Features Classic TV Moments: M*A*S*H – Colonel Blake’s Helicopter Crashes Published 2 years ago on April 27, 2017 Discharge papers for Col. Henry Blake arrived at the close of the 1974-75 season for M*A*S*H in the episode Abyssinia, Henry. McLean Stevenson’s kindly and bumbling character, beloved for his humanity in the face of armed-services strictures, was ecstatic to return home (and to depart the small screen in hopes of gracing the larger one). Viewers felt the tug of emotions when the cast gathered around Blake’s helicopter to see him off. And moments later, when Radar stumbled into the surgical tent to announce that Blake’s helicopter had crashed into the Sea of Japan, audiences experienced the sudden loss of a dear friend. In preparation for this rare serious moment in a show noted for cynicism and rapier wit, M*A*S*H writers kept the cast in the dark about the episode’s final moments for as long as possible to try and make their reactions –immediate and stricken–as natural as possible. Indeed when the cast received the scripts for the episode the final page had been removed, it wasn’t until all shooting had been completed for the episode that the scene was filmed. One of the most enduring shows in TV history (it lasted three times longer than the Korean War itself), M*A*S*H had already established a new level of trust between writers and viewers. Blake’s demise moved that bond to a special place. As for Stevenson’s post-M*A*S*H ventures, well, let’s just say Hello, Larry never quite inspired the same devotion. The Last Word: “M*A*S*H demonstrated that, in the 1970s, comedy could be television’s chief vehicle for social criticism.” –TV critic Horace Newcomb Classic TV MomentsM*A*S*H Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes10 hours ago Your Worst Nightmare: Behind the Barn (S5EP8 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Behind the Barn: When 20-year-old college student Kristy Ray is kidnapped from her home in rural Tippah County, Miss., in... Episodes10 hours ago Ghost Adventures: Gates of Hell House (S15EP12 Travel Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gates of Hell House: The crew investigate intense paranormal activity at “the Freakling Bros., Trilogy of Terror,” an infamous haunted... Episodes10 hours ago Who’s Stalking Me? (Lifetime Sat 23 Feb 2019, Chelsea Ricketts, Michael Welch) Following a near-death experience when an attacker breaks into her home, Amanda can’t shake the feeling that she’s still in... Episodes10 hours ago Ransom: Black Dolphin (S3EP2 CBS Sat 23 Feb 2019) Black Dolphin: The FBI asks Eric to use his negotiating expertise to convince the brainwashed survivor of an internet predator... Episodes10 hours ago Heart of Darkness: Gambling With the Devil (S1EP3 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gambling With the Devil: When the police arrive on the scene, a few blocks from the Isle Casino in Pompano... search EPISODES Episodes10 hours ago Love on the Menu (Hallmark 23 Feb 2019, Autumn Reeser, Kavan Smith) When chef Hank makes a deal with frozen food executive Maggie to save his restaurant, their unexpected attraction complicates matters,... Episodes1 day ago The Blacklist: Marko Jankowics (S6EP8 NBC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Marko Jankowics: When Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) search for a woman who may know a... Episodes1 day ago Fresh Off the Boat: Be A Man (S5EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Be a Man: Jessica drives Principal Hunter crazy at Evan’s school when she declares that she’s “shadow principal” and follows... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.