The Worst Episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus: When Laughter Fell Flat

Are you a fan of the absurd and offbeat? Do you find yourself drawn to the weird and wonderful world of British humor? Then chances are you’ve stumbled upon Monty Python’s Flying Circus at some point in your life. While the show is undoubtedly a classic, with its surrealist humor and iconic sketches, not every episode is a winner. In fact, some are downright cringe-worthy. So, grab your coconuts and join us as we take a look at the worst episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Fair warning: this list may cause some serious second-hand embarrassment.
The Light Entertainment War

The Light Entertainment War

Season 4 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1974-11-14

More surreal gags and sketches including Up Your Pavement, RAF Banter, Court Martial, The Public Are Idiots and Woody and Tinny Words.

Grandstand (or: The British Showbiz Awards)

Grandstand (or: The British Showbiz Awards)

Season 3 – Episode 13

Air Date: 1973-01-18

Sketches include The Oscar Wilde Sketch, David Niven’s Fridge, Pasolini’s ‘The Third Test Match’, New Brain from Currys, Blood Donor and the Dirty Vicar Sketch.

It's a Living

It’s a Living

Season 2 – Episode 6

Air Date: 1970-11-03

Featuring It’s a Living and a school prize-giving. Timmy Williams presents a new chat show and the fate of the Silly Party hangs in the balance in an Election Night Special.

The Golden Age of Ballooning

The Golden Age of Ballooning

Season 4 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1974-10-31

Features gags and sketches such as The Golden Age of Ballooning, Louis XVI, The Court of George III and a Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Norwegian Party.

Hamlet

Hamlet

Season 4 – Episode 4

Air Date: 1974-11-21

Sketches in this episode include Hamlet and Ophelia, Bogus Psychiatrists, Police Helmets, Boxing Match Aftermath and The Queen Victoria Handicap.

Party Political Broadcast

Party Political Broadcast

Season 4 – Episode 6

Air Date: 1974-12-05

Sketches in this final episode include The Most Awful Family in Britain, Patient Abuse, Brigadier and Bishop and The Man Who Finishes Other People’s Sentences.

Oh, You're No Fun Anymore

Oh, You’re No Fun Anymore

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 1969-11-30

Featuring camel-spotting, an embezzler at a board-meeting and a science fiction tale about a Scotsman and a tennis-playing blancmange.

Live from the Grill-O-Mat

Live from the Grill-O-Mat

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1970-10-27

Featuring gameshow Blackmail, The Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and boxer Ken Clean-Air System.

Scott of the Antarctic

Scott of the Antarctic

Season 2 – Episode 10

Air Date: 1970-12-01

Featuring a special report into the shooting of Scott of the Antarctic, from Paignton. Also, a man tries to purchase a fish licence.

Whicker's World

Whicker’s World

Season 3 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1972-10-19

Features gags and sketches such as Multiple Murderer Court Scene, Njorl’s Saga and Whicker’s World.

The Cycling Tour

The Cycling Tour

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 1972-12-07

This episode tells the story of Mr Pither as he embarks on his Cycling Tour.

Dennis Moore

Dennis Moore

Season 3 – Episode 11

Air Date: 1973-01-04

Features the sketches Dennis Moore, What the Stars Foretell, The Ideal Loon Exhibition, Off-Licence and Prejudice.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris’ Ford Popular

Season 3 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1972-10-26

Features Emigration from Surbiton to Hounslow, The Fish Slapping Dance, SS Mother Goose, Trim-Jeans Theatre and some very famous guests.

The Nude Organist

The Nude Organist

Season 3 – Episode 9

Air Date: 1972-12-14

Features gags and sketches such as Bomb on Plane, Mortuary Hour, The Olympic Hide-and-Seek Final, The Cheap Laughs and Prices on the Planet Algon.

Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis

Season 4 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1974-11-07

Features the sketches Department Store, Buying an Ant, At Home with the Ant and Other Pets and Toupee Department.

Untitled

Untitled

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 1969-12-21

Featuring a bank robber in a lingerie shop, It’s A Tree (with Arthur Tree), a vocational guidance counsellor, Ron Obvious and a gorilla librarian.

Intermission

Intermission

Season 1 – Episode 13

Air Date: 1970-01-11

Featuring some historical impersonations, a cinema usherette with a dead seabird, restaurant abuse and Probe Around On Crime.

Archaeology Today

Archaeology Today

Season 2 – Episode 8

Air Date: 1970-11-17

Featuring Mrs Beethoven, the Reverend Arthur Belling, some Australian Mosquito Hunters and a drink party with the Gits.

The All-England Summarise Proust Competition

The All-England Summarise Proust Competition

Season 3 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1972-11-16

Featuring in this episode The All-England Summarise Proust Competition, Fire Brigade, Travel Agent and Party Hints with Veronica Smalls.

Mr. Neutron

Mr. Neutron

Season 4 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1974-11-28

Featuring the story of Mr. Neutron and sketches including Post-Box Ceremony and Teddy Salad.