M*A*S*H TV Show




M*A*S*H Cast


Series Description
    


The M*A*S*H TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a unit of doctors and nurses who had been torn from their personal lives and thrown into a muddy, bug infested camp in the middle of the Korean war! Most of them didn't want to be there. Their careers had just been "taking off" after years of medical education and training and now their rewards were being denied them. But when they heard the "choppers" coming in with wounded soldiers, all that was forgotten. They became the only hope close enough to the fighting to help the injured. When their work was done, they could go back to their drinking and complaining and sometimes romance in an effort to forget their miserable plight. This TV series did the impossible. It somehow found a way to be a comedy with a very non-comical premise. Most of the comedy revolved around the "draftees" pulling practical jokes on the career military personnel.

M*A*S*H Cast

Alan Alda .... Captain "Hawkeye" Pierce
Wayne Rogers .... Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre
Mike Farrell .... Captain B. J. Hunnicutt
McLean Stevenson .... Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake
Harry Morgan .... Colonel Sherman T. Potter
Gary Burghoff .... Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly
Loretta Swit .... Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Jamie Farr .... Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger
David Ogden Stiers .... Major Charles Emerson Winchester III
William Christopher .... Father Francis Mulcahy


M*A*S*H Trivia

The only regular cast member who died on M*A*S*H was Colonel Henry Blake. He perished when the plane that was carrying him out of the war to return to the U.S. crashed.

The program actually lasted 8 years longer than the real Korean War did.

The character played by Wayne Rogers was "spun-off" into a program called "Trapper John, M.D. (1979)" and mentioned his time at the 4077th M*A*S*H unit on several episodes. The actor playing Trapper John in that series, however, was Pernell Roberts (star of the series, "Bonanza (1959)"), not Wayne Rogers. It lasted seven years!

M*A*S*H produced two more "spin-offs" titled, "AfterMASH" and "W*A*L*T*E*R". AfterMASH started the very next season after M*A*S*H ended. In it, Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulcahy work at a hospital in Missouri. It lasted barely over one year. W*A*L*T*E*R only made it to the pilot stage of production. The pilot was broadcast but the show was not picked up by any network. In that pilot, Walter "Radar" O'Reilly ends out a cop in St. Louis, Missouri.

Radar O'Reilly's first name was actually Walter. He was called "Radar" because he always seemed to know what was going to happen right before it did happen. He would say, "Incoming Choppers" before anyone heard anything. Then 15 seconds later, you'd hear them. He would also finish people's sentences for them as if he knew what they were thinking.

Do you remember the signpost on M*A*S*H? It pointed to between nine and eleven different locations during the show's run. The nine were Boston, Seoul, Coney Island, San Francisco, Tokyo, Burbank, Death Valley, Toledo and Decatur. At some point Honolulu was added and for some reason, another Seoul was added so there was one near the top and another at the bottom.

Long before he was Colonel Potter on the M*A*S*H TV show (approximately 20 years before), Harry Morgan had a regular cast member role on the TV show, "Dragnet (1951)". He played the role of Officer Bill Gannon ... Sergeant Joe Friday's partner.

The series was based on the movie with the same name from 1970, however in the movie, Donald Sutherland was Hawkeye Pierce and Elliot Gould was Trapper John. In fact, the only major character to appear in both was Gary Burghoff as Radar O'Reilly. Both the movie and the TV show were based on the experiences of Dr. Richard Hooker. He refused to watch the show because he was a die-hard conservative Republican and felt the show was ridiculously liberal.

The 2 1/2 hour M*A*S*H finale set a record for the most watched television episode of all time with 106 million viewers. The "Cheers (1982)" finale holds second place with 80 million and the final episode of "Seinfeld (1990)" comes in at #3 with 76 million. (Statistics verified as of June 2004)


M*A*S*H Theme Song

Title: "Suicide is Painless"

By: "Johnny Mandel"

Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
...and you can do the same thing if you choose.


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

1... M*A*S*H 4077 (9/17/1972)
2... To Market, To Market (9/24/1972)
3... Requiem For A Lightweight (10/1/1972)
4... Chief Surgeon Who? (10/8/1972)
5... The Moose (10/15/1972)
6... Yankee Doodle Doctor (10/22/1972)
7... Bananas, Crackers, And Nuts (11/5/1972)
8... Cowboy (11/12/1972)
9... Henry, Please Come Home (11/19/1972)
10. I Hate A Mystery (11/26/1972)
11. Germ Warfare (12/10/1972)
12. Dear Dad (12/17/1972)
13. Edwina (12/24/1972)
14. Love Story (1/7/1973)
15. Tuttle (1/14/1973)
16. The Ringbanger (1/21/1973)
17. Sometimes You Hear The Bullet (1/28/1973)
18. Dear Dad ... Again (2/4/1973)
19. The Longjohn Flap (2/18/1973)
20. The Army-Navy Game (2/25/1973)
21. Sticky Wicket (3/4/1973)
22. Major Fred C. Dobbs (3/11/1973)
23. Ceasefire (3/18/1973)
24. Showtime (3/25/1973)


Season 2

25. Divided We Stand (9/15/1973)
26. 5 O'Clock Charlie (9/22/1973)
27. Radar's Report (9/29/1973)
28. For The Good Of The Outfit (10/6/1973)
29. Dr. Pierce And Mr. Hyde (10/13/1973)
30. Kim (10/20/1973)
31. L.I.P. (10/27/1973)
32. The Trial Of Henry Blake (11/3/1973)
33. Dear Dad... Three (11/10/1973)
34. The Sniper (11/17/1973)
35. Carry On, Hawkeye (11/24/1973)
36. The Incubator (12/1/1973)
37. Deal Me Out (12/8/1973)
38. Hot Lips And Empty Arms (12/15/1973)
39. Officers Only (12/22/1973)
40. Henry In Love (1/5/1974)
41. For Want Of A Boot (1/12/1974)
42. Operation Noselift (1/19/1974)
43. The Chosen People (1/26/1974)
44. As You Were (2/2/1974)
45. Crisis (2/9/1974)
46. George (2/16/1974)
47. Mail Call (2/23/1974)
48. A Smattering Of Intelligence (3/2/1974)


Season 3

49. The General Flipped At Dawn (9/10/1974)
50. Rainbow Bridge (9/17/1974)
51. Officer Of The Day (9/24/1974)
52. Iron Guts Kelly (10/1/1974)
53. O.R. (10/8/1974)
54. Springtime (10/15/1974)
55. Check-Up (10/22/1974)
56. Life With Father (10/29/1974)
57. Alcoholics Unanimous (11/12/1974)
58. There Is Nothing Like A Nurse (11/19/1974)
59. Adam's Rib (11/26/1974)
60. A Full Rich Day (12/3/1974)
61. Mad Dogs And Servicemen (12/10/1974)
62. Private Charles Lamb (12/31/1974)
63. Bombed (1/7/1975)
64. Bulletin Board (1/14/1975)
65. The Consultant (1/21/1975)
66. House Arrest (2/4/1975)
67. Aid Station (2/11/1975)
68. Love And Marriage (2/18/1975)
69. Big Mac (2/25/1975)
70. Payday (3/4/1975)
71. White Gold (3/11/1975)
72. Abyssinia, Henry (3/18/1975)


Season 4

73. Welcome To Korea (9/12/1975)
74. Change Of Command (9/19/1975)
75. It Happened One Night (9/26/1975)
76. The Late Captain Pierce (10/3/1975)
77. Hey, Doc (10/10/1975)
78. The Bus (10/17/1975)
79. Dear Mildred (10/24/1975)
80. The Kids (10/31/1975)
81. Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler? 4 11/7/1975)
82. Dear Peggy (11/11/1975)
83. Of Moose And Men (11/21/1975)
84. Soldier Of The Month (11/28/1975)
85. The Gun (12/2/1975)
86. Mail Call Again (12/9/1975)
87. The Price Of Tomato Juice (12/16/1975)
88. Dear Ma (12/23/1975)
89. Der Tag (1/6/1976)
90. Hawkeye (1/13/1976)
91. Some 38th Parallels (1/20/1976)
92. The Novocaine Mutiny (1/27/1976)
93. Smilin' Jack (2/3/1976)
94. The More I See You (2/10/1976)
95. Deluge (2/17/1976)
96. The Interview (2/24/1976)


Season 5

97. Bug Out (9/21/1976)
98. Margaret's Engagement (9/28/1976)
99. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (10/5/1976)
100. Lt. Radar O'Reilly (10/12/1976)
101. The Nurses (10/19/1976)
102. The Abduction Of Margaret (10/26/1976)
103. Dear Sigmund (11/9/1976)
104. Mulcahy's War (11/16/1976)
105. The Korean Surgeon (11/23/1976)
106. Hawkeye Get Your Gun (11/30/1976)
107. The Colonel's Horse (12/7/1976)
108. Exorcism (12/14/1976)
109. Hawk's Nightmare (12/21/1976)
110. Characters (1/4/1977)
111. 38 Across (1/11/1977)
112. Ping Pong (1/18/1977)
113. End Run (1/25/1977)
114. Hanky Panky (2/1/1977)
115. Hepatitis (2/8/1977)
116. The General's Practitioner (2/15/1977)
117. Movie Tonight (2/22/1977)
118. Souvenirs (3/1/1977)
119. Post Op (3/8/1977)
120. Margaret's Marriage (3/15/1977)


Season 6

121. Fade Out, Fade In (9/20/1977)
122. Fallen Idol (9/27/1977)
123. Last Laugh (10/4/1977)
124. War Of Nerves (10/11/1977)
125. The Winchester Tapes (10/18/1977)
126. The Light That Failed (10/25/1977)
127. In Love And War (11/1/1977)
128. Change Day (11/8/1977)
129. Images (11/15/1977)
130. The Mash Olympics (11/22/1977)
131. The Grim Reaper (11/29/1977)
132. Comrades In Arms - Part 1 (12/6/1977)
133. Comrades In Arms - Part 2 (12/13/1977)
134. The Merchant Of Korea (12/20/1977)
135. The Smell Of Music (1/3/1978)
136. Patent 4077 (1/10/1978)
137. Tea And Empathy (1/17/1978)
138. Your Hit Parade (1/24/1978)
139. What's Up, Doc? (1/30/1978)
140. Mail Call Three (2/6/1978)
141. Temporary Duty (2/13/1978)
142. Potter's Retirement (2/20/1978)
143. Dr. Winchester And Mr. Hyde (2/27/1978)
144. Major Topper (3/27/1978)


Season 7

145. Commander Pierce (9/18/1978)
146. Peace On Us (9/25/1978)
147. Lil (10/2/1978)
148. Our Finest Hour (10/9/1978)
149. The Billfold Syndrome (10/16/1978)
150. None Like It Hot (10/23/1978)
151. They Call The Wind Korea (10/30/1978)
152. "Major Ego" (11/6/1978)
153. Baby, It's Cold Outside (11/13/1978)
154. Point Of View (11/20/1978)
155. Dear Comrade (11/27/1978)
156. Out Of Gas (12/4/1978)
157. An Eye For A Tooth (12/11/1978)
158. Dear Sis (12/18/1978)
159. B.J. Papa San (1/1/1979)
160. Inga (1/8/1979)
161. The Price (1/15/1979)
162. The Young And Restless (1/22/1979)
163. Hot Lips Is Back In Town (1/29/1979)
164. C*A*V*E (2/5/1979)
165. Rally Round The Flagg, Boys (2/14/1979)
166. Preventative Medicine (2/19/1979)
167. A Night At Rosie's (2/26/1979)
168. Ain't Love Grand (3/5/1979)
169. The Party (3/12/1979)


Season 8

170. Too Many Cooks (9/17/1979)
171. Are You Now, Margaret (9/24/1979)
172. Guerilla My Dreams (10/1/1979)
173. Good-Bye Radar - Part 1 (10/8/1979)
174. Good-Bye Radar - Part 2 (10/15/1979)
175. Period Of Adjustment (10/22/1979)
176. Nurse Doctor (10/29/1979)
177. Private Finance (11/5/1979)
178. Mr. And Mrs. Who? (11/12/1979)
179. The Yalu Brick Road (11/19/1979)
180. Life Time (11/26/1979)
181. Dear Uncle Abdul (12/3/1979)
182. Captains Outrageous (12/10/1979)
183. Stars And Stripe (12/17/1979)
184. Yessir, That's Our Baby (12/31/1979)
185. Bottle Fatigue (1/7/1980)
186. Heal Thyself (1/14/1980)
187. Old Soldiers (1/21/1980)
188. Morale Victory (1/28/1980)
189. Lend A Hand (2/4/1980)
190. Goodbye, Cruel World (2/11/1980)
191. Dreams (2/18/1980)
192. War Co-respondent (3/3/1980)
193. Back Pay (3/10/1980)
194. April Fools (3/24/1980)


Season 9

195. The Best Of Enemies (11/17/1980)
196. Letters (11/24/1980)
197. Cementing Relationships (12/1/1980)
198. Father's Day (12/8/1980)
199. Death Takes A Holiday (12/15/1980)
200. A War For All Seasons (12/29/1980)
201. Your Retention Please (1/5/1981)
202. Tell It To The Marines (1/12/1981)
203. Taking The Fifth (1/19/1981)
204. Operation Friendship (1/26/1981)
205. No Sweat (2/2/1981)
206. Depressing News (2/9/1981)
207. No Laughing Matter (2/16/1981)
208. Oh, How We Danced (2/23/1981)
209. Bottoms Up (3/2/1981)
210. The Red/White Blues (3/9/1981)
211. Bless You, Hawkeye (3/16/1981)
212. Blood Brothers (4/6/1981)
213. The Foresight Saga (4/13/1981)
214. The Life You Save (5/4/1981)


Season 10

215. That's Show Biz (10/26/1981)
216. Identity Crisis (11/2/1981)
217. Rumor At The Top (11/9/1981)
218. Give 'em Hell, Hawkeye (11/16/1981)
219. Wheelers And Dealers (11/23/1981)
220. Communication Breakdown (11/30/1981)
221. Snap Judgment - Part 1 (12/7/1981)
222. Snappier Judgment - Part 2 (12/14/1981)
223. 'Twas The Day After Xmas (12/28/1981)
224. Follies Of The Living - Concerns Of The Dead (1/4/1982)
225. The Birthday Girls (1/11/1982)
226. Blood And Guts (1/18/1982)
227. A Holy Mess (2/1/1982)
228. The Tooth Shall Set You Free (2/8/1982)
229. Pressure Points (2/15/1982)
230. Where There's A Will, There's A War (2/22/1982)
231. Promotion Commotion (3/1/1982)
232. Heroes (3/15/1982)
233. Sons And Bowlers (3/22/1982)
234. Picture This (4/5/1982)
235. That Darn Kid ( 4/12/1982)


Season 11

236. Hey, Look Me Over (10/25/1982)
237. Trick Or Treatment (11/1/1982)
238. Foreign Affairs (11/8/1982)
239. The Joker Is Wild (11/15/1982)
240. Who Knew? (11/22/1982)
241. Bombshells (11/28/1982)
242. Settling Debts (12/6/1982)
243. The Moon Is Not Blue (12/13/1982)
244. Run For The Money (12/20/1982)
245. U.N., The Night And The Music (1/3/1983)
246. Strange Bedfellows (1/10/1983)
247. Say No More (1/24/1983)
248. Friends And Enemies (2/7/1983)
249. Give And Take (2/14/1983)
250. As Time Goes By (2/21/1983)
251. Goodbye, Farewell And Amen (3 Hour Special) (2/28/1983)


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M*A*S*H - Starring Donald Sutherland



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