50 Years of M*A*S*H: “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” (Repeat)

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of M*A*S*H, I’m taking a weekly look back at what episode of M*A*S*H aired five decades ago on CBS.

Episode Title: “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” (#1, 1×01) [Repeat]
Airdate: Sunday, April 1st, 1973
Written By: Larry Gelbart
Directed By: Gene Reynolds
Nielsen Rank: N/A

CBS began airing repeats of M*A*S*H 50 years ago today. The network aired a repeat of “Requiem For A Lightweight” earlier in the season rather than repeating the series premiere. Perhaps, CBS wanted to save the first episode to kick off the summer repeat season for viewers who were watching for the first time. Whatever the reason, CBS rebroadcast “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” on Sunday, April 1st, 1973.

Here’s the capsule summary from my Episode Spotlight for the episode:

Hawkeye and Trapper need to raise money to send Ho-Jon to college in the States so they hold a raffle.

George Morgan plays Father Mulcahy in this episode, not William Christopher.

“M*A*S*H — The Pilot” was one of 20 episodes included in The Hallmark Channel’s “M*A*S*H Bash 2007,” hosted by Wayne Rogers. The 12-hour marathon aired Monday, January 1st, 2007.

Check back next week for the next installment of 50 Years of M*A*S*H.

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