1972 TV-PG 6 seasons

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1972 TV-PG 6 seasons
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Inspired by Robert Altman's Oscar-winning satire of the Vietnam conflict, this long-running medical dramedy about a mobile Army surgical hospital tasked with tending the wounded during the Korean War picked up 14 Emmys over the course of 11 seasons. Alan Alda stars as chief surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, a cajoling prankster who was drafted into the Army and called to serve against his will.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  6
  • SEASON  7
  • SEASON  8

Summary of Season 1 (1972) - 3 discs

In this award-winning television series, a group of Army surgeons show, with laughter and heart, the difficulties they face in their attempt to survive and save lives at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. In Season 1, Trapper (Wayne Rogers) agrees to fight in the intercamp boxing tournament, the Army makes a documentary about the 4077th, a chopper pilot tries to kill Henry (McLean Stevenson) and more.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

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.

Sexual Content

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."

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

The main characters have a homemade alcohol distillery in their tent, and they drink martinis regularly.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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