Friday, February 3, 2017

M.A.S.H: American History Told in Satire

The first episode of M.A.S.H aired in 1972. The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital follows three army doctors their team on the front lines in the Korean War. Generally, the show reflected real life. Relatively accurate medical procedures, complex characters that had genuine human emotion, and real life events. An army hospital in the Korean War doesn't come off as a good setting for a show let alone a sitcom or comedy.
Corporal Klinger is one of the more popular characters on the show. His goal is to be sent home for being insane. This interesting character offers a lot to the show,  there is a ton of variety and a lot of comedic material. Klinger really helps make the show a powerful work of satire. The audience sees a character that is willing to do anything to escape the horrors of war. The show itself tells a true story about the war and its toll on people. 

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