Rule number one is: young men die. And rule number two is...
July 2, 2014 7:46 PM Subscribe
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Doctors can't change rule number one.
The televisions series, M*A*S*H
, developed by Larry Gelbart
and Gene Reynolds
, was broadcast on CBS for over a decade, from the pilot
on September 17, 1972, to the highly-rated final episode
on February 28, 1983. Yet reports of its demise are fictional, M*A*S*H
is alive and well. [SPOILERS within if you haven't seen the series.]
Along with awards and such
, in 1997, the episodes "Abyssinia, Henry
" and "The Interview" were respectively ranked number 20 and number 80 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time (Wayback Machine version
Think a 41-plus year-old TV show isn't relevant today? Perhaps how many times it's been referenced by other TV shows
will change your mind as to its cultural influence; or maybe the number of times it's been used on the gameshow, Jeopardy!
; or maybe simply this Facebook meme of a classic Hawkeye rant
will convince you of M*A*S*H's continuing relevance and position in America as a cultural touchstone.
Or just click away below:
- M*A*S*H 4077 Podcast (with a different quotes-filled beginning to every podcast)
- AfterM*A*S*H Podcast
- Noel Murray at The A.V. Club puts the innovative episode "The Interview" (Season 4) in cultural context and provides in-depth analysis in this excellent piece.
- Ira Glass reviews some of young Ira Glass' interviews with the cast of M*A*S*H and finds his reach exceeds his grasp: Cringe (This American Life, 182, April 13, 2001) (hat-tip)
- "Click! Hot Lips Made Me a Feminist" by Elline Lipkin at Ms. Magazine.
- "Nineteen -- M*A*S*H Notes": a scholarly piece by Professor Elisabeth Weis appearing in the publication, Play It Again, Sam: Retakes on Remakes, available online via University of California Press E-Books Collection. Key quote: "The main reason M*A*S*H survived so long is that it underwent constant revision over its eleven seasons (1972–83). In an industry that values predictability, M*A*S*H evolved farther from its original form than any other series in television history."
- TV.com's Notes, Quotes, and Trivia page is a surprisingly good round-up regarding the controversial episode that left a psychic scar on the American TV-viewing public.
- Classic internet sleuthing at the MASH4077TV.com website: Was Colonel Blake's Death a Secret?; Snopes.com also sheds light on "Abyssinia, Henry" with a first-hand account from producer/writer Larry Gelbart and other first-hand witnesses. (Audiences were so upset that the episode garnered more than 1,000 letters from viewers.)
- Ken Levine, a writer for M*A*S*H, has written many posts about that experience (and the response in the comments section is enthusiastic).
- Can other social media be ignored? No: Pininterest | Tumbrl, #m*a*s*h | Twitter
Still want more? Perhaps some summertime reading
If you want a sampler, here is the A.V. Club's recommendation for Ten Classic Episodes of M*A*S*H
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