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 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

    

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20 Metatextuality and The Monkees from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:58)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

20 Metatextuality and The Monkees from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:58)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

In this metatextuality world, they weren’t — The Monkees weren’t the first ones to do it. We can go back to George Burns and Jack Benny and they talked directly to the screen. George would be having a problem with Gracie then he would walk into his study and look right at you and say “Well, what’s Gracie gotten us into now?” So talking to the audience — breaking the fourth wall — it’s been done before, but no one was doing it right there in the 60’s so I think it’s interesting that our guys jumped in and did that. And you see that in a lot of ways. They would write on the screen, so in the Pilot, you have dancing and then ‘Typical Teenager? No, friends of the producer.” So there were often those kinds of inside jokes so they’re talking to the audience. They’re letting you in on the joke which made a younger audience, a hipper audience think “Wow. We’re part of this things. That’s really exciting.” Now we also have the fact that they were on NBC and in one of the episodes they were running through town and they were at NBC. It’s a little knock knock cute.


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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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19 Some Like It Lukewarm from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1:10)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

19 Some Like It Lukewarm from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1:10)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

This is my final happy episode. It’s called “Some Like It Lukewarm.” If you’re an old movie fan, of course, that’s “Some Like It Hot.” So the writers are making fun of some of their favorite movies. There’s a band contest and everyone shows up and discovers you have to be in a mixed gender band. So they force Davy to dress as a girl and they meet a girl’s group where they force — that’s Deanna Martin — Dean Martin’s daughter — she and Davy were hooked together in the tabloids as being a relationship. but they really weren’t, but it’s kind of fun to put them together. So this group, so she’s doing that. The answer — for the most pretty feminist in that there’s this girl rock band before The Bangles and The Gogos there’s a girl rock band. The flaw in this one — I feel bad — is when you first meet the women, see how they can all play their own instruments. They’re all playing guitars and drums. When the answer of course is we are individually lying about having a mixed gender group so let’s mix our groups together and we will be telling the truth, but when we do it look what the girls become. They’re the gogo dancers behind the boys playing their instruments. They totally lose their own ability to be rock stars.


 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

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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18 All About Intelligence from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:48)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

18 All About Intelligence from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:48)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

…And then there’s an episode called “99 Pound Weakling” where Micky falls in love with a girl and look how he defines her. It’s about her intelligence. Two words about how smart she is. Only one word about how pretty she is. So it’s her smarts that makes him want her and go through all this trouble to try and get muscles and whatnot and it’s cute, but never did they want a girl just because she was pretty and I thought that was particularly unexpected in an era when — in The Big Bang Theory which is having its 250th episode this week, which is lovely. It really is all about who’s going to have sex with who next week. Right? I mean that’ what the show devolved to in terms of their personal relationships and this did not. Now, I have to grant you that, back in the day, they couldn’t discuss that on television, but they didn’t even go to a point where it was about getting a beautiful girl. it was about getting a smart girl. So that strikes me as very cool.


 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

    

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About Rosanne Welch, PhD

Rosanne Welch, PhD is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018) and essays in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and Outside In Makes it So, and Outside in Boldly Goes (both edited by Robert Smith). By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting programs. Her talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP is available on YouTube.

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From The Research Vault: Zilch: The Podcast Full of The Monkees – Final Entry In This Series

From The Research Vault: Zilch: The Podcast Full of The Monkees

From The Research Vault: Zilch:  The Podcast Full of The Monkees

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17 More Intelligent Women from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:54)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

17 More Intelligent Women from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:54)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

Later in the series, we’re going to meet girls who are reporters for newspapers and who are working in television studios. Every time we meet a girl she’s defined by her job first and that’s how the boys get involved with her. So to me, that’s a pretty feminist statement in the 1960s. This, if you were a Batman fan from the TV show back in the day, that’s Julie Newmar and she guests on the show playing April who runs a laundromat and she’s getting a Ph.D. in laundry — I’m not really sure what that’s all about — kind of funny — but she’s getting a Ph.D. and she’s the girl that all four of them fall in love with. The whole episode is all four of them trying to be what she wants them to be and when they define what it is “The fastest way to a woman’s heart is through her mind.” Her mind. That’s what matters in a woman. Whoa. That’s a really bold statement for back in the day.


 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

    

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About Rosanne Welch, PhD

Rosanne Welch, PhD is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018) and essays in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and Outside In Makes it So, and Outside in Boldly Goes (both edited by Robert Smith). By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting programs. Her talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP is available on YouTube.

Rosanne Co-Hosts Zilch #123 Monkees 101 – “Royal Flush”

Many thanks to Ken Mills and the whole Zilch team for choosing to air the new segment I’m co-hosting with Dr. Sarah Clark, “Monkees 101” on Global Monkees Day — what a way to celebrate!

 

 

Happy Global Monkees Day! Drs. Rosanne Welch and Sarah Clark debut their new series for Zilch! entitled Monkees 101. Join them for a fun, thoughtful romp through “Royal Flush,” the first episode of The Monkees to air 52 years ago today, September 12, 1966, and discover some of the deeper meanings of the TV show and music we all know and love to the cultural impact of the Monkees from 1966 all the way to the present. Aired on 9/12/18.

 

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16 Princess Rescuing The Princes from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:54)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

Princess Rescuing The Princes from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (0:54)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

She turns down the cute boy to do her job. Her job and her responsibility is being queen. Right? That’s what she’s become/ It’s not about can I get the cute boy? And I’m like Wow! Every girl in America would have said yes to the cute boy. So that was an interesting, to me, feminist thought that you should think about your position and what you’re there to do in the world. It’s not just to make some boy happy. Right? And then she invites him to come and it’s kind of cute because he says “No. What I have to do is here with the guys and our music. We have to spread our message through the world in music.” So even he is led by his purpose in the world not by “Who am I going to have sex with this week.” So I think that’s really kind of a big statement for a TV show that I was watching as a kid. My thesis at the end of the book is, if you were a girl watching in 1966, you learned that to get a Monkee you didn’t want to be a cheerleader. You wanted to be a woman of value.


 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

    

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About Rosanne Welch, PhD

Rosanne Welch, PhD is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018) and essays in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and Outside In Makes it So, and Outside in Boldly Goes (both edited by Robert Smith). By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting programs. Her talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP is available on YouTube.

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More On The Monkees: Magazine Spreads from January 1968

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 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

    

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