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The Best Episodes of M*A*S*H

Every episode of M*A*S*H ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best 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.

Genres:War & PoliticsDramaComedy
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "M*A*S*H" is "Abyssinia, Henry", rated 9.4/10 from 1487 user votes. It was directed by Larry Gelbart and written by James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum. "Abyssinia, Henry" aired on 3/18/1975 and is rated 0.5 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Tuttle".

  • Abyssinia, Henry
    9.4/10 1,487 votes

    #1 - Abyssinia, Henry

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 1975-03-18

    Everyone is happy when Henry finds out that he is being discharged and sent home, and Hawkeye and Trapper decide to literally send him off in style...

    Director: Larry Gelbart

    Writer: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum

  • Tuttle
    8.9/10 1,135 votes

    #2 - Tuttle

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1973-01-14

    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...!

    Director: William Wiard

    Writer: David Ketchum, Bruce Shelley

  • Life Time
    8.8/10 657 votes

    #3 - Life Time

    Season 8 Episode 11 - Aired 1979-11-26

    Hawkeye and BJ race against the clock to save a soldier from paralysis. BJ harvesting an aorta from a dead soldier doesn't sit well with the soldier's friend.

    Director: Alan Alda

    Writer: Alan Alda, Walter D. Dishell, M.D.

  • Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
    8.8/10 3,899 votes

    #4 - Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

    Season 11 Episode 16 - Aired 1983-02-28

    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.

    Director: Alan Alda

    Writer: Burt Metcalfe, Karen Hall, Alan Alda, John Rappaport, Elias Davis, David Pollock, Thad Mumford, Dan Wilcox

  • Sometimes You Hear the Bullet
    8.7/10 964 votes

    #5 - Sometimes You Hear the Bullet

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1973-01-28

    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.

    Director: William Wiard

    Writer: Carl Kleinschmitt

  • Welcome to Korea
    8.7/10 836 votes

    #6 - Welcome to Korea

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1975-09-12

    Trapper is shipped home while Hawkeye is on R&R. Hawkeye speeds to Kimpo with Radar to catch Trapper's plane, but they just miss him. While they are there, they pick up BJ Hunnicut and take him back to camp. On the way back, BJ is introduced to the Korean War.

    Director: Gene Reynolds

    Writer: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum, Larry Gelbart

  • Point of View
    8.7/10 725 votes

    #7 - Point of View

    Season 7 Episode 10 - Aired 1978-11-20

    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.

    Director: Charles S. Dubin

    Writer: David Isaacs, Ken Levine

  • Good-Bye Radar: Part 2
    8.7/10 676 votes

    #8 - Good-Bye Radar: Part 2

    Season 8 Episode 5 - Aired 1979-10-15

    As company clerk Radar O'Reilly reluctantly prepares to depart the 4077th, the unit is still without electricity due to a broken generator, and the operating room continues to fill up with war wounded as night falls. The responsibility for procuring a new generator falls on Klinger, who lacks Radar's masterful knack of cutting through red tape in search of much-needed supplies.

    Director: Charles S. Dubin

    Writer: David Isaacs, Ken Levine

  • Death Takes a Holiday
    8.7/10 670 votes

    #9 - Death Takes a Holiday

    Season 9 Episode 5 - Aired 1980-12-15

    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.

    Director: Mike Farrell

    Writer: N/A

  • Deal Me Out
    8.6/10 840 votes

    #10 - Deal Me Out

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 1973-12-08

    The 4077th and friends convene for their weekly “Medical Conference,” A.K.A. Poker while Radar runs over a civilian and Frank is held hostage in the showers by an enlisted man.

    Director: Gene Reynolds

    Writer: Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks

  • Adam's Ribs
    8.6/10 839 votes

    #11 - Adam's Ribs

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 1974-11-26

    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.

    Director: Gene Reynolds

    Writer: Laurence Marks

  • The Interview
    8.6/10 743 votes

    #12 - The Interview

    Season 4 Episode 24 - Aired 1976-02-24

    Clete Roberts introduces this segment as his show; he's arrived at Korea to interview the staff of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital because of its high 97% efficiency rating. In Roberts' interviews with Hawkeye, BJ, Frank, Radar, Klinger, Mulcahy and Potter, they talk about how they cope with their situation, what they miss about home, how they feel about who they work with, and whether they see any good in coming from war.

    Director: Larry Gelbart

    Writer: Larry Gelbart

  • Dear Sigmund
    8.6/10 745 votes

    #13 - Dear Sigmund

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 1976-11-09

    Psychiatrist Sidney Freedman composes a letter to Sigmund Freud during a visit to the 4077, while the rest of the camp endures the hijinks of a mystery prankster.

    Director: Alan Alda

    Writer: Alan Alda

  • The Party
    8.6/10 633 votes

    #14 - The Party

    Season 7 Episode 25 - Aired 1979-03-12

    Talk of a post-war reunion gives BJ an idea- planning a present-day stateside gathering of 4077th families. He continues to obsess with the idea even under the duress of bug-out instigated by a Chinese breakthrough. Also, Klinger fears that the party will blow his cover, as his mother doesn't know he's stationed in Korea.

    Director: Burt Metcalfe

    Writer: Burt Metcalfe, Alan Alda

  • April Fools
    8.6/10 598 votes

    #15 - April Fools

    Season 8 Episode 25 - Aired 1980-03-24

    A no-nonsense Colonel, who is notorious as a hard-nosed disciplinarian, visits the 4077th during an outbreak of April Fools' Day pranksterism. Colonel Potter tries in vain to halt the mayhem before Colonel Tucker arrives in camp.

    Director: Charles S. Dubin

    Writer: N/A

  • 5 O’Clock Charlie
    8.5/10 863 votes

    #16 - 5 O’Clock Charlie

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 1973-09-22

    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.

    Director: Norman Tokar

    Writer: Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks, Keith Walker

  • The Trial of Henry Blake
    8.5/10 785 votes

    #17 - The Trial of Henry Blake

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1973-11-03

    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.

    Director: Don Weis

    Writer: McLean Stevenson

  • The General Flipped at Dawn
    8.5/10 797 votes

    #18 - The General Flipped at Dawn

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 1974-09-10

    The MASH 4077 is visted by General Steele. He wishes to move the camp 5 miles down the road. Hawkeye and Henry are charged with mutiny. And Hawkeye is also charged with impersonating a reporter.

    Director: Larry Gelbart

    Writer: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum

  • Aid Station
    8.5/10 600 votes

    #19 - Aid Station

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 1975-02-11

    Hawkeye, Houlihan, and Klinger go to an aid station at the front. Working closely together under heavy fire and unsanitary medical conditions, the three return to camp with new found respect for one another.

    Director: William B. Jurgensen

    Writer: Larry Gelbart, Simon Muntner

  • Change of Command
    8.5/10 699 votes

    #20 - Change of Command

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 1975-09-19

    Frank settles in as commanding officer, only to have a new one appointed over his head, one that, to his chagrin, fits in very well.

    Director: Gene Reynolds

    Writer: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum

  • Carry On, Hawkeye
    8.4/10 723 votes

    #21 - Carry On, Hawkeye

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1973-11-24

    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.

    Director: Jackie Cooper

    Writer: Larry Gelbart, Bernard Dilbert, Laurence Marks

  • Crisis
    8.4/10 685 votes

    #22 - Crisis

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 1974-02-09

    The supply lines to the camp are cut. Radar, the housing officer, starts doubling people up to save fuel and Klinger is thrown out of the nurse's tent. People start burning everything to stay warm while Frank wears his heated socks. The toilet paper supply is worst hit, and then wounded start arriving. Supplies are eventually restored.

    Director: Don Weis

    Writer: Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks

  • Bug Out
    8.4/10 613 votes

    #23 - Bug Out

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 1976-09-21

    When a rumor for a camp relocation turns out to be real, Hawkeye, Margaret and Radar volunteer to stay behind for a patient who cannot be moved.

    Director: Gene Reynolds

    Writer: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell

  • Movie Tonight
    8.4/10 690 votes

    #24 - Movie Tonight

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 1977-02-22

    Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.

    Director: Burt Metcalfe

    Writer: Don Reo

  • Fade Out, Fade In
    8.4/10 612 votes

    #25 - Fade Out, Fade In

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 1977-09-20

    Frank Burns cracks up over Margaret's marriage while on R&R in Tokyo, and Major Charles Emerson Winchester III is sent to the 4077th as a replacement by a vindictive superior officer.

    Director: Hy Averback

    Writer: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum