Before he joined the Monkees, Micky Dolenz was already a show business veteran.
In fact, his first series for Screen Gems came 10 years before The Monkees. Under the name, Mickey Braddock, Dolenz starred in Circus Boy, which spent two seasons on ABC (1956-8) as a primetime entry. NBC scooped up rerun rights and aired the series on Saturday mornings for 2 more years (1958-60).
Corky (Dolenz) is an orphan serving as a water boy for Bimbo, a circus elephant. In the series opener, "Meet Circus Boy", Tim Champion (Robert Lowery) has bought the circus, and assumes a debt from the previous owner. However, he's not too keen on Corky remaining with the circus, but I think we know how that problem is solved.............
Coincidentally, after The Monkees ended its NBC primetime run in 1968, CBS added it to its Saturday morning lineup that fall to fill time. It's funny how things work, isn't it?