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M*A*S*H is an American medical drama and comedy-drama series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds for CBS, and based on the film MASH. It ran from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983 for 11 seasons. It is based on the film MASH and the novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker.

Series summary

M*A*S*H followed the darkly comic exploits of a group of medical doctors in the Korean war, trying to stay sane in insane circumstances. Characters included chief surgeon "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda), head nurse "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit), Corporal Klinger (Jamie Farr) and "Radar" O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff). It actually ran for longer than the original war.

Spin-offs

  • W*A*L*T*E*R was created as a spin-off for the character of Radar, but never made it past a pilot, which was screened as a TV movie.
  • AfterMASH followed the lives of Klinger, Potter and Father Mulcahy after the Korean war's end.
  • The Fighting Nightingales focused on a series of female nurses in the Korean war; it was supposed to be a spin-off series of M*A*S*H but only the pilot was made and aired.

Westphall connections to M*A*S*H

Dr. Mark Craig from St. Elsewhere claims to be an old associate of Dr. B.J. Hunnicut from M*A*S*H.

Disconnection

Trapper John, M.D. is considered a spin-off of the film MASH not the television series. It followed a middle-aged Trapper John McIntyre years after he left Korea.

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