Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)


  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies
  • First Air Date: 1969-10-05
  • Last Air Date: 1974-12-05
  • Total Seasons: 4
  • Total Episodes: 45
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Production Company: BBC
  • Networks: BBC One, Public Broadcasting Service, ARD
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Summary

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.

  • Keywords: surrealism, sketch comedy, monty python
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    Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 1972-08-22
    48 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1969-10-05
    13 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1970-09-15
    13 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1972-10-19
    13 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 1974-10-31
    6 Episodes

    Episodes

    Season 1 Episode 1
    Whither Canada?
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 2
    Sex and Violence
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 3
    How to Recognise Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 4
    Owl-Stretching Time
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 5
    Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 6
    It's the Arts
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 7
    You're No Fun Anymore
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 8
    Full Frontal Nudity
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 9
    The Ant, an Introduction
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 10
    Untitled
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 1 Episode 11
    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom
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    Season 1 Episode 12
    The Naked Ant
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    Season 1 Episode 13
    Intermission
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 2 Episode 1
    Dinsdale
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 2 Episode 2
    The Spanish Inquisition
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    Season 2 Episode 3
    Déjà Vu
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    Season 2 Episode 4
    The Buzz Aldrin Show
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    Season 2 Episode 5
    Live from the Grill-o-mat
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    Season 2 Episode 6
    It's a Living
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    Season 2 Episode 7
    The Attila the Hun Show
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    Season 2 Episode 8
    Archaeology Today
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    Season 2 Episode 9
    How to Recognize Different Parts of the Body
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    Season 2 Episode 10
    Scott of the Antarctic
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    Season 2 Episode 11
    How Not to Be Seen
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    Season 2 Episode 12
    Spam
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    Season 2 Episode 13
    Royal Episode 13
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    Season 3 Episode 1
    Whicker's World
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 3 Episode 2
    Mr. & Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular
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    Season 3 Episode 3
    The Money Programme
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    Season 3 Episode 4
    Blood, Devastation, Death, War and Horror
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    Season 3 Episode 5
    The All-England Summarize Proust Competition
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    Season 3 Episode 6
    The War Against Pornography
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 3 Episode 7
    Salad Days
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    Season 3 Episode 8
    The Cycling Tour
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    Season 3 Episode 9
    The Nude Organist
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    Season 3 Episode 10
    E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 3 Episode 11
    Dennis Moore
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 3 Episode 12
    A Book at Bedtime
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    Season 3 Episode 13
    Grandstand
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 4 Episode 1
    The Golden Age of Ballooning
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 4 Episode 2
    Michael Ellis
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 4 Episode 3
    Light Entertainment War
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 4 Episode 4
    Hamlet
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    Duration: 30 min
    Season 4 Episode 5
    Mr. Neutron
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    Season 4 Episode 6
    Party Political Broadcast
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    Duration: 30 min

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