The Frodis Caper from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees [Video] (0:56)

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The Frodis Caper from 1960's TV Censorship and The Monkees


“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 is very famous. It’s call “Frodis Caper.” Frodis is a code word for marijuana. Right? And so this whole episode is built around this alien plant. What does it look like? What does it look like to you? Nobody caught that. The entire episode is built around one bad American who ties in with the alien, uses his power to zombie out everybody in town and we have to stop this guy. They do it — they use the aliens power through the TV which is the bad thing. TV will destroy your brian if you watch too much of it. So you notice this — that’s the CBS logo kind of messed around with. Their on NBC. So they’re riffing on the other network right now being the bad thing you shouldn’t focus on. 

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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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