The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

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 Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce / ... (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger / ... (215 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Father Francis Mulcahy (213 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Col. Sherman T. Potter / ... (180 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt (179 episodes, 1975-1983)
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 Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (174 episodes, 1972-1979)
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 Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN / ... (167 episodes, 1973-1983)
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 Maj. Charles Winchester (131 episodes, 1977-1983)
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 Maj. Frank Burns (121 episodes, 1972-1978)
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The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable. Nevertheless, the war goes on, Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

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Comedy | Drama | War

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17 September 1972 (USA)  »

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(255 episodes) | (256 episodes)

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)| (1972-1973)

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Stuart Margolin appears as two different characters during the first and second seasons - both of whom try to get fresh with a resisting Major Houlihan. Oliver Clark and Tim O'Connor also played two different characters on the show, and even John Orchard ("Ugly John" from the first season) returned for a guest spot later, in another role. See more »

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Hawkeye's background and family situation changes quite a bit during the run of the series. At the beginning he is from Vermont, both parents are living, he has a married sister that sends him an oversized homemade sweater, and a nephew. By the end of the show, he is from Crabapple Cove, Maine, and he is an only child whose mother died when he was about 10. See more »

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This series shows you how to roll with the punches
10 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That is, this series started out in 1972 to capitalize on the antipathy people had towards the Vietnam War, plus it blended well with the anti-establishment theme of the CBS prime time lineup as well. Then something horrible happened - that is for those financially backing the show - four months into production the Vietnam War effectively ended. Also, it was announced the draft would end. Poof. There goes the show's reason for existence. This is where the show "rolled with the punches". Rather than just dry up and blow away as an artifact of a time that had come and gone, it explored new avenues and ways to stay relevant. It explored friendship, maintaining family ties when far from home, and the shock of sudden death. At the end of eleven years, when the show called it a day, you had two characters that loathed each other in the beginning of the series practically declaring their love for one another, although they knew in peacetime it could never be.

If you ever decide to go whole hog and buy the complete series, have patience with it. The first three episodes are not that good - the humor is very forced and were it not for the laugh track you might not get that a joke had just been told. But it does get much better rather quickly. Back in 1972 network shows were allowed time to get better. Now some network bean counter just pulls the plug and drags out some reality show replacement.


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