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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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 / ... 215 episodes, 1972-1983
William Christopher ...  Father Francis Mulcahy 213 episodes, 1972-1983
Harry Morgan ...  Col. Sherman T. Potter / ... 180 episodes, 1974-1983
Gary Burghoff ...  Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly 180 episodes, 1972-1983
Mike Farrell ...  Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt 179 episodes, 1975-1983
Kellye Nakahara ...  Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN / ... 44 episodes, 1973-1983
David Ogden Stiers ...  Maj. Charles Winchester 131 episodes, 1977-1983
Larry Linville ...  Maj. Frank Burns 120 episodes, 1972-1978
Jeff Maxwell ...  Pvt. Igor Straminsky / ... 48 episodes, 1973-1983
Wayne Rogers ...  Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre / ... 72 episodes, 1972-1978
McLean Stevenson ...  Lt. Col. Henry Blake 72 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 circumstance 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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Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Trivia

Klinger, although Arab, is not Muslim, he is an atheist. This is mentioned in M*A*S*H: The Kids (1975) (#4.8). See more »

Goofs

As a rule in the service, a person is only awarded one Purple Heart (the first time they're wounded) and then oak leaf clusters for subsequent injuries. However, multiple characters throughout the series have or receive more than one purple heart. See more »

Quotes

Klinger: [Klinger enters Potter's office with a giant salami in one hand, and a giant loaf of bread in the other] 50 more pounds, and I'm homeward-bound!
Col. Potter: You're going to *eat* you way to a discharge?
Klinger: I call it "Food for Freedom"!
Col. Potter: I call it "Suicide by Salami"!
Klinger: I'll take my chances!
Col. Potter: Okay, when you can't get through that door, come see me.
Klinger: I'll be wearing a size 30, sir.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

An alternate version of the theme was heard on four 1972-1973 season episodes, including "Sticky Wicket" and "The Army-Navy Game". The theme is replaced by the regular series theme in syndication, but the opening is fully intact on the DVD and VHS releases The closing sequences seen in the early network airings were edited out of most syndicated airings. They are intact in the DVD and VHS editions. See more »

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Referenced in The Happytime Murders (2018) 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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Release Date:

17 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MASH See more »

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Runtime:

(255 episodes) | (256 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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