Malibu Creek State Park: The California filming location for exteriors of the 4077 M*A*S*H camp. It was formerly called Fox Ranch, and owned by 20th Century Fox Studios until the 1980s. The site today is overgrown with foliage, and marked by a rusted Jeep and an ambulance used in the show, as well as a small sign. The state park is open to the public. The location was also used for How Green Was My Valley and the Planet of the Apes television series.
125 Million: The number of viewers the series finale of M*A*S*H had. As of November 2011, the series finale, Goodbye, Farewell, Amen, is still the most watched television broadcast in U.S. history. The finale aired from 8pm–11pm, and at 11:03pm, EST, New York City Public Works noted the highest water usage at one given time in the City’s history. This was because, in the three minutes after the finale ended, approximately 77 percent of NYC flushed their toilets.
Background Chatter: During the entire series, the same short loop of this was used in every OR scene. You can make out the words “Doctor, do you want me to hold that for you?” and “Irrigate this!” over and over again.
Suicide is Painless: The movie’s theme song. The lyrics to this song were written by director Robert Altman’s then-14-year-old son, Mike. Although the lyrics were dropped when the song was adapted for the TV theme song, Mike continued to receive royalties for their use. As a result, Mike made more money from the song than his father did for directing the original movie.
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