some guy said:
"As someone who saw them first time round on television in the UK, I can assure you that they lost it after the first series."
As someone who's first introduction to MP was "The Holy Grail" at the age of 14 or so, I'm curious as to whether you're saying that the upcoming/new series isn't as good as the old material, or whether you are saying that there was a pre-flying circus version of monty python that was better. either way, all of the MP movies I've seen have been hilarious on the first watch, and most of them survived multiple watchings. I've also seen most of the flying circuses,and I'd say that about 1/2 to 2/3s of the sketches are good, 1/2 to 1/3 are shitty, and some precious few are downright awful.
to sum up:
monty python only sucks occassionally.
go monty. go monty.