The first Season of M*A*S*H began with the Pilot episode that aired on September 17, 1972. A total of 24 episodes were produced. The following episodes are some of my favorites from the first season.
Chief Surgeon Who? – Henry appoints Hawkeye Chief Surgeon over Frank. Frank and Margaret call General Barker and despite unusual experiences with the staff of the 4077, Hawkeye’s skill as a surgeon leads General Barker to keep Hawkeye as Chief Surgeon.
Tuttle – Hawkeye & Trapper create a fictional Captain named Tuttle. One thing leads to another and soon everyone in camp believes Tuttle is real. When General Clayton decides to honor Tuttle, Hawkeye has to find away to get rid of Tuttle without raising suspicion.
The Ringbanger – Hawkeye & Trapper try to have Colonel Buzz Brighton who has a high casualty record, sent back to the states by convincing him he’s insane. (Leslie Nielsen guest starred as Colonel Brighton)
The Longjohn Flap – During a cold snap, Hawkeye receives a pair of long johns. Hawkeye gives them to Trapper out of sympathy and then Trapper loses them to Radar in a poker game. The long johns then pass through the cook, Frank, Margaret, Klinger, Father Mulcahy, and finally Colonel Blake, before ending up back with Hawkeye as a thank you from Blake for saving his life.
Dear Dad, Dear Dad…Again, The Army-Navy Game, Major Fred C. Dobbs and Showtime round out the remaining good episodes from season one.