With 11 seasons, 251 episodes, and airtime of 11 years, M*A*S*H is one of the world’s most successful television programs. Following a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the “4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” in Uijeongbu, South Korea during the Korean War, M*A*S*H was an ever-relevant comedy-drama that aired between 1972 and 1983, a time where political unrest and social change was ever-present in the U.S. You think you know M*A*S*H? Well, let’s see how many facts you know as we take a look at 40 M*A*S*H Facts you never knew you knew.
There Were Real Soldiers On Set
One of the reasons that MASH was so successful was due to the fact that several of the actors had previously not only served in the US military, Jamie Farr and Alan Alda were on active duty during the Korean War! Alan Alda, the creative genius behind the show, served in the US Army Reserves for six months, Wayne Rogers (who played Trapper John McIntyre) was a ship navigator in the Navy, and Mike Farrell (who played B.J. Hunnicut) was in the Marine Corps!