Parents' Guide to

The Monkees

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Goofy '60s Beatles clones offer kids worry-free laughs.

TV Syndicated Comedy 1966
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

The Monkees are great for kids!

My 9 year old daughter loves the Monkees, so much that I think she knows every one of their songs. I love their squeaky clean image, scoffing at people who smoke and refusing alcohol. They always stick together especially when the going gets tough and do the right thing even when it's not easy. I think there are some great messages about being a kind person and a loyal friend, about money not being the most important thing in life, good eventually prevailing over evil, and all that 60s peace, love and understanding that seems to have gone out of fashion. The icing on the cake is the musical romp segment that happens during each show, a precursor to MTV. I wish more tv shows today were like this one.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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