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 a single episode of M*A*S*H to a new viewer.
The Series Premiere?
Almost exactly a year ago we discussed which season of M*A*S*H to recommend to a someone who had never seen a single episode of the show before. Today, we’re doing something even harder: picking just one episode of M*A*S*H a new viewer should watch.
The obvious answer is “M*A*S*H–The Pilot” because it’s the first episode of M*A*S*H and the episode that introduced the show to millions of viewers back in 1972. Without it, there wouldn’t be any other episodes. If it worked as a series premiere 47 years ago, it should work as a series premiere today, right?
I guess the single best episode to recommend to a new viewer depends on the viewer. Is it someone willing to commit to watching 11 season of M*A*S*H? If so, watching in broadcast order makes a lot of sense. But if this hypothetical new viewer is picky about the television shows they watch, maybe “Sometimes You Hear the Bullet” or “The Interview” are better episodes to recommend (for drama) or “Adam’s Ribs” or “Tuttle” (for laughs).
Hit the comments with your thoughts.