Even if you don’t recall exactly what was going on in your life 35 years ago, you can be almost certain you were in front of a television in the evening. Why?
The final episode of M*A*S*H — which still holds the record for the most viewers for a non-sports TV program — aired 35 years ago tonight.
A treaty ended the Korean War after three years and one month. The TV adaptation of Robert Altman‘s movie lasted 10-and-a-half years. Here’s a six-pack of fast facts on the most famous final episode ever!
- Titled “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” it aired on February 28th, 1983.
- The 256th and final episode of the series was directed by Alan Alda.
- It drew more viewers than that year’s Super Bowl.
- The episode remained the most-watched program (in total viewers) for an unprecedented 27 years, until Super Bowl 44 in 2010.
- It spun off the CBS “successor series” AfterMASH. Built around the Colonel Potter, Max Klinger and Father Mulcahy characters, that show lasted only two seasons.
- The final scene, after Hawkeye leaves the base via helicopter, shows that B.J. has spelled out the word “Goodbye” in stones that are visible only from above.