Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 IMDb)

Categorization

Absurdist comedy developed by a self-contained team of writer-performers. Written by all the Pythons plus Douglas Adams and Neil Innes (both near the end).

Subject

Fairly integrated skits on diverse topics.

Commentary

I'm sure this was brilliant and revolutionary in the early seventies, and many skits are still pure gold. However, much of it is slow, repetitive and predictable. Take the “It's!” guy, for example; that was a good joke in the very first episode, but they recycled it to total dullness. Cleese had the good sense to pull out, provoking a historic mercy killing.

References here: Skäggprogrammen (1963), The Meaning of Life (1983).

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