Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.
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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When Larry Linville announced that he was leaving at the end of the fifth season, the storyline of Margaret's impending marriage to Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscot was used as a way to write Burns out of the show. See more »
In one of the early episodes, Henry Blake refers to his wife as "Mildred". However, in later episodes her name is Lorraine. Col. Potter's wife's name is Mildred. 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 »
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 »
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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