M*A*S*H celebrates its 45th anniversary today. The series premiered in the United States on Sunday, September 17th, 1972 at 8PM ET. I don’t know about anyone else but I cannot believe 15 years have passed since the 30th anniversary of M*A*S*H. The show’s youngest fans weren’t alive when the “M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion Special” aired on FOX back in 2002. And yet here we are, 15 years later.
Were You Watching 45 Years Ago?
I can’t recall when I first watched “M*A*S*H — The Pilot.” It certainly wasn’t 45 years ago on CBS. I wasn’t born until after M*A*S*H ended. I probably saw the series premiere for the first time in late 1998 or early 1999 on cable channel FX. Since then, I’ve probably watched it at least another seven or eight times, maybe more.
When did you see “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” for the first time? Have you been a fan since the very beginning? If so, what are your memories of the series premiere? Did people talk about it the next day around the water cooler? Are there any M*A*S*H fans out there who have never seen the first episode?
All About Premiere Episode
If you have some time today, and you’d like to commemorate the 45th anniversary of M*A*S*H, read some of what I’ve written over the years about the very first episode:
1972 CBS Fall Preview
Watch the original preview for M*A*S*H, from the CBS fall preview special broadcast by affiliates in early September prior to the start of the 1972-1973 season.
Promoting the Premiere
Check out some rare promotional images as well as two press releases for the premiere of M*A*S*H.
Reviews of the Pilot
Read four complete reviews and nine excerpts for the pilot episode.
Episode Spotlight: M*A*S*H — The Pilot
My review of the series premiere, published in December 2014.
Music of M*A*S*H: M*A*S*H — The Pilot
An analysis of all the music heard in the pilot episode, with brief excerpts for your enjoyment.
Pilot Script: The Place
An excerpt from the script for “M*A*S*H — The Pilot,” written by Larry Gelbart, describing the location of the series.
Pilot Script: The People
Larry Gelbart’s original list of characters for the series, from his script for “M*A*S*H — The Pilot.”
This Week on M*A*S*H Returns
In honor of M*A*S*H‘s 45th anniversary, I’m reviving my This Week on M*A*S*H blog feature. Starting today, every Sunday for the next six months I’ll be posting a list of the M*A*S*H (and AfterMASH) episodes celebrating their anniversaries during the coming week. The first edition of This Week on M*A*S*H ran during 2013 and 2014 to celebrate the show’s 41st anniversary.
Check back later today for the first installment of This Week on M*A*S*H – 2017 Edition and be sure to return every Sunday.
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