12 Sep: Meet The Monkees

NBC premiered ‘Royal Flush’ – the pilot episode of iconic Sixties pop-comedy show The Monkees – on 12th September, 1966. And the Daydream Believers quickly found their way into America’s heart…

The Beatles-a-like actors had never met or worked with each other ever before answering an ad seeking ‘four insane boys, aged 18-21’, placed by‘Five Easy Pieces’ producer Bob Rafelson.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explain why each episode of the sitcom ended with a fourth wall-breaking discussion between the boys; explore how credible songwriters like Carole King and Neil Diamond ended up working on their singles; and discover why, despite the boyband’s enormous success, the series was cancelled in its second season… 

Further Reading:

• ‘The Untold Truth Of The Monkees’ (Grunge, 2019): https://www.grunge.com/146172/the-untold-truth-of-the-monkees/

• ‘Why ‘The Monkees’ Was a Perfect Meld of Television and Music (That Will Never Happen Again)’ (Huffington Post, 2016): https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-the-monkees-was-a-per_b_10368468

• ‘The Monkees: Royal Flush’ (NBC, 1966):