Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus

The term 'ground-breaking' is so often used that it seems to have lost its impact. But love it or hate it there's no denying the indelible mark Monty Python's Flying Circus as left on television as it practically shaped our concept of what sketch comedy is all about.

Spanning four series, this show has little to no continuity; little to no repetition of characters; and little to no conformity with what is conventional comedy. Instead, it broke long standing traditions and til this day has yet to be outdone in the realm of pure zaniness.

One may be quick to dismiss this zaniness with low-brow humour, but often it was nothing of the sort. High culture references peppered the sketches. Furthermore, they often pointed their wit at contemporary conservative ideas and ideals, often satirically dissecting them and questioning their validity in modern society.

Note about this guide: The episode summaries listed are the official Monty Python sketch names, to make it easy finding your favourite ones.

Opening Theme

Episode Info

Final: 4x06 -- Party Political Broadcast (Dec/05/1974)

The Sketches:
Most Awful Family in Britain
Icelandic Honey Week
Patient abuse
Brigadier and Bishop
Appeal on behalf of extremely rich people
The man who finishes other people's sentences
The walking tree of Dahomey
Batsmen of the Kalahari vs. Warwicksire
BBC News
Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman
As Various
John CleeseJohn Cleese
As Various (Series 1-3)
Terry GilliamTerry Gilliam
As Various
Eric IdleEric Idle
As Various
Terry Jones (1)Terry Jones (1)
As Various
Michael PalinMichael Palin
As Various
Carol ClevelandCarol Cleveland
As Various

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Lyn Ashley as Bride (credited as Mrs. Idle) (5 eps)
Connie Booth as Best girl (4 eps)
Rita Davies as Distraught mother (3 eps)
Kathja Wyeth as Elsie (2 eps)
John Hughman as (Unknown) (2 eps)
Stanley Mason as Unknown (2 eps)
Flanagan as (Unknown) (2 eps)

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