M*A*S*H – What even die hard fans don’t know!
Actors also took cues from real life events, told to them by individuals who had experienced the Korean War first hand. The patients and doctors who had the first-hand experiences told such detailed stories about the war, the writers actually had to leave some of it out.
The show regularly censored content that could be perceived as sensitive, such as graphic scenes depicted by Korean vets. Actor Gary Burghoff, who was also famous for playing Charlie Brown in an off-Broadway musical, actually has a deformed hand in real life that he hid on the show. It’s frequently hidden behind set items, or stuffed in his pocket.
Fans Were Furious When Henry Blake Died
Actor McLean Stevenson, who was leaving the show anyway, was the focus of the show’s 72nd episode, titled, Abyssinia, Henry. In the episode, his character Colonel Henry Blake was to be honorably discharged. The character spent the episode saying goodbye to his fellow soldiers and making plans to go home and see his family. However, the writers had a terrible plot twist up their sleeves.
During one of the last scenes, Blake departs the base. After he leaves, the surgeons of M*A*S*H are operating when Radar bursts in, announcing that his transport plane had been shot down over the Sea of Japan and that Henry did not survive the crash. The fans were outraged that the writers decided to kill off Henry instead. CBS got over 1,000 complaint letters and the future of the franchise appeared to be in jeopardy.