Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that M*A*S*H* is an outstanding dark comedy set during the Korean War at a mobile military hospital. Based on the classic 1970 movie, the show includes scenes of operating rooms with visible blood, wounded soldiers writhing in pain, and frank discussion of death. Though many of the characters are pro-military, the main characters are firmly anti-war and speak regularly and cynically about war and the military. Many episodes include veiled discussions of sexual activity, and there's some kissing and groping, though it's usually in a comedic context. Several characters drink regularly, one cross-dresses in an attempt to get sent home, and most are prone to playing practical jokes on each other. Older tweens and young teens will likely enjoy the show for Hawkeye's wisecracks and the broader humor, but its more subtle messages may not kick in until kids are older.
Some kissing and groping, usually comedically. Hawkeye is always trying to woo the nurses. Subtle allusions to casual sex. Jokes about female body parts. Klinger cross-dresses, but it's almost always played for laughs.
Wounded, bloody soldiers writhe in pain in the operating room and in recovery. Occasional gunshots. Some slapstick punching and hitting.
Occasional "hell" or "damn."
There's lots of not-so-subtle commentary on war and government, as well as some practical joking that some would consider cruel or sexist, but at its heart, M*A*S*H* is about holding on to your humanity in the direst of circumstances. There's also plenty of objectification of women, but even that is complicated by "Hot Lips"' competency and character development.
Radar loves Grape NeHi soda.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main characters have a homemade alcohol distillery in their tent, and they drink martinis regularly.