congrats on starting to watch the show! awe, i’m glad you’re liking it and i hope it continues to brighten your spirits whenever you’re down. (the boys have a way of doing that with their crazy antics and their cute songs).
well, during the first season the boys were getting to know each other and became friends (i think i read somewhere that davy and micky lived together in the early days and were together when they heard last train to clarksville for the first time on the radio — correct me if i’m wrong anyone) but during the second season, the boys grew tired of the same old scripts. they wanted to make the show a more variety show-esque type thing (they even went so far as inviting other performers onto the show, like frank zappa and charlie smalls). the network didn’t like that idea and ended up cutting the show all together. out of the four of them, apparently peter (bless his heart) was the only one who wanted the show to go on for a third season.
now the boys look back fondly to their time as monkees. davy and micky being the most obviously dedicated to the band (or what was left of it) because they continued to tour together until davy’s death. alas, mike and peter did leave the band but for understandable reasons (they felt their time was through, which is totally fine! i mean, i wouldn’t want to be tied down to something that my heart wasn’t in either).
mike has said he never thought of the monkees negatively. (x)
peter’s comments on the show are equally favorable; he thinks that the portrayal of the four boys getting by (albeit just barely) on their own was a positive thing to show the younger generation of the 60s and each generation since that (x)
one of my favorite quotes from davy is “the monkees are like the mafia; you’re in for life. nobody gets out.” (x) and he also said that “wherever i go, people still shout out: ‘hey, hey, we’re the monkees.’ and I never tire of that.” (x)
also i’m sure micky has said lovely things about the band, but i can’t seem to find anything right now in interviews online so if anyone would like to add on with more quotes from the others or from micky, go ahead!
all in all, i think the monkees have come a long way in their relationship with each other and the idea of being a band that most people compare to the beatles.
at the end of the day, though, you could go back and watch the show and just find yourself laughing and having a good time because they had a sort of quality about them that basically embodied the phrase ‘the show must go on.’ no matter what was happening behind the scenes, they always put on a smile and had fun on screen. which gives the viewer a sense of escapism into their world and their antics.
basically what i’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t let what happened behind the scenes interfere too much with your love of the show. keep it spicy and i’m sorry if i’m incomprehensible or anything!
have fun and happy watching!
Mrs. Arcadian, that’s a terrific summary and I applaud the effort you put into it. I would only add a couple of thoughts.
First, making the TV show was exhausting work. They were on the set all day long, recorded music in the evenings, and toured on the weekends. But the TV show was their main project. It’s what they were hired to do.
Second, Peter has said that The Monkees was revolutionary, in that it depicted a functional group of young adults with no senior adult to advise them or tell them what to do. The show was also revolutionary in its style and format, breaking the sitcom mold in new ways nearly every week.
The Monkees won two Emmy awards—Best Director (James Frawley) and Best Comedy—after its first season and I believe they were all immensely proud of it. But they were also immensely full of confidence and energy, eager to move on to bigger and better things, while the show’s producers, Rafelson and Schneider, were ready to move on to other projects. Thus, the feature file Head was both their big-screen debut and their big-screen suicide.
I don’t have Micky’s autobiography with me (I’m on vacation) but I do recall that he said that their personality conflicts were mostly confined to the recording studio, and that on the TV set they all worked together very well.