List of The Monkees episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the television series The Monkees which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968, on Monday nights at 7:30 PM Eastern (6:30 Central).

All songs listed are from the original NBC broadcasts. Tracks with different mixes or versions as compared to the album versions are indicated.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1966–67)[edit]

Debuting on September 12, 1966, the series aired on Monday nights preceding I Dream of Jeannie and opposite The Iron Horse (ABC) and Gilligan's Island (CBS).

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1 1 "Royal Flush" James Frawley Robert Schlitt and Peter Meyerson September 12, 1966

The Monkees rescue Princess Bettina, Duchess of Harmonica (Katherine Walsh) from her evil uncle Archduke Otto (Theodore Marcuse).

Songs: "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day," "Take a Giant Step"
2 2 "Monkee See, Monkee Die" James Frawley Treva Silverman September 19, 1966

The Monkees spend the night in a haunted house to collect an inheritance.

Songs: "Last Train to Clarksville," "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day"
3 3 "Monkee vs. Machine" Robert Rafelson David Panich September 26, 1966

In a computerized toy factory, the Monkees foil an efficiency expert (Stan Freberg) who wants to replace an old toymaker (Walter Janovitz) with automation.

Songs: "Saturday's Child" (alternate vocal track), "Last Train to Clarksville"
4 4 "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers" James Frawley Dave Evans October 3, 1966

A shady PR man (Andre Philippe) kidnaps the Monkees to prevent them from winning a talent contest in order for his clients (a rival band) to win.

Songs: "Let’s Dance On," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "Last Train to Clarksville"
5 5 "The Spy Who Came in from the Cool" Robert Rafelson Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso October 10, 1966

The Monkees get mixed up in a spy ring (Jacques Aubuchon, Arlene Martel) after Davy accidentally purchases a set of red maracas containing secret microfilm.

Songs: "The Kind of Girl I Could Love," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "All the King’s Horses," "Saturday's Child" (album version)
6 6 "Success Story" James Frawley Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Bernie Orenstein October 17, 1966

Davy's grandfather (Ben Wright) visits, and the Monkees try to convince him that his grandson is wealthy and successful.

Songs: "I Wanna Be Free," "Sweet Young Thing"
7 7 "Monkees in a Ghost Town" James Frawley Robert Schlitt and Peter Meyerson October 24, 1966

Stranded in a ghost town after their car runs out of gas, the Monkees are held prisoner by bank robbers (Len Lesser, Lon Chaney, Jr.) and their boss, "The Big Man" (Rose Marie).

Songs: "Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day," "Papa Gene’s Blues," "(Theme from) The Monkees"
8 8 "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth" Robert Rafelson Dave Evans October 31, 1966

Davy is given a horse, which The Monkees have to hide from their landlord, Mr. Babbitt (Henry Corden). It is returned to a heart-broken child (Kerry MacLane) and father (Jim Boles) after Davy rides it to victory.

Songs: "Papa Gene’s Blues," "All the King’s Horses"
9 9 "The Chaperone" Bruce Kessler Dee Caruso and Gerald Gardner November 7, 1966

Davy's feelings for retired General Harley Vandenberg's (Arch Johnson) daughter Leslie (Sherry Alberoni) leads Micky to pose a female chaperone at a party after the real chaperone (Diana Chesney) gets drunk.

Songs: "This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day," "Take a Giant Step" (single vocal track), "You Just May Be the One,"
10 10 "Here Come the Monkees (Pilot)" Mike Elliot Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker November 14, 1966

The Monkees play a sweet sixteen party and help the birthday girl (Robyn Millan) with her studies after she falls for Davy.

Songs: "I Wanna Be Free" (rock and original versions), "Let’s Dance On"
11 11 "Monkees à la Carte" James Frawley Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Bernie Orenstein November 21, 1966

The Monkees pose as the Purple Flower Gang to save their favorite Italian restaurant from a gangster (Harvey Lembeck).

Songs: "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "She"
12 12 "I've Got a Little Song Here" Bruce Kessler Treva Silverman November 28, 1966

Mike is fleeced by a phoney music publisher (Phil Leeds).

Songs: "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," "Mary, Mary"
13 13 "One Man Shy"
"Peter and the Debutante"
James Frawley Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Treva Silverman December 5, 1966

Bashful Peter tries to win the heart of lovely debutante Valerie Cartwright (Lisa James) while dealing with her haughty boyfriend Ronnie Farnsworth (George Furth).

Songs: "You Just May Be the One," "I'm a Believer"
14 14 "Dance, Monkee, Dance" James Frawley Bernie Orenstein December 12, 1966

The Monkees sign up for lessons at Renaldo's Dance Au Go Go (Hal March), and then find out that their contracts are for life.

Songs: "I’ll Be Back Up on My Feet" (original version), "I'm a Believer"
15 15 "Too Many Girls"
"Davy and Fern"
James Frawley Teleplay: Dave Evans and Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso
Story: Dave Evans
December 19, 1966

An ambitious stage mother (Reta Shaw) is determined to use lovestruck Davy to promote her daughter's (Kelly Jean Peters) career.

Songs: "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "I'm a Believer"
16 16 "Son of a Gypsy" James Frawley Teleplay: Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Treva Silverman
Story: Treva Silverman
December 26, 1966

A band of gypsies, headed by powerful Maria (Jeanne Arnold), force the Monkees to steal a priceless statuette called the "Maltese Vultre."

Songs: "Let’s Dance On," "I'm a Believer"
17 17 "The Case of the Missing Monkee" Robert Rafelson Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso January 9, 1967

Peter becomes involved with the disappearance of the respected Professor Milo Schnitzler (Norbert Schiller) and then disappears himself.

Songs: "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
18 18 "I Was a Teenage Monster" Sidney Miller Teleplay: Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Dave Evans
Story: Dave Evans
January 16, 1967

A mad scientist (John Hoyt) hires The Monkees to teach his monster (Richard Kiel) music—and then transplants their musical talent into the monster.

Songs: "Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day," "Your Auntie Grizelda"
19 19 "Find the Monkees"
"The Audition"
Richard Nunis Dave Evans January 23, 1967

When television producer Hubbell Bensen (Carl Ballantine) hears a tape of the Monkees, he frantically stages auditions in the hope of finding them, unaware they are desperately trying to audition for his new television show.

Songs: "Sweet Young Thing," "Papa Gene’s Blues," "Mary, Mary"
20 20 "Monkees in the Ring" James Frawley Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso January 30, 1967

A crooked fight promoter (Ned Glass) prepares to cash in on a big bet by making Davy a stooge in a bout with the champ.

Songs: "Laugh" (without background vocals on first verse), "I’ll Be Back Up on My Feet" (original version)
21 21 "The Prince and the Pauper" James Komack Teleplay: Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso
Story: Peter Meyerson
February 6, 1967

Davy doubles for a lookalike Peruvian prince in order to win find a bride (Heather North) or forfeit his throne to evil Count Myron (Oscar Beregi, Jr.).

Songs: "Mary, Mary"
22 22 "Monkees at the Circus" Bruce Kessler David Panich February 13, 1967

To save a bankrupt circus, the Monkees pose as a troupe of dazzling, supreme high-wire artists from France known as the Mozzarelli Brothers.

Songs: "Sometime in the Morning," "She"
23 23 "Captain Crocodile" James Frawley Teleplay: Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Peter Meyerson & Robert Schlitt
Story: Peter Meyerson & Robert Schlitt
February 20, 1967

The Monkees appearance on popular children's show The Captain Crocodile Show is sabotaged by its host (Joey Forman), who fears that his guest's popularity is diminishing his own.

Songs: "Valleri" (original version), "Your Auntie Grizelda"
24 24 "Monkees à la Mode" Alex Singer Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso February 27, 1967

The Monkees are chosen as "Typical Young Americans of the Year," by Chic magazine, a haughty publication that runs a bogus article on the group molding them into a false image of clean cut young men.

Songs: "(Theme from) The Monkees" (excerpts), "Laugh," "You Just May Be the One"
25 25 "Alias Micky Dolenz" Bruce Kessler Teleplay: Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Dave Evans
Story: Dave Evans
March 6, 1967

The police cash in on Micky's striking resemblance to imprisoned crime kingpin Baby Face Moralles in an attempt to locate robbery loot.

Songs: "The Kind of Girl I Could Love," "Mary, Mary"
26 26 "Monkee Chow Mein" James Frawley Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso March 13, 1967

Peter finds a secret message in a fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant, forcing Monkeemen to come to his rescue.

Songs: "Your Auntie Grizelda"
27 27 "Monkee Mother" James Frawley Peter Meyerson and Robert Schlitt March 20, 1967

Middle-aged widow Millie (Rose Marie) moves in with the Monkees as a new tenant, resulting in the boys' trying to find her a husband.

Songs: "Sometime in the Morning," "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"
28 28 "Monkees on the Line" James Frawley Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Coslough Johnson March 27, 1967

Hired by a telephone answering service, the Monkees are soon plunged into mix-ups, hang-ups and crossed wires leading to pursuit by a crooked bettor (Milton Frome).

Songs: "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"
29 29 "Monkees Get Out More Dirt" Gerald Shepard Gerald Shepard and Dee Caruso April 3, 1967

The Monkees' friendship is threatened when they all fall for the same girl, luscious proprietress April Conquest (Julie Newmar), owner of the local laundromat.

Songs: "(Theme from) The Monkees," "The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
30 30 "Monkees, Manhattan Style"
"Monkees in Manhattan"
Russell Mayberry Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso April 10, 1967

In New York City, the Monkees fend off an irate hotel manager (Philip Ober) as they help a producer (Richard Anders) get backing for a Broadway musical.

Songs: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (with extra instrumental passage), "Words" (original version)
31 31 "Monkees at the Movies" Russ Mayberry Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso April 17, 1967

The Monkees have a run-in with a snobbish movie idol (Bobby Sherman) on the set as extras in a beach movie.

Songs: "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," "Last Train to Clarksville," "Valleri" (original version)
32 32 "Monkees on Tour" Robert Rafelson Robert Rafelson April 24, 1967

A mini-documentary chronicling a Monkees concert gig in Phoenix, Arizona during their first public appearance tour.

Songs: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "I'm a Believer"
Concert songs: "Last Train to Clarksville," "Sweet Young Thing," "Mary, Mary," "Cripple Creek," "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover," "I Wanna Be Free," "I Got a Woman," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"

Season 2 (1967–1968)[edit]

The series aired on Monday nights preceding The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and The Champions and opposite Cowboy in Africa (ABC) and Gunsmoke (CBS). "For Pete's Sake" from the Headquarters album replaced the "Monkees Theme" as the closing song for this second season.

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33 1 "It's a Nice Place to Visit..."
"The Monkees In Mexico"
James Frawley Treva Silverman September 11, 1967

In El Monotono, Mexico, Davy is captured by a bandito (Peter Whitney) and his minions for being "captivated" with El Diablo's girlfriend (Cynthia Hull).

Song: "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round"
34 2 "The Picture Frame"
"The Bank Robbery"
James Frawley Jack Winter September 18, 1967

Peter must prove the Monkees' innocence when they unwittingly rob a bank in the pretext of making a movie for two con men (Cliff Norton, Kelton Garwood).

Songs: "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Randy Scouse Git"
35 3 "Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik" Alex Singer Jack Winter September 25, 1967

It is a "harem-scare 'em" scene as Davy faces the prospect of marriage to a lovely Nehudian princess (Donna Loren).

Songs: "Love is Only Sleeping" (alternate mix), "Cuddly Toy"
36 4 "Monkee Mayor" Alex Singer Jack Winter October 2, 1967

Mike casts his wool hat into the ring to stop a crooked construction tycoon (Monte Landis) from turning the city into parking lots.

Songs: "No Time," "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
37 5 "Art for Monkees' Sake" Alex Singer Coslough Johnson October 9, 1967

At an art museum, Peter copies an old painting for two guards (Monte Landis, Vic Tayback) who are actually thieves bent on snatching the real painting.

Songs: "Randy Scouse Git," "Daydream Believer"
38 6 "I Was a 99-lb. Weakling"
"Physical Culture"
Alex Singer Teleplay: Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso and Neil Burstyn
Story: Jon C. Andersen
October 16, 1967

To win a beautiful girl, Micky starts a health program under the guidance of a physical cultist (Monte Landis) who is a fraud.

Songs: "Sunny Girlfriend," "Love is Only Sleeping" (alternate mix)
39 7 "Hillbilly Honeymoon"
"Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding"
James Frawley Peter Meyerson October 23, 1967

The Monkees are caught in a hillbilly feud in Swineville with Davy staring down the barrel of a shotgun wedding.

Song: "Papa Gene's Blues" (extended edit)
40 8 "Monkees Marooned" James Frawley Stanley Ralph Ross October 30, 1967

On a desert island, the Monkees go hunting for treasure—and are hunted by a mad Australian (Monte Landis) and his man Thursday (Rupert Crosse).

Songs: "Daydream Believer," "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round"
41 9 "The Card Carrying Red Shoes" James Frawley Treva Silverman November 6, 1967

Peter is the target of a romantic prima ballerina (Ondine Vaughn)—and a dastardly plot choreographed by the rest of the ballet company.

Song: "She Hangs Out" (alternate mix)
42 10 "The Wild Monkees" Jon C. Andersen Teleplay: Stanley Ralph Ross
Story: Stanley Ralph Ross and Corey Upton
November 13, 1967

The Monkees turn chicken—figuratively and literally—when they unwittingly befriend the girlfriends of a tough motorcycle gang.

Songs: "Goin' Down" (sung live over instrumental track), "Star Collector" (without Moog synthesizer)
43 11 "A Coffin Too Frequent" David Winters Stella Linden November 20, 1967

A sinister scientist (George Furth), his goony cousin (Mickey Morton), and his kooky aunt (Ruth Buzzi) use the Monkees' pad for a séance to summon a relative from beyond.

Songs: "Goin' Down," "Daydream Believer"
44 12 "Hitting the High Seas" James Frawley Jack Winter November 27, 1967

Thoughts of mutiny are bountiful as the Monkees try to stop the hijack of a cargo ship by a vengeful sea captain (Chips Rafferty).

Songs: "Daydream Believer," "Star Collector"
45 13 "The Monkees in Texas" James Frawley Jack Winter December 4, 1967

In the Lone Star State, the Monkees outwit Black Bart (Barton MacLane), his cohort Red (Len Lesser) and the gang to save Mike's Aunt Kate's (Jacqueline deWit) ranch.

Songs: "Words," "Goin' Down" (sung live over the instrumental track)
46 14 "The Monkees on the Wheel" Jerry Shepard Coslough Johnson December 11, 1967

In Las Vegas, the Monkees are mistaken for crooked gamblers by a roulette dealer (Rip Taylor) and policeman (Dort Clark) and try their luck at exposing the real gang (David Astor and Pepper Davis).

Songs: "The Door Into Summer," "Cuddly Toy"
47 15 "The Monkees' Christmas Show" Jon C. Andersen Teleplay: Neil Burstyn
Story: Dave Evans and Neil Burstyn
December 25, 1967

The Monkees try to instill the spirit of Christmas in a cynical little boy (Butch Patrick) who has soured on the whole idea.

Song: "Riu Chiu"
48 16 "Fairy Tale" James Frawley Peter Meyerson January 8, 1968

A Monkee pantomime romp through Fairy Tale Land sees Peter rescuing a haughty princess (Michael) from death by her fiendish fiancee (Murray Roman).

Song: "Daily Nightly"
49 17 "The Monkees Watch Their Feet"
"Micky And The Outer Space Creatures"
Alex Singer Coslough Johnson January 15, 1968

A documented film report by the Department of UFO Information headed by Pat Paulsen, shows the Monkees foiling an invasion from Planet Zlotnick.

Song: "Star Collector"
50 18 "The Monstrous Monkee Mash" James Frawley Neil Burstyn & David Panich January 22, 1968

The Monkees attempt to rescue Davy from his girlfriend Lorelei (Arlene Martel), Count Batula (Ron Masak), a Wolfman (David Pearl), Mummyman, and a Frankenstein-looking monster in a creepy castle.

Song: "Goin' Down"
51 19 "The Monkee's Paw" James Frawley Coslough Johnson January 29, 1968

A broken-down magician's (Hans Conried) magical monkey's paw starts to bring the equally broken Monkees luck, unfortunately, all bad.

Songs: Goin' Down, Words
52 20 "The Devil and Peter Tork" James Frawley Teleplay: Robert Kaufman and Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso
Story: Robert Kaufman
February 5, 1968

At an eerie pawn shop, Peter unwittingly sells his soul to a devilish character (Monte Landis) in order to purchase a golden harp.

Songs: "Salesman," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (harp instrumental), "I Wanna Be Free" (harp instrumental), "No Time"
53 21 "The Monkees Race Again"
"Leave the Driving to Us"
James Frawley Dave Evans and Elias Davis & David Pollock February 12, 1968

Davy drives the Monkeemobile in an auto race when the British entry is sabotaged by Baron Von Klutz (David Hurst) and his Klutzmobile.

Song: "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round"
54 22 "The Monkees in Paris"
"The Paris Show"
Robert Rafelson Robert Rafelson February 19, 1968

The Monkees take a vacation from the studio grind and are chased all over the French Capital by girls and gendarme.

Songs: "Love is Only Sleeping" (album mix), "Don't Call on Me," "Star Collector," "Goin' Down"
55 23 "Monkees Mind Their Manor" Peter H. Thorkelson Coslough Johnson February 26, 1968

Davy inherits an English manor but must first win a tournament against Sir Twiggley Toppen Middle Bottom (Bernard Fox) with lances, swords, and vocal cords.

Songs: "Iranian Tango," "Greensleeves," "Star Collector"
56 24 "Some Like it Lukewarm"
"The Band Contest"
James Frawley Joel Kane and Stanley Z. Cherry March 4, 1968

To enter and win a band contest hosted by radio DJ Jerry Blavat, David poses as a girl and falls in love with Daphne (Deana Martin), posing as a boy.

Songs: "Last Train to Clarksville," "The Door Into Summer," "She Hangs Out"
57 26 "The Monkees Blow Their Minds" David Winters Peter Meyerson March 11, 1968

The Monkees swing to the rescue when a mentalist (Monte Landis) gains control of Peter's mind to use him in a nightclub act.

Songs: "Valleri" (1968 version), "Gonna Buy Me a Dog" (instrumental track), "Daily Nightly"
58 26 "The Frodis Caper"
"Mijacogeo"
Micky Dolenz Teleplay: Micky Dolenz and Dave Evans
Story: Jon C. Andersen and Micky Dolenz
March 25, 1968

The Monkees match wits with the insane Wizard Glick (Rip Taylor), who is out to control the minds of television viewers worldwide.

Song: "Zor and Zam" (Original version)

Unproduced episode[edit]

  • "Monkees Toy Around" (written by Coslough Johnson; first draft: February 27, 1967)

Later television episodes[edit]

The Monkees' television series was canceled after its second season. The group hoped to take the television show in different directions and NBC wanted the show to stay the same; both parties mutually decided to throw in the towel. After the series was canceled, NBC contracted with The Monkees to create and broadcast three longer television specials.

33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee was the first of these longer television productions. It aired on April 14, 1969. The second two planned television specials were never produced. Peter Tork quit the group between the filming of 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee and its broadcast.

The Monkees returned to broadcast television with Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees which was broadcast on ABC on February 17, 1997. The "real" Monkees do comedy and sing songs.

Notes[edit]

  • During the series' original NBC run and during CBS Saturday-morning repeats, some episodes were updated with music from the band's current releases. The Monkees ceased releasing new records in 1970, but altered episodes continued on CBS until 1972.
  • Some prints of the first season, such as those commonly shown in the United Kingdom and seen on MTV in the 1980s, use the first season opening credits.
  • Many of the episodes, particularly those of the second season, are known by more than one title. This is largely due to the episodes not having their titles shown on screen; and rerun episodes sometimes billed with different titles from that given on the original showings. Occasionally, the early draft titles were confused with the final title; and slogans from promotional advertisements (such as those in TV Guide) may also be confused with the actual episode title.
  • During the second season, after "A Coffin Too Frequent," the laugh track was officially dropped. Although "The Monkees Watch Their Feet" and "The Devil and Peter Tork" had the laugh track, because it was filmed earlier in Season 2.
  • A majority of Season 2 episodes were leftover scripts from Season 1. This explains the difference in appearances for each of the Monkees. An example of this: "The Monkees Blow Their Minds" as compared to "The Wild Monkees.". The differences show up in "The Monkees in Paris" between the teaser and epilogue (featuring Micky with his hair curled up) and the bulk of the episode (where Micky's hair is combed).

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