43rd Anniversary of M*A*S*H

Happy Birthday to M*A*S*H! Our favorite sitcom turns 43rd today. It premiered way back in September 1972 on CBS. Celebrate by checking out reviews of the pilot and early promotional material for the series. Continue Reading →

CBS Press Release for the Premiere

Here’s a two-page CBS press release, dated August 7th, 1972, for the premiere of M*A*S*H. Click on either of the images for larger versions: I’ve added the press release to my Promoting the Premiere feature, where you can also find a CBS press image for the series.

Pilot Script: The People

Here’s a list of characters included in Larry Gelbart’s script for the pilot episode of M*A*S*H: THE PEOPLE CAPT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PIERCE (“HAWKEYE”) New Englander; 28, stoop-shouldered, spectacled, usually in need of a haircut.   CAPT. JOHN F.X. McINTYRE (“TRAPPER JOHN”) Mid-or-Southwesterner, 28. A bit neater than Hawkeye, but not much. Chief interest: medicine, golf, … Continue Reading →

Pilot Script: The Place

Larry Gelbart’s script for “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” (titled simply “Pilot”) included the following brief description of the 4077th: THE PLACE The river valley in which the 4077th MASH is situated is almost surrounded by mountains. The components of the post are spread out in a rough horseshoe with a large compound of level ground … Continue Reading →

40th Anniversary Open Discussion

Use the comments section of this post for an open discussion of the anniversary. Today’s the day. Forty years ago at 8PM ET on Sunday, September 17th, 1972 the premiere of M*A*S*H was broadcast on CBS. It seems like just yesterday was the 35th anniversary and the day before that the 30th. Yet here we … Continue Reading →