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‘The Monkees’ Was ‘Starting to Repeat Itself’ by End of Season 2, Claims Mike Nesmith

During the second season of The Monkees, Mike Nesmith realized that each episode was looking strikingly similar. The comedy series always contained some version of Mike, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, or Micky Dolenz finding themselves in a mishap. Slapstick comedy would occur. The episode would have several songs. Mike realized the series was “starting to repeat” itself by the end of season two and wanted to switch up a format that quickly turned stale.

Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith on the set of 'The Monkees.'
Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

‘The Monkees’ was a novel, but a limited idea for a television series

The Monkees told the story of four young, struggling musicians who lived in a California beach house. Micky, Mike, Peter, and Davy tried to make it big in the music business. However, the quartet regularly found themselves in improbable situations every week.



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