Premieres Saturday, January 10, 2009 on Smithsonian Channel
Season 1 aired on NBC in 1966 and the show was a surprise hit. The boys became teen sensations and began to perform before live audiences of their mass of teen fans. Monkee-themed toys, clothing, lunchboxes and dolls were designed, and the revenue poured in.
The Monkees television show aired for two seasons, but by 1968 the phenomenon was drawing to a close. It was revealed the group was man-made and the resulting publicity was resoundingly negative. The Monkees became known as "fake" and began to argue over their creative rights with music man Don Kirshner. After filming their final project, a movie called "Head," the band separated.
The full story of The Monkees' exploits will air on Smithsonian Channel on January 10, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Monkees Series Credits
Narrator: Roger Rose. Produced by Diarmuid Lavery. Directed by Brian Henry Martin. Editor: David Gray. Cinematographer: David Banker. For DoubleBand Films: Michael Hewitt, Executive Producer.
For Smithsonian Networks: Joy Galane, Executive Producer. Charles Poe, Vice President of Production. David Royle, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. A DoubleBand Film Production for Smithsonian Networks and Channel Four.
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Source: Smithsonian Networks
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