M*A*S*H was an American medical drama and comedy-drama series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds for NBC, and based on the film MASH. It ran for 11 seasons.
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.
Westphall connections to M*A*S*HEdit
- St Elsewhere's Dr Mark Craig claims to be an old associate of Doctor BJ Hunnicut, a character from M*A*S*H.
- 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.
- AfterM*A*S*H followed the lives of Klinger, Potter and Father Mulcahy after the Korean war's end.
- Trapper John, MD followed a middle-aged Trapper John McIntyre years after he left Korea.
- 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.