Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 284 pages
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It has been said that M*A*S*H was a show set in the 1950s which reflected the shifting values of the 1970s and early 1980s. Hawkeye Pierce, Radar O'Reilly, Trapper John McIntyre, Sherman Potter, Margaret (Hot Lips) Houlihan, B.J. Hunnicutt, Frank Burns, Charles Emerson Winchester, Max Klinger--these and the many other characters who populated the MASH 4077 used the Korean War as a backdrop to comment on many of the social issues of their day. Using a unique blend of comedy and drama, the show's first three seasons (1972-1975) focused on the anti-Vietnam War sentiment that consumed much of America. As Vietnam ended, M*A*S*H moved on to concentrate on other contemporary issues--the women's movement, the rise of the religious right in American politics, the new narcissism that marked the early 1980s, the heightened awareness of underage or excessive alcohol use, and the increased emphasis on family in American life. How the series presented these issues and its success in doing so are the subjects of this critical study. An episode listing--brief plot outline, casts and credits, air dates, and titles--is also provided.
  

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Contents

The Situation Comedy as Social History
1
From Novel to Film to Television
11
Its a Mans WarYear 1 197273
23
War Is Hell But Lifes a PartyYears 23197375
39
Hearts and MindsYears 45 197577 61
77
The Partys Over and Radar Goes HomeYears 89
107
Goodbye Farewell and AmenYears 1011198183
127
The Legacy of MITS
143
Television Values and Social Change
153
Episode Guide
161
Notes
243
Index
261
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Watching MASH, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series, by James H. Wittebols. 1998, 272 Pages. Available from mcfarland and ...
www.bilkent.edu.tr/ ~jast/ Number8/ Davidoff.html

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James H. Wittebols lives in Detroit Michigan.

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