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M*A*S*H 

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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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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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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

The catchphrase in the movie, as in the book, is Hawkeye's expression "finest kind!" Save for one or two occasions, this really didn't carry over to the TV show. Also in movie there's that little whistle that Hawkeye keeps doing. Alda decided to let this be Sutherland's thing; and he did not try to replicate it for the movie. Most of the catchphrases of the tv show would not be Hawkeye's, but Radar's. Radar: Incoming! Radar: Wait for it! Radar: Choppers! Radar: Wounded! For most of the 8 seasons he was on the show Gary Burghoff would say one of those four things (Choppers! Wounded! Wait for It! Or Incoming) in almost every episode. After he left other characters continued to say one of those four things, in almost every episode; when Radar left it was usually Klinger, Colonel Potter or the PA system. Sometimes Hawkeye or BJ. The Pa system also had a catch phrase: Attention! Attention! All Personnel! See more »

Goofs

There was a reference to the movie The Blob, which wasn't made until 1958, well after the Korean War ended. See more »

Quotes

Father Mulcahy: [Some Refugees leave on a truck, Father Mulcahy is handing out the Holy Bible] Here you go kids... just something to read on the way.
Hawkeye: If you have any questions they have branch offices everywhere.
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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

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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Rerun heaven found in MASH
16 March 1999 | by verite-2See all my reviews

As a youngster, I missed the original run of MASH, mainly because I wanted no part of popular trends (a la Daria). Everyone was watching MASH, so I didn't. After the show ended in 1983, I began to see the reruns at night. What that show did for my appreciation of sharp, fast-paced humor cannot begin to be chronicled here. Let's just say that Alan Alda's incredible wit played a bit part in my own professional development. I may not ever get to meet him, but I would like to use this forum to thank him for making me understand that life is too short to be taken too seriously. Considering the Korean War context of the series, this may be especially true. I am somewhat sorry I didn't get to see the show back in the 70's, but as an adult, I can really appreciate its message and would like to herald it as perhaps the funniest TV program ever. Three cheers to all the cast and crew that made MASH possible. Keep showing the reruns, and I'll keep watching them. Even though war is unacceptable, MASH couldn't have been done under any other circumstances. Rerun heaven exists, and its name is MASH.


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