‘The show that changed our lives’: M*A*S*H cast members celebrate beloved show’s 50th anniversary

Sep 22, 2022
M*A*S*H hits 50-year milestone since the show first aired in 1972. Source: MASH/ @alanalda/Twitter

Beloved cast members of the anti-war sitcom MASH, conventionally known as M*A*S*H, came together recently to celebrate the show’s 50-year anniversary.

The 1972 sitcom is based on the medical personnel of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed in Korea during the 1950s Korean war and was so well-loved that it ran for a full 11 years, eight years longer than the war itself.

Half a century on, two prominent cast members, Alan Alda and Mike Farrell, reunited to toast the show’s milestone anniversary. The pair played witty but loveable surgeons and bunkmates – Alda as Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce and Farrell as BJ Hunnicutt.

In celebration of the show’s impressive milestone, fans of the timeless classic shared tributes to the cast members, thanking them for years of entertainment.

Starting off as a commentary and an open critique of the Vietnam war, the sitcom brought humour to overcoming hardships and put a spotlight on the importance of camaraderie.

MASH soared in popularity and continues to be an audience favourite through re-runs. The show’s final episode holds the record for the most watched finale, with 105.9 million tuning in to say goodbye to their favourite misfits.

 

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