M*A*S*H (1972 – 1983)

 

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Creator: Richard Hooker. 

Cast: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit.

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help and under staff the crew did practical jokes and revenge, on the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers, often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

Set In 1950 during the Korean War that lasted 3 years this Jewel of a series lasted 11 years. You hadJ ohn Francis Xavier “Trapper” McIntyre (Wayne Rogers) and Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) live in the Swamp and are out to make the lives of Franklin Marion “Frank” Burns (Larry Linville) and Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit) miserable.

This show was funny at the time and very popular back then it is from the Movie from Robert Altman from the same title.  The show was risqué because they made it a comedy but war is not funny of course they put drama into it every time they lost a patient. and also they pushedj okes about sexuality and promiscuity. Klinger wanted to get out of the army in getting Section 8 and wanted everyone think he is crazy as he dressed in woman clothes. Hawkeye who was romancing hot lips and doing practical jokes to everyone . Radar is warm, fuzzy, and adorable you could see someone’ bother’s into his character. He misses his mom and his uncle wh has a farm in Iowa. Father Mulcahy, it is heartwarming to view a clergyman  a kind, caring, unselfish, and totally sympathetic light. Hawkeye is the real star of the show, absolutely charismatic. He experiences his own personal dramas,  with his own alcoholism. He was always trying to brew some. He was a great surgeon at that but couldn’t save all his patient. Later on in the seasons to come you will see how the characters developed. Here is a n interesting fact :As of November 2011, the series finale, “Goodbye Farewell, Amen,” is still the most watched television broadcast in US History. It was watched by approximately 125 million viewers. The finale aired from 8pm – 11pm on February 28, 1983. At 11:03 pm, EST, New York City public works noted the highest water usage at one given time in the City’s history. This was due to the fact that in the three minutes after the finale ended, approximately 77% of New York City flushed their toilets. Jamie Farr and Alan Alda were the only two cast members to have actually served in the US Army in Korea. Both of them did their tours of duty after the 1953 cease fire. As the series went on, the producers began interviewing actual M*A*S*H veterans for their stories and impressions; many of their recollections went into storylines. The gradual thinning of fresh ideas prompted work on the series conclusion. Klinger was do for one episode only but the audience loved him so he became a regular.

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