Air Dates: September 17, 1972–February 28, 1983
Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stephenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, Mike Farell, Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr, David Ogden Stiers
It's easy to forget that M*A*S*H was actually a comedy. More often than not, its tone was serious, and the show's brilliance partly stemmed from how the producers never treated the Korean War—M*A*S*H's setting, occupied by a squad of army doctors—as a punch line or a set-up for high-concept gags.
The pain and darkness of combat were always present; fortunately, so were dozens of deeply written, tireless engaging characters, and their natural interactions and everyday-human faults supplied the laughs. —MB