Monty Python's Flying Circus

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From the very beginning, "Monty Python's Flying Circus" demonstrated quite clearly that the group's six members were after something quite uncategorizable. The first episode broadcast presented a surreal mix of violence, TV commercial and interview programme parodies, bizarre cut-out animations, and a shout-out to titans of modern art - all linked by pigs.
Starring
Graham ChapmanEric IdleTerry Jones
Genres
AnimationComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Whither Canada?
    October 4, 1969
    31min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart', Famous Deaths, Italian Lesson, Whizzo Butter, 'It's the Arts', Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson, Cycling Race, and The Funniest Joke in the World.
  2. 2. Sex and Violence
    October 11, 1969
    33min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Flying Sheep, French Lecture on Sheep-Aircraft, A Man With Three Buttocks, A Man With Two Noses, Musical Mice, Marriage Guidance Counselor, The Wacky Queen, Working-Class Playwright, A Scotsman on a Horse, The Wrestling Epilogue, and The Mouse Problem.
  3. 3. How to Recognise Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away
    October 18, 1969
    31min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Court Scene, The Larch, Bicycle Repair Man, Children's Stories, Restaurant Sketch, Seduced Milkmen, Stolen News Reader, Children's Interview, and Nudge Nudge.
  4. 4. Owl-Stretching Time
    October 25, 1969
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A change from street clothes to swim trunks turns into a burlesque act; a karate class exercises defense tactics against fresh fruit; a man tries to buy a book about false teeth.
  5. 5. Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century
    November 15, 1969
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Confuse-a-Cat, The Smuggler, A Duck, a Cat and a Lizard (Discussion), Vox Pops on Smuggling, Police Raid, Letters on Vox Pops, Newsreader Arrested, Erotic Film, Cartoon - Charles Fatless, Silly Job Interview, Careers Advisory Board, Burglar/Encyclopaedia Salesman
  6. 6. The BBC Entry for the Zinc Stoat of Budapest
    November 22, 1969
    30min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A German composer with an extraordinarily long name; crooks plan an elaborate scheme to buy a watch; a chocolate-company owner markets "Crunchy Frog."
  7. 7. You're No Fun Anymore
    November 29, 1969
    30min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Invaders from another galaxy turn Englishmen into Scotsmen. Also: a comedy about camels; a corporate board meeting.
  8. 8. Full Frontal Nudity
    December 6, 1969
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A pet-shop customer returns his dead parrot; a gang of female senior citizens attacks a town's young men; a young army officer who joined the service to water-ski tries to resign.
  9. 9. The Ant, an Introduction
    December 13, 1969
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A man with double vision organizes a mountain-climbing expedition; llamas are celebrated in a rousing Spanish song; a barber is afraid to cut hair; a couple's romantic evening is ruined by uncouth visitors.
  10. 10. Untitled
    December 20, 1969
    31min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bank Robber in Lingerie Shop, It's a Tree, Ron Obvious, Pet Conversations, Gorilla Librarian, Strangers in the Night
  11. 11. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom
    December 27, 1969
    31min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A half-inch-tall man appears on a talk show; a town's women's guild reenacts Pearl Harbor; the entire Royal Philharmonic Orchestra retires to the restroom.
  12. 12. The Naked Ant
    January 3, 1970
    31min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The 127th annual Twit of the Year Show. Also: Hitler and Himmler are guests for tea in a boarding house; a BBC broadcast is interrupted when a British minister falls into a fissure.
  13. 13. Intermission
    January 10, 1970
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Among "historical" impersonations are Cardinal Richelieu as Petula Clark and Julius Caesar as Eddie Waring. Also: a police fairy tale; a vegetarian restaurant's menu, featuring a naked man with an apple in his mouth.

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Directors
Ian MacNaughton
Supporting actors
Michael PalinTerry GilliamJohn CleeseCarol Cleveland
Season year
1970
Network
Monty Python
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4.7 out of 5 stars

252 global ratings

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R. Scott VanceReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth Watching Even With The Laugh deTracting
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Love these skits. Partly because I remember their boldly, bizarre freshness at the time they came out and partly because the ideas, their physical humor, and facial expressions are still just funny. They're also worth watching if just for the cultural touchstones. What does NOT age well is the annoying, over-the-top laugh track. Painful that.
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paulReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Its a comedy.
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If I have to explain to you who/what Monty Python are/is. Well, Wikipedia is a click away.
Shawano_brewReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Something completely different
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Good for baby boomers as perhaps an escape to reflect on their teen years, popular television of the 70s.
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Andrew HoffmannReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
It is what it is
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The best bits of this DVD are an interview with Terry Gilliam, his animated introduction, and several of his favorite Monty Python animations edited together as a single continuous body of work.

Unfortunately, a superimposed border has been added around the perimeter of the animation, drawn to look like you're watching it through a TV set. This is likely to remind viewers with widescreen TVs that Python episodes were shot for square TVs, but it's distracting and appears to slightly crop the animation.

Also, frequent Python viewers will notice the shorts have been edited down. For example, 'House Hunters' is included, but the joke where the house enters the woods followed by a flushing sound is missing.

As a fan of all things Terry Gilliam and animation in general, I had hoped that some of his earlier animated works would be included as extras, but the only worthwhile special feature is the interview.

Since this is the sole collection of Gilliam animation available on DVD (so far, outside of the Python sets), it's worth watching at least once while hoping for an eventual 'Terry Gilliam Animation Collection' with more content and assembled with greater care.
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George E HarrisonReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Warning for Those Who Have Bought Such Sets in Stores
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I preface my remarks by stating that the one-star rating I have given this video is not a reflection of the quality of the video itself. Rather, it reflects the quality of the descriptive information provided by Amazon in regard to what the set contains.
Those who have bought boxed sets of Monty Python in stores know that stores sell them with three VHS tapes to a box and that such sets are generally displayed on the shelves with the open side of the box facing out. So that the customer can easily tell which tapes are contained in the box, each tape is identified by a Volume number. When you look at the box on the shelf, all you see is the Volume numbers.
The description provided here on Amazon's website indicates that this particular boxed set contains Episodes 20 through 26. Note carefully that nowhere in the description does it mention what Volume numbers the set contains.
I knew that I had previously bought Volumes 1-15 in stores, but I made the critical mistake of assuming that Episode number was the same as Volume number. Therefore, I expected that this set would contain material that I didn't already have.
Unfortunately, when I received the set, I was very disappointed to discover that it contains Volumes 10-12, which I do already have.
Therefore, I give this warning to people who have bought boxed sets in stores in the past and are now trying Amazon for the first time. Make sure you know what you're getting, and be very careful not to assume that Episode numbers are the same as Volume numbers.
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dead treeReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
Buy it Cheap
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The material on this disk is very funny. Unfortunately it is only about an hour long. A good portion of this hour is taken up with other Python's reminiscing about Graham. Some of this is interesting & would be fine if the disk were longer. It looks like they even cut some of the skits purely for space issues. This seems ridiculous considering the DVD could easily hold more. (All the Personal Best series run this same length.)

My advice is do not pay anywhere near full price for this. If you can get it for really cheap...go for it.
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Carol P.Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny. A great blast from the past!!!
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Funny. A great blast from the past!!! The ultimate British comedy troop!!
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Sharon WardReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic
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Still funny after 50 years
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