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M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH (which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker). The series is a medical drama/black comedy that was produced by 20th Television Fox for CBS. It follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War. M*A*S*H's title sequence featured an instrumental version of the song "Suicide Is Painless", which also appears in the original film. The show was created after an attempt to film the original book's sequel, MASH Goes To Maine, failed. It is the most well-known version of the MASH works.

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1 Reverse bone Got better with Winchester, Hunnicutt and Potter
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2 Never boned the fish It was great from day one
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3 Too Preachy Drama and Anti-War Speeches Replace Comedy
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4 Exit Stage Left...Wayne Rogers BJ Hunnicut Replaces Trapper John
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5 Death Abysinnia...Henry Blake...RIP
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6 Exit Stage Left...Radar Heart of The Show
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7 Everyone Gets Along Conflict Between Characters Lost
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8 North Koreans = Soft Never Seem Menacing
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9 Exit Stage Right: Frank Burns Needs Straight Man And Ally For Hotlips.
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10 B.J. Grows Moustache '70s Moustache in '50s Army
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11 Klinger Stops Wearing Dresses Original Zaniness Gone
12 Finale Dead baby
13 Margaret's Engagement Lt Col Donald Penobscott...Mr Hot Lips
14 Season Ten The Storylines Become Weak and Bland
15 Season Six Hotlips Becomes Margaret
16 Hair care Hotlips Frosts and Perms Hair
17 Goodbye Larry Gelbart Original developer of show leaves after Season 4
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1 For me it boned slightly when Radar left. Though I still think the post Radar episodes are great too. -- Submitted By: (TomPettyFan) on November 30, 2018, 10:21 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Why did Hawkeye constantly have to have the last word? That really got tiring. Self esteem issues possibly? -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on October 17, 2015, 2:13 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 While I still enjoy all seasons of MASH, for me there was too much change with the departure of Radar. The worst - Klinger becomes company clerk and goes from an amusing and sympathetic character to an obnoxious, greedy conman who even tries to fleece his friends. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 3:32 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 We're already living in a world where Frank Burns is right. MASH recognized in the episode in which the N. Korean spy calls Trapper and Hawkeye useful idiots. -- Submitted By: (fcabanski) on May 3, 2013, 4:14 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Definitely the preachinesss. We understand that war is horrible but shoving it down our throats every second just became unbearable. My guide to whether to watch an episode is if Larry Linville is in the opening credits. Post-Frank Burns shows are after the jump. -- Submitted By: (davev) on April 24, 2013, 5:54 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
6 If North Korea nukes us like they're threatening to, that would invalidate all of Hawkeye's "this stupid pointless war" tirades and we'd be living in a world where Frank Burns was right. A terrifying thought. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on March 15, 2013, 10:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Never jumped or boned the fish! One of the best shows ever. In fact it actually improved each time someone new was brought in ,which is very unusual for a tv show. Most other shows start going down the tubes when someone from the main cast leaves. It was very good from day one and was good or great until the show ended (maybe 2 or 3 episodes were poor, but considering the show ran for 11 seasons I think that's a pretty dang good). -- Submitted By: (JMoose) on November 28, 2012, 6:06 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Along the lines of "St. Hawkeye", the episode where the helicopter pilot was paying kids to collect "gadgets", and indirectly causing them to be blown up by land mines, was on the other day. I decided I'd seen that one enough. Honestly, how do issues like this even OCCUR to comedy writers? -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 14, 2012, 1:15 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Saint Hawkeye was just too much to take. -- Submitted By: (Bryan527) on May 7, 2012, 7:35 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Reading over the comments and reasons for boning, quite a few people think MASH boned for quite a few various reasons. They cite Col Blake dying and everyone from Radar to Trapper and Major Burns leaving. As I stated way back in an earlier comment, this is a military unit and moves do happen. Furthermore, this is wartime so deaths happen as well. I absolutely loved the first three seasons when they had Trapper, Burns, and Col Blake, but I think the replacements worked because each didn't try to replace the character. Col Potter was a career soldier vs. Col Blake who was a draftee. Winchester was an uppercrust snobby Boston native vs. Burns who was a butt kissing career soldier, and BJ was more of a family man and father vs. the freewheeling Trapper. Klinger wasn't as funny when he took off the dresses and started playing soldier. Poor Hawkeye, Hotlips, and Father Mulcahey couldn't leave Korea if their lives depended on it. All in all though, for an eleven year show I'd say they kept it pretty fresh with the scrips and didn't seem to rehash ideas. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 14, 2012, 12:19 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Like a fine wine, M*A*S*H only improved with age. As the seasons wore on and the seventies became the early eighties, M*A*S*H evolved from slapstick anti-war comedy to dramatic television that accurately portrayed the ravages of war. What a lot of M*A*S*H fans don't seem to realize is that the characters also evolved. Margaret, for example, started as a relatively two-dimensional character: a martinet and a foil for Hawkeye and Trapper. In later seasons she outgrew those traits and evolved into a much more three-dimensional character who was able to draw from her inner strength. Hawkeye, too, became less an infallible hero as we began to see some of his less savory personality traits (the preachiness, for example). Even Klinger evolved from starting as a one-shot character who wears dresses. M*A*S*H only got better with time, which is why it is one of the best television series ever made. -- Submitted By: (Mad_Hatter84) on March 25, 2012, 4:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Similar to SOPRANOS- M*A*S*H* went from well done and edgy to preachy and boring. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on December 17, 2011, 10:38 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Having watched this show a ton on Nick at Nite when I was younger, you can definitely tell apart what episodes came around what time. The first several seasons were genuinely good. The last few seasons just seemed like one buzz kill episode over another. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 16, 2011, 5:06 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Radar leaving did it for me, one too many of the original characters gone and the show never seemed as funny after that. -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 9, 2011, 8:44 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
15 RIP Harry Morgan. Colonel Potter was easily my fave character on this show. Although I admit that I was sad seeing Henry become fish food [ I recall my mother crying when we saw it happen in '75], it was a relief to see someone show up who actually was able to corral ALL the Swamp Rats instead of letting Hawk and Ferret Face run amok and have their contests nonstop. Also, I liked how Potter was tough+ firm yet always fair and not without a sense of humor- just was needed for the sake of the wounded! Moreover, it was kind of ironic how he was able to command all these folks noticably taller than he! Of course, Mr. Morgan had had a career that went all the way back to the 1940's even playing a teenaged soda jerk in a movie that starred big bandleader Glenn Miller shortly before his own still mysterious death. 96 years is quite an accomplishment to reach and for that and his work, I salute him! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on December 8, 2011, 12:50 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
16 It jumped sometime around the time they redid the intro. I believe this is also around the time Klinger stopped wearing dresses. If I turn on the show and see Klinger in his baseball jersey I automatially know that the episode is post-jump. -- Submitted By: (Laggard) on December 7, 2011, 12:54 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
17 You know what's funny about the M*A*S*H franchise? Every incarnation gets progressively worse. The novel is an under rated classic that will make you laugh like an idiot. The 1970, while a dark comedy classic, didn't have the same vibe the novel had. Still, though, it's a classic that everyone should see at least once. The TV show is a classic example of a show staying past its welcome. What started out as a great ensemble sitcom became Alan Alda's personal soapbox. It really is a shame because, for about 6 or 7 seasons, M*A*S*H was a really great sitcom with a lot of heart. -- Submitted By: (dcvianc) on May 4, 2011, 3:59 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
18 The first episode that I truly disliked was the season ten's "Snap Judgement" - the story made no sense at all. To make that big of a deal out of a missing camera that Klinger was returning to Pierce and Hunnicut and then to make it a 2 part story was weak. Unlike some I didn't object the antiwar sentiment but rather the later stories that had weak storylines like Charles's snoring becomes an issue with the whole camp, Winchester won't share his newspaper's with the other kids, Hawkeye suddenly getsmad at BJ for stealing his socks, the boxing day episode (boring), Winchester saves Klingers life and Klinger takes advantage of it, the bathtub episode was silly and the topper of all and worst moment on the series was the finale. The whole storyline about the baby being smothered to death was just sickening. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on November 28, 2010, 6:19 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 I would suggest that some who think the show got too preachy should go back and watch the original movie. The movie was NOT slapstick comedy like the show started out. It was an anti-war movie. That being said, I liked the slapstick comedy. I think it boned the fish when Burns was replaced with Winchester. -- Submitted By: (mobycat) on April 30, 2010, 7:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 For me, MASH actually did a reverse Bone. I'm one of the few who prefers the later seasons (6 onward) to the earlier, more comedic ones. This, in spite of Alan Alda's ocassionaly insufferable liberal self-righteousness and the unbearable psychobabble episodes(It's a Sidney Friedman episode, run!). The show really comes into its own when Winchester shows up. -- Submitted By: (BrianBuck) on December 3, 2009, 7:49 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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