Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1969-10-05

Runtime: 30 minutes

Rating(s): 8.8

Genre(s): Comedy

Language(s): English

Description

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows were composed of surreality, risqué or innuendo-laden humour, sight gags and observational sketches without punchlines. It also featured animations by Terry Gilliam, often sequenced or merged with live action. The first episode was recorded on 7 September and broadcast on 5 October 1969 on BBC One, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV. The show often targets the idiosyncrasies of British life, especially that of professionals, and is at times politically charged. The members of Monty Python were highly educated. Terry Jones and Michael Palin are Oxford University graduates; Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman attended Cambridge University; and American-born member Terry Gilliam is an Occidental College graduate. Their comedy is often pointedly intellectual, with numerous erudite references to philosophers and literary figures. The series followed and elaborated upon the style used by Spike Milligan in his ground breaking series Q5, rather than the traditional sketch show format. The team intended their humour to be impossible to categorise, and succeeded so completely that the adjective "Pythonesque" was invented to define it and, later, similar material.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 45
Season 1 13
Season 2 13
Season 3 13
Season 4 6
Specials 60
S00E01
And Now for Something Completely Different
S00E02
Holy Grail
S00E03
Jabberwocky
S00E04
Life of Brian
S00E05
Live at the Hollywood Bowl
S00E06
The Meaning of Life
S00E07
Fliegender Zirkus - 1
S00E08
Fliegender Zirkus - 2
S00E09
Parrot Sketch Not Included
S00E10
Live at Aspen
S00E11
Python Night
S00E12
What the Pythons Did Next...
S00E13
Monty Python In Aberystwyth
S00E14
Birds Eye Industrial Film
Unknown
S00E15
Harmony Hairspray Industrial Film
Unknown
S00E16
Close Up Toothpaste Industrial Film
Unknown
S00E17
The Pythons - Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979
Unknown
S00E18
The Secret Life of Brian
S00E19
The Life of Python
S00E20
Monty Python: Almost The Truth - The BBC Lawyer's Cut
S00E21
Olympic sketch (German)
Unknown
S00E22
Before the Flying Circus
Unknown
S00E23
Monty Python Conquers America
Unknown
S00E24
Animated Gilliam
Unknown
S00E25
Politically Incorrect
S00E26
Dentist on the Job (Meaning of Life Intro)
Unknown
S00E27
How to Irritate People
Unknown
S00E28
The Secret Policeman's Ball
Unknown
S00E29
Omnibus - Life of Python
Unknown
S00E30
Holy Flying Circus
S00E31
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
S00E32
Silly Occupations
Unknown
S00E33
GilliAnimations
Unknown
S00E34
Hysterical Figures
Unknown
S00E35
The Talent Show
Unknown
S00E36
Pythonolympics
Unknown
S00E37
Naughty Bits
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S00E38
Monty Queries
Unknown
S00E39
Tutor Manners
Unknown
S00E40
Montykaraoke
Unknown
S00E41
And Now... The BBC
Unknown
S00E42
Pet Peeves
Unknown
S00E43
Amazing Feats
Unknown
S00E44
Explosive Situations
Unknown
S00E45
Spreichen Zie Python?
Unknown
S00E46
The Cleese Shop
Unknown
S00E47
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen
S00E48
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
S00E49
Not the Messiah (He's Just a Very Naughty Boy)
S00E51
Monty Python Live (Mostly)
S00E52
30 Years of Monty Python, a Revelation
S00E53
Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live
S00E54
Monty Python's Montreux Special
S00E55
Before The Flying Circus
S00E56
Politically Incorrect
S00E57
Animated Gilliam
S00E58
Monty Python Conquers America
S00E59
Monty Python's Personal Best
S00E60
And Now for Something Rather Similar
S00E64
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Location Report
Cast 9
Eric Idle
Connie Booth
Terry Jones
Ian Davidson
Terry Gilliam
Michael Palin - "It's" man
Graham Chapman
John Cleese - Mr Praline
Carol Cleveland
Production 1
Ian MacNaughton - Producer
Network 3
BBC One
PBS
ARD

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