Monday M*A*S*H Discussions offers fans the opportunity to offer their opinions on a wide variety of topics relating to M*A*S*H. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. My hope is these discussion posts will continue to elicit comments in the weeks and months after they’re initially published. Have a suggestion about something you think might be worth discussing? Let me know and maybe it will become my next Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topic.
Today’s topic is one of the three potential topics I shared in my post announcing Monday M*A*S*H Discussions last month: Should M*A*S*H Have Ended Before Season 11?
Too Much Drama
Few things divide M*A*S*H fans more than the question of when the series began to veer too far toward drama and away from comedy. Some will argue things began to fall apart when McLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers departed after Season 3. Others think Larry Gelbart leaving at the end of Season 5 marked the beginning of the end. Then there are those who feel the series took a truly dramatic turn once Radar went home.
Regardless of when they think M*A*S*H became too dramatic (or too preachy), there are some fans who believe the series shouldn’t have remained on the air as long as it did. They think it should’ve ended before the laughter ended.
The question for those who feel this way is when should M*A*S*H have ended? After Season 3? After Season 5? After Season 8?
Personally, I’m one of those fans who enjoys all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H (to varying degrees). Yes, the first three seasons are in my opinion arguably the must amusing and the most sitcom-y. Yes, the last few years are nowhere near as funny. But I like the entire series. I don’t think it should’ve ended before Season 11.
But I’m very curious to see hear how other fans feel. Those who consider Radar the heart and soul of M*A*S*H probably aren’t particularly fond of the last four seasons without him.
Hit the comments with your thoughts.