10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘M*A*S*H’
8. Almost Cancelled
Since coming to an end in 1983, M*A*S*H has remained one of the most iconic shows in pop culture and is one of the highest-rated series in U.S. television history, but it didn’t start out that way. Many fans don’t realize that the series was in serious jeopardy after its first season and the network was struggling with whether to just cancel it right then. Fortunately, they gave it a second season and moved it to a better time slot, right after All In The Family, where it became one of TV’s top 10 programs.
7. Wayne Rogers’ Non-Contract
For three seasons Wayne Rogers starred as one of the central characters Trapper John McIntyre before, to the dismay of fans, he left the series. Although he had originally intended to return for season four, Rogers felt that his character was constantly overshadowed by Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce character, and got into a dispute about his contract. When he quit, the network was considering a breach of contract lawsuit and even threatened him with it, but the whole thing had to be dismissed when it was revealed that Rogers never actually signed his contract when he started on the series because he didn’t agree with the standard contract given to actors at the time and felt that the “morals clause” was antiquated.