“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 particular episode called “Monkee Mother” — which starred Rose Marie who you can’t not love, right, from The Dick Van Dyke show. Written by Peter Meyerson his partner Bob Schmidt, yeah, Robert Schmidt. They had a scene which I do have a clip of later when I get to it. They’re playing dominos and in the middle of playing they knock down all the dominos. Davy says to Peter, “What do you call this game?” and he says “Southeast Asia.” And if you know your American history the Domino Theory of Communism was we had to stop it where it existed so that wouldn’t go and domino all over the world. The Smother Brothers get cancelled for mentioning the war and these guys just did it. They did a lot of stuff like that.
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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 3rdPass.media, 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.