M*A*S*H (season 1)

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M*A*S*H (season 1)
MASH TV Cast 1972.jpg
clockwise: Loretta Swit, Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers, 1972.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1972 (1972-09-17) –
March 25, 1973 (1973-03-25)
Season chronology
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List of M*A*S*H episodes

The first season of M*A*S*H aired Sundays at 8:00–8:30 pm on CBS.


The following six actors were listed in the opening credits:

Actor Role
Alan Alda Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Wayne Rogers Capt. "Trapper" John MacIntyre
McLean Stevenson Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
Larry Linville Maj. Frank "Ferret Face" Burns
Gary Burghoff Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly

The first season of M*A*S*H also had a very large number of recurring characters:

Actor Role
Patrick Adiarte Ho-Jon ‡
Timothy Brown Capt. 'Spearchucker' Jones ‡
Odessa Cleveland Lt. Ginger Bayliss
Jamie Farr Cpl. Maxwell Klinger
Bonnie Jones Lt. Barbara Bannerman ‡
Bruno Kirby (pilot only) and Bob Gooden Pvt. Lorenzo Boone ‡
Linda Meiklejohn Lt. Leslie Scorch
George Morgan (pilot only) and William Christopher Father Mulcahy
John Orchard Capt. 'Ugly John' Black ‡
Karen Philipp Lt. Maggie Dish ‡
Marcia Strassman Lt. Margie Cutler ‡
Herb Voland Gen. Crandell Clayton
G. Wood Gen. Hamilton Hammond ‡

Characters marked with the symbol '‡' were seen only during the first season, and were written out of the show without explanation.


No. in
Title [n 1]Directed by [n 2]Written by [n 2]Original air dateProd.
code [n 3]
11"Pilot"Gene ReynoldsLarry GelbartSeptember 17, 1972 (1972-09-17)J-301
Army surgeons Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) and Trapper MacIntyre (Wayne Rogers) hold a raffle to raise tuition for the Swamp's Korean houseboy while their commanding officer Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) is away. The prize is a weekend with nurse Lt. Dish. To keep Major Frank Burns out of the way, he is sedated. This episode features George Morgan in his only appearance as Father Mulcahy.
22"To Market, to Market"Michael O'HerlihyBurt StylerSeptember 24, 1972 (1972-09-24)J-303
Hawkeye and Trapper get into black marketing for medical supplies and offer Henry's antique oak desk as payment, after the supplies are hijacked. Episode features Jack Soo, who would later appear in the series Barney Miller.
33"Requiem for a Lightweight"Hy AverbackRobert KlaneOctober 1, 1972 (1972-10-01)J-308
Trapper goes into the boxing ring against another unit's thug in a deal with Henry to keep a nurse, Lt. Cutler at the 4077th. Hawkeye comes up with a plan to equal the odds. Frank tries to upset Hawkeye's plan but it backfires. This episode marks the first appearance of William Christopher as Father Francis Mulcahy.
44"Chief Surgeon Who?"E.W. SwackhamerLarry GelbartOctober 8, 1972 (1972-10-08)J-307
Hawkeye is named chief surgeon of the 4077th, to the great chagrin of Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan. Jamie Farr is introduced as the cross-dressing Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger. Sorrell Booke, later star in The Dukes of Hazzard, plays the visiting general. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
55"The Moose"Hy AverbackLaurence MarksOctober 15, 1972 (1972-10-15)J-305
Hawkeye and Trapper plot to free a Korean girl from serving a GI. Larry Linville, Loretta Swit and William Christopher do not appear in this episode.
66"Yankee Doodle Doctor"Lee PhilipsLaurence MarksOctober 22, 1972 (1972-10-22)J-310
Hawkeye declares a filmmaker's documentary about the 4077th to be propaganda and decides to make his own, with characters based on Groucho Marx and Chico Marx. Ed Flanders, later star of St. Elsewhere, plays the filmmaker. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
77"Bananas, Crackers and Nuts"Bruce BilsonBurt StylerNovember 5, 1972 (1972-11-05)J-311
Hawkeye goes crazier than usual when he doesn't get his R&R, so a shrink (Stuart Margolin) is brought in to examine him. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
88"Cowboy"Don WeisRobert KlaneNovember 12, 1972 (1972-11-12)J-309
A series of so-called "accidents" makes it clear that someone wants Henry dead. Loretta Swit does not appear in this episode.
99"Henry, Please Come Home"William WiardLaurence MarksNovember 19, 1972 (1972-11-19)J-302
Henry gets transferred to softer duty as a reward for the 4077th's high efficiency rating, but Hawkeye and Trapper scheme to bring him back once they realize Frank will be the replacement commanding officer. Loretta Swit does not appear in this episode.
1010"I Hate a Mystery"Hy AverbackHal DresnerNovember 26, 1972 (1972-11-26)J-306
Hawkeye is the prime suspect in a series of thefts at the 4077th.
1111"Germ Warfare"Terry BeckerLarry GelbartDecember 10, 1972 (1972-12-10)J-304
Hawkeye and Trapper take a sample of Frank's blood while he's sleeping, but the recipient starts showing signs of hepatitis. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
1212"Dear Dad"Gene ReynoldsLarry GelbartDecember 17, 1972 (1972-12-17)J-313
It's Christmas time at the 4077th, and Hawkeye is writing a letter to his father about the activities at the camp.
1313"Edwina"James SheldonHal DresnerDecember 24, 1972 (1972-12-24)J-312
The nurses declare themselves off-limits until their colleague Edwina (Arlene Golonka), an incurable klutz, gets a date with one of the soldiers – and Hawkeye is it. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
1414"Love Story"Earl BellamyLaurence MarksJanuary 7, 1973 (1973-01-07)J-314
Radar receives a "Dear John" letter, then seeks advice from Hawkeye when he falls for a nurse (Kelly Jean Peters) with a taste for the classics. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
1515"Tuttle"William WiardBruce Shelly & David KetchumJanuary 14, 1973 (1973-01-14)J-315
Hawkeye and Trapper invent an imaginary captain to cover their donations to an orphanage. This episode marks the only time the character "Sparky," with whom Radar frequently communicates by phone, is actually seen on screen. He's portrayed by Dennis Fimple. Bruce Shelly and David Ketchum received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
1616"The Ringbanger"Jackie CooperJerry MayerJanuary 21, 1973 (1973-01-21)J-316
While a colonel with a high casualty record (Leslie Nielsen) is recovering in post-op, Hawkeye and Trapper conspire to keep him out of action. William Christopher does not appear in this episode.
1717"Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"William WiardCarl KleinschmittJanuary 28, 1973 (1973-01-28)J-318
Hawkeye's emotions run high when an old friend (James Callahan) comes to Korea to write a book about the war; meanwhile, a private (Ron Howard) turns out to have faked his age to enlist. Carl Kleinschmitt received a Writers Guild Award nomination for this episode.
1818"Dear Dad...Again"Jackie CooperSheldon Keller & Larry GelbartFebruary 4, 1973 (1973-02-04)J-317
Hawkeye writes another letter to his father detailing incidents at the 4077th. Note: In the conclusion of his letter, Hawkeye asks his father to give his mother and sister a kiss, but later in the series Hawkeye is revealed to be an only child and his mother is deceased.
1919"The Long-John Flap"William WiardAlan AldaFebruary 18, 1973 (1973-02-18)J-319
A pair of long-johns sent to Hawkeye by his father becomes a hot commodity at the 4077th during a cold snap, as they're passed from person to person.
2020"The Army-Navy Game"Gene ReynoldsStory by : McLean Stevenson
Teleplay by : Sid Dorfman
February 25, 1973 (1973-02-25)J-322
The 4077th gears up for the annual Army-Navy game until an unexploded shell hits the compound. Note: The first of three consecutive episodes that would feature a 'jazzier' version of the opening theme song Suicide is Painless. After that, the theme would return to the more familiar version.
2121"Sticky Wicket"Don WeisStory by : Richard Baer
Teleplay by : Laurence Marks and Larry Gelbart
March 4, 1973 (1973-03-04)J-321
Hawkeye obsesses over a patient who isn't recovering as expected.
2222"Major Fred C. Dobbs"Don WeisSid DorfmanMarch 11, 1973 (1973-03-11)J-320
Hawkeye and Trapper's constant pranks finally prompt Frank to request a transfer. That is, until he hears rumors about gold in the hills near the camp.
2323"Cease-Fire"Earl BellamyStory by : Robert Klane
Teleplay by : Laurence Marks & Larry Gelbart
March 18, 1973 (1973-03-18)J-323
An unconfirmed report of the war ending sparks celebrations, but Trapper is the sole doubter.
2424"Showtime"Jackie CooperStory by : Larry Gelbart
Teleplay by : Robert Klane & Larry Gelbart
March 25, 1973 (1973-03-25)J-324
The 4077th go through various dramas while a traveling USO troupe arrives to provide entertainment.


See also[edit]



  • Kalter, Suzy (1984). The Complete Book of M*A*S*H. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ISBN 0-8109-1319-4.
  • Reiss, David S (1980). of M*A*S*H: the exclusive inside story of TV's most popular show. Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. ISBN 0-672-52656-5.

Web site


  1. ^ Titles taken from DVD
  2. ^ a b Credits from episode title cards
  3. ^ Production Code from end credits

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