A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's main message is the value of friendship (and music). That said, the situations aren't particularly realistic, and there aren't too many consequences for irresponsible behavior.
Positive Role Models
The guys are lighthearted and always mean well, even when they get into jams. They're not exactly models of responsibility, but it's clear that their sticky situations are all meant to be funny.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick pratfalls only -- goofy chase scenes, exaggerated falls, and collisions, none of which result in lasting injury. Guns and other weapons are used as props, but they aren't used to act out violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting and kissing, as well as silly sexual innuendo with women in the objectified role -- but these instances are brief and uncommon.
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Products & Purchases
The show became a promotional avenue for the band (which was created just for the show in the first place).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the corny humor and silly situations in this classic 1960s sitcom will probably be lost on tweens and tweens more accustomed to the relative complexity of modern-day shows. There's little reality to this series, but it serves its purpose as simple, mild entertainment. Content-wise, there's nothing iffy beyond a few kisses and innuendo and the use of guns and other weapons as props (but they're never used to inflict actual harm), so if you can persuade your tweens and teens to watch with you, there's no reason to worry.
Is It Any Good?
Make no mistake: This show sets out to be corny, and if there are any doubts about its intention, the colorful, goofy costumes and quick-change comedy scenes soon put them to rest. The Monkees excel at, well, monkeying around, blending physical comedy with shtick in a way that's strangely endearing to viewers who don't mind the show's dated feel or the fact that it's in no way related to reality.
It may be a hard sell to get your tweens or teens to tune in, but if they do, rest assured that there's no content to worry about. Brief kisses, some mild flirting/innuendo, and the use of weapons strictly as props are the worst of it. And who knows? Maybe you and your kids will find common ground in some of the band's hits that can still be heard today.
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