Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.
In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.
…And then there’s an episode called “99 Pound Weakling” where Micky falls in love with a girl and look how he defines her. It’s about her intelligence. Two words about how smart she is. Only one word about how pretty she is. So it’s her smarts that makes him want her and go through all this trouble to try and get muscles and whatnot and it’s cute, but never did they want a girl just because she was pretty and I thought that was particularly unexpected in an era when — in The Big Bang Theory which is having its 250th episode this week, which is lovely. It really is all about who’s going to have sex with who next week. Right? I mean that’ what the show devolved to in terms of their personal relationships and this did not. Now, I have to grant you that, back in the day, they couldn’t discuss that on television, but they didn’t even go to a point where it was about getting a beautiful girl. it was about getting a smart girl. So that strikes me as very cool.
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About Rosanne Welch, PhD
Rosanne Welch, PhD is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018) and essays in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and Outside In Makes it So, and Outside in Boldly Goes (both edited by Robert Smith). By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting programs. Her talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP is available on YouTube.