Hey, hey, they’re the Monkees and hey, hey, they’re coming back to TV! Best Classic Bands reports that the classic ’60s musical comedy series, The Monkees, will air on AXS TV. This blast from the past will be part of AXS TV’s “Retro Night” block of nostalgia programming.
The Monkees were formed in 1966. The band was conceived for the purpose of the sitcom which originally aired on NBC for two seasons, from September 12, 1966, to March 25, 1968. The TV show followed the zany adventures of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones as they tried to make it big in the music business. And they did.
Thanks in part to the success of the TV show, the Monkees became one of the best-selling bands of the 1960s. According to Billboard, they were the first and only musical act to have four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in a calendar year (1967). Their catchy hit singles included “I’m a Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You,” and “Daydream Believer.”
The sitcom was already 20 years old when I watched it as a kid in the ’80s, but I liked the songs and thought the show was fun. I still think of it as “the Beatles meet the Three Stooges.” AXS TV will air all 58 episodes of The Monkees weekly at 8:30 p.m. ET beginning Friday, April 7th.