Number 39: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
This demented Grande Dame of British comedy was once outrageously new and radical! And the opening titles with John Cleese on the beach announcing “And now for something completely different” would pop up almost randomly during the show to betoken that. We would all discuss it avidly in the playground and in the bike sheds at High School the next day, re-enacting highlights, mangling the pronunciation of their name as they did. And only a few bars of John Philip Sousa's military march 'The Liberty Bell' (1893) is enough to take me right back there.