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Today’s topic is: How long was your longest M*A*S*H marathon?
Remember Those FX Marathons?
When I started watching M*A*S*H on cable channel FX in late 1998 or early 1999, I know I sat in front of the TV for hours on end whenever FX aired a marathon. FX often aired M*A*S*H marathons on Memorial Day and Labor Day. So did Hallmark Channel when it acquired cable rights to M*A*S*H. Both TV Land and MeTV have done the same. Marathons have also aired on SundanceTV, Decades, and WGN America.
The longest cable TV M*A*S*H marathon of all time likely the incredible 53-hour, 106-episode marathon SundanceTV aired earlier this year from May 25th to May 28th. But I doubt anyone watched all 53 hours.
I don’t remember how long the longest marathon I watched on FX was. Probably at least 10 hours. I’m almost positive I watched all 12 hours of Hallmark Channel’s “M*A*S*H Bash ’07” marathon on January 1st, 2007. Wayne Rogers hosted the marathon, which featured 20 uncut episodes. I think I also watched the “M*A*S*H Bash ’07: Klinger Edition” marathon on May 28th, 2007. Hosted by Jamie Farr, it also ran for 12 hours and 20 episodes.
Thanks to DVD (and before that, VHS), M*A*S*H fans have been able to enjoy marathons of their own making since the mid-1990s. Back in December 2006, I watched the first 21 episodes from Season 6 on DVD in one sitting. It took roughly 7.5 hours. That’s the longest DVD marathon I can remember. I don’t know why I didn’t start earlier or stay up later to finish off the final three episodes from the season.
Have you ever watched a marathon on cable from start to finish? Have you watched an entire season on DVD in one sitting or created your own marathon of favorite episodes? Or do you prefer to watch M*A*S*H one or two or three episodes at a time?
Hit the comments with your thoughts.