Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Devil And Peter Tork

As we rush to war on the Interweb Tubes to defend utterly unfettered free speech, here's a bit of old news from 1968 about an episode of the Monkees entitled The Devil and Peter Tork.
Contrary to popular belief, this episode (the fifth completed for the second season), was held back by NBC due to its satanical jabs at network censorship--the word "hell"--rather than the lyrical content of the song "Salesman." Note that a distinct "cuckoo" is heard when Mike, Davy and Micky utter the word (or try to, anyway). Previously, "censored" Monkees episodes wherein a "cuckoo" replaced an offending expletive are No. 15, "Too Many Girls" (a.k.a. "Davy And Fern") and the closing moments of the previous episode, "The Monkee's Paw."
Here's the episode in case you want to watch it.

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