The BEST Episodes of M*A*S*H

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: CBS

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

#1 - Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 28, 1983

Hawkeye is sent to a mental hospital; a freak accident causes Father Mulcahy to lose his hearing; Margaret worries about her post-war plans; Charles run across a band of Chinese musicians; BJ is sent home, much to Hawkeye's dismay; Klinger decides to stay in Korea to marry Soon-Lee; a ceasefire is declared, ending the war.

star 8.77
364 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda, Burt Metcalfe, Dan Wilcox, David Pollock, Elias Davis, John Rappaport, Karen Hall, Thad Mumford
Abyssinia, Henry

#2 - Abyssinia, Henry

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 18, 1975

Actually, we won't. One of the classic M*A*S*H episodes. Henry finally gets his discharge. While he is tying things up, Burns prepares for his new command. Henry bids a tearful adieu, but not before Klinger turns up in an outrageous tropical outfit, and gets Henry to zip him up, and he gets a kiss Margaret. He gives Radar a hug and his last order, and departs by helicopter. In the traumatic and shocking last scene, a devastated Radar announces that Henry has been killed when his plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.

star 8.18
507 votes
Directors: Larry Gelbart
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell
M*A*S*H the Pilot

#3 - M*A*S*H the Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1972

At the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H) unit in Korea, two army doctors by the names of Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre receive some exciting news in the mail. Their Korean house boy, Ho-John got accepted into Hawkeye's old college. Hawkeye and Trapper decide to hold a party filled with music, dancing, and alcohol to raise money for Ho-John's plane trip to the U.S. They achieve this by raffling off a weekend pass with a nurse, Lieutenant Dish for R&R in Tokyo.

star 8.14
1,542 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Larry Gelbart

#4 - Tuttle

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 14, 1973

Hawkeye creates a fake doctor, Captain Jonathan S. Tuttle, to give supplies to the local orphans. Henry wants Tuttle to be officer of the day, so Hawkeye creates a fake personnel file, and all his back pay is given to the orphanage. When General Clayton wants to reward his generosity, Hawkeye is forced to invent a story about Tuttle jumping from a chopper without his parachute! Of course, Trapper's new friend, Captain Murdoch, obtained the fake dog tags and parachute...!

star 7.98
691 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Bruce Shelly, David Ketchum
Yankee Doodle Doctor

#5 - Yankee Doodle Doctor

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1972

The 4077th is designated as the setting for the making of an army film on Mobile Army Surgical Hospital units. Hawkeye is chosen as the star while Margaret and Frank compose a screenplay. The Eye Of The Hawk objects to the piece of propaganda that filmmaker Lt. Bricker is producing and, having exposed the original film, reshoots a new one his way, starring himself as Groucho Marx-ish Yankee Doodle Doctor, and poking fun at glorifying doctors while concluding with a rather serious speech about the hell of war.

star 7.87
870 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Laurence Marks
Old Soldiers

#6 - Old Soldiers

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 21, 1980

Hawkeye is appointed temporary commander of the 4077th when Colonel Potter rushes off to Tokyo on a mysterious mission. While in command, Hawkeye's main problem is housing a large group of Korean refugees comprised mainly of rambunctious children who need medical care.

star 7.86
287 votes
Writers: Dennis Koenig
The Price of Tomato Juice

#7 - The Price of Tomato Juice

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 16, 1975

Radar gets the help of Hawkeye and B.J. to procure something Colonel Potter says he's fond of, but that's hard to come by - tomato juice.

star 7.84
420 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Gene Reynolds, Larry Gelbart
Adam's Ribs

#8 - Adam's Ribs

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 26, 1974

Sick and tired of having liver and fish for an 11-day stretch, Hawkeye, driven near to insanity, starts a riot in the mess tent. He and Trapper then orders spare ribs and sauce from the best place he ever had them, in Chicago. Trapper calls a woman he spent a weekend with to pick up the ribs, and then they get choppered in. Unfortunately, right as they're sitting down to eat, wounded arrive, and Hawkeye is forced to postpone sinking his teeth into his beloved ribs.

star 7.83
527 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Laurence Marks
Bananas, Crackers and Nuts

#9 - Bananas, Crackers and Nuts

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 1972

When Henry goes for some R&R, Hawkeye pretends to crack up so that Frank will let him and Trapper go on some R&R.

star 7.83
904 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Burt Styler
5 O'Clock Charlie

#10 - 5 O'Clock Charlie

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1973

An inept North Korean pilot, known as "5 O'Clock Charlie", makes his daily attempt to bomb the ammo dump. Frank puts in a request for an anti-aircraft gun, which is granted when Charlie hits General Clayton's jeep. Frank takes charge of the gun, while Hawkeye and Trapper are determined to prevent him using it, by getting rid of the ammo dump. Frank misses Charlie and destroys the dump.

star 7.82
695 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: Keith Walker, Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks
The Ringbanger

#11 - The Ringbanger

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 21, 1973

Hawkeye and Trapper operate on a famous Colonel - after discovering that he is particularly ruthless about sacrificing his men, they come up with a scheme to get him sent back to the states with a little unwitting help from Frank, Margaret, and a drunk Henry.

star 7.81
767 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Germ Warfare

#12 - Germ Warfare

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 1972

Hawkeye moves a wounded North Korean soldier into The Swamp, rather than let him be shipped out before he's stable. During the night he and Trapper play Dracula, and siphon off a pint of Frank's blood. The soldier then contracts hepatitis, so they have to test Frank without him knowing, and have to keep him away from Margaret and the patients.

star 7.81
794 votes
Directors: Terry Becker
Writers: Larry Gelbart
Chief Surgeon Who?

#13 - Chief Surgeon Who?

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1972

Frank Burns complains about Hawkeye Pierce's disrespect...and Henry appoints Hawkeye chief surgeon, to Burns's shock. The rest of the 4077th "coronates" Hawk while Frank and Hot Lips complain to General Barker. The General's visit provides him with a view of life at the 4077th M*A*S*H unit: camp hijinks, a poker game, and a surgery session. This shows him M*A*S*H has fun but gets the job done.

star 7.80
976 votes
Directors: E.W. Swackhamer
Writers: Larry Gelbart
Dear Dad

#14 - Dear Dad

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 1972

Hawkeye writes home, describing Christmas in Korea: Radar ships a jeep home, a piece at a time; Henry gives the monthly lecture on sex, with the aid of figure A and figure B; Trapper helps deliver a calf; Klinger and Frank get into a fight, but Father Mulcahy smoothes things over; Hawkeye and Trapper sabotage Margaret's tent; Hawkeye flies to the front line dressed as Santa, to help a wounded soldier.

star 7.78
831 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Larry Gelbart

#15 - Kim

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1973

Hawkeye operates on a 5-year old Korean boy, and Radar can't find his family. Henry plans to send him to the orphanage, and the camp enjoys his company while they can. Trapper decides to adopt him after consulting his wife, and has to rescue him after he wanders into the minefield. Kim's mother turns up at the orphanage looking for him.

star 7.75
621 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks, Marc Mandel
To Market, to Market

#16 - To Market, to Market

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1972

After black marketers hijack the 4077th's supply of hydrocortisone, Hawkeye and Trapper concoct a deal with a local black marketer, Charlie Lee, to get some more. The catch: Henry's antique oak desk, which they must trade in order to get some of it. Margaret and Frank become suspicious about their plotting, and about the Koreans who come to check out the desk, which is whisked away by chopper as Henry and Frank watches in disbelief.

star 7.75
1,167 votes
Writers: Burt Styler
Sticky Wicket

#17 - Sticky Wicket

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 4, 1973

Hawkeye and Frank argue over Frank's surgical ability. Hawkeye performs a difficult operation and the patient does not recover, as he should. Hawkeye begins to doubt his ability and moves out of The Swamp. He decides to open up his patients again, and discovers a nick in the colon that even Frank admits anyone could have missed.

star 7.74
729 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks
I Hate A Mystery

#18 - I Hate A Mystery

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 1972

A rash of thefts breaks out in the camp. Missing pieces include Frank's silver picture frame, Margaret's hair brush, and Trapper's watch. The camp is searched and everything is found in Hawkeye's locker. Everyone thinks he did it. Hawkeye manages to announce to the camp that the items will be dusted for prints to identify the real thief, and catches Ho-Jon. He needed money to bring his family from the North, and to bribe border guards.

star 7.74
777 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Hal Dressner
Henry, Please Come Home

#19 - Henry, Please Come Home

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 1972

Henry receives a citation for the camp achieving the best efficiency rating, and then General Hammond reassigns him to Tokyo. Frank then changes the camp to be more military, and he confiscates Hawkeye's and Trapper's still. They use forged passes to go to Tokyo to convince Henry to come back and end up pretending Radar is sick.

star 7.74
744 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Laurence Marks
Carry On Hawkeye

#20 - Carry On Hawkeye

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 24, 1973

The camp succumbs to the Asian flu, except for Hawkeye and Margaret, who have to do everything themselves. As the others start to recover, Hawkeye falls ill but he still manages to operate when wounded arrive. Finally the others are well enough for Hawkeye to stop working and rest. He is thanked for his service with a commemorative roll of toilet paper.

star 7.72
537 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Bernard Dilbert, Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks
The Trial of Henry Blake

#21 - The Trial of Henry Blake

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 3, 1973

Majors Houlihan and Burns press charges against Colonel Blake to get him arrested and put Frank in charge, and put Hawkeye and trapper under arrest so that they can't help him. Fortunately for Henry, they escape, and with the aid of Meg Cratty come to the rescue.

star 7.72
643 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: McLean Stevenson
Love Story

#22 - Love Story

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 7, 1973

Radar gets a Dear John recording from home. Hawkeye and Trapper try to set him up with a date, but fail. Radar is taken by a new nurse at the camp and she is into poetry and music, so they coach him. Margaret wants to stop the relationship, so Hawkeye and Trapper get between her and Frank until she relents. Radar's "Ahhhh, Bach!" and "That's highly significant," quotes win him the girl.

star 7.71
778 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
Writers: Laurence Marks
Alcoholics Unanimous

#23 - Alcoholics Unanimous

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1974

Henry's departure to Tokyo leaves Major Burns in charge of the 4077th. He declares total prohibition of alcohol, which leads to a near riot amongst the camp, especially from Hawkeye and Trapper.

star 7.71
527 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell
Sometimes You Hear the Bullet

#24 - Sometimes You Hear the Bullet

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 28, 1973

Frank throws his back out whilst spending the evening with Margaret, and ends up in traction. He promptly applies for the Purple Heart, having been 'technically' wounded at a frontline unit. Tommy Gillis, an old friend of Hawkeye's, is writing a book about the war, and pays him a visit. Later, Tommy is brought into the camp, seriously wounded, and Hawkeye can't save him. A 15-year-old kid is in the hospital to have his appendix out. He joined up to be a hero back home, but Hawkeye has him sent home, giving him Frank's purple heart.

star 7.70
719 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Carl Kleinschmitt
Death Takes a Holiday

#25 - Death Takes a Holiday

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 15, 1980

Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret try to save the life of a critically injured solider so that his family won't think of Christmas as the day that their father died. Meanwhile, Winchester fulfills a family Christmas tradition but has trouble maintaining the anonymity required to keep it a truly charitable act. Even Klinger lends a hand.

star 7.70
386 votes
Directors: Mike Farrell
Writers: Mike Farrell