“The Chaperone” from season 1 has the distinction of being my second most-rewatched episode. I LOVE this episode. From the ridiculous My Fair Lady spoof, to Mr Clean and Tarzan, to Micky as Mrs Arcadian. It’s all so ridiculous and funny and I love every second of it. Even the “I’m working my way down the block” joke kills me. If I had to pick an episode that encapsulates everything that makes up The Monkees as a tv show, I’d pick this one.
In the mid-1960s, Michael Nesmith was writing songs and working the Los Angeles club scene when someone showed him an ad: A new TV show was looking for people to audition. He did — and the next thing he knew, he was a Monkee. (He only devotes one chapter to the Monkees in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday, but man, the rest of the story is pretty great – lest we forget, this is the man who pretty much invented MTV.)
And while I will never forgive Lulu Garcia-Navarro for getting to talk to my second-favorite Monkee, their conversation was delightful, and you can check it out here.