Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
Perhaps no other show on TV captured the irreverence of the late sixties and early seventies, the Vietnam era than M.A.S.H.
Like today, it was not a time when our nation stood tall, with veterans coming home to be spit on.
Fortunately the narrative has changed for men and women returning from the gulf wars.
M*A*S*H was a true ensemble series. Based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker and the 1970 20th Century-Fox movie of the same name, M*A*S*H aired on CBS from September 17, 1972 to February 26th, 1983 for 251 episodes, and has become one of the most celebrated television series in the history of the medium.
During its initial season, however, M*A*S*H was in danger of being canceled due to low ratings. The show reached the top ten program list the following year, and never fell out of the top twenty rated programs during the remainder of its run. The final episode of M*A*S*H
Alan Alda, “Hawkey, Jamie Farr, Cpl Clinger
Can you imagine in today’s P.C. world have a cast member called “Spearchucker Jones,” played by Fred Williamson? Note: Jones was recruited for The MASH unit’s football team. He played the part of Oliver Harmon “Speakerchucker Jones”
Colonel Blake: [to Spearchucker Jones at the football practice] I had another idea.
I think we should have some plays. You know, usually in football you have some organized plays…
Spearchucker: If you don’t mind, I took the liberty.
Colonel Blake: Oh, you have…
Spearchucker: I drew up about seven or eight plays. I figure that’s about all this bunch can handle.
Colonel Blake: Oh, these are good. These are very good. Uh, what are these little arrows?
IMHO perhaps because I was involved in medicine at the time, I found the program to be one of my few favorites.