Watch the history-making M*A*S*H finale November 11 on MeTV
See "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" with cast interviews on Veterans Day.
Tune in Monday, November 11, at 7PM | 6C for MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale. See the complete final episode, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," along with exclusive interviews with the cast and creators of M*A*S*H.
Were you there in 1983, parked in front of the TV, possibly in fatigues or army drab, maybe with a cockeyed fishing cap atop your head, drinking a martini, cracking open a tin of SPAM, and maybe even shedding a tear or two?
If so, you were part of the majority. In fact, you were part of television history.
The two and a half hour M*A*S*H series finale, titled "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," drew an estimated 105.9 million viewers (60.2% of households) around the globe; by its tenth season the show had grown into a worldwide phenomenon.
"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was directed by the series’ star Alan Alda, who was also on the team of writers who scripted the finale. In it, the Korean War was at long last drawing to a close (media types and late-night comedians couldn’t help but observe that the series ran a decade; more than three times longer than the war itself) and the crew of the 4077 were preparing for re-entry stateside.
Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce, however, was trying to hold on to his last shreds of sanity. Years of witnessing unthinkable bloodshed and keeping the darkness at bay with wisecracks, dry martinis and the solace of nurses, finally take their toll on Pierce and he suffers a breakdown. It’s gripping stuff, and he fights his way back, reconstructing a terrible series of recent events with the help of the recurring Dr. Sidney Freedman.
As the camp says its goodbyes during one final party, it’s quite clear that the emotion conveyed by these actors is real as it gets, onscreen or off — the cast is not only reciting their lines, but they’re closing up shop after an incredible, history-making television run.
You’re looking at family here, and it’s hard not to be overcome in a similar wave of emotion.
Learn more about this milestone below — or test your memory before watching it again!
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QUIZ: How well do you remember the M*A*S*H finale?
Test your memory of this classic finale. Put on your thinking cap and grab some tissues. TAKE THE QUIZ