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  • Adored by the Network/Screwed by the Network: The series was unavoidable on MTV in 1986, running several times a day, plus weekend marathons every couple of months. Davy, Micky and Peter did lots of on-camera work, and even starred in the annual MTV Christmas video (with a surprise cameo by Mike). Then they pulled out of an appearance on an MTV Super Bowl Sunday special.note  After that, The Monkees suddenly became personae non gratae on MTV. They refused to play the video for "Heart and Soul" despite it being among the most requested, which played a big role in both the single and the reunion album Pool It! tanking. In the 1989 The Decade in Rock special, MTV voted The Monkees as "Most Unnecessary Comeback of The 80s", blissfully ignoring their important role in that comeback (as well as Nesmith's own early involvement with the network's creation).
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  • Breakthrough Hit: "Last Train to Clarksville".
  • Breakup Breakout:
    • Nesmith was the only Monkee to have a Top 40 solo hit, with his 1970 #21 hit "Joanne". He became well known as a pioneer of the country rock genre and as an early adopter of both home video and the music video. His show Pop-Clips, which aired on the then-new Nickelodeon in 1980, is considered to be the direct predecessor of MTV, launched by Nickelodeon's then-owner Warner the next year.
    • Subverted with Davy Jones, who was widely tipped and heavily promoted to become a solo star after the Monkees broke up. Unfortunately, that never really happened for him. Despite Jones singing the entire song in an episode of The Brady Bunch, his 1971 single "Girl" was not a hit. The highest up the Hot 100 he ever got was with the Neil Sedaka song "Rainy Jane", which missed the top 40 and peaked at #52 the previous year.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Since 1970 they made an unusual journey from being out of favor to being considered a Cult Classic and finally ending up as this trope. It helps that the fandom now spans several generations: the original fans from The '60s, the fans they picked up via the syndicated reruns that began in 1975, and of course the MTV-fueled 1986 comeback, alongside those discovering them today. Rhino Records, who first reissued Monkees music in the The '80s, gained full rights to the Monkee music and video catalog in 1994 note  and has issued numerous well-received collections, curated by Promoted Fanboy Andrew Sandoval.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Davy was once a jockey in Real Life, a skill he gets to use on camera in "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth".
    • Mike takes up motorcycling to impress April Conquest in "Monkees Get Out More Dirt". Mike was an experienced biker, as he rode a motorcycle in his pre-Monkee days since he was not yet able to afford a car.
  • Channel Hop: The show originally ran on NBC. The Saturday morning reruns were broadcast on both CBS (1969-72) and ABC (1972-73). Then came syndication, the 1986 MTV run, Nickelodeon/Nick @ Nite in the late 80's and 90's, more syndication, and since 2010 Antenna TV. In early 2019, MeTV picked up the series, just in time to run two episodes in a tribute to Peter Tork, who had passed away a few weeks before the planned debut of the series on the network.
  • Contractual Obligation Project: Much of what the remaining Monkees did after Peter left at the start of 1969 counts, like the commercials for Kool-Aid, a series of concerts in Mexico done for Money, Dear Boy after a promoter gave them a huge offer, and the final few albums (with Changes recorded only because Davy and Micky owed the label one final album).
  • Creative Differences:
    • One reason that the group didn't last long past the end of the TV series was that the four members brought radically different musical preferences to the table. Tork was a folk singer, Jones favored showtunes and ballads, Nesmith favored either country-rock or straight-up country, and Dolenz was into rock and soul.
    • By the time the band recorded its fifth album, The Birds, the Bees, and The Monkees, the group had completely abandoned recording together. Each member chose his own songs and produced his own sessions with his own musicians of choice, then the results were pooled and the best songs chosen for the album.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • None of the four were pleased with the album More of the Monkees, and Mike Nesmith especially has never had a kind word to say about it. The album was compiled without any input from the group and released behind their back; reportedly, the band didn't find out about its existence until one of them saw it in a record store. Additionally, the album contained a few tracks which they felt were substandard. They also hated the cover shot, which featured them in what they considered to be extremely tacky JCPenney clothing.
    • Davy hated Changes, the only album he and Micky recorded as a duo, calling it "Jeff Barry and Andy Kim doing an Andy Kim album". Micky hasn't criticized the album directly, but admits that it was only recorded to fulfill a contractual obligation.
    • In the mid-80s, Micky and Peter teamed up to record some new songs for a Monkees compilation album. Peter expressed displeasure at having to record "Kicks", a Cover Version of a hit by the group's 60s contemporaries Paul Revere and the Raiders, comparing it to The Beatles reuniting and being forced to record "Ferry Cross the Mersey".note 
  • The Danza: Each character was essentially a Flanderized version of the actor, with the exception of Peter, who played The Ditz on the show. However, they did all use their own names.
  • Dawson Casting: Some episodes indicate that Davy, Micky and Peter are supposed to be teenagers (In "I've Got a Little Song Here," Mike states that he's 21, though it's implied that he's the oldest). Davy was 20 at the time filming began, Micky was 21, Mike was 23, and Peter was 24.
  • Defictionalization: One of the most wildly successful examples.
  • Development Hell:
    • After their 80s comeback there were several attempts to do a new Monkees movie. Around 1987-88 there were preliminary announcements about one called The Monkees Save the World, with Mike even penciled in to rejoin the others for it, but it never got past the planning stage. In 1994, Columbia Pictures tried to get the ball rolling on a reunion film with a Putting the Band Back Together plot, and Jon Lovitz playing their ex-manager. After a few fruitless script meetings between potential writers and Rhino Records chief Harold Bronson (who, with Rhino now in control of the Monkees franchise, was the point man for any film project), the idea was dropped, but Bronson still wanted to do a movie. Boy Meets World writer Jeff Sherman wrote a spy-spoof script that Bronson liked, but no one was interested in backing it. Disney exec David Hoberman showed interest in a Monkees movie, but had Creative Differences with Bronson. An idea cooked up by Mike and former NBC president Brandon Tartikoff, an oddball comedy set in a town where the Weekly World News is the factual local newspaper, came close to getting greenlighted, but salary demands from band members proved unfeasible. Ultimately the band reunited for the 1997 Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees TV special, and Rhino got a movie about the Monkees made, the 2000 VH1 Docudrama Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story.
    • Bronson also tried to develop some Monkees TV projects around that time. One was a Band Toon, with the guys doing their own voice acting. Toonsylvania co-creator Jeff DeGrandis and Film Roman were both involved at various points, but nothing ever got produced. In 2003, Spice Girls/American Idol impresario Simon Fuller approached Bronson about doing a Monkees reboot series with an all-new cast. Unlike The New Monkees, though, this series would feature new versions of the original Monkee songs. A cast was lined up (with Jay Baruchel as the drummer), and ex-Simpsons showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein wrote a pilot script, but everyone was so busy with other projects that it never came to fruition.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Micky Dolenz ("Mijacogeo"/"The Frodis Caper") and Peter Tork ("The Monkees Mind Their Manor") each directed an episode of the series. Dolenz later had some success as a TV director in Britain.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • The CBS/ABC reruns replaced some songs with tracks from the band's current releases.
    • When the show went into syndication, MTV and Nick @ Nite kept the episodes intact, for the most part, but local stations tended to cut out stuff. The interview tags were always the first thing to go, and sometimes even a song would be cut if it was featured separately rather than integrated into the body of the episode.
    • Later syndication packages avoided the deletion of songs and interviews by Ramping; that is, randomly speeding up the film and songs to save time...except this gets extremely ANNOYING.
  • Executive Meddling: Largely the story behind the assembling of the group's second album, More of the Monkees. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, producers of the first album, recorded what they believed was to be the follow-up to the group's debut, not knowing that Don Kirshner was having the boys record lots of tracks with other writers and producers as well. Kirshner then assembled his own version of the album and released it behind everyone's back. Only two of the tracks Boyce and Hart recorded were included.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Famously The Monkees did this with The Beatles, but developed their own unique style. Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider were inspired by A Hard Day's Night to develop a television series about a fictional rock and roll group.
    • The Partridge Family was an attempt by Screen Gems to reuse the successful methodology they'd found with The Monkees, although the show's premise was based on the real-life family pop group the Cowsills. It worked for a while.
    • There were two bizarre stillborn attempts to create new franchises using the Monkee formula via movies, both from 1970. Toomorrow, co-produced by none other than Don Kirshner, was a science fiction comedy starring a group fronted by a pre-stardom Olivia Newton-John. The Phynx was a tongue-in-cheek story about the US government drafting four young men to start a rock band to act as a front for undercover operations. Not only did they both use the Myspeld Rökband trope, both bands also featured black drummers. Both films experienced a Troubled Production and were given scant releases by their studios before disappearing. But they've both acquired followings based on their So Bad, It's Good reputations.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: The group was not only allowed, but encouraged to improvise, and gaps were often left in the script to facilitate this, especially where Micky Dolenz was concerned.
  • Hitless Hit Album: Headquarters, which had no singles released in America. ("Randy Scouse Git"/"Alternate Title" was a hit in England.)
  • Hostility on the Set: Tensions within the band sometimes led to confrontations.
    • Davy Jones recalled that he and Peter Tork got into an argument that resulted in Davy punching him. In his memoir, he describes Michael Nesmith threatening "both Micky and Peter on a number of occasions when things got kind of tense around the set."
    • According to Nesmith, "Davy and Micky and Peter all fought - verbally and physically...The set would turn into a playground of entitled eight-year-olds at a private school."
    • Tork said in DVD Commentary that everyone had developed such difficult personalities that the big-name stars invited as guests on the show would invariably leave the experience "hating everybody".
    • Hans Conried, guest-starring in "The Monkees' Paw", got so annoyed with their ad-libbing he messed up a take by announcing "God, I hate these fucking kids!" The censored version was shown as a Hilarious Outtake at the end of the episode.
    • When Tork died in 2019, Nesmith commented on his often difficult relationship with Tork. "I never liked Peter, he never liked me. So we had an uneasy truce between the two of us. As clear as I could tell, among his peers he was very well liked. But we rarely had a civil word to say to each other." Nesmith admitted, however, that the moment he learned of Tork's death, "I broke into tears. What are you going to do?"
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Reruns of Monkees episodes often replaced the songs from those episodes with more current ones in order to promote the band's most recent releases. Some songs were replaced multiple times. The syndication versions sometimes have the original songs and sometimes have the replaced songs, with no real pattern to it. Thus while all Monkees episodes are currently available on DVD with original songs intact, there are some fans who insist on trying to obtain copies of every variation of each episode they can, leading to a thriving tape trading market.
    • The reason why "Valleri" was released as a single. The version used during the first season became a big hit in some cities when DJs recorded it from the TV broadcast and played it on the radio. As a response, they went back in the studio and cut a more polished version.
    • Songs used on the show that never got released on the original albums note  were heavily bootlegged until Rhino gave them official releases on the Missing Links albums.
  • Limey Goes to Hollywood: Davy, both in-universe and real life. He started out as Limey Goes To Broadway with Oliver! and spent the rest of his life living in the United States, including properties in Pennsylvania and Florida.
  • Loads and Loads of Writers: More of the Monkees was a rare music example of this, with Don Kirshner desperately trying to get all the various songwriters in his publishing stable represented on the album. There's a cumulative total of 19 credited writers for the album's 12 songs.
  • Marathon Running:
    • MTV ran a 24-hour marathon called Pleasant Valley Sunday on Sunday, February 23, 1986. The reaction was so positive that they ran a few more weekend marathons along with daily airings of the show through the rest of the year. Pleasant Valley Sunday is considered to be the event that launched their 1986 comeback.
    • Antenna TV aired every episode back-to-back followed by Head on March 3-4 2012 in honor of Davy Jones' passing.
  • Missing Episode: The 2-part Japanese special "The Monkees In Japan." A concert performance from their Far East tour only aired once in October 1968, and hasn't been seen since. However, the audio from both parts can be heard in the bootleg Made In Japan.
    • On the musical side, the first-ever Monkees recording session in June of 1966. Snuff Garrett, who was best-known at the time for producing Gary Lewis & The Playboys, brought all four members in to cut two songs (with arrangements by Leon Russell), but the group clashed with him (especially after he decided to designate Davy as the lead singer) and Garrett resigned from the project by mutual agreement after the session. While photos of the session have survived, the actual tapes have never turned up (and not for lack of searching, either).
  • Name's the Same: The Monkees' Davy Jones note  is not a character from nautical folklore or Pirates of the Caribbean. However, he was responsible for another Davy Jones changing his name to David Bowie.
    • This was referenced in the episode "Hitting the High Seas." The ship's captain learns that one of the boys is named Davy Jones and assumes he is the descendant of the famous character from folklore — Micky quickly plays into it: "...And when he's 25, he inherits the Locker!"
    • In "The Devil and Peter Tork", when Blackbeard learns that one of the Monkees is Davy Jones, he tries to recruit him to be part of his crew.
    • This was also referenced in the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Spongebob vs. The Big One," in which Davy guest stars.
    • Also referenced in an episode of the '90s remake of The Pink Panther cartoon (in which the title character was voiced by Matt Frewer). The episode had a pirate theme, so upon being threatened with being sent to Davy Jones' locker, the Panther deadpanned: "Wasn't he the lead singer of The Monkees?"
  • Newbie Boom: At the end of 1985 Monkee Business Fanzine, which was the main source for news about them at the time, had a few hundred subscribers. At the end of 1986, it had around 11,000. (An increase of somewhere around 1,500%!!)
  • The Other Darrin: Frank Zappa (as Mike) interviews Mike (as Frank Zappa).
  • Out of Order: The airing order of the episodes is all jumbled up. The first episode, "The Royal Flush" was the third one filmed, while the pilot aired as the tenth episode. "The Monkees Race Again" was the last episode filmed but debuted six weeks before the last aired episode, "Mijacogeo".
  • Promoted Fanboy: The rock luminaries who contributed songs to Good Times!, like Rivers Cuomonote , Ben Gibbard, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, plus Adam Schlesinger, who also produced the album. They were all admirers of Monkee music and jumped at the offer to contribute material for a new album.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The series was filmed by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from The Three Stooges short films made by the studio were used. For example, a pair of pajamas with a bunny design on the front that had been worn by Curly Howard were the same ones worn by Peter Tork in various episodes such as "A Coffin Too Frequent" and "Monkee See, Monkee Die".
    • The "Happy Fingers" beanies that Davy and Peter wear in one episode were recycled from the Dr. Seuss adaptation The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.
  • Referenced by...: In the series premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Ensign Barnes tells her date Ensign Rutherford that she's a fan of a "classical band called the Monkees" (the group is over 400 years old from their late 24th-century perspective), and he responds, "Let's just say that I'm a believer."
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • NBC gave the series a really odd timeslot (Monday at 7:30pm, a few years before the FCC required networks to start prime time at 8:00), and several affiliates decided to air local programming instead, which hurt the show in the ratings. NBC refused to move it in the second season even when Gunsmoke started winning the slot after CBS moved it there.
    • No one was happy with the band's post-series TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, least of all NBC, which buried it opposite the 1969 Oscars. On top of the hopeless scheduling, the network also managed to broadcast the show's segments out of order. No one noticed or cared, save for the boys themselves (especially Mike Nesmith, who was livid about the screw-up).
  • Similarly Named Works:
    • They recorded two unrelated Davy Jones-co-written songs called "You and I". The first was written with Bill Chadwick and appeared on their 1969 album Instant Replay. The second was written with Micky Dolenz and was featured on the 1976 side project Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart and later rerecorded by the Monkees for their 1996 album Justus.
    • Changes was the original title of Head, plus a song Davy wrote and recorded for the movie (but it got passed over for inclusion), then became the title of their final first-run album in 1970. Not to mention a song by that other David Jones.
    • Mike's "Good Clean Fun" was a Non-Appearing Title but the phrase "here I am" features prominently in the lyrics. A couple years later he released a completely different solo song called "Here I Am".
    • The Peter Tork-penned "Little Girl" on Good Times! isn't the same song as Micky's "Little Girl" from The Monkees Present.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The song "Gonna Buy Me a Dog" from the first album was intended to be a quirky novelty tune to wrap up the album on a light-hearted note. However, Micky and Davy found the song corny rather than funny, and used one take to goof off and just basically make fun of the song. This version was the one that got released.
    • The band included "Band 6" and "Zilch" (both of which were short clips of the boys cutting up in the studio) in the final track listing for Headquarters to add to the off-the-wall, spontaneous atmosphere of the project.
    • The single mix of "Daydream Believer" opens with this bit of Studio Chatter:
      Chip Douglas: (This is take) 7A.
      Davy Jones: What number is this, Chip?
      Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz: Seven. A!!!
      Davy Jones: Okay, know what I mean, like, don't get excited, man. It's 'cause I'm short, I know.
    • Ad libs and outtakes were frequently left in the finished product of the TV series. This was designed to be a part of the show from the very beginning; when they were casting the series, the producers made certain to hire actors with strong improvisational skills.
    • One odd little blooper ended up in "One Man Shy": Mike screws up the title of one of his own songs, introducing it as "You May Just be the One" (instead of "You Just May be the One").
  • Troubled Production: Pool It!, the 1987 reunion album. For starters, Michael Nesmith declined to take part, meaning it wasn't a full reunion. Then Rhino Records and the band seemed to have different visions for the album. Rhino was looking for a Power Pop album that would please old fans and appeal to younger audiences alike (something along the lines of Squeeze). The band (Davy in particular) wanted a contemporary-sounding chartbuster. Davy even made the unaffordable and unrealistic suggestion that Rhino hire Quincy Jones to produce! The label approached Nick Lowe to produce, but he was busy and reluctantly said no. Lowe's frequent collaborator Dave Edmunds was asked, but wasn't interested. The job ultimately went to Roger Bechirian, who had worked with the likes of Lowe and Elvis Costello, but had a spotty record overall as a producer (he was better-regarded as an engineer). While they managed to book the prestigious Cherokee Studios in Hollywood for the sessions, the material wasn't anywhere near top notch. The majority of the songs were written by various cronies of Bechirian, ranging from good to dreadful. Davy was still envisioning the album as the Monkee version of Thriller. According to Rhino honcho Harold Bronson, Micky brought in his then-wife and deferred most of his decision-making to her. Bronson secured the rights to cover the Wreckless Eric Power Pop classic "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" specifically for Davy to sing, but he turned it down (Micky does the vocal on the finished version). Then, as luck would have it, The New Monkees were recording at the same studio, and great pains were taken to avoid a confrontation between the two groups. The end product reeked of We're Still Relevant, Dammit! and only made it to #72 on the Billboard album chart.
  • Uncredited Role:
    • In "The Monkees Blow Their Minds", Burgess Meredith is in the audience, dressed like the Penguin from Batman (1966).
    • In "Art For Monkees' Sake", Liberace appears in an uncredited cameo as a performance artist who smashes a piano with a sledgehammer.
  • Urban Legend: For years it was believed that Charles Manson (yes, THAT Charles Manson), was one of the aspiring musicians to have auditioned for a part in the show, but in reality Manson was in prison at the time. Additionally, since the casting notice called for boys ages 17 to 21, the 30-year-old Manson would have been immediately sent away if he had tried to audition.
  • Wag the Director: Midway through Season 2, the Monkees themselves insisted the show drop the laugh track. It became the first sitcom in the history of television not to have a laugh track at this point, and set the precedent decades later for the no laugh track trend followed by shows like Arrested Development, Community and Scrubs.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The members felt the roles they had been assigned didn't fit their individual musical talents, particularly what instruments they were each good at. If they had had their way, Davy would have been on drums, Peter on guitar, Mike on bass, and Micky as the frontman (since they all agreed his voice was a signature element of the band). Mike and Peter could play all sorts of stringed instruments, but Mike was an accomplished bassist and he believed Peter to be a better guitarist than him. Their specific, preferred assignments appeared just once, in the promotional clip for "Words".
    • One of musicians who unsuccessfully auditioned for the group was Stephen Stills. While different stories have circulated as to why he was turned down, Stills has clarified that Bob Rafelson and Burt Schneider ultimately didn't think he was telegenic enough and that, while obviously a good musician, he didn't really have the comedy chops they were looking for. Stephen Stills as a Monkee would mean no Buffalo Springfield or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. But Stills played a major role in the group anyway, because he told Rafelson and Schneider that his old Greenwich Village pal Peter Tork, who looked like a handsomer version of Stills, had recently moved to California (Stills and Tork had just played a nightclub gig together) and needed a job, and the rest is history.
    • A fanciful Alternate History timeline following Stills' acceptance into the Monkees (with cataclysmic consequences for a huge chunk of subsequent rock history) can be found here.
      • Another auditionee who received serious consideration was Van Dyke Parks. Who would Brian Wilson have collaborated with on Smile if Parks had become a Monkee? And the relationship between Parks and Don Kirshner would've been...interesting.
    • One of the reasons the show was canceled was a disagreement with the network over the show's format. The band felt that the sitcom format had grown stale and tried to sell NBC on a variety show, with skits and special musical guests. Considering that they'd already managed to work appearances by Tim Buckley and Frank Zappa into the second season, the latter could have been especially interesting. Just one of these specials was aired, 1969's 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee, which was a ratings flop. Peter had actually left the group on the final day of filming, so further specials would have been down a Monkee anyway.
    • The series was originally going to feature the real band The Lovin' Spoonful, but lead singer-songwriter John Sebastian had already signed the band to another label, which meant the producers of The Monkees couldn't distribute their music.
      • The folk group The Mitchell Trio (formerly the Chad Mitchell Trio, but with a young John Denver filling in after Mitchell went solo) also auditioned but were rejected for being too mature.
    • Paul Williams auditioned for the group. He later wrote "Someday Man" for them.
    • Harry Nilsson also tried out for the group but was rejected. He later wrote the song "Cuddly Toy", which the group covered.
    • Eventually the auditionees were whittled down to 14 or so finalists (basically competing for three slots, since Davy was always going to be in the group) who were screen tested in various combinations. Most of the rejected candidates sank into obscurity afterwards, but a few notable names were among them. Bill Callaway would go on to be a prolific animation voice actor. Michael Burns had a busy acting career (including playing the male lead in Robert Altman's That Cold Day in the Park) until he left Hollywood in The '70s to become a history professor. Bill Chadwick stuck around as part of the band's entourage, writing several songs and helping out on tours as a manager.
    • Bob Rafelson briefly considered calling them The Creeps or The Inevitables.
    • The Monkees Present was originally conceived in 1968 as a double album which devoted one side to each member of the group, who by now were recording virtually as solo artists. There was even talk of it being a 4-record set with each Monkee getting his own album. By 1969, though, with Tork now gone, and record sales waning, the decision was made to pare the track selection down to a single disc. The "simultaneous solo albums" idea was later used by KISS.
    • All four of them agreed to reunite to present an award at the Primetime Emmys in 1980, but an actors' strike led to a mass boycott of the ceremony and Mike and Micky elected not to cross the picket line.
    • In his autobiography Micky says that toward the end of The '60s, Frank Zappa invited him to join The Mothers of Invention, but he couldn't get out of his Monkees contract.
    • They were seriously considered to play at the Monterey Pop Festival, but after weeks of deliberation, John Phillips and Lou Adler decided not to invite them. However, Micky Dolenz (in full American Indian buckskins and headdress) and Peter Tork attended the festival and mingled with musicians backstage. Tork was asked to introduce Buffalo Springfield, his favorite group, for their set. Tork also introduced Lou Rawls and was involved in a bizarre incident where he walked out onstage in the middle of The Grateful Dead's set to try to stop fans from climbing on stage and dancing. Tork also informed the crowd that the Beatles were not at the festival in disguise.
  • Word of God:
    • "For Pete's Sake" may have been written by Peter, but it was Mike who named it.
    • "Mijacogeo" is a Shout-Out to the first names of Micky's immediate family: Micky, his mother Janelle, sister Coco and father George. The name "Frodis" came to him in a dream.
    • In a 1978 interview with Blitz Magazine, Mike Nesmith corrected the interviewer who regarded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" as being about suburban America:
      "I hate to pop your balloon about 'Pleasant Valley Sunday'. That song was actually written about a mental institution."
  • Working Title: "Listen To The Band" started life as "Bonnie Jean and The Psychedelic Car".
  • You Look Familiar: Many guest stars appeared in multiple episodes playing different characters.
    • Monte Landis appeared seven times on the show, playing a different character each time. In six of his seven appearances, he played the episode's villain.note 
    • Rose Marie - who played Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show - appeared twice: once in "Monkee Mother" as a new tenant who moves into the Monkees' apartment, and in "Monkees in a Ghost Town" as "The Big Man".
    • Rip Taylor appeared in "Monkees on the Wheel" as the croupier at a roulette table and in "The Frodis Caper" as the episode's villain, Wizard Glick.
    • Lea Marmer played fraudulent psychic Madame Roselle in "Monkee See, Monkee Die" and Mrs. Smith the policeman's wife in "Monkees on the Line".
    • Vic Tayback, best known as Mel Sharples from Alice, appeared in three episodes as a henchman: "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers", "Son of a Gypsy", and "Art for Monkees' Sake".
    • Joey Forman appeared in "Captain Crocodile" as the title character and "Monkees Chow Mein" as the villainous Dragonman.
    • Richard Klein, who was Micky Dolenz's uncredited stand-in, appeared in 11 episodes, playing a handful of uncredited extras, as well as a horseman in "Fairy Tale", and a henchman in "Mijacogeo" (credited as Rick Klein for that episode).
    • Vincent Beck played henchmen in "Royal Flush" and "Son of a Gypsy" and the main villain in "Card-Carrying Red Shoes".
    • Henry Corden appeared in four first-season episodes as the boys' landlord Mr. Babbitt and Season Two's "The Wild Monkees" as hotelier Mr. Blauner.
    • Valerie Kairys played magazine assistant Toby Willis in "Monkees a La Mode", but also had bit parts in twelve other episodes.
    • Joy Harmon played a bank teller in "The Picture Frame" and Micky's love interest Zelda in "Monkees on the Wheel".
    • George Furth played Ronnie Farnsworth in "One Man Shy" and Henry Witherspoon in "A Coffin Too Frequent".


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