Remembering M*A*S*H

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Financial consultant Owen Sinclair recalls his childhood days as a sitcom fan as opposed to today’s more reality oriented shows. One of Owen Sinclair’s favorite sitcoms was M*A*S*H.

Considered by the Writers Guild of America as one the best written TV series, M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) was based on a novel by Richard Hooker published in 1968. The novel was made into a movie with the same title in 1970. The TV sitcom aired from 1972 to 1983 on CBS, running for 251 episodes.

The 30-minute episodes featured comedy and drama segments set during the Korean War in a field hospital north of Seoul, in Uijeongbu, South Korea. Far from removed the rest of the world, the hospital accepted wounded soldiers who arrived by bus, ambulance, and helicopter. The story revolved around the oddball doctors and nurses who treated the wounded soldiers.

The final episode of M*A*S*H lasted for two-and-a-half hours and held the record during that period for most audience viewers totaling 125 million people.