The Monkees

Season 2 Episode 20

The Devil and Peter Tork

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Feb 05, 1968 on NBC

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  • The series at its best

    "The Devil and Peter Tork" is my favorite episode of the series for several reasons. To begin with, it's cleverly put together and comes naturally out of the idea of the four Monkees as musicians. It also makes nice use of the Peter character's naivete and sincerity. It puts frequent guest star Monte Landis in perhaps his most villainous role of the series, and he plays it perfectly. The episode makes good use of the Nesmith song "Salesman" in its romp, and good use of Nesmith himself in the courtroom scene. The in-jokes about the censorship of the word "hell" are certainly noteworthy. But the thing that makes this the quintessential Monkees episode for me is that it sums up one of the main themes of the series as a whole--the centrality of the music in the characters' (not to mention the actors') lives. It's the one episode that actually tugs at the heartstrings a little without getting maudlin.