Gilliam v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
538 F.2d 14 (2d Cir. 1976) - full text opinion
Monty Python's Flying Circus was a comedy show produced by the group Monty Python that aired on the BBC from 1969 to 1974. By the time the television show ended, the troupe was so famous that they were able to make four films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show's popularity has endured, and it was named the fifth greatest British television program of the twentieth century.