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Monty Python's Flying Circus 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1969–1974)
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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.
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1974   1973   1972   1971   1970   1969  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Graham Chapman ...  Various / ... 46 episodes, 1969-1974
Eric Idle ...  Various / ... 46 episodes, 1969-1974
Terry Jones ...  Various / ... 46 episodes, 1969-1974
Michael Palin ...  It's Man / ... 46 episodes, 1969-1974
Terry Gilliam ...  Various / ... 46 episodes, 1969-1974
John Cleese ...  Announcer / ... 40 episodes, 1969-1973
Carol Cleveland ...  Various / ... 34 episodes, 1969-1974
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Storyline

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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And now for something completely digital...

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Comedy

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Official Sites:

PythOnline.com

Country:

UK

Release Date:

5 October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Monty Python's Flying Circus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (45 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This series was one of the first to deviate from the norms of television credits. Among the odd credits gags were: an episode where the credits scrolled sideways, credits that used gag names for the cast & crew; ending credits rolled at the beginning of the episode (or the opening titles delayed until nearly the end), and credits that roll a few minutes early, followed by spoof versions of BBC broadcast announcements (even incorporating the BBC "rolling Earth" logo in use at the time). See more »

Goofs

The Air Tube that operates Mr Tree's mouth can be seen in the profile shot, when light starts glinting off it. See more »

Quotes

Jacques Montgolfier: Don't forget we have a special guest coming this evening.
Joseph Montgolfier: Huh?
Jacques Montgolfier: Don't tell me you have forgotten already. The man who is giving us thousands of francs for our experiments.
Joseph Montgolfier: What man?
Jacques Montgolfier: Louis XIV!
Joseph Montgolfier: Isn't he dead?
Jacques Montgolfier: Evidently not.
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Crazy Credits

In the "Royal Episode" John Cleese doesn't open with "And now for something completely different". Instead he says Queen Elizabeth II will be watching and the show begins with entirely different opening sequence and song. At the end the audience and characters stand as "God Saves the Queen" is played over end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The A&E home video VHS & DVD versions, while restoring some footage, have eliminated some as well, including:
  • The word "masturbation" in the "All-England Summarize Proust Competition" sketch.
  • Graham Chapman's abbreviated rendition of "Tonight Tonight" from "West Side Story" in the "Funny Bus Conductor" sketch.
  • The ending "Dad's Pooves" film from episode 38.
  • Dialogue from "Biggles Dictates A Letter" sketch.
  • A&E explains that: "All of the Monty Python[videos] available at the A&E online store were produced directly from masters that we received." And that some "rights issues" were involved in some of the cuts.
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Connections

Referenced in Gregory's Girl (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Liberty Bell
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Band of the Grenadier Guards
(opening theme music)
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Monty Python's and their unique brand of humor
7 September 2005 | by agrawalmannuSee all my reviews

A gentleman (John Cleese) enters a pet shop and wants to register a complaint that the parrot that he had bought from that very boutique just half an hour ago was in fact a 'dead parrot'. The owner (Michael Palin) tries to convince him that the Parrot, a Norwegian Blue, was not really dead and was just resting. The argument continues and gets sillier and sillier until an army colonel (Graham Chapman) pops out of nowhere and stops the sketch abruptly because it was getting very silly. If this kind of humor doesn't interest you, read no further and plan on watching something else. But if it does and if you have not seen Monty Pythons Flying Circus you haven't seen nothing yet.

Monty pythons pretty much invented and perfected their unique brand of humor which can be categorized as 'surreal'. One can argue that 'the Goon Show' was the archetype for Monty pythons, which is true, but then Monty Pythons took it to territories that had never been explored before. They created a world where you can get a government grant for silly walks or buy an argument in an argument clinic. A world in which a father and son could have the age old "romantic vs. a simple coal miner" argument, just that in this world the son is a regular coal miner whereas it's the father whose head is full of useless novels and poems. Just like the Beatles they took something and created something completely new out of it. The comparison is valid because Monty Pythons at their peak enjoyed the status of any of the rock stars in those days (including groupies) and the Beatles, George Harrison in particular, were their biggest promoters.

Terri Gillian's stream of consciousness art work is pretty bizarre and holds all the sketches together. John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones play all the characters (including women's) themselves with dead seriousness. This is insane humor at it's brilliant best.


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