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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

But how many people know the words to the M*A*S*H theme song?

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

But suicide is painless-It brings on many changes-And I can take or leave it if I please.
An interesting, if morbid song.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

It's a better song than M*A*S*H was a show. But that doesn't say much.

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 7:19 p.m. PST

Jeez, RP, rain on the parade …

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 9:31 p.m. PST

M.A.S.H. is still watchable today.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

I did two tours in Korea, and I trained in military history. M.A.S.H. was never watchable. Hey, I was traumatized. My father loved that show, so it ran during dinner every day I visited home. It's one of those repeated exposure/heightened sensitivity things.

I will make an exception for the episode in which they try to fly in ribs from Chicago.

But if we put that behind us, some truly excellent music made it to the finals. I wonder, though, if Star Trek would have scored so well it it weren't so much more familiar than several of the other contenders. I always feel sorry for the composers who do their best work for short-lived programs.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

Once Frank Burns (Larry Linville) departed the show began a steady decline ending up being more about Alan Alda's personal, social, and political rants and agenda.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

That could be. I never saw them in order. I just remember in years of being unwillingly exposed to it, I never once saw a line officer who cared for his men and was trying to win a war worth winning. I never saw the long columns of refugees trying to escape the Communists, and I never heard anyone on the program suggest there might be a reason not to let the Communists win.

Also, of course, the more you actually knew about the Korean War, the less anything about the show made sense. The front is stable, truce talks are under way, but MacArthur is still in charge? And people go to Seoul for recreation? Has anyone seen a picture of Seoul c. 1953? The place had been liberated four times by then. You'd be lucky to find a roof.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member14 Feb 2018 4:24 p.m. PST

Doctor X +1

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