Salute to a brilliant comedy
Over the years, I’d missed quite a number of episodes of the comedy series M*A*S*H, so recently I took the opportunity to catch up on most of these. It has to be said, Americans don’t make the best comedy shows generally – but M*A*S*H was the great exception – as it combined romance, reality, documentary, comedy and sadness into one fantastic show. It didn’t glorify war, in fact just the opposite. The characters were fantastic – from the first Colonel (Colonel Blake with his fishing hat), to Radar, the innocent who loved his animals, and Maxwell Klinger and his amazing wardrobe. And who could forget Hotlips, Frank Burns, B.J., Hawkeye and Colonel Sherman Potter, as he rode off into the sunset in the last episode. A brilliant series, the like we will never see again. A show that could make you laugh then cry. Fantastic writers and actors. I salute you.
Alan Alda as Hawkeye