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What’s On TV – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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Title: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Episodes Aired: 45
Year(s): 1969-1974
Country: UK

This is the second time that my husband tried to introduce me to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The first time was 7-8 years ago where, after one episode, I was so unimpressed that it took this long to pick up his DVD box set again. If it wasn’t for the 1001 list, this would be a show that I may have never given a second chance to – which would have been a real shame.

I don’t know what has happened in the intervening years, but upon this attempt of viewing Monty Python I was more than happy to carry on after the first episode – even if the ‘The Funniest Joke in the World’ sketch left me completely cold. Like with all sketch comedy, Monty Python’s Flying Circus is hit and miss – but in the episodes I’ve seen so far the sketches have been leaning more towards the hit side… other than Terry Gilliam’s animations. I appreciate the artistry, but very few of the jokes really landed for me.

Still not entirely sure why this show hit me better this time around. Is it possible that 7-8 years changed my sense of comedy to the point where I enjoyed this more? I guess in the intervening years I got really into comedy podcasts and that might have helped. Also, I’ve been able to look past my general distaste for John Cleese and focus more on how great all the other Pythons are.

Hot on the heels of this will be my eventual write-up of Black Mirror it’s been nearly a year since I started it and I am so thrilled to finally be within spitting distance of finishing it off. Maybe this will help hasten the pace of more 1001 TV Shows write-ups? Guess I’ll just have to see what comes out of the hat.