Monty Python's Flying Circus
"Monty Python’s Flying Circus" is a British surreal sketch comedy series created by and starring the comedy group Monty Python, consisting of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, aka the "Pythons". The first episode was recorded at the BBC on 7 September and premiered on 5 October 1969 on BBC1, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV.
The show became very popular in the United Kingdom, and after initially failing to draw an audience in the United States. It gained American popularity when Public Broadcasting Service affiliates began broadcasting the show in 1974. The success on both sides of the Atlantic led to the Pythons going on live tours and creating three additional films, while the individual Pythons flourished in solo careers. Monty Python's Flying Circus has become an influential work on comedy as well the ongoing popular culture.
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.
Why It Rocks
- It marked the birth of violent television.
- Many Great, funny, unforgettable sketches such as The Upper Class Twit Of The Year, Cheese Shop, Argument Clinic, The Ministry of Silly Walks, The Funniest Joke in the World, Homicidal Barber/The Lumberjack Song, and the Dead Parrot.
- It has an interest in old art, also mocked in a humorous way.
- It helped make the group rise popularity.
- The theme song was catchy.
- It was one of the first popular shows to be in color in the United Kingdom.
- Talented acting from the cast.
- Some sketches could be inappropriate. Since this, it was rated 12 by the BBFC on the DVD set.
- The show might be very confusing for people who are not used to surreal humor.
- The first season was almost wiped by the BBC.