Fifty-five years ago today, the sitcom The Monkees premiered. As a kid, I loved the reruns, I loved their house and their car. I loved how they were constantly involved in ridiculous hi-jinx.
The misadventures of a struggling rock band.
Created by: Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider
Developed by: Paul Mazursky, Larry Tucker
Starring: David Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork
Theme music composer: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
Opening theme: “(Theme from) The Monkees”
Ending theme: “For Pete’s Sake”
Composer: Stu Phillips (background music)
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 58
Executive producer: Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider
Producer: Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, Ward Sylvester
Cinematography: Irving Lippman, Richard H. Kline
Editor: Mike Pozen
Running time: 25 minutes
Production company: Raybert Productions, Screen Gems
Distributor: Sony Pictures Television
Original network: NBC
Original release: September 12, 1966 – March 25, 1968
Micky, Mike, Peter, and Davy are four young men in mid-1960s LA, members of a struggling country-folk-rock band looking for their big break amid madcap encounters with a variety of people straight out of TV/movie central casting, with full knowledge that their existence is part of a weekly television series. The real-life young men occasionally discuss off-camera matters with their producer, Robert Rafelson, at the end of episodes, and perform a litany engaging country-folk-rock songs each week.