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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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Larry Gelbart
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Alan Alda ...  Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce 251 episodes, 1972-1983
Loretta Swit ...  Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan 251 episodes, 1972-1983
Jamie Farr ...  Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger / ... 216 episodes, 1972-1983
William Christopher ...  Father Francis Mulcahy 213 episodes, 1972-1983
Harry Morgan ...  Col. Sherman T. Potter / ... 180 episodes, 1974-1983
Mike Farrell ...  Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt 179 episodes, 1975-1983
Gary Burghoff ...  Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly 177 episodes, 1972-1983
Kellye Nakahara ...  Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN / ... 167 episodes, 1973-1983
David Ogden Stiers ...  Maj. Charles Winchester 131 episodes, 1977-1983
Larry Linville ...  Maj. Frank Burns 121 episodes, 1972-1978
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Storyline

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 Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MASH See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(255 episodes) | (256 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

B.J.'s real name was never given. In one episode, Hawkeye goes to extreme lengths to learn what "B.J." stands for, but all official paperwork concerning his friend claims that B.J. really is his first name. Toward the end of the episode, B.J. explains that his parents' names are Bea and Jay, and claims that this is the reason for his odd name, but whether this was actually true was never made clear. If the character was named today, it's doubtful they would've named him B.J., due to the sexual connotations of that acronym! See more »

Goofs

Dates jump back and forth during the series. Many early episodes featuring Trapper John and Henry are set in 1952 or 1953, while others with Col. Potter and B.J. are set in 1950 or 1951. See more »

Quotes

Hawkeye: War isn't Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.
Father Mulcahy: How do you figure, Hawkeye?
Hawkeye: Easy, Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?
Father Mulcahy: Sinners, I believe.
Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell. War is chock full of them - little kids, cripples, old ladies. In fact, except for some of the brass, almost everybody involved is an innocent bystander.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits of the episode "Tuttle", "Captain Tuttle" is listed as playing "Himself". See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Pierce, Trapper, Hunnicut, Radar, thank you... we will miss you always
22 August 2000 | by mango_manSee all my reviews

Without any doubt, this is the best show ever made. The writing is incredible, and the plots are very relevant to any society. Showing the worst of man to the very best of man, this show very well described the human condition. With deep drama, and good comedy, this show takes the audience through the ups and downs of life, while showing us the horror of war, yet leaving us with hope, knowing that there is good in humanity after all. The interaction between the characters is amazing, everyone becoming a family, and something wonderful being birthed in the midst of something horrible: war. Yet, even with the anti-war message, they refrain from bashing on soldiers (as most anti-war people tend to do) and they express pride in the bravery of them, while hating the need to fight.

All in all, this is the best show ever made, and I am deeply sorry that it did not run a few years longer.


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