Picks and Pans Review: Memories of M*a*s*h
CBS (Mon., Nov. 25, 9:30 P.M. ET)
What you get out of this special depends entirely on what you want from it. If all you're looking for is the chance to review the best bits from one of the most popular shows in television history, it works well. There are plenty of reminders that M*A*S*H was one of the first programs that was equal parts broad comedy and touching drama.
If, however, you want any real behind-the-scenes insight into what made M*A*S*H work, you won't get much here. For starters, the host is Shelley Long, which makes as much sense as having Alan Alda host a Cheers tribute. That quibble aside, the special features interviews with cast members and is a nice reminder of how the heart and intelligence of M*A*S*H made it more than just a TV program.
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