TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, War
The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.
In the episode "M*A*S*H: Bottoms Up (1981)" Hawkeye comes in to the Swamp, drops his trousers, and says to Charles "I come in peace!" Charles sees this and quips "I see those nudie magazines have finally taken a toll on you!" This is a joke implying Hawkeye is gay which is ironic because although neither character is gay, David Ogden Stiers was gay in real life.
We're making real progress.
Hawkeye: I can tell. You have a Korean accent.
Very few of the actors are the right age for their characters. Hawkeye, Trapper and BJ are supposed to be just out of residency, yet all were portrayed by actors in their mid-30s or older. Max Klinger was portrayed by Jaime Farr, in his late 30s, but a draftee would've been 18-21 or so.
The pilot episode opening credits (only seen in original network airings and on DVD and video releases), feature the legend "KOREA, 1950. A hundred years ago..."
Every episode of M*A*S*H ran longer than the normal 22 minutes we see today. Each episode ran about 25 1/2 minutes, with shorter commercial breaks. The syndicated versions shown today edit out some parts of the episodes, and sometimes the "missing" footage is essential to the story. The DVD versions restore all "missing" footage and run the proper length (25 1/2 minutes).