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Monty Python's Flying Circus 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1969–1974)
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.
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The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, bawdy, uncompromising and/or tasteless, but nearly always hilarious. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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5 October 1969 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The Knight in shining armour who crops up sporadically throughout the show was in fact played by Terry Gilliam, the American member of Monty Python, who normally provided the animated sequences. He would work seven days a week on them, and usually two-all nighters. See more »

Quotes

Michael Palin: Did somebody say Mattress to Mr Lambert?
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Crazy Credits

Several episodes go on for several minutes following the closing credits. Some closing credits even incorporate the BBC "rolling earth" logo that was used at the time between programs. See more »

Connections

Featured in John Cleese's First Farewell Performance (1988) See more »

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The Liberty Bell
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards
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Six blokes getting paid for being silly (oh yes, and changing comedy forever)
6 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

With hindsight, it seems possible that we can praise the Pythons too much. But you have to look at what they did in the context of its time.

They blew a massive hole in the conventions of not only television comedy, but television itself. They used (and abused) the medium to what was then the limit of its potential: no thirty-second "blackout" skits, no contrived punchlines (except in the name of self-mocking irony), performers falling out of character and addressing the audience, skits being intruded by characters from a previous sketch, or even an entirely different episode (so you had to pay attention!), stream-of-consciousness animated links, absurd props (the 16 ton weight)... and they claim they merely threw it all together when the BBC approached them to make a "satirical sketch show" in the vein of "The Frost Report" or "TW3".

Not only that, but they have influenced probably every comedy writer and performer of note ever since.

The Pythons are either authentic, top-drawer geniuses, or the six luckiest opportunists who ever lived - probably a bit of both! They caught the BBC with its knickers down and took advantage.

OK, so the shows look their age, and much of the material is rambling, patchy, hit-and-miss stuff. But we only remember the good bits, and it is those good bits which will ensure the place in television history of Messrs Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Palin and Jones for many years to come.

Lavishing praise on a thirty-two-year-old television series? It all seems a bit silly to me...


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