MASH is still one of the highest rated television shows in history. It lasted 11 seasons, which is an almost unheard of number by today’s television standards. Today, if a show makes four seasons, it is “long running.” MASH also pushed the boundaries of comedy, drama, and historical fiction in television, with dark humor and heart that’s entirely its own. It broke conceptions, records, and stereotypes, while being funny as well as moving.
If you want to what went on behind the scenes of this all-time classic, read ahead and see just how well you know this timeless show.
1. Alan Alda And Jamie Farr Both Served In Korea
As the phrase goes, arts imitates life. Not only have two MASH served in active duty, but both served in Korea, where MASH took place.
Jamie Farr served for two years with the 6th Infantry Division. During that time, he did tours in both Japan and Korea. Alan Alda was a member of the ROTC in college. After graduation, he served for a year at Fort Benning, and then six months in the United States Army Reserve on a tour of duty in Korea.