The WORST 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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Snappier Judgment (2)

#1 - Snappier Judgment (2)

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 14, 1981

B.J. and Hawkeye resolve to clear Klinger's name after he chooses Winchester to defend him at his military court-martial.

star 6.60
279 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Paul Perlove
Our Finest Hour

#2 - Our Finest Hour

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1978

Newscaster Clete Roberts, reprising an earlier interview appearance, returns to update Korean War conditions, when he conducts a series of television talks with the leading characters of the 4077th.

star 6.67
386 votes
Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writers: David Isaacs, Ken Levine, Larry Balmagia, Ronny Graham
Snap Judgment (1)

#3 - Snap Judgment (1)

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 7, 1981

The military police think they've solved a rash of thefts at the 4077th when they apprehend Klinger with Hawkeye's stolen camera.

star 6.69
263 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Paul Perlove
Who Knew?

#4 - Who Knew?

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 22, 1982

Hawkeye volunteers to deliver the eulogy for a dead nurse that he briefly dated, and belatedly discovers her deep feelings for him.

star 6.71
333 votes
Directors: Harry Morgan
Writers: David Pollock, Elias Davis
U.N., the Night and the Music

#5 - U.N., the Night and the Music

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 3, 1983

A United Nations delegation tours the 4077th - a Swede, a Hindu, and a British officer - and each leaves a lasting effect on the men and women of the camp.

star 6.74
293 votes
Directors: Harry Morgan
Writers: David Pollock, Elias Davis

#6 - Heroes

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 15, 1982

Hawkeye is the golden boy of the world press when he treats a celebrity prizefighter, 'Gentleman' Joe Cavanaugh, who has a stroke at the 4077th. Father Mulcahy finds the news hard to take, as Cavanaugh was a hero of his.

star 6.78
286 votes
Directors: Nell Cox
Writers: Dan Wilcox, Thad Mumford
Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead

#7 - Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 4, 1982

Whilst suffering a fever, Klinger communicates with the spirit of a dead soldier, Private Weston, who stays on to witness his own last rites.

star 6.79
333 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda
B.J. Papa San

#8 - B.J. Papa San

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 1, 1979

B.J. almost becomes the surrogate father to a Korean family. Finding them a substitute for his own absent family, B.J. spends so much time with them that his medical efficiency begins to suffer, and Hawkeye worries about his health. B.J.: "First they take me from my wife and kid, and just when I find something to help fill the gap, they take that away, too."

star 6.82
396 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Larry Balmagia
That's Show Biz

#9 - That's Show Biz

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 1981

A touring USO show brings an unexpected touch of vaudeville to the 4077th when the star showgirl requires an emergency operation. And wouldn't you know, the comedian is Klinger's hero!

star 6.85
341 votes
Writers: David Pollock, Elias Davis
Sons and Bowlers

#10 - Sons and Bowlers

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 22, 1982

After losing to the Marines once again, Colonel Potter wishes there was one sport the 4077th were any good at. When Klinger mentions he can bowl, the Colonel decides to have a bowling competition. Unfortunately, he and Klinger are the only 2 good bowlers in the camp, so BJ and Father Mulcahy are "recruited" to the team. Colonel Potter becomes obsessed with winning the game, and excludes Margaret from the team because she helped the team lose at softball. Then the 4077th team hear the Marines have got a "ringer" in their team after pulling some strings..... Meanwhile, Hawkeye finds out his father is in hospital and tries to speak to him over the phone, watched by Charles, who envies Hawkeye's close relationship with his father.

star 6.85
345 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: David Pollock, Elias Davis
The Joker is Wild

#11 - The Joker is Wild

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 15, 1982

Tired of reminders about Trapper John's skill as a practical joker, B.J. bets Hawkeye he can prank everyone present.

star 6.86
333 votes
Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writers: Dennis Koenig, John Rappaport
Give 'em Hell, Hawkeye

#12 - Give 'em Hell, Hawkeye

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 16, 1981

Hawkeye writes a heartfelt letter to President Harry Truman to protest at the continued fighting in Korea. Meanwhile, Colonel Ditka has promised a much-needed water-heater if the 4077th beautifies the camp.

star 6.87
362 votes
Writers: Dennis Koenig

#13 - Hawkeye

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 13, 1976

Hawkeye is injured in a jeep accident and, aware he has a concussion, babbles to a Korean family to keep himself awake.

star 6.87
358 votes
Directors: Larry Gelbart
Writers: Larry Gelbart, Simon Muntner
Picture This

#14 - Picture This

Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 5, 1982

Potter's attempts to assemble the crew for a family portrait are thwarted by a feud between bunkmates Pierce, Hunnicutt, and Winchester. Things are not helped by the efforts of Margaret, Klinger and Mulcahy to bring the Swampmen back together.

star 6.89
345 votes
Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writers: Karen Hall
Promotion Commotion

#15 - Promotion Commotion

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 1, 1982

Winchester, Pierce, and Hunnicutt find themselves in the sticky position of having to decide which enlisted men to recommend for promotion. For Winchester it could be a matter of life and death.

star 6.90
318 votes
Writers: Dennis Koenig
Foreign Affairs

#16 - Foreign Affairs

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 8, 1982

The Army tries to get a North Korean pilot to defect, and Charles gets a rude shock when he falls for a French nurse with a Bohemian past.

star 6.91
298 votes
Writers: David Pollock, Elias Davis
Communication Breakdown

#17 - Communication Breakdown

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 30, 1981

Winchester infuriates the camp when he hoards his stateside newspapers, and Hawkeye reunites two Korean brothers who have been fighting on opposite sides of the war.

star 6.93
307 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Karen Hall
Lend a Hand

#18 - Lend a Hand

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 4, 1980

Irritated that the 4077th is planning a "surprise" party for him, Hawkeye volunteers to go to the aid of a wounded surgeon at the front. An additional irritant to Hawkeye is the arrival of Dr. Borelli, a wisecracking medical advisor with whom he habitually disagrees.

star 6.94
331 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda
The Best of Enemies

#19 - The Best of Enemies

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 17, 1980

On his way to some R&R in Tokyo, a North Korean soldier forces Hawkeye to perform an emergency roadside operation on his buddy.

star 6.94
322 votes
Writers: Sheldon Bull
Blood and Guts

#20 - Blood and Guts

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 18, 1982

Hawkeye is outraged when a sensationalistic war correspondent, Clayton Kibbee, reports irresponsible G.I. stunts as tales of military valor. Kibbee: "As for the last two pints of blood, there's no big finale, no heroes. They helped an old soldier, who'd had visions of glory but finally got it through his thick head how tragic and inhumane war can be. Maybe he'll know better next time."

star 6.95
349 votes
Writers: Lee H. Grant
That Darn Kid

#21 - That Darn Kid

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 12, 1982

Klinger buys a goat, with the intention of getting rich by selling it's milk. Then the goat eats the 4077th's $22,340 payroll, leaving paymaster Hawkeye holding the bag. Meanwhile, Charles also thinks he can make a killing when he sees an ancient vase.

star 6.95
310 votes
Writers: Karen Hall
Pressure Points

#22 - Pressure Points

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 1982

Potter sends for Sidney Freedman when he loses confidence in his surgical abilities, and Winchester loses patience with his bunkmates' sloppiness.

star 6.95
351 votes
Writers: David Pollock
Identity Crisis

#23 - Identity Crisis

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 2, 1981

Father Mulcahy counsels a GI who is plagued by guilt because he has swapped tags with a dead colleague. Meanwhile, B.J. and Charles consider ways of keeping a soldier-salesman quiet.

star 6.96
270 votes
Writers: Dan Wilcox, Thad Mumford

#24 - Inga

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 8, 1979

It's instant attraction for Hawkeye when a beautiful Swedish doctor, called Inga, arrives to observe combat surgery. That is, until she upstages him in the operating room with a superior technique, and his ego is bruised.

star 6.97
366 votes
Directors: Alan Alda
Writers: Alan Alda
Point of View

#25 - Point of View

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 20, 1978

In this unique episode, the camera becomes the eyes of a young wounded soldier. It records his sensory responses to being wounded, flown by helicopter to the 4077th, examined, operated on, and treated in post-operation.

star 6.97
391 votes
Writers: David Isaacs, Ken Levine