Running from 1972 to 1983, M*A*S*H remains one of the most popular shows in American TV history. But there are still some things that its viewers – even those who have watched every single one of its 256 episodes – may not know. From behind-the-scenes disputes to real-life inspirations, here’s a look at 40 little-known facts about the groundbreaking war comedy.
40. Some of the cast had practical experience
Given the timing of both the show and the Korean War itself, it’s perhaps no surprise that some of the cast actually served during that conflict. That was certainly the case for Jamie Farr (Klinger) and Alan Alda (Hawkeye), who were both part of the U.S. Army at that time. Talk about firsthand experience…
39. The U.K. didn’t think war was a laughing matter
For a show that walks a thin line between humorous and somber tones in the blink of an eye, a laughter track was probably not the wisest choice for the show. And despite this addition being employed in the U.S., the laughter was removed by the BBC when M*A*S*H premiered in the U.K., due to complaints that it was distracting.