Recent M*A*S*H References on TV

Sunday night’s hour-long episode of Family Guy (titled “It’s a Trap!”) was a parody of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Although it had its broadcast premiere on Sunday, it was released on DVD in December of 2010. At the start of the episode, in place of the famous “A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” the following text was shown before the opening scroll:

A long time ago, after “M*A*S*H”, but before “After M*A*S*H”…

Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was released on May 25, 1983, after the series finale of M*A*S*H in February but before the series premiere of AfterMASH in September. You can see the gag here (United States residents only, unfortunately):

Also, the April 28th episode of NBC’s Community (“Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts”) included a M*A*S*H reference. Dean Pelton (played by Jim Rash) has just announced that an international cooking exhibition has turned into a riot when he refers to the longevity of M*A*S*H surpassing the length of the Korean Conflict:

Dean Pelton: “I mean, I didn’t even know there was a difference between North and South Korean barbeque. I mean, M*A*S*H lasted longer than that war. Get over it, am right?”

Watch the scene on Hulu (again, United States residents only):

This isn’t the first episode of Community to refer to M*A*S*H; the January 14th, 2010 episode was filled with references to the series.

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