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  • Long lost 80's sitcom opening

    Ever heard of the TV sitcom MOnkey Shines? It was a short lived series in the mid-80's.

    Here is the opening theme song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...eilgaiman.com/
    Last edited by Melonballer; 12-08-2008, 01:16 AM.

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    Never heard of it. And I'm usually on the ball with 80's stuff like that. But this is too obscure for even me.

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    • #3
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      WOW! It looks like a bad Youtube video, not an acutal TV show.
      Yeppers there's a reason I don't recall this one.

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        Monkey Shines is an American TV series that aired for one day in 1985 on ABC. It premiered as a 46-minute pilot at 8 A.M. and was cancelled during the first commerical break. Jonathan Coulton starred as well as writing and directing the pilot episode. Since its cancellation in the first 30-minutes, the show has achieved cult status, best-known for the fact that no one knows anything about it. Numerous myths about the show circulate the web, although few have ever been substantiated.


        and no I don't remember it.

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          Wow. And we complain about how fast shows are cancelled now? This one didn't make it to the end of it's first episode! That's crazy bad!
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            Very interesting. Great TV trivia. I don't remember it, either, and hadn't heard that history.
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              It looks like a joke. Even the name "Monkey Shines" makes it sound like a April Fools prank. But if SCUBAbe says it's real, I believe it.
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                Re: Long lost 80's sitcom opening

                Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                It looks like a joke. Even the name "Monkey Shines" makes it sound like a April Fools prank. But if SCUBAbe says it's real, I believe it.
                wikipedia says it's real. I think the youtube is a fake intro though. Wikipedia said they had a real monkey and only used a stuffed one in some scenes. So, I'm guessing the stuffed monkey looked real.

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                  Re: Long lost 80's sitcom opening

                  On his website, Jonathan Coulton , Coulton reminisces about his acting days.




                  I really like the laptop computers that Coulton and Neil Gaiman are using in the opening.
                  Last edited by Melonballer; 12-08-2008, 10:16 PM.

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                  • #10
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                    MOre information from paulandstorm.com

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                    In early 2008, in a sub-basement of the Yale University anthropological studies department, researchers unearthed a Betacam master video recording of the pilot episode opening credits. (Unfortunately, the remainder of the episode was apparently recorded over with footage of the Yale Whiffenpoofs

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                    • #11
                      Re: Long lost 80's sitcom opening

                      I don't know, this just feels like a hoax to me. Anyone can create a Wikipedia page, and for a supposed cult following, there's a suspicious lack of references to it (not the '80s movie by the same name) on search engines. It looks like this was an April Fool's prank by the supposed stars. At least that's my guess.

                      Mind you, I do remember there being a series in the '80s that was cancelled mid-episode, but starred... um, maybe Paula Poundstone? In any case, this wasn't it.

                      ETA: Aha! My BS detector is apparently correct about this:
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mo...hines_(TV_Show)

                      Not to be a fun-ruiner, but this show didn't actually exist; it's a one-off joke involving Jonathan Coulton, Neil Gaiman, and Paul and Storm, among others. I don't know how to mark it as fictional. UltraNurd (talk) 22:32, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

                      Agreed...the YouTube video is even shot in 16:9, and in 1985, Coulton was only 15. -EmiOfBrie (talk) 07:35, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
                      The Whiffenpoof reference is also a pretty good clue that it's a joke.
                      Last edited by drb; 12-16-2008, 08:45 AM.

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