Fans of Douglas Adams may consider today a particularly important anniversary for M*A*S*H, which premiered on CBS 42 years ago. Critics were for the most part positive in their reviews of the first episode, although Tony Lacamera of the Boston Herald-Traveler-Record American called Hawkeye and Trapper “so overwhelmingly fun-loving, so unceasingly wise-guyish and, yes, so generally obnoxious that I almost found myself rooting for Larry Linville’s officious executive officer.” Yikes.
You can read more reviews of “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” here. Also, you can watch the original CBS fall preview and, while you’re at it, take a look at some early promotional images and press releases for the series.
If you were watching M*A*S*H when it premiered more than four decades ago, hit the comments with your recollections.