Were you among the estimated 105.9 million viewers who watched the series finale of M*A*S*H from start to finish 34 years ago today? That’s the average audience figure as opposed to the total audience figure (those who watched all or part of the finale) which was either 121 or 125 million viewers, depending on the source.
(Earlier this month, Super Bowl LI pushed “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” to ninth on the list of most-watched TV broadcasts in United States history.)
If you didn’t watch “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” in February 1983, when was the first time you watched it? CBS/Fox Video started selling the series finale on VHS, LaserDisc, and CED just weeks after it aired on TV. It aired in syndication for the first time in 1993. Columbia House released it on VHS at some point during the mid-to-late 1990s. Cable channel FX aired it for the first time in the late 1990s, I believe. And it came out on DVD in November 2006.
The first time I watched “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was either 1999 or 2000 (maybe 2001). I taped it on FX and watched it later. It wasn’t until 2006 or 2007 that I saw it uncut for the first time. That’s when I got the “Martinis & Medicine Complete Collection” on DVD. It’s been more than 10 years since I last watched the finale. I know I’ll be sitting down to watch it again sometime this year for my Episode Spotlight blog feature.
Hit the comments with your memories of watching “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” for the first time.