Category: Classic TV Shows
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Consider Monty Python's Flying Circus the thinking man's sketch comedy show. As surreal as it is hilarious, the British crew's groundbreaking variety series defied all popular conventions, mixing in strange animated vignettes out of nowhere, ending bizarre skits before any sorts of punchlines surfaced, and skewering historical targets and governmental bodies with subversive wit. It takes a few episodes in order to settle into Monty Python's unique vibe, but once you're on board, it's impossible to give lesser sketch comedy shows passes ever again.