The 4077 MASH was transferred to TV by CBS in 1972, and was so successful it ran through to 1983,
The show as like a comedy and a drama, with you
so much in one scene laughing , and in tears at the next scene thanks to the writing and acting, and the subject matter that was still fresh in America with the Vietnam situation. In most of Europe and other territories there was NO laughter track, which the British Prefer, we find it annoying to be told when to laugh, but in America it had a laughter track .
The theme to MASH was called "Suicide is Painless" by The Ventures, listen to whole record here and see the stars over all the episodes that became major household names.
The cast over all those years was huge, so we pick just some to highlight.
The main cast
Loretta Swit, born 1937 and the sexy lady in the series Major Margaret Houlihan HOT LIPS, who often had romantic involvements with other lead characters, she also appeared in numerous 70s
Jamie Farr, born 1934 and played the cross dressing Corporal Maxwell Klinger, who was trying anything to get out of the 4077th, but was trapped there for the whole series, and even went on to star in the 80s spin-off "After MASH"
William Christopher, born 1932 played Father Francis Mulchay who in the series lost his
Gary Burghoff, born 1943 and played the part of Radar, which he also played in the 1972 film, he was the one who ran the office and appeared to have knowledge of what everybody wanted in advance before they even knew it themselves. He even made an appearance in "Wonder Woman".
Harry Morgan, born 1915 played Colonel Sherman Potter, and he won two Emmys for the part. Being an older guy, he was already established in film and TV, including the 60 s series "Dragnet".
David Ogden Stiers, born in 1942 played Major Charles
Larry Linville, born 1939
Wayne Rogers also played Trapper John, and
More scenes from MASH