Sa­lute to a bril­liant com­edy

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY - Rex Os­bald­is­ton (Whanga­mata)

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

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