I've been giving MASH a try, off and on, for some months now.
Is anyone here a fan?
I confess that I do enjoy it for entertainment value. However, I think it trivializes the very subject that it purports to confront. The show relies on straw man arguments and lowest common denominator portrayals to an inexcusable fault, in my opinion. As a pacifist, I abhor war and violence. Therefore I hate to see such evils trivialized for the sake of a cheap laugh or specious political commentary.
Regarding pure artistic worth, I think M.A.S.H. is one of the few shows that actually got better with the changing of the cast. My favorite character is Major Winchester, played by David Ogden Stiers. His acting is pure brilliance. And I also thought Harry Morgan improved the show greatly.
That's my two cents on it.