Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Comedy


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Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) Poster

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.


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  • Graham Chapman in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • Eric Idle in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • John Cleese in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • Terry Jones in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • John Cleese and Michael Palin in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)
  • Terry Jones and Michael Palin in Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

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Creators:

Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese

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20 January 2001 | wishkah7
How can anyone not like Monty Python?
Monty Python's Flying Circus is superb British humor at it's best! All the Monty Python movies were excellent, too! My favorite actors in this are John Cleese and Eric Idle. I have my older brother to thank for getting me into this show! I got into Monty Python at the ripe old age of 11. My brother was watching it one day, and I asked him if I can watch too. He gave me his okay, and after I saw the delirious humor of this, I quickly became a fan! And watched it everytime it came on.

I also own some Monty Python cassette tapes and my brother has some on vinyl! I have far too many favorite Monty Python bits to name,some of my faves are "The Lumberjack Song", "It's the Mind", and "The Bishop"! And who can forget that caveman who can only say, 'its'? Also, anyone remember that one about the self-defense class involving a 'Poi-ted stick'? Pure timeless classic! Monty Python cracks me up all the time! Even if you're not in a good mood, watching this will put you in one!

I highly suggest this to anyone who is a stickler for British humor. Also, watch their movies: The Holy Grail, And Now for Something Completely Different, and The Life of Brian. I give Monty Python's Flying Circus 5 out of 5 stars! Watch it if you can!

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Trivia

The entire videotape library of the series came close to being completely disposed of by the BBC as per their prevailing policy of recycling videotapes as a cost saving measure and with no idea at that time of how commercially valuable such archived material would be. Fortunately, Terry Gilliam learned what was about to happen and personally arranged the personal purchase of all the videotape masters of the series and stored them at home. Subsequently, when the BBC was persuaded to re-air the series with the troupe's growing popularity, they had to approach Gilliam for permission to use the tapes he preserved.


Quotes

TV Presenter: And now a precision display of bad temper.
Soldiers: My goodness me! I am in a bad temper today, two three! Damn damn, two three! I am vexed and ratty, two three! And hopping mad!
TV Presenter: And now, the men of the Second Armored Division with their famous close order ...


Goofs

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


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.


Alternate Versions

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.


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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Comedy

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