No, this isn’t a part of this month’s A to Z Blogging Challenge. It’s actually in response to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where she gives us the word “mash.” But since I’d already used my “M” prompt with “Mork & Mindy,” I thought I’d just highlight another great TV show that started with the letter “M” on today’s SoCS post.
“M*A*S*H” (an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) was an American war comedy-drama television series that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983.
The show was an ensemble piece revolving around key personnel in the 4077th MASH unit in the Korean War (1950–53). The MASH team cared for the injured during the war and used humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077th’s people are Captains Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda), and “Trapper John” McIntire (Wayne Rogers), B.J. Honeycutt (Mike Farrell), Majors Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swift) and Frank Burns (Larry Linville), Corporals Walter “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff) and Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr), and Colonel Sherman Potter (Henry Morgan).
“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” was the final episode of “M*A*S*H.” It aired on February 28, 1983, and was 2 1/2 hours long and was watched by 125 million viewers.