I guess there are two dominant schools of thought where MASH is concerned: those who think the earlier seasons were better and those who find the later seasons better (and a third group that thinks the show sucked from start to finish - damn those idiots driving AC Nielsen ratings…;))
For my part I prefer the latter half of the show’s run. I cheered the day they got rid of the Frank Burns character (start of season 6) and replaced him with Major Winchester - a much better foil, who could actually hit back rather than being a pathetic loser with no redeeming qualities.
How do you think the characters compared?
Frank Burns vs Charles Winchester
Henry Blake vs Sherman Potter?
Trapper John vs BJ Honeycutt?
dress-wearing Klinger vs “serious” Klinger?
Lastly, for the benefit of those who despise the show, do you think it would have been better if they did without all the sanctimonious preaching and just stuck with the original (Robert Altman) formula you saw in the movie?