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Mash

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Are there any Mash fans out there? I love that show and watch all the re-runs. The mixture of humor and the horror of war presents a stark contrast in the same show. There are several episodes that stand out in my mind like the one where the Korean woman killed her own child to keep it quiet so a whole bus load would not get captured. No wonder Hawkeye almost lost his sanity,
 
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I remember visiting my aunt and uncle as a child and they often used to watch re-runs of MASH. I probably didn't understand all of it at the time. The bits I remember most are the more comedic parts where they are in the mess and socialising.

I remember the character Hawkeye - he was very well acted by Alan Alda. I also remember a character who was a transwoman. And I think the radar operator was called Radar (not surprisingly!). I also remember a character who was nicknamed "Hot LIps".

Thanks for reminding me of this. I may have a look on YouTube for some old episodes.
 
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M*A*S*H is a classic! The transwoman character you're remembering, Cherry-Chan, was Maxwell. He wasn't really trans, if I'm remembering correctly, but thought that posing as such would get him deemed mentally unfit to serve and he would get to go home. They used to have the whole series on Netflix but I don't think it's available anymore. I remember watching the movie a couple of years ago thinking that it would be similar to the show - I didn't find that to be the case. The show is so much better.
 
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Mash combined the horrors of war with the comedy of Alda to try and bring us day to day life in a Mash unit. If not for the comedy, there would have been nothing but blood and gore. Alda expected the show to run a couple of seasons. Instead it was so popular it ended up running 17 seasons.
 
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M*A*S*H is a classic! The transwoman character you're remembering, Cherry-Chan, was Maxwell. He wasn't really trans, if I'm remembering correctly, but thought that posing as such would get him deemed mentally unfit to serve and he would get to go home. They used to have the whole series on Netflix but I don't think it's available anymore. I remember watching the movie a couple of years ago thinking that it would be similar to the show - I didn't find that to be the case. The show is so much better.
Ah, yes, that was it - Maxwell was pretending to be trans in the hope that it might get him discharged.

Yes, I had heard that the movie was quite different to the tv series. But I have never seen the movie, so I am only going on hearsay.

I agree @Queenie about the comedy elements. If it weren't for those the whole thing would have been a bit too much to take in.
 
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@Cherry-Chan, I think the movie would've been better if I'd seen it first. Some of the characters were played by different actors than the one in the show, so it just seemed super off to me.

@Queenie, the comedy is key. I think the theme song, "Suicide is Painless," really highlights both aspects of the show.
 
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You are right @The Wild Things. Comedy is the key. No one expected the show to last as long as it did. The serious moments made us realize the horrors of war and the comedy kept us coming back. I had forgotten the title of the theme song. It's perfect for this show.
 
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@Queenie, it really is perfect for this show. I don't think it would have done nearly as well without the comedic elements. People tend to like their tragedies with some comedy, especially when the tragedies hit so close to home. The comedy just makes it bearable. As sad as it is, the horror and tragedy of war is something that people from any era can relate to.
 
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