Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly)

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  • 1969
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Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) is a tribute to the revolutionary British comedy troupe Monty Python, brought to life by the streaming service Seeso in 2014. The series is a wild roller-coaster ride in the legacy of Monty Python and a celebration of its irreverent wit, surreal humor and ground-breaking comedy sketches that made them icons of pop culture.

The spirit of the show lies in its title – 'Best Bits (Mostly)'. It does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to Monty Python's work but rather serves up a curated collection of their finest moments, sprinkled with some lesser known gems. Instead of following a chronological order, the show joyfully hopscotches across the gigantic oeuvre of the Python repertoire, keeping the viewers in constant anticipation.

The series is a curated anthology of Monty Python sketches, signature skits, classic episodes, and iconic characters from their television series, "Monty Python's Flying Circus", their films and stage shows. But, Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) is not just a string of sketches. Instead, it seeks to deconstruct the Python phenomenon and understand the dynamics behind the madness.

In Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly), fans get to once again meet and laugh at some of the most famous characters and sketches that the troupe has produced, including the hilariously absurd "Dead Parrot" sketch or the classic "Spanish Inquisition". It takes the viewers on a nostalgic journey through a world where Ministry of Silly Walks exists and every now and then, a giant foot might descend from the skies!

The episodes are interspersed with commentaries by Python members, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and the late Terry Jones, adding an extra layer of intimacy and insight into the creation of these sketches. Moreover, the series is fortified with a roster of celebrity guest stars, who share their personal Python moments, fan favorite sketches and the influence this comedy behemoth has had on their own careers surpassing a broad range of fields- from comedy to films to literature. Their appearance provides a fresh perspective on the importance and ongoing legacy of Monty Python in the wider world of entertainment.

Furthermore, Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) does a marvelous job of capturing Monty Python’s audacious approach to comedy. The troupe’s boundary-pushing humor is given a deserving tribute in this series. An essence of Monty Python's comedy is inclusivity- their ability to make the audience feel like part of the joke. This series manages to capture that feeling as well, inviting the viewers in on the Python’s peculiar, comedic world where lunacy, intelligence, and sharp satire mix together to form a unique genre of comedy that feels vastly original even after half a century.

The series subtly unfolds various thematic elements that were often present in Python's sketches like the mockery of societal norms and institutions, and the critique of British class system, making it a fascinating viewing not only for a Python fan but for anyone who appreciates well-crafted comedy with a subtle social message underneath it.

Moreover, the series provides some rare glimpses into the group dynamics of the six-man team and the creative process behind their wild, innovative comedy. From the initial script-writing to the final dressing-up for the sketch, fans get to peek into their craft, which is both enjoyable and enlightening.

In its essence, Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) is more than a simple retrospective of some of the best comedic pieces to grace our screens—it is a celebration of the timeless humor of Monty Python, a tribute to its audacious style that changed the comedy landscape forever. It is a delightful journey down the memory lane for Python fans, and an exciting introduction to Monty Python’s unique brand of comedy for the uninitiated. Whether you are new to Python's surreal world, or a lifelong fan, this series guarantees to delight, surprise, and make you laugh out loud multiple times.

Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on .

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Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 5
5. Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 5
 
Monty Python's Best Bits (mostly) features some of the Python's greatest sketches, and tonight's show includes classics such as Spam, Anne Elk, The Architects Sketch, The Ministry of Silly Walks and possibly Monty Python's most famous sketch, The Dead Parrot. There's a couple of Terry Gilliam's classic sketches to enjoy and a classic scene from the Monty Python film Life of Brian. There's fantastic contributions from Chevy Chase, Lee Mack, Phill Jupitus, Steve Coogan and Matt Lucas and, as always, Hugh Bonn
Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 4
4. Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 4
 
Monty Python's Best Bits (mostly) features some of the Python's greatest sketches, and tonight's show includes classics such as Vocational Guidance Counselor, Albatross, The Restaurant Sketch and How to recognise trees from a very long way away. There's a couple of musical numbers in the form of The Lumberjack Song and Musical Mice and we'll see some of Terry Gilliam's animations. Plus we feature a classic scene from the film Monty Python & The Holy Grail. There's fantastic contributions from Bill Bailey, H
Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 3
3. Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 3
 
Monty Python's Best Bits (mostly) features some of the Python's greatest sketches, and tonight's show includes classics such as Working Class Playwright, How to Defend yourself against Fresh Fruit, Communist Quiz, How not to be Seen and Nudge Nudge, plus we feature a scene from Monty Python's Meaning of Life and take a look at some of Terry Gilliam's classic animations. There's fantastic contributions from Paul Whitehouse, Simon Pegg, Dara O'Briain, Seth Green and Charlie Higson and, as always, Hugh Bonnevi
Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 2
2. Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 2
 
Monty Python's Best Bits (mostly) features some of the Python's greatest sketches, and tonight's show includes The Argument Clinic, Hell's Grannies, Whicker Island, Fish License and The Olympic Hide and Seek Final, plus a we feature a scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian and ogle some of Terry Gilliam's psychedelic animations. There's fantastic contributions from Eddie Izzard, Mike Myers, Stephen Fry, Jessica Hynes and Ben Miller. And, as always, Hugh Bonneville is here to hold fort.
Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 1
1. Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) Episode 1
 
Monty Python’s Best Bits (mostly) features some of the Python’s greatest sketches, and tonight’s show includes The Kilimanjaro Expedition, a reenactment of The Battle of Pearl Harbour, Arthur ‘Two Sheds’ Jackson, The World’s Funniest Joke and we’ll meet The Spanish Inquisition, plus a we feature a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and see some of Terry Gilliam’s amazing animations. There’s fantastic contributions from Jim Carrey, Tracey Ullman, Noel Fielding, Richard Curtis and Robert Lindsay. And,
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Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) is available for streaming on the Seeso website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Monty Python's Best Bits (Mostly) on demand at Netflix and Amazon.
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