Who doesn’t remember the TV series, “M*A*S*H,” with its memorable characters – Pierce, Major Houlihan, Radar, Major Burns and others? “M*A*S*H” is a Baby Boomer TV favorite. In fact, it is one of the favorite televisions shows of all time among the Over 50 crowd!
“M*A*S*H” was an American TV series that was developed by Larry Gelbart. It was adapted from a 1970 feature film “MASH” which was based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker – “MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.”
The series premiered in the U.S. on September 17, 1972 and ended on February 28, 1983.
Interesting facts about “M*A*S*H” – A Baby Boomer TV Favorite:
1) The finale “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the most watched TV episode in U.S. TV history at the time
2) It also had a record-breaking 125 million viewers according to the New York Times.
3) The series, which depicted a three-year military conflict, spanned 256 episodes and lasted eleven seasons.
4) Many of the stories in the early seasons are based on tales told by real MASH surgeons who were interviewed by the production team.
* Klinger was only going to appear in one episode. However, he proved so popular that he became a regular.
* In an interview, Harry Morgan said he wanted to play Colonel Potter forever.
* Hawkeye’s home town of Crabapple Cove, Maine, is the only fictional hometown of all of the “M*A*S*H” characters.
Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on M*A*S*H, passed away on December 31, 2015 at the age of 82. RIP