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Ever since I was a little I loved M*A*S*H*.  I didn’t fully understand it as a young girl in the 70’s,  I loved watching Hawkeye, BJ and Frank and their antics.  I couldn’t decide who I had a crush on more Hawkeye or BJ.  They were both delightful in their own ways.

As I got older and continued to watch I grasped the show and what it mean’t to me.  The show connects to life.  To its sorrows, joys and craziness, which we  get through with laughter and pain.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of what is my favorite show.

Here is an article from Examiner.com about TVLand which celebrated the anniversary on the original airdate, September 17th.

TV Land to celebrate 40th anniversary of ‘MASH’ with marathon, reunions, trivia

TV Land is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "M*A*S*H."
TV Land is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “M*A*S*H.”

On August 31, executives from TV Land revealed details about the network’s plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the TV classic “M*A*S*H.” The month-long celebration will include a 10-hour marathon on Labor Day and re-broadcasts of the 20th and 30th reunion specials. Plus, the network will add in some “M*A*S*H” trivia on its website and Facebook pages. It all adds up to a great September for longtime “M*A*S*H” fans.

The celebration kicks off on Sunday, September 2 with the airing of “M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion” and a day-long marathon on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land. The 20th reunion special, “Memories of M*A*S*H” is set to air on Sunday, September 9. The “M*A*S*H” pilot and 3-hour series finale will air on Sunday, September 16. Throughout the month of September, episodes of “M*A*S*H” will air on weekdays.

“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the 251st and final episode of “M*A*S*H.” It first aired on February 28, 1983 and was the most watched television broadcast in American history from 1983-2010. An astonishing audience of 125 million tuned in for the final farewell. It was finally passed in total viewership by Super Bowl XLIV, but not in ratings or share.

Based on the 1970 Robert Altman film of the same name, “M*A*S*H” revolved around life at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, where wounded and sick soldiers were treated. The show centered around…

  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) and Dr. “Trapper” John McIntyre (Wayne Rogers), two brilliant surgeons often preoccupied with attractive nurses, practical jokes and merry-making, all while disregarding military decorum.
  • Dr. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Lt. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit), whose secret love affair was no secret.
  • Lt. Colonel Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson), the camp commander who gave “Hawkeye” and “Trapper” free reign, further irritating Burns and “Hot Lips.”
  • Corporal Walter “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff), Lt. Blake’s lovable assistant.
  • Corporal Max Klinger (Jamie Farr), a doctor’s aide in the operating room who wore women’s clothing in hopes of being discharged.
  • Father Francis Mulcahy (William Christopher), who ran an orphanage and served as the unit’s chaplain.

“M*A*S*H” ran for eleven seasons from 1972-1983. The series won a total of 14 Emmy Awards, plus seven Golden Globe Awards, seven Directors Guild of America Awards, a Peabody Award, and two Humanitas Prize Awards.

Fun trivia about “M*A*S*H”:

To get set for the 40th anniversary, here is a bit of trivia about the iconic series, from IMDB.

  • By the time the series ended, three of the regulars were promoted: Klinger (Jamie Farr) from Corporal to Sergeant, and Father Mulcahy (William Christopher) from Lieutenant to Captain. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel when he was shipped back to the US following Margaret’s marriage.
  • Radar’s teddy bear, once housed at the Smithsonian, was sold at auction July 29, 2005, for $11,800. (It was originally found on the Fox Ranch, where the series was filmed, and became part of the show.)
  • Tom Skerritt was approached to reprise his role as Duke Forrest on the series but he declined, because he felt a TV version of the movie would be unsuccessful.
  • Harry Morgan, who played Col. Potter, had an earlier guest appearance as a crazy General named Steele.
  • 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 ceasefire.
  • “M*A*S*H” stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
  • Gary Burghoff’s left hand was slightly deformed, and he took great pains to hide or de-emphasize it during filming. He did this by always holding something (like a clipboard), or keeping that hand in his pocket.
  • All of the replacement characters (BJ, Col. Potter, and Charles) lasted longer then the characters they replaced (Trapper, Henry, and Frank).
  • Alan Alda had a running guest appearance on the TV show ER in which he played Dr. Gabriel Lawrence, who reminisced about being a doctor in a war.
  • Klinger’s attempts to be thrown out of the Army by wearing women’s clothing were inspired by Lenny Bruce, who received a dishonorable discharge from the Navy by dressing as a WAVE.
  • The ubiquitous helicopters were military versions of the Bell 47. In the real Korean War, the OH-13s evacuated 80% of American casualties.
  • Much like their onscreen counterparts, the cast bonded and became a “family” on the set, in response to the relative remoteness of the Fox Ranch and the cold weather when filming began.
  • Klinger was only going to appear in one episode. However, he proved so popular that he became a regular.
  • Both Major Margaret Houlihan and Cpl. Max Klinger were married (Margaret in person, Klinger over the phone) and divorced during their service at the 4077th. They shared the same wedding dress.
  • On Sesame Street, Big Bird’s teddy bear is named Radar. This is in homage to Radar O’Reilly’s teddy bear.
  • Alan Alda was the only actor to appear in every episode.
  • Dr. Michael DeBakey, the physician largely credited with the creation of M*A*S*H units for the U.S. Army, died in July 2008. He was two months shy of turning 100 years old.

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