The Film: And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)
The Show: Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the legendary sketch show which launched a generation of quotes and the careers of Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle.
Surreal, genre-bending laugh-fests, which inspired plenty of comedians and series that followed.
It wasn’t always perfect (heresy! Fetch the comfy chair!) but when they were firing on all thrusters, they were untouchable.
Where it went right: The Pythons were aiming to introduce their comedy to America, shooting the film between the first and second series.
In a supreme irony, it didn’t actually play as well across the pond as it did back here, where Python mania had been steadily building and people streamed to see it despite knowing most of the words.
Probably because they knew most of the words, actually. And unlike some of the other comedy teams, the Pythons would go on to prove themselves on film – Holy Grail, anyone?
We said: We haven’t reviewed it.
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