Has another year gone by already? It’s hard to believe sometimes how fast time flies. Here we are in 2018 celebrating the 46th anniversary of M*A*S*H. “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” aired on CBS on Sunday, September 17th, 1972 at 8PM ET.
Like many M*A*S*H fans, I didn’t watch the first episode back in 1972. I wasn’t born yet. I started watching M*A*S*H in the late 1990s on cable channel FX. I have no idea when I saw “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” for the first time. If you’re one of the lucky fans who watched the series premiere, what do you remember about your first reaction to the show?
All About Premiere Episode
If you’re like me, you probably don’t have time to watch “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” today in honor of the show’s 46th birthday. So, here’s a look at 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.”
I wonder, are there any M*A*S*H fans who’ve never seen the first episode?