to Miss Ellie Reynolds.
-->'''Kingsley''': Ellie Reynolds??
-->'''John Cunningham''': Shut up, Kingsley!
* TeamDad: Mike
* TheTelevisionTalksBack: In "The Monkees Get Out More Dirt", the boys are watching an advice presenter on tv who reads a letter relating to them.
-->'''Dr. Sisters''': Tormented, you say in the rest of your heartbreaking, and ungrammatical, letter, that you boys have made this girl fond of each of you by taking on interests she likes.
-->'''Davy''': That's right, what of it?
-->'''Dr. Sisters''': I'll tell you what of it! You've placed this girl in a dangerously emotional state. She is now drawn to four different boys, and this unresolved conflict could lead to a nervous collapse.
-->'''Micky''': You gotta be kidding!
-->'''Dr. Sisters''': Do I look like a kidder?
-->'''Davy''': That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard!
-->'''Dr. Sisters''': Oh, is it? I have here in my hand another letter, from a girl telling how she is in love with four boys. It's signed "Miss Laundromat".
-->'''All four boys''': Laundromat??
-->'''Dr. Sisters''': Yes, Laundromat! And she tells in this letter that she's so close to a nervous collapse, that she's too nervous to even write this letter.
-->'''All four boys''': That's nervous!
-->'''Dr. Sisters''': And don't forget collapse!
* ThemeTuneCameo: Used for comedic effect in multiple episodes. One example is in "Monkees A La Mode", when after the group is proclaimed "typical young persons" by a chic magazine, the show cuts to a photo montage of the boys making goofy faces while the show's theme song plays in the background.
* ThemeTuneExtended: A bit of an aversion, because the longer take included on the debut album was actually recorded first. The shorter TV version was recorded a few weeks later and has an extra little part that was missing from the first version ("we may be comin' to your town!")
* ThisIsMySide: Happens in "Monkees Get Out More Dirt" when the four boys fight over a guest character played by Julie Newmar. The show plays with it, noting that each would have access to only one particular vital part of the apartment. Davy's side has the front door, implying he is the only one with the ability to come and go; however, he states that he would gladly trade Mike for the bathroom right away. Moments later, the whole arrangement is quickly forgotten when a show comes on TV that they want to see and everyone rushes to Peter's side (which contains the television set).
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: In "The Picture Frame", a police detective says "Throw the book at them!" while interrogating the boys; Mike catches the book and begins to read it.
* TicTacToe: Played for laughs in "Monkees à la Carte", when the Monkees (disguised as the Purple Flower gang) divide the city into nine sections, and Mickey whispers hints to the individual gangsters about which sections they should get, alternating between X's and O's, resulting in three X's down the middle column.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Davy to the laundromat owner in "Monkees Get Out More Dirt".
** Davy and most girls, actually (he's quite short). In "Monkees at the Movies", he is paired up with a girl much taller than himself, and the height difference is played for laughs.
* TitleSequenceReplacement: Each season had a similar TitleSequence, with the second one adding some new clips. The second season opening replaced the first one in reruns, but was restored for the [=DVDs=].
* TranslationYes: "Kretch!"
-->'''Peter''': He says that he's the original Kimba of the Jungle and that when the movie company ran out of money here on location in 1916 they left him here behind to rot.
-->'''Davy''': What happened to the chick who played his wife?
-->'''Peter''': She ran off with a casting director who promised her a big career.
-->'''Micky''': What about the little kid that played er, the kid?
-->'''Peter''': He's alive and well in UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}}.
-->'''Mike''': You mean you got all that from... all he said was 'kretch'!
-->'''Peter''': Well, it's not the word, it's the way he said it.
-->'''Davy''': Do you speak English?
-->'''Kimba''': It's been long time since I speak in my native tongue.
-->'''Peter''': "No."
* [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture Twenty Years Into The Future]]: The reason why the show was such a hit 20 years later on MTV.
* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: In the episode, "Monkee vs. Machine"..., which is also a play on ThereIsNoRuleSix.
-->'''Mike''': Remember these three little words: "Don't argue."
-->'''Peter''': That's two words.
-->'''Mike''': You're starting already.
* UnfortunateNames: In "Monkees a La Mode", fashion photographer Rob Roy Fingerhead.
* UnsoundEffect: One episode parodies the fight scenes from the Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
* VacationEpisode: The (nearly) episode-long romp "The Monkees in Paris".
* VideoWills: An audio phonograph version in "Monkee See, Monkee Die".
-->'''Mike''': It'll never sell as a single.
-->'''Micky''': Depends....what's on the flip side?
* VisualPun: the tongue-lashing and the ants/aunts in "Monkees Marooned".
* VolleyingInsults: In "Monkees Chow Mein", Davy and Mike are dressed as Monkee Men and bruise egos as their "weapon":
-->'''Davy''': You're a nail biter. You're a nail biter and your mother never ''ever'' loved you.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: [[CrossDresser Mike]] plays a hilariously over the top version in the "Fairy Tale" episode.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: {{Lampshaded}} in "Monkees à la Carte", after Peter (disguised as one of the Purple Flower Gang) has left the meeting to fetch the cops:
-->'''Mike''': Man, I hope Peter gets the cops okay.\\
'''Davy''': Stay cool. [[LampshadeHanging What could go wrong?]]\\
[GilliganCut to a disguised Peter entering the police station, and getting arrested by the cops as a member of the Purple Flower Gang]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the beginning of "Monkee See, Monkee Die", before the plot gets underway, the boys' landlord tells them that he is kicking them out. Once the actual story begins, this plot thread is completely forgotten about and never addressed further.
** In "Hitting the High Seas", Mike goes down below after getting sick from taking seasickness medicine and is never heard from again in that story. [[note]]Mike's appearance in the video afterwards is unrelated to the storyline.[[/note]]
* [[WhoWritesThisCrap Who Writes This Stuff?!]]: A RunningGag that appears in several episodes.
** An episode parodying ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' starts with the Crusoe and Man Friday characters watching ''Series/TheMonkees'', and Friday saying, "Who writes this stuff?'' Once the band arrives, he would repeat this frequently while watching their antics.
** A more subtle example occurs in "Monkees a la Mode", which features a character named Rob Roy Fingerhead. Whenever his name is mentioned, Mike and Micky look at each other in disbelief and mouth the words "Rob Roy Fingerhead??" to each other.
** Not exactly this trope, but in "Dance, Monkee, Dance", Micky is frustrated by a turn of events and stomps off the sound stage, past the cameras and crew, into a back room, and demands that the writers give him an idea to resolve the plot. They do, but he rejects it and returns to the set, complaining that the writers are really overpaid.
* WholePlotReference: "The Devil and Peter Tork" doesn't slavishly follow ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', but it still hits most of the same story beats.
* WidgetSeries
* WingdingEyes: Davy locks eyes with a beautiful girl in many episodes and both get starry-eyed.
* WrittenInAbsence: Davy was written out of a first season episode in order to attend his sister's wedding. Mike was written out of a few second season shows while he had a tonsillectomy.
* YellowPeril: In the episode "Monkee Chow Mein," the band faces off with the insidious Dragonman (played by Joey Forman, who also played "Harry Hoo," a CaptainErsatz version of Film/CharlieChan, on ''Series/GetSmart'').
* YouMeddlingKids: Involved in the plot of many episodes.
* ZanyScheme