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Release Date:
17 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won 8 Golden Globes. Another 52 wins & 152 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Outstanding television, mostly. See more (141 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 166)

Alan Alda ... Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce (251 episodes, 1972-1983)

Loretta Swit ... Major Margaret Houlihan (242 episodes, 1972-1983)

Jamie Farr ... Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger / ... (213 episodes, 1972-1983)

William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy (210 episodes, 1972-1983)

Harry Morgan ... Colonel Sherman T. Potter / ... (180 episodes, 1974-1983)

Mike Farrell ... Captain B.J. Hunnicut (179 episodes, 1975-1983)

Kellye Nakahara ... Lieutenant Kellye Yamato / ... (167 episodes, 1973-1983)

Gary Burghoff ... Corporal Walter Eugene O'Reilly / ... (156 episodes, 1972-1979)

David Ogden Stiers ... Major Charles Winchester (131 episodes, 1977-1983)

Larry Linville ... Major Franklin Marion Burns (119 episodes, 1972-1977)
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Series Directed by
Charles S. Dubin (44 episodes, 1976-1983)
Alan Alda (31 episodes, 1974-1983)
Burt Metcalfe (30 episodes, 1975-1983)
Gene Reynolds (24 episodes, 1972-1977)
Hy Averback (20 episodes, 1972-1982)
Don Weis (16 episodes, 1972-1978)
Jackie Cooper (13 episodes, 1973-1974)
William K. Jurgensen (10 episodes, 1975-1979)
Harry Morgan (9 episodes, 1976-1983)
George Tyne (7 episodes, 1975-1978)
William Wiard (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Larry Gelbart (6 episodes, 1974-1976)
Mike Farrell (5 episodes, 1979-1983)
Nell Cox (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
James Sheldon (2 episodes, 1972-1979)
Lee Philips (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1973)
Alan Rafkin (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tony Mordente (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Ogden Stiers (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Writing credits
Larry Gelbart (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
W.C. Heinz (247 episodes, 1972-1983)
Richard Hooker (247 episodes, 1972-1983)
Ring Lardner Jr. (243 episodes, 1972-1983)
Laurence Marks (28 episodes, 1972-1978)
James Fritzell (24 episodes, 1974-1978)
Everett Greenbaum (24 episodes, 1974-1978)
Alan Alda (19 episodes, 1973-1983)
Elias Davis (18 episodes, 1980-1983)
David Pollock (18 episodes, 1980-1983)
David Isaacs (17 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ken Levine (17 episodes, 1976-1979)
Dennis Koenig (17 episodes, 1979-1983)
Thad Mumford (17 episodes, 1979-1983)
Dan Wilcox (17 episodes, 1979-1983)
Gene Reynolds (12 episodes, 1974-1980)
John Rappaport (10 episodes, 1979-1983)
Karen Hall (9 episodes, 1980-1983)
Burt Prelutsky (8 episodes, 1975-1977)
Larry Balmagia (8 episodes, 1978-1982)
Simon Muntner (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ronny Graham (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert Klane (6 episodes, 1972-1975)
Sid Dorfman (5 episodes, 1973-1977)
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (5 episodes, 1973-1976)
Gary Markowitz (5 episodes, 1974-1979)
Jay Folb (5 episodes, 1975-1977)
Sheldon Keller (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mike Farrell (4 episodes, 1979-1982)
Mary Kay Place (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Erik Tarloff (3 episodes, 1974-1981)
John D. Hess (3 episodes, 1974-1977)
John W. Regier (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
Tom Reeder (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Burt Metcalfe (3 episodes, 1979-1983)
Jim Mulligan (3 episodes, 1979)
Hal Dresner (2 episodes, 1972)
Burt Styler (2 episodes, 1972)
Bernard Dilbert (2 episodes, 1973-1979)
Carl Kleinschmitt (2 episodes, 1973)
Jerry Mayer (2 episodes, 1973)
McLean Stevenson (2 episodes, 1973)
Bill Idelson (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Allan Katz (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Don Reo (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sheldon Bull (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Mitch Markowitz (2 episodes, 1979)
Paul Perlove (2 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Burt Metcalfe .... associate producer / executive producer / ... (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
Stanford Tischler .... associate producer / producer (130 episodes, 1977-1983)
Gene Reynolds .... producer / executive producer (120 episodes, 1972-1977)
John Rappaport .... producer / supervising producer (82 episodes, 1979-1983)
Larry Gelbart .... producer (72 episodes, 1973-1976)
Thad Mumford .... producer (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Dan Wilcox .... producer (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Jim Mulligan .... producer (25 episodes, 1979-1980)
Allan Katz .... producer (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Don Reo .... producer (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dennis Koenig .... producer (24 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Original Music by
Johnny Mandel (12 episodes, 1972-1981)
Benny Golson (5 episodes, 1973-1975)
Duane Tatro (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Cinematography by
William K. Jurgensen (110 episodes, 1972-1977)
Dominic Palmieri (105 episodes, 1978-1983)
William T. Cline (25 episodes, 1977-1979)
Richard A. Kelley (3 episodes, 1973)
Meredith M. Nicholson (3 episodes, 1975-1978)
Joe Jackman (3 episodes, 1975)

Vilis Lapenieks (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Stanford Tischler (239 episodes, 1972-1983)
Larry L. Mills (140 episodes, 1977-1983)
Fred W. Berger (86 episodes, 1972-1977)
Samuel E. Beetley (5 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Casting by
Joyce Agu (131 episodes, 1977-1983)
Sam Christensen (74 episodes, 1977-1980)
 
Series Art Direction by
Rodger Maus (103 episodes, 1973-1978)
David M. Haber (40 episodes, 1978-1980)
John Leimanis (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Frank T. Smith (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jack Senter (23 episodes, 1972-1973)
Walter McKeegan (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Bert Allen (155 episodes, 1976-1983)
Norman Rockett (48 episodes, 1974-1976)
Ralph Sylos (30 episodes, 1972-1974)
Stuart A. Reiss (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Don Marando .... personal makeup artist (1 episode, 1973)
Terry Miles .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1983)
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1983)
 
Series Production Management
Mark Evans .... executive production manager / production supervisor / ... (250 episodes, 1972-1983)
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor / executive in charge of production / ... (227 episodes, 1973-1983)
David Hawks .... unit production manager (130 episodes, 1977-1983)
Ted Butcher .... unit production manager (96 episodes, 1973-1977)
James Blakeley .... post-production supervisor (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hawks .... assistant director / first assistant director (145 episodes, 1976-1983)
Cathy Kinsock .... second assistant director / assistant director / ... (82 episodes, 1979-1983)
Leonard S. Smith Jr. .... assistant director (69 episodes, 1973-1976)
Michele Futrell .... second assistant director / assistant director (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
James Engle .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1972)
Robert Doudell .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1973)
Barbara Gelman .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 1982-1983)
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Art Department
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman (1 episode, 1982)
Douglas Stubbs .... property master (1 episode, 1983)

Michael Casey .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Stephen Bass .... sound mixer (25 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tony Romero .... boom operator (25 episodes, 1979-1980)
Burt Grovenor .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1972)

William Hartman .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Edward Rossi .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Richard Sperber .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Harry Morgan / stunt double: Gary Burghoff / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1981)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1977-1979)

Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Pat Romano .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Al LaVerde .... key grip / best boy grip (187 episodes, 1974-1982)
Travers Hill Jr. .... assistant camera / first assistant camera (82 episodes, 1978-1983)
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer (66 episodes, 1979-1982)
J.B. Richner .... dimmer board technician (25 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1974)
John C. Moulds .... second assistant camera (5 episodes, 1972)

Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer (unknown episodes, 1979-1980)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator / aerial director of photography (unknown episodes)
Jim Sellars .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Bennett .... costumer: women (1 episode, 1983)
Albert H. Frankel .... costumer: men (1 episode, 1983)
Andrea E. Weaver .... set costumer: womens (1 episode, 1983)
 
Series Editorial Department
Virgil E. Hammond III .... post-production (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme / composer: theme music (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (12 episodes, 1973)
John R. Harris .... music editor (11 episodes, 1973-1983)
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (25 episodes, 1972-1983)
Dean E. Mason .... production driver (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Other crew
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (251 episodes, 1972-1983)
Larry Gelbart .... developed for television by / executive script consultant / ... (239 episodes, 1972-1983)
Alan Alda .... creative consultant (131 episodes, 1977-1983)
Gene Reynolds .... creative consultant (131 episodes, 1977-1983)
Ronny Graham .... story consultant / program consultant (57 episodes, 1977-1979)
David Isaacs .... executive script consultant / story editor (49 episodes, 1977-1979)
Ken Levine .... executive script consultant / story editor (49 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jay Folb .... executive story consultant / story consultant (48 episodes, 1976-1978)
Thad Mumford .... executive story editor / executive script consultant (48 episodes, 1979-1981)
Dan Wilcox .... executive story editor / executive script consultant (48 episodes, 1979-1981)
Dennis Koenig .... executive story editor / story editor (42 episodes, 1979-1981)
Karen Hall .... story editor / executive story consultant (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Larry Balmagia .... story editor (25 episodes, 1978-1979)
Laurence Marks .... script consultant (24 episodes, 1973-1974)
Elias Davis .... executive script consultant (24 episodes, 1981-1982)
David Pollock .... executive script consultant (24 episodes, 1981-1982)

Rita Hudis .... technical advisor: medical (unknown episodes)
Lee Sollenberger .... animal handler (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Alan Alda .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Hy Averback .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Larry Balmagia .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Glen Charles .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Les Charles .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Jackie Cooper .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Joan Darling .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Bernard Dilbert .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Sid Dorfman .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Jay Folb .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
James Fritzell .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Larry Gelbart .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Ronny Graham .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Everett Greenbaum .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
David Isaacs .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
William K. Jurgensen .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Ed Jurist .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Allan Katz .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Sheldon Keller .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Carl Kleinschmitt .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
David Lawrence .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Don Leo .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Ken Levine .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Larry Linville .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Lawrence Marks .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Burt Metcalfe .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Mary Kay Place .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Richard Powell .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Burt Prelutsky .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Gene Reynolds .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Wayne Rogers .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
McLean Stevenson .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Don Weis .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
William Wiard .... special thanks (1 episode, 1978)
Connie Izay .... dedicated to the memory of: technical advisor 1977-1982 (1 episode, 1983)
 

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Runtime:
25 min (255 episodes) | 25 min (256 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording) | Mono (1972-1973)
Certification:
Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Finland:K-7 (2006) (DVD) | New Zealand:M (Complete Box Set) | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

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Trivia:
Throughout the run of the series, any "generic" nurses (nurse characters who had a line or two, but were minor supporting characters otherwise) were generally given the names "Nurse Able", "Nurse Baker", or "Nurse Charlie". These names stem from the phonetic alphabet used by the military and HAM operators at the time. During the time period of the Korean War, the letters A, B, and C in the phonetic alphabet were Able, Baker, and Charlie (since then, the standard has been updated, and A and B are now Alpha and Bravo). In later seasons, it became more common for a real character name to be created, especially as several of the nurse actors became semi-regulars. For example, Kellye Nakahara played both "Able" and "Charlie" characters in season three before becoming the semi-regular "Nurse Kellye"; on the other hand, Judy Farrell (then Mrs. Mike Farrell) played Nurse Able in eight episodes, including the series finale.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Several of the characters had multiple variations on their names during the series, perhaps none more so than Father Mulcahy. His name is given at various points as John, John P., Francis, Francis John Patrick, and John Patrick FrancisSee more »
Quotes:
[Margaret has just thanked Hawkeye]
Hawkeye:Margaret, I'm honored, touched... and aroused.
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105 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding television, mostly., 29 June 2003
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

I've found many of the comments about this series to be quite amusing, particularly the ones bashing it for "shoving" a liberal agenda down viewers throats. Given it's success for 11 years, I don't think the audience seemed to agree with that assessment. Quite simply, the show was one of the best written, best acted, and most entertaining shows in television history. Yes, it wore out its welcome in the end; but, it is a masterpiece that later shows rarely measured up to.

I have no great preference for one season's cast over another. Each character was unique and had something to contribute. When we lost the bumbling, but loveable Henry Blake, we got the stern but loving Sherman Potter. Both were the C.O., but each was a different person, a smart move by the creators. The same is true for Frank Burns and Charles Emerson Winchester III. Burns was a neurotic, vindictive, childish fool; while Winchester was an arrogant blowhard, but one who could hold his own with Hawkeye. Burns was incompetent, while Winchester was an outstanding surgeon; just ask him. Characters were missed when they left; but, they were not replaced with doppelgangers. That is part of the reason this show lasted so long.

The show did take on a more serious tone in the later seasons, but not entirely. There are plenty of laughs right up to the end. Those serious shows were often some of the most memorable, and they kept the series from becoming stale. With that said, they did tend to resort to Hawkeye's mental problems a bit too much, especially in the farewell. You can argue that a character like Hawkeye, with his passion for preserving life, was ripe for mental breakdowns; but, in reality, he probably would have been shipped home by the second breakdown.

The show is not perfect (it lasted 8 years longer than the actual war) but it comes far closer than most. It seems to be fashionable to bash popular shows and movies after their days is over. Part of this is a new generation trying to establish their own identity and dominance. Well, I didn't like my parent's movies, shows and music when I was younger; until I actually watched them and listened to them. Some of it turned out to be quite good, some not. Real quality stands the test of time. MASH will be around far longer than most of what I see on tv today.

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