MASH: Season One

Lynn’s Druthers Marathon, part 3

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Title: MASH: Season One
Year: 1972-1973
Network: CBS
Episodes: 24, at 25 minutes each
Creators: Richard Hooker (novel); Larry Gelbart (developer)
Directors: William Wiard, Gene Reynolds, Hy Averback, Don Weis, Jackie Cooper, Earl Bellamy, Michael O’Herlihy, E.W. Swackhamer, Lee Philips, Bruce Bilson, Terry Becker, James Sheldon
Writers: Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks, Robert Klane, Burt Styler, Hal Dresner, Sid Dorfman, Bruce Shelly, David Ketchum, Jerry Mayer, Carl Kleinschmitt, Sheldon Keller, Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson, Richard Baer
Starring: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff
Music: Johnny Mandel (theme); Lionel Newman (music supervisor)
I saw it: on video (have on DVD), over the past couple weeks
Synopsis: hijinks in an army hospital

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:4/4 (Great)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:0/4 (Terrible) Get it out of my head!!!
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Works a lot better as a TV show than a movie, even if it does have a laugh track. At times it gets a bit McHale’s Navy, what with the zany antics and bumbling higher-ups, which is kind of annoying since for the most part it’s an intelligent show. There are no bad episodes, though; at its worst, it’s pleasantly amusing.
Objective Rating (Average):2.5/4 (Okay)

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