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July 28, 2007



If you are planning to write a spec script for my fave show, "House," this is a great reference: http://www.politedissent.com/house_pd.htmlIt's a site where a doctor critiques the medicine of each episode in detail. When you see how many mistakes he picks up in all that impenetrable medical yipyap, you might despair. But even so, he says he only does this because "House" is so good that he expects the highest research standards from it. His worst insult is reserved for episodes with glaring medical errors, ridiculous leaps of logic or impossible coincidences. He calls that "'Gray's Anatomy' level medicine."

emily latella


Mike B.

But only until the end of Daylight Savings Time. After that the days were too short.Huh? As you approach DST, it would be spring or summer, which means your days would be longer. Or can the unions bend time?


As for the opening, I always wondered what those nurses were all running for. Was there a unit marathon or something?C'mon, crutnacker, the choppers were landing with wounded. I always thought that was, like the quiet theme music itself that Ken has highlighted in earlier posts, a very nice example of how an intro tells you what to expect, if you're a newcomer. "Here's what this show is about," basically. At its best, which was often, the wounded, often barely more than kids, were the real heart of the show, whatever else was going on.Or maybe you knew all that and just successfully punked me. That's been known to happen.


Just as a side note -- it drives me crazy the way Fox pre-edited “The General Flipped at Dawn” for syndication, taking out the final scene where we find out the general's been promoted following his performance of "Mississippi Mud" during Hawkeye's court matrial. Before the shows were sent out on videotape for syndication, most stations left that scene in and edited out one of the earlier ones to get in their extra commercials.

Mike Snider

Hey, Ken - I love your blog!But I had to comment on M.A.S.H. inconsistencies because there was a blatant one that always bugged me and my fellow enlistees in the military while the show was on: the HAIR! There was no way our superiors in the 1970s would let us get away with "the over-the-ears, down-past-the-collar" look (even at my base in remote Turkey!), and we were pretty sure commanders of wartime 1950s weren't any more "liberal" or "cool". So, how come we never saw the stacks of Letters of Reprimand and Article 15s about hair-violations next to Hawkeye's, Trapper John's and BJ's bunks?


Mike, inside the army, what would Klinger have gotten in the way of reprimands for his outfits, earrings, high heels (in that kind of terrain - can you imagine, ladies??) and boa feathers? :-)Stacey


Not sure if this was from the show "The General Flipped," but it might have been and it is one of my favorite from the show: Hawk is asked what the star on the officer's uniform signifies, and he said: "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star." I was in the Army at the time and MASH was a lifeline to sanity for me during those two years. I thank anyone who was a part of that series.Stan from Tacoma


Ken, I would have thought you'd have thought of this already but there is a way to argue that MASH did not go to far beyond the actual term of the Korean Conflict. The show was on for 11 years, lets say an average of 26 episodes a season. Most episodes take place over one or two days, with that you're talking about say 500 or so days, add another 200 or so to account for episodes that took place over longer periods and you end with about 700 days which is at least on the shuttle bus to the auxiliary parking lot of the ballpark of truth.


I love these Mash stories. Especially since episodes are now airing on TV Land.

Ronzoni Rigatoni

"Harry Morgan initially appeared as an insane general (maybe the funniest MASH episode EVER – “The General Flipped at Dawn”C'mon, Mr. Ken, you stole this title from George MacDonald Fraser's "The General Danced at Dawn," Right?


I was joking about the nurses running. It always struck me as funny because we never saw anyone running in the episodes.It's also amusing to note that the actresses were hired to shoot just that one scene, and never appeared in the show itself.


This serie was so funny!!

Rory L. Aronsky

I know! It was!And water is so wet! ;)

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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