In my generation women loved them too......though I guess we tended towards the nerdish????
In addition to what Nick says, Monty Python is a bedrock of the international geek/nerd culture. One of the major computer programming languages -- my personal favorite as it happens -- is named after them
Besides -- did you mean "oh wow" in a good way or a bad way?
Wow in a good way, of course.
I hesitate to use Python references here because a lot do not get them, I shall do so more in future.
I will never forget the impact of the first episode, and, even more so, the second, in my class at school. It was an all girls' school, too. Lots of us were bowled over and were eagerly re-telling the skits for hours. Didn't noticee the sexism (which Cleese has since commented on, as more a nerd thing than anything...) then.
My ex, who is a sound person fort television, was in England working for the Beebs during that era.
He had come back from a miserable, freezing, sodden three months filming out in the weather.
Apparently, the Beebs used to post new projects for people to express interest in working on, and he saw something about a circus. "No bloody way" he said, thinking about more miserable outdoors work.
It was, of course, the first season of Monty Python. I suspect he still kicks himself occasionally.