The Monkees

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NBC (ended 1968)

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  • A sign of the times and of things to come.

    7.6
    The show's main premise is about a struggling band of musical misfits just trying to make ends meet. Overall, the show was just a sign of the times, as with some of the other pop cult shows of its day, such as The Adams Family and The Monsters, the plots merely served as a windup that would set the stage and put the predictable characters in motion to predestined conclusion. What did make those shows enjoyable was just watching the colorful characters and their silly situations.

    What really set "The Monkeys" ahead of its time though, was its use of entertainment as a promotional tool. The band's songs served as either musical numbers that were intertwined within the plot or as separate unrelated "videos" that were interspersed throughout the show itself. This was in the age before "music videos", where most bands promotions were just of the group performing live on stage. The Monkeys' videos, on the other hand, are clearly distinguishable now as pre-modern music videos. For fans of music history, this is probably more important than the show itself.
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