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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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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The 4077th actually consisted of two separate sets. An outdoor set, located in the mountains near Malibu, California, was used for all exterior and tent scenes for the first few seasons. The indoor set, located on a sound stage at Fox studios, was used for the indoor scenes for the run of the series. Later, after the indoor set was renovated to permit many of the "outdoor" scenes to be filmed there, both sets were used for exterior shooting as script requirements dictated (for example, night scenes were far easier to film on the sound stage, but scenes at the chopper pad required using the ranch). See more »

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Velcro used on the blood pressure monitors. Velcro was patented in 1955. See more »

Quotes

Klinger: Sir, I've had a lot of experience in these matters.
Charles: I do not need the wisdom of your experience. I am not selling watches from the trunk of a car.
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The pilot episode opening credits (only seen in original network airings and on DVD and video releases), feature the legend "KOREA, 1950. A hundred years ago..." See more »

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Forgotten Time
12 December 2000 | by (Greensburg, PA) – See all my reviews

The TV show M*A*S*H proves that laughter really is the best medicine to cure any wounds. This movie provided humorous insight to an otherwise overlooked time in American society. Every character provided a different perspective on the evils of war with their uses of satire. The script writers use satire to provide a look at the evils of war. I have seen the re-runs of this American classic series and I still find them hilarious to this day. I am so pleased that television stations decided to re air this otherwise forgotten show. I am glad that the directors and producers of this show depicted an otherwise forgotten time in American history. And I am sure that the veterans of the Korean War are happy that this show was made to show their experiences in this war and made their trials known to the public.


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