Unless you’ve just arrived from the planet Mars then you will know about Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The legendary comedy troupe consisting of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam changed the face of British comedy forever with their offbeat surrealist sketches that were as absurd as they were ground-breaking.
You will no doubt have seen at least one of their movies, And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life but just in case you have somehow not seen the series then you are in luck.
The complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus is now on Netflix, that’s 45 episodes of laugh out loud crazy sketch comedy to binge watch at your heart’s content.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus originally ran between 1969 and 1974 and was unlike anything that people had seen before. The sketches were often based on serious scenarios that would then be subverted into farce, often mocking what they originally started out portraying. The stuffy British attitude was royally made fun of with sketches like the Argument Clinic, Dead Parrot Sketch or Crunchy Frog.
The show gave us some of the most iconic scenes in Comedy history with the likes of The Ministry of Silly Walks and The Lumberjack Song and is always hailed as an influence of many top comedians and writers to this day, many of whom have paid homage to the show in their own work.
If you really haven’t seen it before then we really do urge you to check it out as we promise it will have you laughing until you cry.
And that’s not all…
As if 45 Episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus wasn’t enough Netflix have also added two Monty Python live shows The Meaning of Live and Live (mostly), two compilations Best Bits (mostly) and Personal Best, two movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Life of Brian, two documentaries Almost the Truth (The Lawyers Cut) and Monty Python Conquers America as well as the classic German special, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zircus.
Once you’ve watched all of that you’ll be quoting Gumby and giving people the Spanish Inquisition in no time, they won’t be expecting that.
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