Fans of the legendary sketch comedy troupe Monty Python can rejoice, as Netflix has acquired the rights to the group's entire catalog. While there are many comedic icons to hail from Britain, arguably none are more revered than Monty Python. Consisting of members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, the late Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam, the troupe formed in the 1960s, and starred in their signature sketch TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus from 1969 to 1974.
Monty Python would go on to make its mark in the world of theatrical films, most notably through 1975's comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is often cited as being one of the funniest films of all time. It's also one of the most culturally influential, especially to the internet age, where most of its best jokes have long since become popular memes. 1979's Monty Python's Life of Brian is also generally held in high regard by comedy fans.
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Now, Netflix subscribers can prepare to laugh until it hurts all over again, as Deadline reports that the streaming giant has picked up the rights to Monty Python's entire comedy catalog. This includes all of Monty Pythons' notable projects, for both film and TV. The Python collection arrives on Netflix in Canada and the UK - as well as other currently unspecified worldwide markets - on April 15. Unfortunately, Netflix in the US won't get access to Python until later this year.
While it's unfortunate that stateside Netflix subscribers will have to wait a while longer for some Monty Python goodness, at least it's confirmed that the catalog is coming to the US before the end of 2018. Being so quintessentially British though, it is kind of fitting that Python would arrive on Netflix in the UK long before US viewers got to see it. The troupe's trademark style of humor took a lot longer to catch on in the states than it did back in their native land.
In an interesting additional tidbit, Netflix is also said to be considering the creation of new, original comedy content featuring members of Monty Python. Which members would participate in these shows or exactly what format they would take is unclear at present, but Netflix's focus on stand-up and sketch comedy only continues to increase as of late, so it's easy to see why they'd want to commission original content from legends like the Pythons.