Of all the British television shows out there, most of us probably became exposed to British TV through Monty Python’s Flying Circus when it was on PBS. Even if you’ve never seen an episode, you’ve most likely heard of the show. It was the first British show that I fell in love with, the granddaddy of all British sketch comedy shows. It’s a true classic.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus has become part of our American pop culture. Who hasn’t heard of the “Dead Parrot Sketch” or the “Ministry of Silly Walks?” Who hasn’t sung the songs “I’m a Lumberjack” or “Spam?” And what about the “Spanish Inquisition?” Nobody expects them!
I’m a Pythonoholic. I have the entire series on DVD (the first DVD series I ever bought) and watch it often. Plus I have the two volume book set called “All the Words,” which, of course, includes all the words from the 45 original episodes.
I can recite all of my favorite sketches like “How Not to Be Seen,” “The Cheese Shop,” “Crunchy Frog,” “Self Defense Against Fresh Fruit,” “The Upper Class Twit of the Year,” and “The Piranha Brothers.”
And don’t forget the composer with the longest name – Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nurnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitz-weinmache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shonendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!
Total Seasons: 4 (45 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 4
In Production: 1969-1974
Viewer Discretion: Some adult situations