One of the most popular and innovative television series in history, M*A*S*H aired for a record eleven years, and its finale episode attracted a larger number of viewers than any other single episode before or since. Based on Robert Altman's feature film of the same name, and set during the Korean War, the show was initially conceived as a critique on the Vietnam War, but eventually adopted a more character-driven, rather than situation- or issue-driven, plot. With a large ensemble cast, a few main players were in evidence, including "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda) and his buddy John McIntyre, two top-notch doctors more interested in booze and women than operating. Dr. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and the Senior Nurse, Lieutenant Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit) were the two staunch military enforcers who were forever trying to get the two "playboys" court martialed. Ltd. Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) was the ostensible camp commander, but the place was really run by Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff), who had superhuman hearing and knew what Blake was thinking before Blake did himself. Max Klinger (Jamie Farr) was the corporal constantly in pursuit of a section 8 discharge, and Father Francis Mulcahy (William Christopher) was the kindly local priest. Season 7 includes the episodes: "Commander Pierce, "Peace On Us," "Our Finest Hour," "None Like it Hot," "Major Ego," "Baby, it's Cold Outside," "Dear Comrade," "The Young And The Restless," "Hot Lips is Back in Town," "Rally Round the Flagg, Boys," "Ain't Love Grand," "The Party," and many others.
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