Script Spotlight 8: “Dear Dad…Three”

Throughout its run, M*A*S*H tackled a number of social topics in addition to war and death. The series had storylines that challenged homophobia, sexism, and racism. In its second season, M*A*S*H was paired up All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Carol Burnett Show, shows that areContinue reading “Script Spotlight 8: “Dear Dad…Three””

Script Spotlight 7: “Ceasefire”

It’s no secret that the first season of M*A*S*H was not a success in terms of ratings. The series just didn’t seem to catch on during its initial run. That was largely due to a poor time slot on CBS, but something changed during reruns. The series was noticed, and for season two, M*A*S*H wasContinue reading “Script Spotlight 7: “Ceasefire””

Script Spotlight 6: “Point of View”

Throughout its eleven year run, M*A*S*H released a few episodes that one might call experimental. Some were well received such as “Movie Tonight” (05×21) and “The Interview” (04×24). Then, others more controversial, such as “Dreams” (08×22). One of the polarizing episodes of the series is “Point of View” (07×10). In this episode, we see theContinue reading “Script Spotlight 6: “Point of View””

Script Spotlight 5: “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”

February 28 is the 39th anniversary of “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” bringing M*A*S*H to a close. The finale broke viewership records and is often listed among the best series finales in the history of television. To celebrate, we are exploring the production documents and script for the finale. Since the two and half hour finale is a large scriptContinue reading “Script Spotlight 5: “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen””

Script Spotlight 4: “As Time Goes By”

This month, several posts will relate to final days of filming the series in January 1983. We begin this week by looking at the script for the episode that was filmed last, “As Time Goes By.” As we kick off 2022 and the 50th anniversary of M*A*S*H, I thought it would be best to spendContinue reading “Script Spotlight 4: “As Time Goes By””

Script Spotlight 3: “Death Takes a Holiday”

For December, a holiday themed episode seemed appropriate, so I selected “Death Takes a Holiday” (09×05) to review. When I went to the pull the script, I realized that I have two copies! One is from my first set of scripts from 2007, the scripts that were used by costume director Albert Frankel. That episodeContinue reading “Script Spotlight 3: “Death Takes a Holiday””

Script Spotlight 2: “Hey, Look Me Over”

This month’s Script Spotlight is for the episode “Hey, Look Me Over” from season 11 (11×01). This episode is the first episode of season 11, but it is interesting to note the date of the cover of the script: March 22, 1982. This episode was originally intended for season 10, which we can tell basedContinue reading “Script Spotlight 2: “Hey, Look Me Over””

Script Spotlight 1: “A War for all Seasons”

I know what you are thinking. Why isn’t the pilot episode the first Script Spotlight post? And that is a fair question. I had considered it as the first post as it seemed the most logical. But I ultimately chose “A War for all Seasons” (09×06) because that script is important to me and toContinue reading “Script Spotlight 1: “A War for all Seasons””