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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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4   3   2   1  
1974   1973   1972   1970   1969  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Graham Chapman ...  Various / ... 45 episodes, 1969-1974
Eric Idle ...  Various / ... 45 episodes, 1969-1974
Terry Jones ...  Various / ... 45 episodes, 1969-1974
Michael Palin ...  It's Man / ... 45 episodes, 1969-1974
Terry Gilliam ...  Various / ... 44 episodes, 1969-1974
John Cleese ...  Announcer / ... 39 episodes, 1969-1973
Carol Cleveland ...  Various / ... 31 episodes, 1969-1974
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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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And now for something completely digital...

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Comedy

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Trivia

At least two sketches can trace their origins back to David Frost Presents: How to Irritate People (1969), a television special that John Cleese starred in and wrote with Graham Chapman. The "Silly Job Interview" in which Cleese rings a bell and has people score Chapman's reaction came directly from the special. The "Parrot Sketch" was adapted largely from a sketch about a car salesman who flatly refused to admit that there was anything wrong with a car that was literally falling apart on-stage. 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

Bruce: Rule 3: No Pooftahs!
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Crazy Credits

Depending on the content of the individual shows, the credits were changed accordingly, often appearing in anagrams (Tony M. Nyphot's Flying Risccu), with a different title completely (Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Buzz Aldrin Show (1970)) or with strange additions to the names of the cast and crew, such as various foodstuffs, sex toys and political gambits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The VHS and DVD releases by A&E contain the full-length versions of the shows. Several episodes run over 30 minutes, and were previously edited by PBS to fit into a 30 minute time slot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wine Gusy: Shiraz (2015) 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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A staged and carefully crafted presentation of absurdity and chaos
30 September 2006 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Release Date:

5 October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (45 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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