Title: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Series: 4
Episodes: 45
First Transmission: 1969

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break all the rules. The result has influenced countless people in comedy ever since.

Best Episode

The Spanish Inquisition (1970) – The Spanish Inquisition is unexpected and ill-equipped for torture. Semaphores perform “Wuthering Heights.” A court case is conducted by charades.


Worst Episode

Hamlet (1974) – Hamlet consults a psychiatrist. A boxer wins the championship despite his lack of a head. Queen Victoria pulls ahead in the Queen Victoria Handicap.


Notes & Comments

Info Updated: 2021-11-23
*The Standard Deviation (SD) of the ratings is a measure of how much spread there is in the numbers.
The data on this page is updated when any major changes occur to episode rankings, or when new episodes are added as is the case with current television series.

SD for Monty Python’s Flying Circus = 0.37

Average rating for Monty Python’s Flying Circus = 8.1

The top-rated episode differs from the mean-rated episode by 2.5 standard deviations.

The bottom-rated episode differs from the mean-rated episode by 2.1 standard deviations.

The difference between the top-rated and bottom-rated episodes is 4.6 standard deviations.

Comments on Best-Episode [The Spanish Inquisition (1970)]:

The episode is  consistent throughout. Carol Cleveland features a lot. The common thread of the title is woven cleverly within the other sketches.

The phrase “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” has become synonymous with Monty Pythons’ peculiar brand of humour.

Comments on Worst-Episode [Hamlet (1974)]:

One of the later episodes without John Cleese.


Full Episode List

Key:-Blue episodes rated above par. Brown episodes rated below par.

#1 Whither Canada? (1969)
#2 Sex and Violence (1969)
#3 How to Recognise Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away (1969)
#4 Owl Stretching Time (1969)
#5 Man’s Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century (1969)
#6 The BBC Entry for the Zinc Stoat of Budapest (or, It’s the Arts) (1969)
#7 You’re No Fun Any More (1969)
#8 Full Frontal Nudity (1969)
#9 The Ant: An Introduction (1969)
#10 Untitled (1969)
#11 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom (1969)
#12 The Naked Ant (1970)
#13 Intermission (1970)
#14 Dinsdale! (1970)
#15 The Spanish Inquisition (1970)
#16 Déjà Vu (1970)
#17 The Buzz Aldrin Show (1970)
#18 Live from the Grill-o-Mat (1970)
#19 It’s a Living (1970)
#20 The Attila the Hun Show (1970)
#21 Archaeology Today (1970)
#22 How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body (1970)
#23 Scott of the Antarctic (1970)
#24 How Not to Be Seen (1970)
#25 Spam (1970)
#26 Royal Episode Thirteen (1970)
#27 Whicker’s World (1972)
#28 Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris’ Ford Popular (1972)
#29 The Money Programme (1972)
#30 Blood, Devastation, Death, War and Horror (1972)
#31 The All England Summarise Proust Competition (1972)
#32 The War Against Pornography (1972)
#33 Salad Days (1972)
#34 The Cycling Tour (1972)
#35 The Nude Man (1972)
#36 E. Henry Thripshaw’s Disease (1972)
#37 Dennis Moore (1973)
#38 A Book at Bedtime (1973)
#39 Grandstand (1973)
#40 The Golden Age of Ballooning (1974)
#41 Michael Ellis (1974)
#42 The Light Entertainment War (1974)
#43 Hamlet (1974)
#44 Mr. Neutron (1974)
#45 Party Political Broadcast (1974)