A spoof of British political-party broadcasts includes the finals of "the worst family in Britain" contest, a violent cricket match and a housewife who revolutionized beekeeping.
The search for Mr. Neutron, who plans to dominate the world, stretches from a London suburb to the Yukon, and results in the destruction of earthly civilization.
Hamlet undergoes psychoanalysis; eight Queen Victorias compete in the Queen Victoria handicap race; a boxing contender gets his head knocked off.
A parody of war includes the invasion of Norway by tutu-clad commandos and a plea to the public to treat the war seriously.
A shopper tries to determine the identity of a man being paged in a bizarre department store; a poetry reading is disrupted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The Montgolfier brothers prepare for the first balloon flight. Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam.
The home stretch - the fourth and final season of MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS. Spend some time in the Golden Age of Ballooning visiting with the Montgolfier Brothers, Louis XIV, and George III, as well as Michael Ellis, Hamlet, Mr. Neutron, A Doctor Whose Patients are Stabbed by His Nurse, The Man Who Finishes Other People's Sentences, The Most Awful Family in Britain, and, of course, David Attenborough. If you don't like it, Up Your Pavement. Feel free to visit the Complaints Department.
Oscar Wilde, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, George Bernard Shaw and the future Edward VII exchange epigrams at an evening party; mechanical brain surgery fails to dramatically affect a woman's mentality.
A political-party broadcast is choreographed; the panel game "Spot the Looney" precedes Sir Walter Scott's comments on conservation; the Queen's Kami Kaye Highlanders interrupt an oral presentation of a bedtime story.
A highwayman steals "lupins" from the rich and tries to give them to the poor. Also: the first episode in a tatty, tedious 18th-century serial is brought to a screeching halt; peasants clamor for Titian paintings and Venetian glass.
A police investigator is mistaken for Sir Philip Sidney in a Tudor-period job agency, which actually deals in pornography; King Solomon judges the case of a stray bee; a panel of dead people debates the question "Is There a Life After Death?"
A housing project induced by hypnosis stands---as long as the tenants believe in it. Also: highlights of the Olympic Hide-and-Seek finals; suggestions for improving bullfighting, such as the use of radar.
The travels of "Mr. Gulliver," a chameleonic Cornish gentleman who assumes such varied identities as Leon Trotsky and Eartha Kitt. Other segments include bingo at the Chinese British Consul.
A climbing expedition negotiates a hazardous London road; an attempt is made to determine whether an urban dwelling is a house or a lifeboat. Also: a mouse's quest for cheese, which leads to the production of a Western called "Rogue Cheddar."
Surgical tools applied to a mildly anesthetized patient include a power drill and a mallet; a TV program features a lecture on gastropods, highlighted by the visit of a whelk.
Contestants in "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition" are judged in swimsuit and evening-gown categories; an irate customer confronts his travel agent. Also: an expedition to Mount Everest, made by an international group of hairstylists.
Monty Python's Flying Circus: John Cleese's Personal Best movie trailer - starring John Cleese. Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
A fathomless source of profound non sequiturs, Monty Python's Flying Circus has supplanted Shakespeare as the British variety act most quoted by people who haven't actualy seen the original show in the original order as it is here. In fact, Monty Python is nearly indistinguishable from Shakespeare, except that the lines don't rhyme and there are very few bodkins or codpieces. There are, however, British accents and men in drag - two well-known staples of Shakespearean drama. And most of the members of Monty Python's Flying Circus are still alive. So Shakespeare can just piss off.