M*A*S*H is etched in history as one of the most successful American TV series of all times. Its significance was different for many people- for its cast, it was what jump-started their careers, as many of them were just stepping foot in the entertainment industry, and with the Vietnam War going on simultaneously, it was the lighthearted pastime its millions of viewers needed during that difficult time. In its first season, the show was nearly cancelled, but after they gradually began changing its writers and tone, M*A*S*H successfully permeating into the lives of its viewers, becoming the hit show as we remember today. Not only did M*A*S*H’s audience get to enjoy the comedic aspect of the show, but they also gained awareness on various social issues.
Read on to learn about some of the crazy things that happened on the production set during the creation of this beloved war comedy-drama TV series. Not to mention the fair share of drama that came along with the shows success. Hop on the ride, as we relive the good times M*A*S*H brought us, while peeking into its mysterious underbelly that has been tucked away for decades.
One of the advantages that the M*A*S*H hit TV series had, was the fact that some of its cast actually had real military experience, so much so, that the emotion, mindset, and discipline reflected on screen looked authentic and natural.
M*A*S*H was Alan Alda’s opportunity to shine, and shine he did, taking on the largest role of his career as Captain Hawkeye Pierce. Having served during the Korean War as a reserve, he perfectly adapted to his character, it fit like a glove! Alda was a gunnery officer, while Jamie Farr—known to most of us as Corporal Klinger—had experience acting in army training films. The stories and the acting resonated with the American viewers- some of them veterans themselves.