The Muppets and The Monkees from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (1:01)

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The Muppets and The Monkees from 1960's TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch


“1960s TV Censorship and The Monkees” gives a brief overview of where censorship standards were in the era – and how The Monkees pushed the envelope with its mentions of the Vietnam War – and Sunset Strip riots – and even with the outrageous storytelling behind “Frodis Caper”, the episode that celebrated the saving of an alien plant that very closely resembled a marijuana plant…  

Writer Treva Silverman said the staff got away with such jokes because the network executives were just old enough not to understand any of the references.
Presented at Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting classes on Friday, August 5, 2016


This gentleman directed most of the episodes of the Monkees and you all, right here on this lot, should know something about him, because he won and Emmy as a director of The Monkees and then he grew up to direct The Muppet Movie. He’s got a couple Emmys to his credit — so James Frawley. there’s a lot of really interesting people involved in the show early on that, of course, most people didn’t know that much about and that was fun. These are the guys — this is Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones who was the big heartthrob. In fact, he passed away a couple of years ago. He’s been voted the greatest heartthrob of all time. The greatest teen idol of all time beating out any other person you can think of. That’s them holding their Emmy. The show won an Emmy for Best New Sitcom in its opening year in 1967. So, that’s something people don’t really think about. People think of the music and whether or not they played their own instruments, but they won an Emmy. This was The Big Bang Theory, The Seinfeld of its day. It was that popular and that well-respected within the business. So I think that’s cool.

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About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

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