The 50 Funniest TV Comedies of All Time

45. M*A*S*H

Network: CBS
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

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