Now, I love me some Python as much as the next guy- possibly, a bit more. On the gripping hand, though, you have to look hard at what they did to our culture.
Not one network TV station would ever have broadcast the Flying Circus. It had to come to the US via local affiliate PBS stations like a thief in the night. A thief in sunday nights at eleven, actually.
If the local PBS stations were lucky, they’d have a show on a couple times a week with a 1 share or maybe 1.2.
In Chicago, Python gave Channel 11/WTTW their first double digit shares, and all of a sudden there was money in PBS. People sent money in at pledge drives, and of course there were big supporters.
Python was cool, it was counterculture, it was irreverent and most of all it appealed to the dopesmoking dorks who didn’t do well enough at Columbia to get a real gig at one of the networks. So it became a dog whistle for hippies and liberals and morons of all stripe, who saw it as a tool to gather converts, and did it ever.
Now, the Python comedy is genius, there is no question of that.It just happened along at a time and in a manner that made it possible for the PBS assholes to become wealthy and strong enough to use it to further their agenda, and it did.
Now if we could only get Harvey to write for TV, we could start turning the tide.