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The Flying Circus comes to BBC America

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 20th 2008 4:43PM
Monty PythonMay as well starting laughing now! On May 26, BBC America will air a 10-hour marathon of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The network has just snagged all four seasons of the legendary comedy series, including a couple of specials they did for German TV.

As every fan of great comedy knows, the Monty Python troupe consisted of Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones. Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted on BBC on October 5, 1969, and over the years the shows have been shown over and over again, becoming classic. Now that they are coming to BBC America, it's a chance for fans -- new and old -- to watch them one more time -- and DVR them if you're smart. Unless you already have the DVDs.

BBC America has also picked up the third season The Graham Norton Show, as well as the Lee Mack sitcom Not Going Out. However, the big get is really the Monty Python. What's amazing about these early shows is to see how they influenced so many comic shows that followed. Without Monty Python, SCTV wouldn't have existed, let alone Saturday Night Live. These guys are comic geniuses -- and their work holds up. For me -- and fans of the Ministry of Funny Walks, the Dead Parrot and Spam -- this is a reason to celebrate.

Also, I love marathons. It's a great way to really wallow in something you love, you know? Like the annual Twilight Zone marathon? I never miss that -- and I won't miss this one either, no matter how silly it gets!

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Ministry of *Silly* Walks, not funny

March 20 2008 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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