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23 March 2014

M*A*S*H. If like me you grew up on this tv show, you may want to know that amazon has the complete series plus the original movie on sale today only for the ridiculously low price of 75 bucks.
Loved the series growing up but it doesn't hold up that well for me. The laugh-track is hard to take.

The movie is still all kinds of awesome though.
posted by octothorpe 23 March | 09:46
We were lucky that the BBC showed M*A*S*H without the laugh track. It was such a shock to see re-runs years later when I was in the States and heard how the track ruined the show.
posted by Senyar 23 March | 09:56
Really? Wonder if the DVDs have a no-laugh audio track.
posted by octothorpe 23 March | 10:49
I don't remember the show having a laugh-track either (NZ then Australia). The original movie was great, but something of a shock to watch after years of watching the series - it seemed much darker somehow. The final movie-length episode 'Goodbye, Farewell & Amen' nearly broke my heart.
posted by dg 23 March | 15:14
MASH with laugh-track. If you watched it long enough you started to recognize the individual laughs since they never seemed to change them.
posted by octothorpe 23 March | 17:18
I always wanted that show to push Alan Alda's acting talent to the limit and place Hawkeye in the position where he had no choice but to shoot somebody. That would also be a great excuse for another Sidney Freedman episode.
posted by Ardiril 23 March | 21:03
The book M.A.S.H. is very, very funny. I remember my Dad reading it and laughing. nice memory.
posted by theora55 24 March | 08:24
I was fond of the TV series but I loved the movie, which I saw with my Dad and the rest of the family -- I think at a drive-in! My Dad said it was the only movie he ever saw that depicted surgery and surgeons accurately. It is also a dynamite combination of comedy and tears. The TV series always seemed sweet but watered down greatly by comparison.
posted by bearwife 24 March | 12:15
Already bought it several years ago! One of only two complete series that I own (the other being Hogan's Heroes).
posted by Melismata 24 March | 13:18
Ardiril, did you see the series finale? It almost did what you suggest.
posted by Melismata 24 March | 13:22
Yes, and I have wondered ever since whether the producers had a similar idea for Hawkeye but considered it too far outside his character. The episode where he and Margaret are holed up in an abandoned hut would have been an excellent set-up.
posted by Ardiril 25 March | 15:05
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