The Monkees (1966–1968)
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One Man Shy 

Peter falls for a pretty young debutante and needs on the other Monkees' help to impress her and ward off her jealous suitor.


James Frawley




Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
George Furth ... Ronnie Farnsworth
Lisa James Lisa James ... Valerie Cartwright


Peter falls for a pretty young debutante and needs on the other Monkees' help to impress her and ward off her jealous suitor.

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Comedy | Music


Did You Know?


In real life, Peter Tork wasn't so shy around women; he lived with two girlfriends in a polygamous relationship, during filming of the series. See more »


When Micky Dolenz is imitating Sigmund Freud, he wears glasses in the wide angles, but not during close-ups. See more »


Ronnie Farnsworth: Yachtsmen, brokers, tailors, hah! They are just fifth rate musicians.
Micky: Third rate musicians!
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Alternate Versions

This repeat showing on August 14, 1967 (and most subsequent showings after wards) featured the song "Forget that girl" instead of "I'm a believer". CBS and ABC Saturday morning repeats used the song "If I knew" in its place. See more »


Referenced in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »


You Just May Be the One
(early version)
Written and Produced by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
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George Furth and Lisa James
21 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"One Man Shy" depicts Peter's awkward courtship with a very pretty debutante (Lisa James), while her snobbish, high society boyfriend Ronnie (George Furth) refers to The Monkees as 'fifth-rate musicians' (Micky corrects him: "third rate!"). The group prove to be no match for Ronnie at skeet shooting or archery, with the twit warning his butler to stand back as Nesmith checks out the bow and arrow! The unforgettable George Furth was well cast in roles like this, delighting audiences for decades in such comedies as "Blazing Saddles," "Young Doctors in Love," and "Oh, God!" Best of all, this episode features the debut of Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer," issued as the band's second single the month before (Nov 12 1966), produced in New York by Jeff Barry, who went on to produce The Archies nearly two years later. This was also the second go-round for Nesmith's own production of "You Just May Be the One," inferior to the band recording done in March 1967 for the third LP, HEADQUARTERS. Broadcast no. 13 (Dec 5 1966), "One Man Shy" was 16th in production, filmed Sept 28-Oct 3.

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5 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Color (as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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