45 Years Ago: ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ Says Goodbye

The series brought a particularly British, irreverent and obscure form of comedy to a world audience, without ever truly defining what it was – and Monty Python deserves the accolades it’s drawn over the years for that alone.

Still, such groundbreaking artistic endeavors inevitably reach the end of their lifespans. For one, they inspire others to tread further into the newfound territory, often making the original work appear to be aged and primitive. For another, the very act of trying to avoid a format becomes a format in itself, leaving its creators in doubt as to where they should go next.

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