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 →

Reviews of the Pilot

Read a selection of contemporary reviews of the M*A*S*H series premiere, from critics writing for The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and other newspapers. Continue Reading →

A Salute to George Morgan

When M*A*S*H premiered on September 17th, 1972, viewers were introduced (per the opening credits) to Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Larry Linville, Loretta Swit and Gary Burghoff. Guest stars in that first episode included G. Wood as General Hammond, Patrick Adiarte as Ho-Jon, Karen Phillip as Lt. Dish and George Morgan as Father Mulcahy. … Continue Reading →

Music of M*A*S*H – “M*A*S*H – The Pilot”

I’ve added a new feature to the site, Music of M*A*S*H. In the past, I had a section dedicated to various songs used in M*A*S*H. That’s not what this is. I recently acquired cue sheets for the first ten seasons of the series. These sheets identify the music in each episode and I plan on … Continue Reading →

Music of M*A*S*H – M*A*S*H — The Pilot

The pilot episode of M*A*S*H (titled “M*A*S*H – The Pilot“) was originally broadcast on Sunday, September 17th, 1972. It set the tone for next 250 episodes, both thematically and musically. The theme song to the series, “Suicide is Painless,” is used six times during the episode, including the main titles and end credits. What follows … Continue Reading →