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Posted by: southern idaho inactive ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:00PM

Does anyone know of anything in this TV series from the 1970's that would offend TBM's?? My TBM mom has told not to buy any more of it since it offends her!!??Compared to today's programming is there anything in it to even offend TBM's or anyone else for that matter??!!

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Posted by: Tristan-Powerslave ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:07PM

Yeah, there's tons of stuff - war, suggested fornication, drunkeness, etc. etc.

Except, my grandmother who was one of the most TBM people I ever knew, loved this show, & never missed an episode. She continued to watch reruns for the next 20 years after the show ended, before she died. & she was also one these people who didn't watch a lot of TV.

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Posted by: WinksWinks ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:15PM

The cross dresser, for one thing. Soooo inappropriate to morgbots. *eyeroll here*

The theme song is "Suicide is Painless" LOL. It's such cheery music, but some mormons think things like elevator music can be harmful if the words are suggestive or "bad" somehow, even though the music is played without words.
Or at least, my mother and her mother did. Uber weirdo mormons.

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Posted by: Mormon Observer ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:16PM

I wouldn't let my kids watch it for a while during my more rabid TBM days. I watched it all the time when they were little, then it was off the air when they were old enough to be watching it with me.

I just recently bought a few of the seasons.
I use it for entertainment and teaching my children the 'adult themed' material.

Some of the things that come out of it.

Frank Burns and Hoolihan and their raging torrid affair!

Hawkeye and his boozing and womanizing.

Radar always wanting to get some and finally doing so. But still keeping his small town Iowa wholesomeness.

Klinger and his woman's clothes! One of the majors barks at him "Soldier I want to see you out of that dress!" to which Klinger tosses his boa/shawl over his shoulder, lifts his shaved chin, turns on his high heel and says "Never on a first date sir!" and minces out of the office.

The people help little kids who get injured picking up scrap on the mine field to get a little money to buy food. An unscrupulous Coptor pilot was making things out of shell casings and buying the things from the kids. He didn't care if they got hurt.

Hawkeye met a Korean lady who was single handily taking care of 15+ people who'd been to college in Paris and loved classical music and speaking French. She was grubbing to get enough cabbages to feed her village.

Rosie's working girls who get Klinger's wardrobe. TBMs would not approve of prostitution.

My boys now know what the definition of a 'shrew' is; Major Hoolihan!
Or lets try spineless: Frank Burns

The jokes are innuendo. The liaisons are just that: adult content only.
People are coping with the impossible anyway they can. Play cards, fornicate and play practical jokes on each other.

Plus they support each other with a lot of love and compassion and there are racial and social boundaries overrun all the time on M.A.S.H.!!!!!
Only adults need watch it! and I think it is PG-13; parent guidance suggested, watch it with your kids!

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:18PM

That should piss off TBMs

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Posted by: matt ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:25PM

One of the heroes is a Catholic Priest. TBMs won't like that.

By the way, I read somewhere that Jamie Farr was the only member of the cast who had actually served in Korea as a soldier. But after the war.

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:29PM


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Posted by: peregrine ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 07:31PM

Well the whole series is a not so veiled criticism of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. My very conservative TBM grandparents were really upset that my folks watched it.

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 08:40PM

It ran forever, and had at the time the largest viewership for the final episode in TV history. It has been in reruns almost continuosly for the last 20-some years since it ended new production. It has been on TV for more than half of its entire existence. There's a reason for that. It was some of the best series television ever.

If anything, it was too moralistic, but pretty much any episode of MASH was more uplifting than any SS lesson I ever had.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/29/2011 08:40PM by Brother Of Jerry.

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 08:55PM

I agree with that. The field surgeons in the series were rude, crude and socially unacceptable, but they always found a way to do the right thing under dire circumstances.

I still count it as being one of the best TV series ever made.

SIA, tell your mom that if she finds it unacceptable, she doesn't have to watch it. It's not like you're bringing pornography into the house. You have a right to a life as well.

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Posted by: matt ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 09:15PM

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Posted by: EssexExMo ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 07:38AM

I saw a few episodes with canned laughter and turned them off within minutes.
how did you americans put up with that rubbish.

I went through three stages
I saw the film first, so when the TV series came on, I didnt like it as it was too watered down
then I got to like it as a comedy
then it got preachy and really jumped the shark

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Posted by: peregrine ( )
Date: October 31, 2011 07:25AM

Brother Of Jerry Wrote:
> but pretty much any episode of MASH was more uplifting than > any SS lesson I ever had.

No argument here.

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Posted by: Itzpapalotl ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 09:14PM

I found it amusing that no matter how much he paraded and pranced, he still wasn't getting out of the army.

TBM's sometimes find this show offensive- I think this is one of the few shows my ultra TBM mom was ok with, but maybe that's because my father is a Korean War Veteran.

I didn't get to see the movie, which I highly recommend, till '04. The song "Suicide is Painless" makes me a little teary eyed everytime I hear it.

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 09:23PM

I always had a soft spot for Radar O'Reilly. I loved that his naive observations were both unknowing and yet knowing all at the same time.

I found these wonderful quotes from MASH:

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Posted by: ipo ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 03:59AM

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Posted by: Scooter ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 09:51PM

got mined for the better good.

the strange thing as I watch actor's interviews is that they all realized the series was so much more important than it groundbreaking movie.

Well, except for Wayne Rogers.

All time best tv series. The Simpsons

MASH is the second.

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Posted by: schuwomann (not logged in) ( )
Date: October 29, 2011 10:08PM

Love that show; one of my all-time faves. I guess it would offend some TBM's; it has liberal leanings and is peppered with innuendos. But my father, who is a conservative and a TBM, loves the show. So... you just never know...

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Posted by: Claire Ferguson ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 03:19AM

In my experience, some TBMs could find something offensive in anything.

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Posted by: runtu ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 09:10AM

Yes, there's a lot of sexual humor, but it's pretty mild compared to what's on TV today.

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Posted by: cludgie ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 09:25AM

There's always an overriding message of war being senseless and stupid, and I've seen other really conservatively hawkish ha friends and co-workers get all snitty about that. As for sexual humor and stuff, it has it, but it's so tame compared to what's on TV now.

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Posted by: cl2 ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 09:41AM

warned not to watch from our lds teachers. By the time it ended, we had a singles' ward FHE to watch the final episode.

My TBM daughter owns the entire series.

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Posted by: voweaver ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 02:05PM

There was an episode with a gay soldier who was beaten up by his fellow squadmembers.

I don't think anyone wore a complete uniform!

MASH was the best show ever on TV. The humor, the compassion, the writing, and the acting were a rare combination that remains classic to this day.

The anti-war sentiment was intended to target the Vietnam War, but it is applicable to ANY war. War is absolutely STUPID in the way it consumes resources, kills young men, leaves others with horrible injuries, and destroys the heart and souls of everyone it touches.

The doctors' drunkenness exemplifies that the only way to exist amid the horror is to obliterate reality in any way possible.


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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: October 30, 2011 02:20PM

I agree, but during war, most ppl are EMPLOYED, so that fattens the purse. WWII, Korea, even Viet Nam... unemployment rate close to zero.

look at the advances that are Directly Attributal to WWII, because of the GI education....

MOST ALL of scientific advances are DIRECTLY a result of it...

just sayin'

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: October 31, 2011 02:13AM

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Posted by: axeldc ( )
Date: October 31, 2011 06:28AM

That's amazing, since it was on two or three times a day on KSL for decades.

My BYU dorm neighbor could tell you what every episode was about within the first 2 minutes. My TBM grandma watched it twice day almost every day for years.

Mormons used to love MASH like they love Jello.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/31/2011 06:29AM by axeldc.

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Posted by: Stumbling ( )
Date: October 31, 2011 06:32AM

Yes, healing people without means of a Priesthood blessing is apostasy.

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Posted by: orphan ( )
Date: October 31, 2011 10:33AM

Just about everything on M.A.S.H would offend TBM's I served in Field Hospitals in Viet Nam and really M.A.S.H is quite tame compared to Viet Nam.

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Posted by: imaworkinonit ( )
Date: October 31, 2011 10:42AM

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