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Adapted for television by legendary comedy writer Larry Gelbart, the series has long since supplanted Altman's film in the public's consciousness. Life and death at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War doesn't seem like ripe fodder for a comedy series, but M*A*S*H masterfully balanced laughter and tears (less so in its later, more preachy seasons). It often does play better without a laugh track (a viewing option for all episodes). During its run, M*A*S*H survived several delicate operations, including the departure of Gelbart after season 4 and the loss of core ensemble members McLean Stevenson as Col. Henry Blake and Wayne Rogers as Trapper John (after season 3), Larry Linville as Frank Burns (after season 5) and Gary Burghoff (a veteran of the original film) as Radar (after season 8). The show thrived with the introduction of some new blood, Henry Morgan as "regular Army" Col. Potter and Mike Farrell as compassionate BJ (season 4) and David Ogden Stiers as elitist Charles Emerson Winchester III (season 6).
M*A*S*H was honored with the prestigious Peabody Award "for the depth of its humor and the manner in which comedy is used to lift the spirit and, as well, to offer a profound statement on the nature of war." This was a sitcom that did not always leave you laughing, as witness the classic season 3 episode "Abyssinia, Henry." And throughout its run, M*A*S*H broke the sitcom mold with several episodes, including "The Interview" (season 4), in which Clete Roberts interviews the staff of the 4077th, "Point of View" (season 7), subjectively seen through the eyes of a wounded soldier and "Life Time" (season 8), which unfolds in real time. M*A*S*H boasted one of television's greatest ensembles, fully embodied characters who each became icons, most notably Alan Alda, who served with distinction as Hawkeye, the series' soul and conscience. But a special salute to Loretta Switt, whose Margaret Houlihan went from "Hot Lips" to nobody's pushover. From the "Pilot" to the feature-length finale, "Goodbye, Farewell & Amen," still the most-watched episode in history, this essential (but not so much if you bought the individual season sets) collection honors one of television's greatest half-hours. --Donald Liebenson
Some of the episodes won't play , wasn't even offered any replacement or any rebate or compensation for the poor quality of this productPublished 4 days ago by Chris
I recall the first time I saw the entire MASH collection at Costco for $200.00, and thought I would never pay that much for the series even though I grew up on it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Was Fast
Ok. Ive seen ALOT of Reviews on the Packaging concerning this product and the Cardboard Sleeves which caused Many concerns as far as longevity and scratches? Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. hiester
I've waited years for this. Now I have it. Can't wait to watch it.Published 1 month ago by Jeffery Ellison
Several of the DVDs were not viewable due to scratches. I love the series but the packaging was very subpar. Very disappointed in "new" scratched DVDs.Published 1 month ago by Smoov
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There is an option of "no laugh track" on all the discs in the box set of M*A*S*H Martinis and Medicine.
Nov 13, 2006 by Chgo1951f | See all 8 posts
Asked and answered in previous discussions. English and Spanish subbies as well as English Closed Captions.
Jan 31, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 4 posts
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Feb 11, 2007 by S. Radler | See all 2 posts
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Fox is putting this on moratorium immediately. It's no longer being pressed.
Dec 24, 2006 by J. Kramer | See all 9 posts
That's exactly what they mean. I have played 5:00 Charlie both ways.
Feb 10, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 3 posts
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