Can you send me a copy of Making M*A*S*H?
Unfortunately, “Making M*A*S*H” has never been released commercially and is thus unavailable for purchase. Although I wish every M*A*S*H could have the opportunity to see this wonderful documentary, I cannot send copies to anyone. As of March 2009, however, “Making M*A*S*H” is available online for viewing at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Can you provide me with the contact information for an actor or actress from M*A*S*H?
No. I don’t have contact information for members of the cast or anyone who worked on M*A*S*H.
Where was M*A*S*H filmed?
M*A*S*H was filmed in two different locations. The external shots were filmed at what is now known as the Malibu Creek State Park. At the time it was the Fox Ranch located in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. Fox donated the Ranch to the state of California while M*A*S*H was still in production. The fire that engulfed the 4077th in the final episode was an actual wildfire that was worked into the script.
The internal shots, such as those taking place inside the Swamp or the O.R. were filmed in Stage 9 of the 20th Century Fox Studios in Hollywood, California. Limited shots outside the 4077th were also shot inside Stage 9, mostly the area between the various tents and buildings.
How many episodes of M*A*S*H are there, 251 or 255?
There are exactly 251 episodes of M*A*S*H, the vast majority of which are a half-hour in length. Five hour-long episodes were also broadcast and these were later cut into half-hour segments for syndication. Thus, the number 255 is sometimes used to describe the number of syndicated segments if the two-and-a-half hour series finale is excluded. However, there are only 251 episodes.
What is the difference between production order and broadcast order?
The number at the end of the closing credits is the production code, which indicates the order in which the episodes were filmed, not the way they were originally broadcast. My episode guides list the episodes in their broadcast order, the way they were shown on television in the United States from 1972-1983. In my guides, the episodes are numbered and given a “season code.” Thus, “Taking the Fifth” would be the 203rd episode of the series in broadcast order and the ninth episode of the ninth season.
Cable channels and local television stations may show M*A*S*H in production order, which can lead to continuity errors. For example, the first episode of Season Four to be broadcast, “Welcome To Korea,” was actually produced after “Change of Command,” which introduced Colonel Potter, but shown first. When watching Season Four in production order, you would see Colonel Potter arrive and meet everyone and then several episodes later, you would see B.J. arrive. Additionally, during Season Ten, several episodes filmed during Season Nine were broadcast and during Season Eleven, several episodes filmed during Season Ten were broadcast.