2012 Year in Review

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.


  • Dan says:

    Happy 2013 to you – it’s a great site… up to the standard of the show itself. And it is appreciated, even if, sadly, most of the “news” we are likely to hear won’t be happy. Thank you for keeping the site – and the show – alive for the fans.

    • TWoods says:

      My thoughts as well. Thank you, RJ, for the year in review and the superb job you continue to do. Happy New Year!

  • David G. says:

    One more highlight to add, if you want to call it that: A clip of Col. Potter’s tontine speech was used for the clip of Harry Morgan in the Emmy Awards’ “In Memoriam” segment last September.

    Okay, here’s a better one: The company that releases “Star Trek” trading cards (the ones with 2 or 3 autographed cards inserted into every box) somehow managed to get the ever-elusive signer David Ogden Stiers to actually autograph some cards picturing him in the character he played on a “Next Generation” episode. The cards were released in early 2012, and you still occasionally see the DOS signed cards up for bid on eBay.