List_of_The_Monkees_episodes

List of The Monkees episodes

This is a list of episodes of the television series The Monkees which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968, every Monday night at 7:30/6:30 Central Time.

All songs listed are from the original NBC broadcasts. Tracks with different mixes or versions as compared to the album versions are indicated.

Season 1 (1966-1967)

Episode Number Title Airdate Plot Notes
01 "Royal Flush" September 12, 1966 The Monkees are hip to an evil archduke's (Theodore Marcuse) plot endangering the life of his niece The Princess Bettina, Duchess of Harmonica (Katherine Walsh).
Songs: This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day, Take a Giant Step
02 "Monkee See, Monkee Die" September 19, 1966 The Monkees head for a creepy manor on a fog-shrouded island to learn about their inheritance from an eccentric millionaire.
Songs: Last Train to Clarksville, Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day
First of four appearances of character actor Henry Corden as landlord Mr. Babbitt. Corden makes a fifth appearance (and his last) in the second-season episode "The Wild Monkees" as the hotel manager.
03 "Monkee VS. Machine" September 26, 1966 In a computerized toy factory, the Monkees foil an efficiency expert (Stan Freberg) who wants to replace an old toymaker (Walter Janovitz) with automation.
Songs: Saturday's Child (alternate background vocal track), Last Train To Clarksville
04 "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers" October 3, 1966 To win a contest, the shady manager (Andre Philippe) of a rival band sells The Monkees on a publicity stunt: a phony kidnapping.
Songs: Let’s Dance On, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, Last Train to Clarksville

Three of the photos on the back cover of The Monkees' first album feature scenes from this episode, two other photos are from the following episode. First up-close appearance of Mr. Schneider, the Monkees' dummy friend
05 "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool" October 10, 1966 Foreign agents (Jacques Aubuchon, Arlene Martel) mistake the Monkees for spy contacts when Davy buys microfilm-containing maracas at a music store.
Songs: The Kind Of Girl I Could Love, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, All the King’s Horses, Saturday's Child
06 "Success Story" October 17, 1966 David's grandfather (Ben Wright) is coming to America for a visit, so the boys conspire to make Davy appear rich and successful.
Songs: I Wanna Be Free, Sweet Young Thing
07 "Monkees In A Ghost Town" October 24, 2966 Stranded in a ghost town after the Monkeemobile runs out of gas, the Monkees are held prisoner by bank robbers (Len Lesser, Lon Chaney, Jr.) and their boss, "The Big Man" (Rose Marie)
Songs: Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day, Papa Gene’s Blues, (Theme from) The Monkees
08 "Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth" October 31, 1966 The Monkees have a horse in their pad, no hay to feed it, and no explanation for their landlord (Henry Corden).
Songs: Papa Gene’s Blues, All The King’s Horses
09 "The Chaperone" November 7, 1966 David cannot date a retired general's daughter unless a chaperone is present, so Micky suits up like a lady.
Songs: This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day, Take A Giant Step (single vocal track), You Just May Be The One
10 "Here Come The Monkees" November 14, 1966 The boys, renowned quick-change artists, use their Monkee magic to give a cram course in history to a young girl (Robyn Millan).
Songs: I Wanna Be Free (original version and fragment of album version), Let’s Dance On

Original pilot episode, filmed in the summer of 1965. Tag features screen tests of Davy and Mike. Also guest starring Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell)
11 "Monkees à la Carte" November 21, 1966 A gangster (Harvey Lembeck) has taken over the boys' favorite Italian restaurant, so they disguise themselves as The Purple Flower Gang.
Songs: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, She
12 "I've Got A Little Song Here" November 28, 1966 Monkee madness begins when Mike is conned out of $99.95 by a phony music publisher (Phil Leeds).
Songs: Gonna Buy Me A Dog, Mary, Mary

First of three episodes to feature "Monkeemen"
13 "One Man Shy" (a.k.a. Peter and the Debutante) December 5, 1966 Bashful Peter gets help from his fellow Monkees when he tries to win the heart of a lovely debutante (Lisa James) away from her snobbish boyfriend (George Furth).
Songs: You Just May Be The One, I'm a Believer
14 "Dance, Monkee, Dance" December 12, 1966 The Monkees use disguises, snappy patter, and fancy footwork to weasel out of a lifetime contract for dancing lessons.
Songs: I’ll Be Back Up On My Feet (original version), I'm A Believer
15 "Too Many Girls" (a.k.a. "Davy and Fern") December 19, 1966 An ambitious stage mother (Reta Shaw) is determined to use love struck Davy to promote her daughter's (Kelly Jean Peters) career.
Songs: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, I'm a Believer

Instead of an overdub of the recording, The Monkees are actually playing "Steppin' Stone" at the beginning of the episode! Also features Mike singing a sped-up parody of his own composition "Different Drum".
16 "Son Of A Gypsy" December 26, 1966 A band of gypsies kidnap Peter and force the Monkees to steal a priceless statuette in order to ransom him.
Songs: Let’s Dance On, I'm A Believer
17 "The Case of the Missing Monkee" January 9, 1967 At a rest home, kidnapped Peter and an esteemed nuclear scientist (Vito Scotti) face a mad scientist's insidious brain drain.
Songs: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
18 "I Was a Teenage Monster" January 16 1967 A mad scientist (John Hoyt) hires The Monkees to teach his monster (Richard Kiel) music—and then transplants their musical talent into the monster.
Songs: Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day, Your Auntie Grizelda
19 "Find The Monkees" (a.k.a. "The Audition") January 23, 1967 A television producer (Carl Ballantine) searches for the Monkees, who have not been invited to audition, unaware that they cannot get to see him.
Songs: Sweet Young Thing, Papa Gene’s Blues
20 "Monkees In The Ring" January 30, 1967 A crooked fight promoter (Ned Glass) prepares to cash in on a big bet—by making Davy a chump in a bout with the champ.
Songs: Laugh (without background vocals on the first verse), I’ll Be Back Up On My Feet (original version)
21 "The Prince And The Paupers" February 6, 1967 Davy doubles for a lookalike Peruvian Prince, who must find a bride (Heather North) or forfeit his throne to evil Count Myron (Oscar Beregi, Jr.).
Songs: Mary, Mary

American disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer plays Davy's double
22 "Monkees at the Circus" February 13, 1967 To save a bankrupt circus, the Monkees pose as a troupe of dazzling, supreme high-wire artists from France.
Songs: Sometime In The Morning, She

The "theme song from an old TV series" that Micky sings is from his old TV series Circus Boy (1956-1958)
23 "Captain Crocodile" February 20, 1967 The star of a local kiddie TV show (Joey Forman), fearing competition from the Monkees, plans to scuttle them before they get started.
Songs: Valleri (original version), Your Auntie Grizelda
24 "Monkees à la Mode" February 27, 1967 A highfalutin', ultra-chic magazine features the Monkees as cultured, sophisticated and impeccably dressed young men.
Songs: Laugh, You Just May Be the One
25 "Alias Micky Dolenz" March 6, 1967 The police cash in on Micky's striking resemblance to an imprisoned hood in an attempt to locate robbery loot.
Songs: The Kind Of Girl I Could Love, Mary, Mary

David Jones does not appear in this episode except in the interview tag. He was in England to attend his sister's wedding.
26 "Monkee Chow Mein" March 13, 1967 The Monkees tangle with a Red Chinese spy ring when Peter takes the wrong fortune cookie.
Songs: Your Auntie Grizelda
27 "Monkee Mother" March 20, 1967 When the Monkees fall behind in their rent, the landlord (Henry Corden) moves in another tenant (Rose Marie) who takes over the pad and the Monkees.
Songs: Sometime In The Morning, Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)

This was Rose Marie's second episode having appeared in 'Monkees in a Ghost Town' as "The Big Man". First of two episodes to be featured entirely at the Monkees' pad.
28 "Monkees On The Line" March 27, 1967 The Monkees commandeer a telephone answering service and are soon plunged into mix-ups, hang-ups and crossed wires.
Songs: Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)

Last episode completed for the first season as well as the last episode with Don Kirshner as music supervisor.
29 "Monkees Get Out More Dirt" April 3, 1967 The Monkees' friendship is threatened when they all fall for the same girl: a luscious proprietress (Julie Newmar) of the local laundromat.
Songs: (Theme from) The Monkees, The Girl I Knew Somewhere

Comedian Wally Cox makes a cameo in the episode's teaser.
30 "Monkees In Manhattan" (a.k.a. "The Monkees, Manhattan Style") April 10, 1967 In New York City, the Monkees fend of an irate hotel manager (Philip Ober) as they help a producer (Richard Anders) get backing for a Broadway musical.
Songs: The Girl I Knew Somewhere, Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (with extra instrumental passage), Words (original version)
31 "Monkees At The Movies" April 17, 1967 The Monkees have a run-in with a snobbish movie idol (Bobby Sherman) on the set as extras in a beach movie.
Songs: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, Last Train to Clarksville, Valleri (original version)

Look for Davy Jones' pre-Monkees album on Colpix in this episode!
32 "Monkees On Tour" April 24, 1967 A mini-documentary chronicling a Monkees concert gig in Phoenix, Arizona during their first public appearance tour.
Songs: The Girl I Knew Somewhere, Last Train To Clarksville, I'm A Believer, Cripple Creek, You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover, I Wanna Be Free, I Got A Woman

Given the nature of this episode, a laugh track was not used.

Season 2 (1967-1968)

Episode Number Title Airdate Plot Notes
33 "It's a Nice Place to Visit..." September 11, 1967 In El Monotono, Mexico, Davy is captured by a bandito (Peter Whitney) and his minions for being captivated with El Diablo's girlfriend (Cynthia Hull).
Song: What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round

Actor Godfrey Cambridge makes a cameo appearance First episode to feature Mike Nesmith's "new" (post-tonsillectomy) voice.
34 "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery") September 18, 1967 It is up to Peter to prove the Monkees' innocence when they unwittingly rob a bank in the pretext of making a movie.
Songs: Pleasant Valley Sunday, Randy Scouse Git
35 "Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik" September 25, 1967 It is a "harem-scare 'em" scene as Davy faces the prospect of marriage to a lovely Nehudian princess (Donna Loren).
Songs: Love Is Only Sleeping (alternate mix), Cuddly Toy

This was the first of seven episodes featuring character actor Monte Landis. This is the only episode where he does not play the villain.
36 "Monkee Mayor" October 2, 1967 Mike casts his wool hat into the ring to stop a crooked construction tycoon (Monte Landis) from turning the city into parking lots.
Songs: No Time, Pleasant Valley Sunday
37 "Art For Monkees' Sake" October 9, 1967 At an art museum, Peter copies an old painting for two guards (Monte Landis, Vic Tayback) who are really thieves bent on snatching the real painting.
Songs: Randy Scouse Git, Daydream Believer

Liberace makes a cameo appearance
38 "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling" (a.k.a. "Physical Culture") October 16, 1967 To win a beautiful girl, Micky starts a health program under the guidance of a physical cultist (Monte Landis) who is a fraud.
Songs: Sunny Girlfriend, Love Is Only Sleeping (alternate mix)

Michael Nesmith was written out of this episode
39 "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding") October 23, 1967 The Monkees are caught in a hillbilly feud in Swineville with Davy staring down the barrel of a shotgun wedding.
Song: Papa Gene's Blues (extended edit)

Guest starring Melody Patterson, Billie Hayes, and Dub Taylor
40 "Monkees Marooned" October 30, 1967 On a desert island, the Monkees go hunting for treasure—and are hunted by a mad Australian (Monte Landis) and his man Thursday (Rupert Crosse).
Songs: Daydream Believer, What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round

Burt Mustin makes a guest appearance
41 "The Card Carrying Red Shoes" November 6, 1967 Peter is the target of a romantic prima ballerina (Ondine Vaughn)—and a dastardly plot choreographed by the rest of the ballet company.
Song: She Hangs Out (alternate mix of album version)

Leon Askin makes a guest appearance. Mike Nesmith does not appear in this episode.
42 "The Wild Monkees" November 13, 1967 The Monkees turn chicken—figuratively and literally—when they unwittingly befriend the girlfriends of a tough motorcycle gang.
Songs: Goin' Down (sung live over the instrumental track), Star Collector (without Moog synthesizer)
43 "A Coffin Too Frequent" November 20, 1967 A sinister scientist (George Furth), his goony cousin (Mickey Morton) and his kooky aunt (Ruth Buzzi) use the Monkees pad for a séance to summon a relative from beyond.
Songs: Goin' Down, Daydream Believer
Directed by David Winters of West Side Story Second of two episodes in which the entire duration is spent at The Monkees' pad (not including the fantasy scene)
44 "Hitting The High Seas" November 27, 1967 Thoughts of mutiny are bountiful as the Monkees try to stop the hijack of a cargo ship by a vengeful sea captain (Chips Rafferty).
Songs: Daydream Believer, Star Collector

First episode to officially not include a laugh track

Michael Nesmith was not available for filming except for a brief appearance at the beginnging. The scene where he "goes below" was to explain his absence.

45 "The Monkees in Texas" December 4, 1967 In the Lone Star State, the Monkees outwit Black Bart (Barton MacLane), his cohort Red (Len Lesser) and the gang to save Mike's Aunt Kate's (Jacqueline deWit) ranch.
Songs: Words, Goin' Down (sung live over the instrumental track)

No laugh track
46 "The Monkees On The Wheel" December 11, 1967 The Monkees invade Las Vegas where, mistaken for crooked gamblers by a roulette dealer (Rip Taylor) and policeman (Dort Clark), they try their luck at exposing the real gang.
Songs: The Door Into Summer, Cuddly Toy

No laugh track. Features outtakes from forecoming episode "The Monsterous Monkee Mash"
47 "The Monkees Christmas Show" December 25, 1967 The Monkees try to instill the spirit of Christmas in a cynical little boy (Butch Patrick) who has soured on the whole idea.
Song: Riu Chiu (Traditional Latin Christmas carol)

No laugh track. The Monkees introduce the crew to the viewers in the tag and over the closing credits.
48 "Fairy Tale" January 8, 1968 A Monkee pantomime romp through Fairy Tale Land sees Peter rescuing a haughty princess (Michael) from death by her fiendish fiancee (Murray Roman).
Song: Daily Nightly

No laugh track. Radio personality Rege Cordic, who appeared as the Doctor in the Christmas episode, plays the Narrator/Town Cryer.
49 "The Monkees Watch Their Feet" January 15, 1968 A documented film report by the Department of UFO Information headed by Pat Paulsen, shows the Monkees foiling an invasion from Planet Zlotnick.
Song: Star Collector

Guest starring Nita Talbot and Stuart Margolin as the alien invaders
50 "The Monsterous Monkee Mash" January 22, 1968 The Monkees attempt to rescue Davy from his girlfriend Lorelei (Arlene Martel), Count Dracula (Ron Masak), Wolfman (David Pearl), Mummyman, and Frankenstein's monster in a creepy castle.
Song: Goin' Down

No laugh track
51 "The Monkee's Paw" January 29, 1968 A broken-down magaician's (Hans Conried) magical monkey's paw starts to bring the equally broken Monkees luck, unfortunately, all bad.
Songs: Goin' Down, Words

No laugh track; last episode to feature interview tag
52 "The Devil and Peter Tork" February 5, 1968 At an eerie pawn shop, Peter unwittingly sells his soul to a devilish character (Monte Landis) in order to purchase a golden harp.
Songs: Salesman, Pleasant Valley Sunday (harp instrumental), I Wanna Be Free (harp instrumental), No Time

Last episode to feature laugh track
53 "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave the Driving to Us") February 12, 1968 Davy drives the Monkeemobile in an auto race when the British entry is sabotaged by Baron Von Klutz (David Hurst) and his Klutzmobile.
Song: What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round

No laugh track; producer Bob Rafelson makes a cameo appearance as the "World's Oldest Flower Child"
54 "The Monkees In Paris" (a.k.a. "The Paris Show") February 19, 1968 The Monkees take a vacation from the studio grind and are chased all over the French Capital by girls and gendarmes.
Songs: Love Is Only Sleeping, Don't Call On Me, Star Collector, Goin' Down

No laugh track
55 "Monkees Mind Their Manor" February 26, 1968 Davy inherits an English manor but must first win a tournament against Sir Twiggley Toppen Middle Bottom (Bernard Fox) with lances, swords, and vocal cords.
Songs: Greensleeves, Star Collector

No laugh track. Directed by Peter Tork (credited as Peter H. Thorkleson).
56 "Some Like it Lukewarm" (a.k.a. "The Band Contest") March 4, 1968 To enter and win a band contest hosted by radio DJ Jerry Blavat, David poses as a girl and falls in love with Daphne (Deana Martin), posing as a boy.
Songs: Last Train To Clarksville (at 78 RPM speed!), The Door Into Summer, She Hangs Out

No laugh track. Davy and singer/songwriter Charlie Smalls appear in the tag.
57 "The Monkees Blow Their Minds" March 11, 1968 The Monkees swing to the rescue when a mentalist (Monte Landis) gains control of Peter's mind to use him in a nightclub act.
Songs: Valleri (1968 released version), Gonna Buy Me A Dog (instrumental track), Daily Nightly

No laugh track. Mike Nesmith and guest Frank Zappa switch personalities in the teaser. "Batman's" Burgess Meredith (as The Penguin) makes a cameo appearance, Directed by David Winters of West Side Story
58 "The Frodis Caper" (a.k.a. "Mijacogeo") March 25, 1968 The Monkees match wits with the insane Wizard Glick (Rip Taylor), who is out to control the minds of television viewers worldwide.
Song: Zor and Zam (Original version)

No laugh track. Directed by Micky Dolenz Singer/songwriter Tim Buckley performs "Song To The Siren" in the tag. "Mijacogeo" is an anagram of the names in Micky's family: Micky, Janelle (mother), Coco (sister), and George (father)

Unproduced episode

"Monkees Toy Around" (by: Coslough Johnson; first draft: February 27, 1967)

Later television episodes

The Monkees' television series was cancelled after its second season. The group hoped to take the television show in different directions and NBC wanted the show to stay the same; both parties mutually decided to throw in the towel. After the series was canceled NBC contracted with The Monkees to create and broadcast three longer television specials.

33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee was the first of these longer television productions. It aired on April 14, 1969. The second two planned television specials were never produced. Peter Tork quit the group between the filming of 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee and its broadcast.

The Monkees returned to broadcast television with Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees which was broadcast on ABC on February 17, 1997. All four Monkees appeared in this broadcast and it was very similar to the old television series and was in fact intended to represent episode #781 of the series.

Notes

  • During the series' original NBC run and during CBS Saturday morning repeats, some episodes were updated with music from the band's current releases. The Monkees ceased releasing new records in 1970, but altered episodes continued on CBS until 1972.
  • Some prints of the first season, such as those commonly shown in the United Kingdom and seen on MTV in the 1980s, use the second season opening credits.
  • Many of the episodes, particularly those of the second season, are known by more than one title. This is largely due to the episodes not having their titles shown on screen; and rerun episodes sometimes billed with different titles to that given on the original showings. Occasionally, the early draft titles were confused with the final title; and slogans from promotional advertisements (such as those in TV Guide) may also be confused with the actual episode title.
  • During the Second Season, after "A Coffin Too Frequent," the laugh track was officially dropped.
  • A majority of the second season episodes were leftover scripts from the first. This explains the difference in appearances for each of the Monkees. An example of this: "The Monkees Blow Their Mind" as compared to "The Wild Monkees."

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