‘Iconic’ TV series M*A*S*H celebrating 40th anniversary

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2012, 19:11 PM IST

Washington: M*A*S*H is celebrating its 40th anniversary all month by broadcasting episodes of the show, including the pilot and a three-hour series finale.

US TV network TV Land also rebroadcast its 20th and 30th reunion specials, ABC News reported.

Inspired by the 1970 Robert Altman film of the same name, M*A*S*H premiered September 17, 1972 and followed the staff of a hospital in South Korea during the Korean War.

Its stars included Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, McLean Stevenson, Jamie Farr, Wayne Rogers and Harry Morgan.

M*A*S*H struggled in the ratings during its first season and was nearly cancelled.

But when it signed off, in 1983, it set a record for the most-watched show in TV history.

The series finale was seen by 105.97 million viewers, a record that stood until the 2010 Super Bowl telecast.