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The First 200 Years of Monty Python

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This book celebrates the group's career with exclusive interviews, rare photographs, and an episode guide detailing the original TV shows still being aired daily across the country. Photos throughout.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 15th 1989 by Griffin
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Jill Hutchinson
Jan 09, 2014 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
The appeal of Monty Python's Flying Circus continues to draw people to this eccentric, irreverent, and hilarious group of British maniacs. The television program is still playing in re-runs after all these years and finding new fans. This book covers the first 20 years of the group with profiles of each member and those of their continuing supporting cast; photos; and a synopsis and script of each program. Back in the day, phrases from the program found their way into everyday language; i.e. "It ...more
Keith Davis
Nov 23, 2009 Keith Davis rated it really liked it
An amusing if overly cute history of Monty Python written by a guy who was essentially a celebrity stalker of the group before celebrities realized they should be afraid of such people and therefor was able to become a friend of several members of the group.
Andrew
Aug 14, 2013 Andrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: python-etc, humour
Whilst a very strong recommendation for anyone who loves Python and likes to have a comprehensive library of related materials, the text of this book is far less interesting than the photography. Johnson is very much the fan-boy enthusing over almost anything and everything covered in the book and lacks the writing skill as well as the ability to put his rabid enthusiasm aside now and again. The re-telling of sketch after sketch, episode after episode is redundant though there are some interesti ...more
Keith Parrish
Jul 04, 2012 Keith Parrish rated it liked it
I picked this off my bookshelf after re-viewing the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus series on DVD recently. In reading back through it now, I realize that this book, written by someone who was a fan before an author was rather shallow. It does give some insights into the origins of the show, but then fails to really examine any kind of influence the show, movies, or group had. Although the book can't be faulted for this, it is rather frustrating having the scope end in the late '80's. A fo ...more
M
Jun 12, 2014 M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny-stuff
I picked this book up when I was in high school, right around the time they started re-broadcasting Flying Circus on channel 13. I'd set the VCR to tape the episodes when they came on at midnight, then watch them while getting ready for school. This book served as a great companion to the series, especially when there were jokes I didn't quite get, and it made me an even bigger Python fan.
Katherine
Jun 17, 2014 Katherine rated it it was amazing
One of the first Python books I ever got and still one I enjoy.
Scott
Feb 08, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
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An essential book to fully appreciating all that Python has to offer. It has a fully comprehensive episode guide listing all sketches in detail with MANY sidebars full of trivia, pre- and post-Python history of all members, all about the films, all about the books, all about the albums! Nothing has surpassed this book in terms of Python trivia and knowledge, fans will read it over and over again.
Elaine
Nov 04, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, non-fiction
Lots of good info, but obviously outdated since it was published before Graham Chapman's death. I will be interested to see the one being published soon with more episode annotations.
Jami
May 22, 2016 Jami rated it did not like it
This was a Did Not Finish. I would've expected something about Monty Python to be less - boring. It's as dry as a high school history text book.
Tina Thompson
Nov 19, 2013 Tina Thompson rated it really liked it
Very thorough walk through of every episode and movie. Lots of dishy behind the scenes Pepperpots vs. Gumbies action.
Tara Calaby
Sep 13, 2015 Tara Calaby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: britcom, biography, own
I don't remember a lot about this one, beyond the fact that I definitely read it as a teenager.
Rebecca
Feb 26, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I love this book and all the fun and the craziness of the Pythons!
Alannah
Apr 05, 2011 Alannah rated it it was amazing
hard to find, but a must for any self-respecting python fan.
Lizzie
Dec 09, 2009 Lizzie rated it liked it
a good anthology of monty mishaps.
Jake
Apr 11, 2013 Jake rated it liked it
not bad.
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