Although I don’t remember planning it this way, January/February’s poll tied nicely into the 30th anniversary of the end of M*A*S*H, asking “Should M*A*S*H have continued for a 12th season?” More than 400 votes were cast. Here are the results:
Yes, it was still going strong. (49%, 211 Votes)
No, it was time to call it a day. (46%, 199 Votes)
I don’t know. (5%, 18 Votes)
I know I often say I’m surprised by the results of the polls I run here but this time I am really and truly shocked. There has always seemed to be something of a consensus among M*A*S*H fans that the series had grown tired by the time its 11th season rolled around. The ratings were certainly strong enough to keep the show on the air another year. But were there more stories to tell? Obviously, a lot of people think there were. Far more than I would have thought. That being said, the results are very close to a tie, suggesting perhaps that while the vocal fans are the ones who complain about the quality of the series in its latter years, even casual fans realized wrapping things up after 11 years was probably a good idea.
Personally, while I feel the 11th and final season probably could have lasted for a full season rather than a shortened one with just 16 episodes, there wasn’t enough left in the tank for a 12th season. Hit the comments with your thoughts.