Dr. Sarah Clark and I are having more fun than should be allowed by recording our Monkees 101 segments once a month for Zilch: A Monkees Podcast. Here’s our coverage of the classic episode guest starring Stan Freberg. — Rosanne
Drs. Rosanne Welch and Sarah Clark are back for Zilch Monkees 101. Join them for a fun, thoughtful romp through S1 E2 “Monkee VS Machine” the 3rd episode of The Monkees to air. We also have a live version of “Saturday’s Child” from 2016 and Monkees News!. Originally aired 11/29/18.
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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement 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 Riderand Five Easy Pieces.
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