M*A*S*H was a comedy/drama that ran from 1972 to 1983 on CBS (mostly comedy, but
partly drama). This series was about the 4077th Mobile
Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) stationed in Korea during
the Korean war, and was based on a 1968 novel by Richard
Hooker titled MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.
The series was a major success, and the show turned out
to be one of the highest rated shows in US TV history.
Not only that, the final episode, which aired in
February of 1983, was the most watched TV show in U.S.
TV history as well. Some of the main characters
included Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda), Hot Lips Houlihan
(Loretta Swit), Klinger (Jamie Farr), Chaplain Mulcahy
(William Christopher), Trapper John (Wayne Rogers),
Frank Burns (Larry Linville), Radar (Gary Burghoff), and
B.J. Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell).
of the show will remember than an episode could turn
from hilarious to serious in just a few minutes as the
hospital and Army staff went about the business of
caring for injured soldiers. Many of the doctors, like
Hawkeye, Trapper John, and B.J., were drafted into the
war, while others, like Hot Lips and Colonel Potter
joined based on a since of duty. Although based around
the Korean war conflict, the show was as much a
commentary on the Vietnam war, and writers did their
best to criticize the conflict in a less threatening
way. Fans of the show might remember the short-lived
spinoff series called AfterMASH that aired from 1983 to
1985, and the more successful show Trapper John, M.D.,
which aired from 1979 to 1986.