The WORST episodes of M*A*S*H

Every episode of M*A*S*H ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of M*A*S*H!

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.

Last Updated: 9/4/2023Network: CBSStatus: Ended
Snappier Judgment (2)
288 votes

#1 - Snappier Judgment (2)

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/14/1981

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

Directors: Hy Averback
Writer: Paul Perlove
U.N., the Night and the Music
289 votes

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

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/3/1983

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.

Directors: Harry Morgan
Snap Judgment (1)
265 votes

#3 - Snap Judgment (1)

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/7/1981

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

Directors: Hy Averback
Writer: Paul Perlove
Our Finest Hour
396 votes

#4 - Our Finest Hour

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/9/1978

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.

Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Who Knew?
331 votes

#5 - Who Knew?

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/22/1982

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

Directors: Harry Morgan
Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead
334 votes

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

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/4/1982

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

Directors: Alan Alda
Writer: Alan Alda
290 votes

#7 - Heroes

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/15/1982

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.

Directors: Nell Cox
B.J. Papa San
400 votes

#8 - B.J. Papa San

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/1/1979

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."

Directors: James Sheldon
That's Show Biz
346 votes

#9 - That's Show Biz

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/26/1981

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!

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
374 votes

#10 - Hawkeye

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/13/1976

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

Directors: Larry Gelbart
Picture This
348 votes

#11 - Picture This

Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/5/1982

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.

Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Writer: Karen Hall
Give 'em Hell, Hawkeye
363 votes

#12 - Give 'em Hell, Hawkeye

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/16/1981

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.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
Communication Breakdown
312 votes

#13 - Communication Breakdown

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/30/1981

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.

Directors: Alan Alda
Writer: Karen Hall
The Joker is Wild
335 votes

#14 - The Joker is Wild

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/15/1982

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

Directors: Burt Metcalfe
Sons and Bowlers
351 votes

#15 - Sons and Bowlers

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/22/1982

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.

Directors: Hy Averback
Promotion Commotion
326 votes

#16 - Promotion Commotion

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/1/1982

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.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
That Darn Kid
306 votes

#17 - That Darn Kid

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/12/1982

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.

Writer: Karen Hall
Pressure Points
357 votes

#18 - Pressure Points

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/15/1982

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

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
Identity Crisis
273 votes

#19 - Identity Crisis

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/2/1981

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.

Guerilla My Dreams
352 votes

#20 - Guerilla My Dreams

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/1/1979

The arrival of a wounded Korean woman sparks a conflict at the 4077th: Hawkeye wants to heal her, but a steely ROK officer, Lt. Park, is more anxious to "question" her about alleged guerilla activities.

Directors: Alan Alda
Writer: Bob Colleary
Friends and Enemies
252 votes

#21 - Friends and Enemies

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/7/1983

Potter must deal with an old Army friend who is getting his own soldiers killed through his incompetency.

Directors: Jamie Farr
Writer: Karen Hall
The More I See You
492 votes

#22 - The More I See You

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/10/1976

Hawkeye is reunited with a woman he thought was out of his life forever, but who never altogether leaves.

Directors: Gene Reynolds
Foreign Affairs
297 votes

#23 - Foreign Affairs

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/8/1982

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.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
Blood and Guts
354 votes

#24 - Blood and Guts

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/18/1982

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."

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
Writer: Lee H. Grant
Point of View
394 votes

#25 - Point of View

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/20/1978

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.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin

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