My First M*A*S*H

From 2007 to 2009, visitors to this site were asked to submit via e-mail stories about watching their first episode(s) of M*A*S*H, and they were posted here. Although new e-mail submissions are no longer accepted, please feel free to hit the comments with your “My First M*A*S*H” story.

Do you remember the very first episode of M*A*S*H you ever saw? Were you watching way back in September 1972 when “M*A*S*H – The Pilot” premiered on CBS in the United States? Or did you start watching in the late 1970s or early 1980s? In syndication in the late 1980s or early to mid-1990s? Did you first see M*A*S*H when it started airing on FX in 1998, the Hallmark Channel in 2003, TV Land in 2006, ION Television in 2008 or Me-TV in 2010?

Or did you watch M*A*S*H in another country? England, Germany, Canada. Everyone has their own “My First M*A*S*H” story. What’s yours?

Charles (born 1964)
“I started watching from the very first episode in 1972 and was immediately hooked. No other show has ever even come close to being as good as M*A*S*H. I like all the characters, but Hawkeye is my favorite.”

Jessi (born 1989)
“I can’t really remember which episode it was because I was very little, but I’ve been watching it since I was a baby. My mom says that my dad would take me downstairs to watch it when I was a baby. It would always make me laugh. The first episode I remember seeing was Cowboy. But my dad said my first episode was, Movie Tonight. Which might explain why that episode is my favorite. My mom also said I always laughed at Hawkeye and Radar. But she said that I was afraid of Klinger in one of his outfits, I think it was the statue of liberty one.”

Kenneth (born 1975)
“Dear MA-Born two days before that originally aired on CBS.”

Kenny (born 1990)
“The first ever MASH episode that I saw was The Sniper. I was watching it with my grandpa and I kept asking him questions about the show. I didn’t get hooked on the show till a year later. I just started watching it and I loved it. The Sniper will probably always be my favorite episode.”

Andrea (born 1993)
“The first time i ever saw a M*A*S*H episode was at my grandma’s bedside. She had lung cancer. My mom,dad,brothers(two older)and grampa went to the hospital cafeteria for coffee. I had stayed with her,she was telling me about the old times. She brought up the topic of M*A*S*H. She told me to turn the tv to channel 6,i did, and M*A*S*H was on I watched it with her. About the middle of the show my family came back and said they were going for food because the food there was gross. I said i would stay. They left and i when to get a drink of water from the drinking fountain down the hall from her room. when i look up from my drink i see hospital staff running into her room. They told me she had “coded”, stopped breathing. She died, and M*A*S*H helps bring her back in my mind and it eases the pain. I’ve loved it, out of love of my grandma.”

Alissa (born 1991)
“In mid-2005, a friend told me an episode I later recognised as Out of Sight, Out of Mind was airing on Channel Seven (Australia’s resident M*A*S*H syndication box). I started watching and was hooked from then on. When Channel 7 stopped airing M*A*S*H early ’06, I started collecting the series on DVD and got even more hooked.”

Kirsten (born 1993)
“I think the first episode I ever watched (which was on Hallmark, by the way, I just started really watching M*A*S*H in early 2006) was “Sometimes You Hear The Bullet.” I immediately loved the mix of comedy and drama in the show. The fact that Frank was enough of an insane man to apply for a purple heart made me laugh a lot, and yet, somehow I can relate to him – I’m called the Frank Burns of my family sometimes. And when Hawkeye had to watch his friend die…It was just…wow. Hearing Tommy’s last words made me wonder what it was like back in the 50’s when this took place, and it made me wonder what happens over in the middle east today…somehow, it’s all just relevant. This show has definitely given me a new perspective on life.”

James (born 1972)
“I first became a MASH junkie when it was in syndication in the late 80’s. I use to watch it every day after school, while I did my homework. Hawkeye’s work ethic inspired me (and for a while made me want to become a doctor). I now own every episode on dvd and watch it religiously. Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. The intelligence and the depth the show had was superb. They don’t make TV like this anymore. My favorite episode is Fallen Idol–a real tearjerker.”

Gray (born 1990)
“M*A*S*H has been on and around my television since I can remember. It was not until 2005 when, on the Hallmark Channel, my Dad said to me, “You might like this show.” I recalled the past memories I had of the show. All I remembered was a bunch of people laughing in small green tents and reaction as a five year old to Klinger, hysterical! The first official episode that I viewed from beginning to end was “Our Finest Hour” I was very confused afterward wondering who this “Frank” was since I had only seen Winchester. And the surprise that Henry died was ruined when I finally got to season three. But since then I have watched it constantly. I can quote lines from it stating what season, episode, who said it, and why and how they said it. In all aspects it really is the greatest television show ever. Keep it alive!! (need more money for DVD seasons…six of eleven so far)”

Rob (born 1989)
“I’ve been watching M*A*S*H since I was 12. I am 18 now and I am proud to say I’ve seen every episode and the movie each many times. I have emailed back and forth with Mike Farrell as well. I remember being with my brother trying to find a gift for my mom for Christmas (ironically my last name). We looked around and my brother suggested that we get a VHS for 12 episodes of the 2nd season of M*A*S*H. We got it for her. She always liked the show but never enough to watch it in spare time. Well my brother and I were home alone one night being babysat by our uncle and while he was asleep, my brother and I decided to watch it. We ended up watching every episode on the tape were up until 1 AM. M*A*S*H opened a door out of the dark for me. I was depressed at a young age and found characters that I could coop with. It made me happy,confident and feel good inside. I wanted to cry. I love M*A*S*H and its incredible how one show can really make a big affect on a person such as myself. I will always have a big special spot in my heart for this show and its cast.”

Birgit (born 1972)
“I was born the year M*A*S*H was first aired, so I cannot possibly claim to have watched it from when it first started. In fact, where I was born, in Germany, the show wasn’t shown until the early 80’s for the first time. In the summer of 1995, after graduating from university in Great Britain I went to visit a friend in the United States. We had a great summer. We spent most nights in front of the TV, and one night discovered that M*A*S*H was on. I had never heard of it before but was hooked straight away. The first episode I ever saw was “The Winchester Tapes” in August 1995. These days I consider myself a M*A*S*H addict.”

Jasper (born 1995)
“I watched my first M*A*S*H around 2 weeks ago. It was the show before the episode Movie Tonight.”

Emily (born 1991)
“A friend told me about MASH.”

Joe (born 1957)
“I remember when it first started, I was looking forward to seeing it, because it looked like it was another military-based sitcom, like “McHales Navy, “Hogans Heroes”, “F Troop”, “Sgt. Bilco”, etc. and I liked shows like that. But when it was on, I never got to see it, because my sister and her friend were watching something (we only had one TV back then).

Then, the next week I had to go somewhere on Sunday nights, so I missed it again. But, I was home one Sunday night a few weeks later and I saw my first episode “I HATE A MYSTERY”-and I HATED it! Then, I was also home that December, and decided to give the show another chance. So, I watched the episode “DEAR DAD” (the first, and all-time BEST Xmas episode!!) and I LOVED it, and I’ve been a fan ever since.”

Dave (born 1961)
“The pilot episode, of course.”

Rob (born 1989)
“This show plays a huge role in my life. I was depressed when I was younger and remember my brother getting the VHS copy of the 3rd Season for my mom for Christmas. I ended up being home alone with my brother one weekend being babysat by our uncle and we put in the tape. I immediately felt comfortable and couldn’t stop laughing. This show has a special place in my heart and I love everything about it. I really helped make me feel that it was OK to be my own person and funny and outgoing. It’s amazing how something so powerful like that can change a person. M*A*S*H is a world I can go to any time.”

Raj (born 1973)
“My First MASH was in syndication in India in the early 90s. The episode that got me hooked ever since has been ” INGA”. I loved the dialogue where Charles puts his foot in his mouth in the first meeting with Inga with Hawkeye watching with glee. Also the last scene where Hawkeye is cajoled into watching movies with Margaret and the immortal line, ” This could be the start of a beautiful friendship”. It has been a memorable love affair since then for me…”

Kirsten (born 1974)
“I was born two years after Mash was on I started to watch Mash in 1999 on fox 5 i don’t remember what episode i saw!”

Katherine (born 1980)
“I always remember MASH being on the television but I didn’t pay attention to them until I was about 19. I was a Specialist in the Army by then and I saw the shows in a whole new light. When I went overseas in 2004, I really could relate. I watch MASH all the time now and really cannot find a better show on television.”

Jasper (born 1995)
“M*A*S*H has been my favorite show ever since I watched it just this summer… When I recently watched Goodbye, Farewell, Amen I cried to see the group go home.”

Britany (born 1989)
“My cousin Nesta was always talking about the show for the longest time, and I thought “Oh yeah, that one stupid army show”. Haha, how wrong was I? One night I was staying over at her house and it was on TV, and I was absolutely astonished. She went out of the room for a minute and came back in to find me glued to the TV. She looked at me and said: “I told you so.” I’ve got the entire series now and am a devoted fan. Probably more so than her these days!”

Amy (born 1978)
“Oddly enough it was the last episode. I know I must have watched MASH many times before but just cant remember. I remember my family watching the final episode and everyone being sad. I don’t remember specifics about the episode, just that everyone in my family was very sad.( I am now a MASH-aholic!)”

Jerod (born 1981)
“As a kid I had Crohn’s disease..which is for those who don’t know an inflamed bowel…and very painful at times….I spent at least four to eight hours on the toilet a day (more than y’all needed to know I’m sure), anyway….when I stayed at my grandmothers…she always watched M*A*S*H…and I got to liking it…it made me laugh and forget my pain…during some of the roughest times…I used to sit on the toilet and watch M*A*S*H…it made me laugh and forget the pain I was in…first episode I remember is “The Late Captain Peirce” from Season four…my favorite Episode however is The UN, the Night and the Music…from Season Eleven…Hawkeye Peirce is one of my idols…he taught me no matter had bad things were…you can still laugh…and that laughter is really the best medicine…I own all 11 seasons on DVD…and have them on almost around the clock most of the time…right now I write this…I’m watching Season Two, “Mail Call”…I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!”

Kate (born 1994)
“Well, I first began watching the show late 2006, I believe, and was terribly confused by all the references and characters. But I liked it, so I watched it again. And again. And I became hooked to a television show that ended 11 years before I was born. Which, funnily enough to me, is how long it aired.

I simply love the show now, and there’s no doubt it’s my favorite with its sheer brilliance.”

Sarah (born 1994)
“My dad always watched M*A*S*H when I was little, and we still enjoy watching it today. I think the first episode I remember was The Price of Tomato Juice, the ending made me laugh forever! M*A*S*H is a truly great show and nothing can or ever will come close to it.”

Louise (born 1971)
“I don’t remember the first episode I saw, but it was around season three that I got hooked. My favourite episode is Sons & Bowlers, I just love how the relationship between Hawkeye and Charles changes. I also love the episodes with Clete Roberts. Hawkeye is my hero.”

Fatima (born 1992)
“The first episode of M*A*S*H that i watched was in 2006 the episode where one of the wounded claims to be Jesus Christ and i’ve been watching it ever since. I am really glad i got attached because it is the best tv show ever and my favourite characters would have to be B.J and Hawkeye.”

Kiara (born 1993)
“i was about 7 when i watched my first m*a*S*h episode. i dont remember where i was or on what channel but i do remember watching in with my dad… he liked the show and had watched it when it first aired…(a long time ago) from then i i have loved the show. at the time no one understood how a 7 yr old could love a show like m*a*s*h, but that never stopped me from watching it every day. i bought all the seasons on DVD and about a year ago i had watched it all the way through from start to finish 5 times.”

Curtis (born 1975)
“I honestly can’t recall the first episode I watched but I know I was 5 or 6 with my Grandparents when I saw it, and I have passed on the tradition… My daughter and I have “M*A*S*H hour” every night when I get home from work and she loves it as much as I do.”

Vonnie (born 1984)
“I can’t recall the first episode I ever saw, but some of the fondest memories I have of my grandfather (who passed away in 1989) involve watching M*A*S*H and eating Raisin Bran. Since then I have watched it whenever I manage to catch it on television.”

Theresa (born 1989)
“By the time I saw M*A*S*H, it was obviously in syndication, and that was when I was about 9-10 years old. I remember, very clearly, my parents waking up every morning to watch it. The first episode I ever saw was “The General Flipped at Dawn.” It was also so amazing, and I used to want to be just like Hawkeye, which alarmed my parents to no end.”

Andrew (born 1988)
“It happened by chance in 2004. I had been watching Cheers, which lead me on to watching Frasier, then in one episode a guy called David Ogden Stiers was in an episode (who I had seen in Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place), and my mum told me about M*A*S*H. Naturally I watched it, and was instantly hooked. Since then it has always been my favourite programme, and I even got my best friend hooked.”

Stacy (born 1986)
“The first episode of M*A*S*H I saw was when I was in high school. It was on a TV station that aired(At the time) other shows like “I Dream of Jeanne” and “Bewitched”. I used to watch M*A*S*H and those shows at the same time period after school ended. I was 15 years old. I obviously could not have seen the episodes as they were released because these were reruns(I thought the episode where Henry went to stay in Tokyo was the first episode after the pilot, to give you some kind of indication of my knowledge of the show at the time). I don’t remember which episode was my first(I would guess around season 3-4), but I know I was hooked after my first episode. I currently have seasons 1-10 on DVD.”

Jessica (born 1986)
“Trick or Treatment in 1999 when I was in 7th grader. I remember that it hit a cord with me and I quickly became addicted.”

Steve (born 1982)
“I began watching in high school around 1998. My buddies and I had a little hand held TV that I would take watch MASH. The first episode I saw was one from season 1, I don’t remember exactly which one. I just remember Henry on there. Know I have seen every episode.”

Jenna (born 1986)
“The first time I ever watched and episode of M*A*S*H was during 2002 during a period of illness. My dad had been watching the re-runs and feeling too ill to get up and do something else I watched an episode and found that I really enjoyed it. The episode was Welcome To Korea.”

Emily (born 1993)
“The first episode I saw of M*A*S*H was probably a few months ago when we first got cable. I recently saw the episode again a few days ago. It was the one where Charles was having an article written about him by some reporter and his ego swelled even larger than usual. I guess I just thought it was pretty funny b/c I started regularly watching as much as I could. Now I just love the show and Margaret and Hawkeye are my favorite characters. B.J.’s a close second, though, and I love Colonel Potter’s made up words.”

Jamie (born 1981)
“I grew up watching M*A*S*H with my parents in re-runs, but it wasn’t until I was in 7th grade that I appreciate the show. The first episode I remember being moved by is Kim. I started taping the shows, and the first episode I kept on tape was The Trial of Henry Blake. Now, I own all the episodes on VHS and DVD! I watch them over and over!”

Carolyn (born 1985)
“I started watching MASH when I was a junior in high school and had massive insomnia problems. I would lie in bed not sleeping until 3 a.m. when I would get up and make a cup of tea and watch MASH until 4. I quickly got hooked by both the characters and the subject matter. When my mom got me the first season on DVD that was all she wrote! Hook, line, and sinker, I’m now a devoted MASH fan and quote it endlessly to friends and family. I still fall asleep to different episodes every night. The show never ceases to be funny and amazing no matter how many times I watch it. Hooray for MASH and hooray for this site, which keeps the love alive!”

Dean (born 1967)
“I can’t remember which episode or season it was (maybe season 6) but I was a fan from the start, not only because of the wise-cracking remarks from Hawk and BJ, but also because it dealt with larger issues of war. This became more apparent as I grew older and the show became more of an affront to Vietnam.
In any case I have 8 of the 11 seasons now on DVD and can enjoy it whenever I like.”

“Katie (born 1989)
I cannot honestly say I know what the first episode I watched was, but I do remember catching it on television one day about a year ago, and I have been hooked ever since. The strong acting and mixture of comedy and heart wrenching drama always makes my day.”

Kelli (born 1988)
“I actually stumbled across M*A*S*H on accident back in March of 2007. I am a huge fan of the animated series Avatar the Last Airbender and was poking around IMDb to see what other shows some of the voice actors appeared in. Mako, who provides the voice for Iroh in Avatar happened to have a few guest appearances on M*A*S*H.

This bit of information was in the back of my mind one night while I was checking the TV guide for something to watch. I noticed M*A*S*H was on on TV Land. I flipped it on just to see if Mako was guest starring that particular episode (he wasn’t) but found I couldn’t turn it off. And thus “The Most Unforgettable Characters” became my first episode and the cast was truly a set of unforgettable characters.”

Amanda (born 1985)
“I have seen M*A*S*H on tv for years and would watch it, but didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it, so i didn’t remember any plotlines. It wasn’t until TV Land showed a Marathon at the beginning of January 2007 that I really became a fan. I had M*A*S*H on for noise, and “Goodby, Farewell, Amen” came on. The scene where Dr. Sydney Freedman gets Hawkeye to remember all the details on the bus is what got me hooked. The impact of that moment made me sit up and say, “That’s what it’s about.” In short, I was enthralled by how the comedy mixed with the utter seriousness of the situation of the war itself.”

Beth (born 1994)
“The first episode I ever saw was ‘The Long John Flap’. I distinctly remember having no idea who anyone was or what was going on. My mum had bought the first series on a whim. I wasn’t really into it to begin with (it’s my favourite show now).”

Patricia (born 1992)“Well, I was at the beach in September 2007. I was really really bored, so I went to the living room and watched TV with my uncle and parents. I said, “What are we watching?” My mom said, “It’s MASH.” And I said, “Ooh I like that little short dude right there. He’s kinda cute.” I ended up staying awake until midnight watching MASH. I found out there was another marathon the next night. Guess what I did? Stayed up ’til midnight. We came home from vacation, and when I put all my things up and everything, I turned on the tv, and MASH was on, again. Ever since that boring night, I became really obsessed with MASH.”

Gene (born 1954)
“”Yankee Doodle Doctor”, from the sixth week in 1972 was the first M*A*S*H episode I ever saw. I was in college, but worked nights. On a rare night off I turned on the TV to M*A*S*H, because my friends had told me about the show. In school I hung out with a group of Marx Brothers fanatics (they were undergoing a revival/re-discovery at that time). When I saw Alan (Hawkeye) playing “Groucho”, I was immediately hooked. And have been ever since. I never again missed an episode all the way to “Goodbye. Farewell. And Amen.””

vintageisclassic (born 1989)
“I can’t really recall my first M*A*S*H episode moment but i think it was Hawkeye’s Nightmare as being the first. I’ve been a M*A*S*H fanatic for only 11 months now and it’s one of the best shows ever!!
Cheers is being the second best show!!”

Alyssa (born 1984)
“Actually, my first M*A*S*H episode was the finale, Goodbye, farewell, and Amen. I believe it was on the Hallmark Channel. I had heard of it, and caught snippets of other episodes just flipping by, but for some reason, I decided to actually watch it, and within the first 20 minutes I was hooked. Of course, my parents kept getting annoyed when I would keep asking what was going on, but I do remember at the end shushing everyone so I could hear, and the tears just pouring down my face. I’ve tried to catch it since, but I’ll admit, I like the Winchester episodes the best!”

Michael (born 1992)
“I started watching M*A*S*H when TVLand aired their weekend long M*A*S*H marathon, the first episode that I saw was the Pilot and I was immediately hooked, I am currently trying to watch the entire series from start to finish. My favorite character would have to be Hawkeye, I could never resist his brand of humor especially when he was with B.J.”

Skipper (born 1977)
“The last episode “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” the end of this episode really moved me, I don’t think there will EVER be a show better than M*A*S*H, if it is I wouldn’t believe it. My favorite character from the show is Klinger (Jamie Farr) and the Klinger collection. Where is Klinger when my wife wants a dress?”

kathleen (born 1985)
“When after my party is over I saw all the DVDs in Best Buy my father give me the first the second dvd
for Christmas I was so happy to have the DVDs when I much 21 and 22 I start to love MASH have all different season all the actors like Loretta Swit though all her friends make me laugh cry and embarrass because they make the best jokes that’s why love them so much.”

Jeremy (born 1992)
“Ironically, the first MASH episode I watched was the series finale, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, and I have been hooked ever since. I watch the show whenever I get a chance. It’s one of the funniest shows ever.”

Chet (born 1976)
“I remember watching MASH growing up. I also remember when I watched the final episode. Sad it ended.”

Marc (born 1990)
“I’ve only just begun to watch MASH on Paramount Comedy over here in the United Kingdom and I must say I have fallen in love with it! Charles Winchester and Klinger are my favourite characters from what I’ve seen so far!”

Dee (born 1987)
“My first MASH episode was Tuttle. I just about died laughing when they decided his first name was Jonathon, since I’d actually had an imaginary friend I named Jonathon. From then on I named him Tuttle, and watched MASH every time it came on.”

Scott (born 1952)
“I have been watching since the first year. I still watch the reruns.”

Kathy (1993)
“My first M*A*S*H was Change of Command. I didn’t really get what was going on but I remember at the end when Klinger walked in dressed in the sailor suit and Colonel Potter says: ‘Nice outfit’ and Klinger says ‘Thank you sir, it’s from the Shirley Temple Collection.’ That line cracked me up so much and from then on i was hooked.”

Raj (1973)
“My First Episode of MASH was INGA, Where Hawkeye falls for the Swedish Doctor and at the same time is egotistical about her skills.. This got me hooked to the series.”

David (1966)
“the pilot! the series had me hooked from there!:)”

Shawn (1990)
“My first episode of M*A*S*H i saw was when i was 4 years old! If i remember my father got me hooked one it! I think it was the second or third episode of the first season! But my favorite is either “Tuttle” or “Yankee doodle doctor”!”

Brielle (1993)
“When I was 11 my mother was watching the episode when all the characters were being interviewed. I sat down to watch it and I was amazed by how into their roles the actors were. Then my mom told me that that particular episode was unscripted and I was even more awed. These actors were able to be their characters and seem real and whole. Then another episode came on: Five O’ Clock Charlie. That showed me how funny M*A*S*H could be and that episode put me in stitches. I have watched M*A*S*H ever since.”

Angelika (1993)
“I’ve been watching since I was a baby! And I’m still in love with Trapper – me and Hot Lips agree on him! I love, love, love it! The jookes are always simple but brilliant & have stood the test of time and generations!”

Jake (1991)
“I distinctly remember my first MASH. It was, oddly enough, one of the first episodes to air. It was To Market, To Market where the hospitals medical supplies keep getting knocked of by black marketeers. I absolutely loved the show when i first saw that episode but i was too young to remember what the show was. So it wasn’t until a few years later i really discovered MASH. Been in love with it ever since.”

Lauren (1987)
“I started watching M*A*S*H reruns with my dad when I was 2 years old in 1989.”

Istvan (1985)
“I saw a few episodes when I was about age 11. But back then, I watched it with Hungarian audio. But of course, it can’t even be compared to the original English audio. No wonder no one has ever tried writing Hungarian subtitles for this. Anyway, I was 3rd year student at the university when I downloaded (yes I’m guilty) the first season. And after that, in a short month, I watched all of it (it took that long only because back then I had a lousy 1 Mb bandwidth for downloading). The only disappointment I had was when Lt. Col. Henry Blake got killed (Abyssinia, Henry). I was literally angry with the writers. How could they do that? Fortunately, later on I’ve read on IMDB that the staff decided that if one of the cast members wants out, they will never give the character a tragic end. (However, in one episode, a nurse named Miller (I think) dies because she steps on a landmine, and Hawkeye does the eulogy for her as he discovers that she loved him). I was very sad when I first watched the last episode, I just couldn’t believe that the show was over. Alda played the crazy Hawkeye splendidly. The second and last thing I didn’t like about the show was the fairly big amount of discontinuity. You can read all about it on Wikipedia, I just give one example of it. In one of the three episodes named dear dad when hawkeye writes a letter home, he writes “kiss mom and sis for me”. Later, when Radar gets a letter in which her mother informs him that she has a “boyfriend” Hawkeye states that his father is a widower. OK, that’s it for me, but all in all, the best damn show ever!!!”

38 Replies to “My First M*A*S*H”

  1. The first episode that I have a clear memory of seeing was the final, when it aired. I started really watching again some time in the late 90’s… I have all the seasons and the original movie, as well as the reunion DVD. I actually sat down one weekend and into the next week and counted how many martinis are actually in the episodes; do I remember the number at this time of course not.
    Point being that my family finds me when there is a M*A*S*H question that needs to be answered.


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