Sept 17, 1972. This popular award-winning CBS series was based on the 1970 Robert Altman movie and a book by Richard Hooker. Set during the Korean War, the show aired for 11 years (lasting longer than the war). It followed the lives of doctors and nurses on the war front with both humor and pathos. The cast included Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell, David Ogden Stiers and Alan Alda as Captain Hawkeye Pierce. The final episode, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen was the highest-rated program of all time, topping the Who Shot J.R.? revelation on Dallas. The show generated two spin-offs: Trapper John, MD and After M* A* S* H.
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