The past year was a slow one for M*A*S*H. The series celebrated its 40th anniversary in September but the milestone was all but ignored. Unlike the 30th anniversary ten years ago, which involved a televised anniversary special, this anniversary was barely mentioned in the media. Perhaps in another ten years the 50th anniversary will be a big deal. 2012 was also the 29th anniversary of the series finale.
In other news, following its February broadcast, Super Bowl XLVI became the third most-watched television program in U.S. history, pushing “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” to fourth. In March, a CNN panel gave M*A*S*H an honorable mention when ranking the most influential television series of all time. In May, Entertainment Weekly ranked “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” sixth in its list of the 20 best TV series finales ever. Here at MASH4077TV.com, a 40th Anniversary Poll held in September saw “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” voted the favorite episode with “Dear Sigmund” second and “Abyssinia, Henry” third. Also in September, ABC’s 20/20 revealed that M*A*S*H had been voted the second best TV show of all time (but the third best comedy). Finally, in November, Alan Alda received a special Founders Award from the International Emmy Awards.
As with every year, there were a number of deaths in 2012: scriptwriter Bob Colleary (January 8th), actor Warren Stevens (March 27th), actor George Lindsey (May 6th), actor Alex Karras (October 10th), and scriptwriter Reinhold Weege (December 1st).
M*A*S*H continues to be seen on television on TV Land and Me-TV.
I still haven’t found a great New Year’s quote (I used to end these reviews with Potter’s line from “A War For All Seasons” but it never seemed quite appropriate. But here’s an exchange from “Hot Lips and Empty Arms” relating to New Year’s Eve:
Margaret: “Did either of you ever kiss Frank?”
Trapper: “Not me. How about you?”
Hawkeye: “I was hoping maybe this New Year’s Eve.
Margaret: “I probably shouldn’t be telling you this, but Frank Burns is a lipless wonder.”
Happy New Year, everyone.