27 Popular Culture and The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television

27 Popular Culture and The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television


Identity construction was a mess for
these guys and it really I think was sad cuz now we’re a little better. We
understand Jim Parsons is not just Sheldon. He’s now on Broadway in the
Boys in the Band. He did act of God which toured here in California. We understand
he’s an actor he can play other parts right? Now because there was this idea
that they weren’t very important and they disappeared I like to show how
culturally connected they were. It is proven in a memo from Gene Roddenberry
that when Star Trek went for the second season and they’re gonna have Walter
Koenig play Chekov he wrote I need him to have a haircut that matches that guy
on the Monkees because that’s what girls want right now and they literally
planned that his character should be connecting with the girls who like the
Monkees and Star Trek obviously culturally kind of important a little
bit. Of course back in the day they were part of commercials because everybody is
part of commercials. you go to YouTube you’ll see their their Nerf ball
commercial and then they have a Schick razor commercial. They did everything but
this was at the end of the show often.

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