The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean War. With little help from the circumstances, in which they find themselves, 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
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Colonel Potter fought in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. At age fifteen he joined the cavalry, lying about his age to enlist. When World War II started, he was married, his mother-in-law moved in with them, and the war started the next day. See more »
In a number of episodes the team is in a tent watching movies. The movies are usually run on a Singer 16mm projector which wasn't manufactured until years later. In reality, the unit would have been issued a Bell & Howell JAN (Joint Army/Navy) projector with a three clawed mechanism that was highly regarded for its durability and ability to project less than perfect prints. See more »
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 »
Every episode of M*A*S*H ran longer than the normal 22 minutes we see today. Each episode ran about 25 1/2 minutes, with shorter commercial breaks. The syndicated versions shown today edit out some parts of the episodes, and sometimes the "missing" footage is essential to the story. The DVD versions restore all "missing" footage and run the proper length (25 1/2 minutes). See more »
This is still one of the funniest shows on television, especially the first four seasons when they still had a broad sense of humor. To me the glory days of M*A*S*H ended with the departure of Larry Linville (Major Frank Burns). After his departure, especially in the final three years, the show became more and more issue oriented and pretty much lost me until the classic finale. Other than that, it was still a great show.
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