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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 Major Margaret Houlihan (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Maxwell Klinger (215 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Father Francis Mulcahy (213 episodes, 1972-1983)
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 Colonel Sherman T. Potter / ... (180 episodes, 1974-1983)
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 Captain B.J. Hunnicut (179 episodes, 1975-1983)
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 Corporal Walter Eugene O'Reilly (174 episodes, 1972-1979)
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 Lieutenant Kellye Yamato / ... (167 episodes, 1973-1983)
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 Major Charles Winchester (131 episodes, 1977-1983)
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 Major Franklin Marion 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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(255 episodes) | (256 episodes)

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

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MASH became a huge hit in India after it was telecast there in the 1990s, when cable television was introduced in India. It continued to be telecast on weekday evenings at 6 pm, for all its seasons. See more »

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BJ's daughter Erin's age is constantly jumping back and forth. When he first arrives, he explains that he received his orders to report after returning home with his wife from their first night out after Erin was born. When Radar leaves, Erin is big enough to walk up to Radar and call him "Daddy." In the next season, BJ explains that on his last anniversary, Peg was still 8 months pregnant with Erin, which would make her less than 1 year old. A few episodes later, Erin is once again talking in full sentences and is nearly 2 years old. See more »

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Klinger: Sir, I've had a lot of experience in these matters.
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Rerun heaven found in MASH
16 March 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

As a youngster, I missed the original run of MASH, mainly because I wanted no part of popular trends (a la Daria). Everyone was watching MASH, so I didn't. After the show ended in 1983, I began to see the reruns at night. What that show did for my appreciation of sharp, fast-paced humor cannot begin to be chronicled here. Let's just say that Alan Alda's incredible wit played a bit part in my own professional development. I may not ever get to meet him, but I would like to use this forum to thank him for making me understand that life is too short to be taken too seriously. Considering the Korean War context of the series, this may be especially true. I am somewhat sorry I didn't get to see the show back in the 70's, but as an adult, I can really appreciate its message and would like to herald it as perhaps the funniest TV program ever. Three cheers to all the cast and crew that made MASH possible. Keep showing the reruns, and I'll keep watching them. Even though war is unacceptable, MASH couldn't have been done under any other circumstances. Rerun heaven exists, and its name is MASH.


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