Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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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.

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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.

Original Name: Monty Python's Flying Circus
Number of Seasons: 4
Number of Episodes: 45
Status: Ended

Rating: 8.2
Vote Count: 162
Type: Scripted
Network(s): BBC One, Public Broadcasting Service, ARD
First Air Date: October 5, 1969
Last Air Date: December 5, 1974
Episode Runtime: 30 mins
Primary Year: 1969
Created by: Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies
Genres: Comedy
IMDB Link: tt0063929
Production Companies: BBC
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Alternative Titles: Monty Pythons fliegender Zirkus

Seasons:

  • Season 0 — 48 Episodes — Air Date: August 22, 1972
  • Season 1 — 13 Episodes — Air Date: October 5, 1969
  • Season 2 — 13 Episodes — Air Date: September 15, 1970
  • Season 3 — 13 Episodes — Air Date: October 19, 1972
  • Season 4 — 6 Episodes — Air Date: October 31, 1974
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