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
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Terry Gilliam was the only American in the group, and although he appeared occasionally on-screen, his roles were generally non-speaking or with few lines. Gilliam's primary contributions, the animated sequences that "linked" the various live sketches, were one of the the key components that set this show apart from its peers, and remain amongst the most memorable elements of the show. See more »
The Air Tube that operates Mr. Tree's mouth can be seen in the profile shot, when light starts glinting off it. See more »
[BBC rolling globe logo on screen]
And now... one more minute of "Monty Python's Flying Circus".
[BBC rolling globe logo continues for 60 seconds in silence]
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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 »
The A&E home video VHS & DVD versions, while restoring some footage, have eliminated some as well, including:
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.
A staged and carefully crafted presentation of absurdity and chaos
The original sketch comedy show that has a very deserved cult following.
It's... hilarious. It's... absurd. It's... very hard to describe, because it is so freakin' random! Almost every little sketch takes such bizarre twists and turns into something completely else that you'll literally never see it coming. Terry Gilliam's innovative, and equally absurd, animations are no different in their appearances between sketches. Often serving as transitions, but really this is just one side-splittingly funny compilation of sheer absurdity.
Poking fun at just about everything that you could possibly imagine - talk shows, courts, daily life, the Spanish Inquisistion, the military, etc... - and it is all put together in a way no less random. Skits end unexpectedly, some shots are used many times, random characters appear only to speak one line, and all that makes for what is quite possibly the best crafted presentation of absurdity and chaos ever made. 10/10
Not Rated and suitable for most viewers, but very cautious parents will undoubtedly object to the crude humor.
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