Use the comments section of this post for an open discussion of the anniversary.
Today’s the day. Forty years ago at 8PM ET on Sunday, September 17th, 1972 the premiere of M*A*S*H was broadcast on CBS. It seems like just yesterday was the 35th anniversary and the day before that the 30th. Yet here we are, celebrating four decades of M*A*S*H.
Be sure to check back throughout the day for posts and updates. To help get things rolling, here’s a post the late Larry Gelbart made to the alt.tv.mash newsgroup ten years ago on September 17th, 2002 to celebrate the 30th anniversary:
Thirty years ago today, I was busy working on future scripts for the balance of our first season.
I was anxious, of course, having seen some of the show’s reviews in advance (TIME magazine said we were the biggest disappointment of the year), I was anxious to see what sort of ratings we’d get (ratings meaning either an extended run or a death sentence), anxious to see what the public, my friends, my family, my peers thought.
We. who were responsible for the show, felt extremely proud of what we had done, but we had no idea whether others would view our work as positively.
How could just a few days ago turn so inexplicably into thirty years? I must get myself a slower calendar.
And don’t forget to vote in the 40th Anniversary Favorite Episode Poll.