TBT: M*A*S*H

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You may not think of the TV series MAS*H (1972–1983) as a frock flick. But the half-hour sitcom was set during the Korean War, from 1950-53, and located in a U.S. Army Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near Uijeongbu, South Korea. This also happens to be my favorite TV show ever, I’ve seen each episode of the 11-season run a billion times, and I can quote the dialog from many of them by heart. I adore Alan Alda and his character of Hawkeye Pierce for his combination of comedic chops and humanitarianism. So it’s about time I throw my beloved show a TBT bone!

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8 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I, too, adore M. A. S. H. And to quote Hawkeye ‘Finest kind’ not sure if it’s one word or two.

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  2. Colleen

    I love MAS*H. I will truly mourn when Alan Alda passes. My grandfather was a two-time Korea veteran, and he couldn’t stomach the show making light of the war. Of course he lost his hearing and nose as a medic in Korea, so I can see his point.

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    • AbominableSnowPickle

      My Grandpa was a MASH medic in WWII and Korea. He sadly passed when was 12 (Alzheimer’s, you asshole). He was the kindest man, and I wish I could have talked to him about his experiences more (after Korea, he and the family lived on Taiwan for a couple years. He made medical training films and helped train the Nationalists. Mao’s army had a price on his head! Their house was about two doors down from Chaing Kai Shek’s summer house. Mom saw Madam Chang Kai Shek once. In the early 60s he and the family [my Grandma, mother, and her two sisters] lived in Ethiopia and my mother saw Hailee Selassie several times in parades). So many stories, and he was such a loving, gentle man. I’ve always been curious how he felt about the show, too.

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      • Colleen

        I only know of his war experiences from my mom and grandma. He died in 2003 when I was 19, but he never talked about his time in Korea and Vietnam. He did start talking to my sister about Vietnam, but she bailed to go sleep. Why didn’t he talk to me? I’ll never know, but what I do know is that he loved Hogan’s Heroes, but was disgusted by humor being made of the Korean War.

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  3. Paul Lafferty

    The first 3 years are probably the greatest tv episodes of all time. Not that the other years weren’t great, but there is not a bad episode from the pilot to when some of the original cast left

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