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Legendary Sitcom Hats In Tribute To Mike Nesmith

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Mike Nesmith's recent passing was yet another loss for long-time fans of the Monkees, leaving just a single member (Mickey Dolenz) from the most beloved TV rock group in history. Nesmith leaves behind some great songs from his long career, including personal favorites like “Sweet Young Thing” and “Papa Gene's Blues.”

What he also leaves behind, which should probably be in museum somewhere, is his iconic hat. He was the only Monkee who consistently wore headwear, and that fact qualified him to throw his hat into the ring to start a campaign for mayor in a memorable episode about corruption in politics.

Nesmith became so associated with that hat that, in several episodes where he went bare-headed, he looked almost like a different character entirely. Its absence from atop his head was disconcerting, almost like seeing a Happy Days episode in which Fonzie (portrayed by Henry Winkler) appeared without his trademark leather jacket.

Here are ten other sitcom characters who are as closely associated with their hats as Nesmith, and I say hats off to them.

1. Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies

Even after striking oil and moving to California, Buddy Ebsen's character keeps the same old hat he had used while hunting for some food.

2. Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton on The Honeymooners

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Alice's husband seldom was seen without his bus driver hat, while Trixie's man always wore something like a soft white sombrero.

3. Gilligan and Skipper Jonas Grumby on Gilligan's Island

Alan Hale famously wore his Skipper hat long after the series ended, but Bob Denver probably never wore his again until the castaways were rescued by the Harlem Globetrotters.

4. J. J. Evans on Good Times (picture)

You can still see the hat almost daily on a back shelf his health insurance ads, next to a photo of his fictional family.

5. Freddy “Rerun” Stubbs on What's Happening!

In spite of his nickname, a headpiece like the one he wore in the series was never to be seen again.

6. Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show

This round crown cover surrounded with upturned ridges resembles no other, except maybe the one worn by Jughead in the Archies.

7. Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple

Provided that he could find it in his messy room, Jack Klugman's character liked to wear a New York Mets cap.

8. Rollo Lawson on Sanford and Son

Fred did not care much for Lamont's smooth-talking friend, but that hat has always been adored by the show's legions of fans.

9. Mel Sharples on Alice picture

Since he did the cooking one would expect Vic Tayback to don a torque, yet during the show's tenure Mel simply wore a dingy white sailor hat.

10. Maurice Minnifield on Northern Exposure Picture

Barry Corbin's character rarely was seen without his NASA cap, which would be of little protection for his ears in that northern climate.

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