It’s a ‘M*A*S*H’ bash



"M*A*S*H" airs weekdays on TV Land and Me TV and can be streamed on Hulu

“M*A*S*H”

One of the most decorated sitcoms in television history, “M*A*S*H” came forth at a time when the genre was raising the bar for intelligent content.

At a time when landmark comedies such as “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” were breaking new ground in terms of contemporary social commentary, “M*A*S*H” used a 1950s backdrop of hijinks at a mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War to make its point about war at a time when the Vietnam War was ongoing in the early 1970s.

Of course, the series outlasted the conflict in Vietnam and ran much longer than the war in Korea but it remained one of TV’s highest-rated series throughout its 1972-83 run on CBS. And its ensemble cast of Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, McLean Stevenson, Larry Linville and David Ogden Stiers all became forever associated with the “M*A*S*H” name.

“M*A*S*H” airs weekdays on TV Land and Me TV and can be streamed on Hulu.


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“The West Wing” (HBO Max):

Alda had perhaps the most active post-“M*A*S*H” career of his castmates as both an actor and a director. Here, he portrayed maverick California Sen. Arnold Vinick for two seasons in the acclaimed 1999-2006 NBC political drama. For his efforts, he was nominated for two supporting actor Emmys, winning once.

“AfterMASH” (YouTube):

After the Korean War ended, Col. Potter, Father Mulcahy and Klinger (Harry Potter, William Christopher and Jamie Farr) went back stateside to work together at a veteran’s hospital in Missouri among a different cast of characters in this 1983-86 spinoff series. Though it had the same creative team as the original, the series was a weak copy at best and viewers turned it off. CBS followed suit after two seasons.

“The Doris Day Show” (Amazon, Tubi):

Before he left to play Lt. Col. Henry Blake in the first three seasons of “M*A*S*H,” Stevenson for two seasons took on the role of Michael Nicholson, editor of San Francisco-based Today’s World magazine and boss of executive secretary Doris Martin (Day) in this underrated 1968-73 CBS sitcom – which would end up being Day’s last TV or movie job before retiring.

“Trapper John, M.D.” (YouTube):

No, there are no “M*A*S*H” actors present in this well-received CBS medical drama, only the character of Trapper John McIntyre, here portrayed by former “Bonanza” actor Pernell Roberts, playing a more mature 1980s version of the 1950s one brought to life by Wayne Rogers. The series achieved a moderate degree of success, running for seven seasons and garnering a handful of Emmy nominations.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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