(episode 1; aired 5 October 1969; recorded 7 September 1969)
It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The word "Whizzo" would be used throughout the series as the title of various companies and products, such as Whizzo's Finest Chocolates produced by the Whizzo Chocolate Company, for the Crunchy Frog sketch of episode six.
Bicycle Repair Man: In a town full of people dressed as Superman a man has the secret identity of "Bicycle Repair Man" with the impressive superpower of being able to repair a bicycle with his own hands.
(episode 4; aired 26 October 1969; recorded 21 September 1969)
Owl Stretching Time was a proposed name for the series itself.
BBC-1 began colour broadcasting officially on 15 November 1969. Since September 1969, however, they had been broadcasting colour programmes "unofficially", so while the whole of the first series was broadcast in colour, this episode was the first to be advertised as being in colour (source: Notes taken from BBC videotape operators and transmission managers made at the time).
First appearance of the 16-Ton Weight. The 16-Ton Weight would appear in several more episodes including "The BBC Entry to the Zinc Stoat of Budapest", "Intermission", and "Blood, Devastation, Death, War, and Horror".
Secret Service Dentists
Many sketches in this episode are ended prematurely by Graham Chapman's army character ("The Colonel"), who protests rip offs of the British army's slogan, "It's a Man's Life in the Modern Army"
5. Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century
(episode 5; aired 16 November 1969; recorded 3 October 1969)
Gumby Frog Curse/Another Another Gumby Announcement
An Apology/Words Not to be Used Again
Police Constable Pan-Am
Last Gumby announcement (The end)
Cardinal Ximénez makes a cameo appearance in this episode. Additionally, one character says "I didn't expect a Spanish Inquisition", but, being played by Michael Palin (as is Cardinal Ximènez), is told to shut up.
Monty Python's Flying Circus Again in Thirty Seconds
A recap of the episode.
"And now for something completely different" and the opening sequence has a repeating groove.
This episode featured many famous characters from different episodes including Arthur Name (Nudge Nudge), and Ken Shabby. Terry Gilliam also reprised his role as the nude organist (Blackmail), a character usually played by Terry Jones.
(Episode 25; aired 15 December 1970; recorded 25 June 1970)
Anagrams appear throughout this episode: "Tony M. Nyphot's Flying Risccu" for Monty Python's Flying Circus; "Chamran Knebt" for Merchant Bank, "Mary Recruitment Office" for Army Recruitment Office. The end credits are all in anagrams.
Richard Baker has also done gestures to indicate pauses in the news.
5. The All-England Summarize Proust Competition
(episode 31; aired 16 November 1972; recorded 24 April 1972
(episode 38; aired 11 January 1973; recorded 18 December 1971)
Party Political Broadcast (Choreographed) †
A Book at Bedtime – "Redgauntlet"
No Time to Lose
Frontiers of Medicine – Penguins
BBC programme planners
Spot the Looney
Dad's Doctors, Dad's Pooves and Other Interesting Stories
"Party Political Broadcast (Choreographed)" and "Dad's Doctors, Dad's Pooves and Other Interesting Stories" have been cut out in many versions of this episode. A clip of "Party Political Broadcast (Choreographed)" has surfaced on YouTube, stated to have been found in Canada by David Morgan. It originates from WNED in Buffalo, New York; an identification card is seen at the beginning of the clip, and a "Support Channel 17" phone number shows up at the bottom of the screen. There is also a clip of the last sketch originating from German network WDR with German subtitles. "Dad's Doctors" has been restored to the iTunes version of the show as well as added to the Netflix streaming video version of the series.
13. Grandstand (or: The British Showbiz Awards)
(episode 39; aired 18 January 1973; recorded 18 May 1972)
This is the second episode without a formal opening sequence.
"Light Entertainment Awards" with Dickie Attenborough
The Oscar Wilde Sketch
David Niven's Fridge
Pasolini's Film "The Third Test Match"
New Brain from Curry's
Credits of the Year
The moment when the two men are discovered in bed together is John Cleese's last appearance in the series.
The Dirty Vicar Sketch
John Cleese was not interested in doing more of the series, so the rest of the troupe decided to do one last, shortened season under the simple banner, Monty Python (although the old full title, Monty Python's Flying Circus, is displayed at the beginning of the opening sequence). Cleese did appear uncredited in the first episode, and also received writing credits on some episodes that featured material he'd written for the first draft of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (particularly in the Michael Ellis episode).
1. The Golden Age of Ballooning
(episode 40; aired 31 October 1974; recorded 12 October 1974)
This is the third episode without a formal opening sequence.
The Montgolfier Brothers
Montgolfier Brothers in Love
The Court of George III
The end credits appear here.
Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Norwegian Party (subtitled)
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation
2. Michael Ellis
(episode 41; aired 11 November 1974; recorded 19 October 1974)
This is the second episode to feature a full length story.
The end credits appear immediately after the opening sequence.
Buying an Ant
At Home with the Ant and Other Pets
Documentary on Ants
Ant Poetry Reading
3. The Light Entertainment War
(episode 42; aired 14 November 1974; recorded 26 October 1974)
The Nude Organist and the It's Man appear for the last time, in footage taken from the Dennis Moore episode. Most of the sketches of the episode have a shared theme (World War II) yet no apparent narrative.
Up Your Pavement (the title and announcer call it "Up Your Sidewalk")
Theme music is a variant of "When Does A Dream Begin?" and based very much on the theme tune to Steptoe and Son, a popular BBC sitcom of the time. A little later in this sequence, the Blue Peter theme tune can be heard very briefly. Douglas Adams, who previously wrote for the show, made a brief appearance as a doctor treating a man suffering from lumbago during a small portion of this skit.
Appeal on Behalf of Extremely Rich People (written by Neil Innes)
The Man Who Finishes Other People's Sentences
The Walking Trees of Dahomey
Batsmen of the Kalahari
Cricket Match (assegais)
End credits appear here.
BBC News (handovers)
Announcements related to the party political broadcast on behalf of the Liberal Party.
^Chapman, Graham; Cleese, John; Gilliam, Terry; Idle, Eric; Jones, Terry; Palin, Michael (1990) . "Twenty-nine". Monty Python's Flying Circus: Just the Words. Volume Two. London: Mandarin. p. 78. ISBN0-7493-0226-7. "I am Inspector Leopard of Scotland Yard, Special Fraud Film Director Squad."