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`M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television` (FOX graphic)
"M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television" (FOX graphic)

'M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television,' an all-new, 2-hour celebration of television's most influential sitcom


Thu, Dec 7th 2023 01:35 pm

New original special airs Monday, Jan. 1, on FOX

√ Featuring new interviews with cast members Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Wayne Rogers and Loretta Swit, as well as original series executive producers Gene Reynolds & Burt Metcalfe – plus rarely seen archival interviews with writer/producer Larry Gelbart and stars Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, McLean Stevenson & David Ogden Stiers

Press Release

In the all-new two-hour special, “M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television,” premiering Monday, Jan. 1 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX, join the men and women who made “M*A*S*H” as they celebrate one of the most beloved, enduringly popular, often-quoted and influential comedies ever created.

As the definitive look at the 14-time Emmy-winning television classic, the special centers on new interviews with original cast members Alan Alda (Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce), Gary Burghoff (Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Jamie Farr (Cpl./Sgt. Maxwell Q. "Max" Klinger), Mike Farrell (Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt), Wayne Rogers (Capt. "Trapper" John McIntyre) and Loretta Swit (Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan), plus series executive producers Gene Reynolds and Burt Metcalfe. In these intimate, highly personal remembrances, the creation and evolution of the show’s iconic characters are revealed, alongside rare and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, photos and stories.

Writer/producer Larry Gelbart, as well as additional series stars Larry Linville (Maj. Frank Burns), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake) and David Ogden Stiers (Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III), are remembered through a vibrant collection of clips from the series, as well as in rarely seen archival interviews. With unique experiences, observations and memories from 11 seasons of “M*A*S*H,” this special will make audiences laugh, touch their heartstrings, and leave them on a nostalgic high while celebrating the sustained brilliance of the iconic sitcom.

“ ‘M*A*S*H’ is not only a great television series, it is a cultural phenomenon. It has made multiple generations of viewers laugh, cry and think, often in the same episode,” executive producers John Scheinfeld and Andy Kaplan said. “We are excited to team with FOX to create this unprecedented window into an innovative television classic.”

" ‘M*A*S*H’ is among the most iconic sitcoms in the annals of television history. It's a timeless show that comedically captures the 4077th medical corps and how they managed to maintain their sanity while saving lives on the front lines of the Korean War,” said Dan Harrison, EVP, program planning and content strategy, FOX Entertainment. “Larry Gelbart, Gene Reynolds and Burt Metcalfe brought this incredible comedy to life thanks to their ensemble cast led by the incomparable Alan Alda. FOX is proud to celebrate the landmark achievements of one of the best comedies ever created."

The “M*A*S*H” two-and-a-half-hour series finale that first aired on CBS in 1983 remains the highest-rated telecast in television history, delivering an incredible 77 audience share and 60.2 rating. To-date, the show has never left the air, continuously running in syndication, on basic cable and now streaming on Hulu. The series was produced by 20th Television.

Viewers can watch “M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television” next day on Hulu, http://Fox.com, On Demand and FOX Entertainment’s streaming platform, Tubi. On Demand is available for customers of Cox Contour TV, DIRECTV, DISH, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, XFINITY and YouTube TV, among other service providers.

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