!!The show contains examples of:
* BizarroEpisode: Even for a show known for madcap absurdism, "Mijacogeo"/"The Frodis Caper" sticks out with its completely surreal tone.
** Then, of course, there's ''Film/{{Head}}''.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Peter Tork. Despite playing "the dumb one" on the show and making only a handful of vocal appearances on the original albums, Peter is beloved in the fandom. At one point in TheEighties he had more individual fan clubs devoted to him than any of the other Monkees.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In "The Spy Who Came in from the Cool," Mike tells Peter that they're forming a trio without him. Of course, Mike was joking, but in 1968 Peter would be the first member to leave the group.
* VindicatedByHistory: clever writing and good music has given the Monkees staying power regardless of their so-called "{{fake band}}" origins.
* TheWoobie: Peter.

!!The band's real-life career contains examples of:
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: May 1968. The TV show is off the air, and every single they've released up to this point has made the Top 3. Obviously, their next single is going to be crucial in establishing whether Music/TheMonkees can sustain a music career even without TV exposure. So what do they release? "D.W. Washburn", a Dixieland {{Jazz}}-flavored song about how much fun it is to be a homeless alcoholic. It's a Music/LeiberAndStoller song, so it's not bad, but still, it was so out-of-place not only for The Monkees, but pop music in general. It limped to #19 in Billboard and didn't even get released on an album until the 80s.
* CoveredUp:
** "I'm A Believer", first made famous by The Monkees (Music/NeilDiamond recorded his version a few months after The Monkees), and then much later, brought back into the mainstream by Music/SmashMouth.
** "That Was Then, This Is Now" brought the Monkees back to the Top 40 during their '80s revival. It was originally written and recorded by a now-obscure '80s pop band called The Mosquitos.
** Several of the Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart songs were recorded by other groups first, such as "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Music/PaulRevereAndTheRaiders) and "Words" (The Leaves).
** The Paul Butterfield Blues Band recorded and released the Nesmith composition "Mary Mary" before The Monkees did. The early pressings of their ''East-West'' album didn't include a songwriting credit, leading fans to assume it was either a Butterfield original or an old blues song. After the Monkees version came out, Music/MichaelNesmith [[MisBlamed was accused of stealing credit for his own song]].
** "Do It In The Name of Love", the last song released by Micky and Davy before they split up in 1971, became a Top 20 R&B hit for Candi Staton a couple years later.
* EarWorm: Too many to list.
* EpicRiff: "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "As We Go Along" (an unusual [[LighterAndSofter acoustic ballad]] example, with a flute doubling up the guitar riff before the second verse).
* FanDumb: These days, it's hard to believe that anyone was ever shocked to learn the Monkees were a so-called FakeBand since Micky was a well-known child star and Davy had originated the role of The Artful Dodger in the West End and Broadway productions of ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', and both of them were quite open about being actors playing musicians rather than musicians themselves, though Micky did learn to play the drums after he got the part. (Micky actually knew how to play the guitar, but was cast as the group's drummer because Mike and Peter had considerably more guitar experience, and they certainly weren't going to hide Davy, the group's heartthrob, behind the drums.)
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: After their initial success waned in the US, they still remained popular in Japan and Australia. They had a successful tour in those places in late 1968, and various combinations of the four Monkees toured there in the 1970s and 1980s.
* GrowingTheBeard: The 1967-68 psychedelic period, when they began taking more control of their musical activities, and their music became more complex and varied as a result.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Davy had a second career training and racing horses and remains the oldest amateur jockey to ever win a graded stakes race.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Micky was in a pre-Monkees band called The Missing Links. Even funnier after they made the ''33 & 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee'' TV special, which featured UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin as a character.
** Anticipating ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' and [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]], a 1967 ''New Musical Express'' article reported Micky's rejected idea for the cover of ''Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd.''
-->Black! That's what I want. I want the whole sleeve [[MinimalisticCoverArt black--black, black, black]]!
* {{Narm}}: "The Day We Fall in Love" from ''More of the Monkees'' would otherwise be your typical schmaltzy Davy Jones ballad, but in this one, Davy ''[[SpokenWordInMusic speaks]]'' the lyrics instead of singing them.
** David had recorded a similar "spoken word" love song on his 1965 pre-Monkees solo album, ''David Jones'' called "Theme For a New Love." Arguably the reason why "The Day We Fall In Love" was chosen to be included on the album.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** "(Theme From) The Monkees"="Catch Us If You Can" by The Dave Clark Five
** "Last Train to Clarksville"="Paperback Writer" by Music/TheBeatles
** "Let's Dance On"="Good Lovin' " by The Rascals
** "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"="Cherry, Cherry" by Music/NeilDiamond (which makes sense, as Diamond wrote both songs)
** "Your Auntie Grizelda"="19th Nervous Breakdown" by Music/TheRollingStones (Peter Tork's comic vocal masks it a bit)
** "Sunny Girlfriend"="It's All Over Now" (originally by The Valentinos, CoveredUp by Music/TheRollingStones)
** "Salesman"="She's About a Mover" by The Sir Douglas Quintet
** "Goin' Down"="Parchman Farm" by Mose Allison (which they freely admitted to)
** "Porpoise Song"="Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles
** "Me Without You"="Your Mother Should Know" by The Beatles
*** "Cuddly Toy" also sounds a lot like "Your Mother Should Know"
** "Teardrop City"="Last Train to Clarksville". Yes, they imitated their own earlier hit.
** Most of these have been confirmed by the songwriters.
* VindicatedByHistory: Despite the "manufactured band" thing, the band's music has held up quite well. You even had the Music/SexPistols (another "manufactured" band) and Music/MinorThreat covering "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone".
* TheWoobie: Peter left the group fearing that his time with the band had irreparably damaged his reputation as a legitimate musician. Micky once responded to an interviewer's remark about being lucky to survive the whole surreal experience unscathed with "Peter didn't".
* YokoOhNo: Micky reportedly allowed his then-wife Trina to have major input in the song-selection process for the 1987 reunion album ''Pool It!''. One label executive later cited this as one of the reasons the album bombed.
** Jessica Pacheco, Davy's third wife (and eventual widow), joined the band onstage during their 45th anniversary tour in 2011 for some flamenco dance routines, drawing the ire of fans (and allegedly, bandmates). After his death, negative rumors about her relationship with him, plus her legal battles with his children over his estate, lowered her reputation among fans even more. One blogger wrote that she "could give [Don] Kirshner a run for the money in the Worst Monkee Villain Ever competition."
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