Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 12, 1966
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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The Monkees

The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created in 1965 for an NBC television series.The show ran from 1966 to 1968,helped make them one of the 1960's most popular music acts.

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TV Special: Hey, Hey It's The Monkees Aired: Feb. 17, 1997

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 2 seasons and 60 episodes air between 1966 and 1968.

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Series Fun Facts

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  • After their six-week improvisational acting course with director James Frawley, the boys rehearsed and recorded as a band during the spring and early summer of 1966 with instruments rented…
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    After their six-week improvisational acting course with director James Frawley, the boys rehearsed and recorded as a band during the spring and early summer of 1966 with instruments rented for them by Screen Gems; among the songs they "tracked" was Michael Nesmith's "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," and Nesmith has said "about a hundred" tracks from these sessions were made. This musical gestation was quashed when Don Kirshner was retained as music supervisor.
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  • The show was filmed on the Columbia Pictures lot, and many of the sets and props used were left over from the studio's series of shorts with The Three Stooges.
  • It was long believed that the song "Sugar Sugar" was originally offered to The Monkees but they refused to do it, leading to a huge argument that ultimately resulted in the firing of Don…
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    It was long believed that the song "Sugar Sugar" was originally offered to The Monkees but they refused to do it, leading to a huge argument that ultimately resulted in the firing of Don Kirshner as the show's musical supervisor. "Sugar Sugar" became a huge hit in 1969 for Kirshner's later creation, The Archies. However, at the time of this series, Kirshner recorded a Sandy Linzer-Denny Randell song, "Sugar Man", that he offered to the group, which they balked at doing; confusion about "Sugar Sugar" came about because of the similarity in the titles of the two Kirshner-related songs. The incident that led to Kirshner's dismissal from the project was his release, against an agreement with the group, of the single "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", which was written by Neil Diamond, in February 1967 with the song "She Hangs Out" on the flip-side. "She Hangs Out" was recorded in New York in January 1967 and Davy Jones laid down vocals reportedly without the knowledge of the other three Monkees, who at the time were preparing for the group's vacation in Europe before commencing recording on the album "Headquarters". The single was released in Canada and some American DJs began playing "She Hangs Out", and when it got heard in the US Kirshner was fired.
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