The show originally aired from 1966 to 1968 and was considered a hit for its generation. Eighteen years after its last episode, the viewing public got another taste of The Monkees. Thanks to the re-runs in the mid eighties, I was able to enjoy the shows and became an instant fan.
The band consisted of three Americans, Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and one Englishman, Davey Jones. The four were originally joined as musical actors and kind of fell into becoming a band. Davey Jones is most notably known for being the lead singer, but in the early days, there was some back and forth as to who actually should be the lead. Many people credit Mickey Dolenz for The Monkees' unique sound.
Ask any thirty or forty something what they think about The Monkees. I bet most of their responses would be, "I loved The Monkees." For us thirty and forty somethings, we would probably talk about the reruns that were played daily on MTV in 1986. The sixty and older crowd will likely smile as they talk about watching the shows from 1966-1968.
I guarantee if they were to start playing the reruns again, lets say on Nick at Night, MTV, GAC or VH1, the younger generation would fall in love with them too. This is exactly why they are the most underrated band in the history of music. Not only are they underrated, they continue to be under appreciated. You can't help but love them. And if you don't, go listen to The Beatles.
Information for this blog was gathered from IMDB.com and wikipedia.org