Why The Monkees Matter
Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture
About the Book
A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966–1968) earned two Emmys—Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy.
Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.
This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.
Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Preface: I’m (Still) a Believer 1
Introduction: Here Come The Monkees 5
One. Sweet Young Thing: Contextualizing The Monkees with a Short History of Teenagers on Television 11
Two. Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow: Counterculture Comes to Television and Middle America 23
Three. Words: Who Wrote the Episodes and What Was That Something They Had to Say? 43
Four. The Kind of Girl I Could Love: Feminism, Gender and Sexuality 54
Five. Early Morning Blues and Greens: An Ethnic Studies Look at Minority Representation 67
Six. We Were Made for Each Other: The Menagerie of Metatextuality 82
Seven. We Were Made for Each Other, the Sequel: Television Aesthetic Technique 94
Eight. Theme(s) from The Monkees: Narrative Structure and Themes 107
Nine. A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You: Identity Construction and Confusion 119
Ten. What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round? The Cultural Cachet of The Monkees 144
Chapter Notes 157
Book Reviews & Awards
“not only a fine piece of cultural analysis overall but also an atypically readable and fun one”—Psychobabble.