Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus Series
Genre: Comedy
Premiere: 1969 - 1970
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
Sessons: 4
Full Episodes: 46
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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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Date Aired Monty Python's Flying Circus Episodes
Season 1
05 October 1969 Season 1, Episode 1: Whither Canada
12 October 1969 Season 1, Episode 2: Sex and Violence
19 October 1969 Season 1, Episode 3: How to Recognise Different Types of Tree from Quite a Long Way Away
26 October 1969 Season 1, Episode 4: Owl Stretching Time
16 November 1969 Season 1, Episode 5: Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
23 November 1969 Season 1, Episode 6: It's the Arts
30 November 1969 Season 1, Episode 7: You're No Fun Anymore
07 December 1969 Season 1, Episode 8: Full Frontal Nudity
14 December 1969 Season 1, Episode 9: The Ant: An Introduction
21 December 1969 Season 1, Episode 10: Untitled
28 December 1969 Season 1, Episode 11: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom
04 January 1970 Season 1, Episode 12: The Naked Ant
11 January 1970 Season 1, Episode 13: Intermission
Season 2
15 September 1970 Season 2, Episode 1: Dinsdale
22 September 1970 Season 2, Episode 2: The Spanish Inquisition
29 September 1970 Season 2, Episode 3: Déjà Vu
20 October 1970 Season 2, Episode 4: The Buzz Aldrin Show
27 October 1970 Season 2, Episode 5: Live from the Grill-o-mat
03 November 1970 Season 2, Episode 6: It's A Living
11 November 1970 Season 2, Episode 7: The Attila the Hun Show
17 November 1970 Season 2, Episode 8: Archaeology Today
24 November 1970 Season 2, Episode 9: How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body
01 December 1970 Season 2, Episode 10: Scott of the Antarctic
08 December 1970 Season 2, Episode 11: How Not to Be Seen
15 December 1970 Season 2, Episode 12: Spam
22 December 1970 Season 2, Episode 13: Royal Episode 13
Season 3
19 October 1972 Season 3, Episode 1: Whicker's World
26 October 1972 Season 3, Episode 2: Mr. & Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular
02 November 1972 Season 3, Episode 3: The Money Programme
09 November 1972 Season 3, Episode 4: Blood, Devastation, Death, War and Horror
16 November 1972 Season 3, Episode 5: The All-England Summarize Proust Competition
23 November 1972 Season 3, Episode 6: The War Against Pornography
30 November 1972 Season 3, Episode 7: Salad Days
07 December 1972 Season 3, Episode 8: The Cycling Tour
14 December 1972 Season 3, Episode 9: The Nude Organist
21 December 1972 Season 3, Episode 10: Henry Thripshaw's Disease
04 January 1973 Season 3, Episode 11: Dennis Moore
11 January 1973 Season 3, Episode 12: A Book at Bedtime
18 January 1973 Season 3, Episode 13: Grandstand
30 Nov 2011 Season 3, Episode 14: 3x14 1/4
Season 4
31 October 1974 Season 4, Episode 1: The Golden Age of Ballooning
07 November 1974 Season 4, Episode 2: Michael Ellis
14 November 1974 Season 4, Episode 3: The Light Entertainment War
21 November 1974 Season 4, Episode 4: Hamlet
28 November 1974 Season 4, Episode 5: Mr. Neutron
05 December 1974 Season 4, Episode 6: Party Political Broadcast