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.
HannibalMO suggested today’s topic: Recommend one season of M*A*S*H to a new viewer.
Start With Season 1? Jump to Season 4?
Imagine you know someone who has never seen a single episode of M*A*S*H. They want to watch the show but don’t have a lot of time so they ask you, the biggest M*A*S*H fanatic they know, to recommend one season and just one season for them to watch. Which season do you tell them to watch? Do you insist they start with Season 1, hoping they’ll become addicted and find the time to keep watching? That’s the obvious answer.
However, what if you know they’re serious about only watching one season? If you tell them to watch Season 1, they’ll never see so many wonderful episodes from future seasons. They’ll never see any episodes with B.J. or Colonel Potter or Charles.
Personally, I find this topic particularly difficult to ponder because I can’t wrap my head around someone refusing to watch more than one season of M*A*S*H. I’m always going to tell people to start with the series premiere. To me, that’s the only way to watch M*A*S*H. It’s the only way to watch any television show. You start at the beginning.
Also, I don’t have a favorite season of M*A*S*H. I’ve never been able to pick one. Maybe other fans do have a clear favorite and that’s the season they’d recommend. Maybe you think Season 4 is the best season of M*A*S*H, with the highest ratio of great episodes to poor episodes. If so, you probably feel very comfortable telling someone to start with that season. That’s just not me.
Hit the comments with your thoughts.