AfterMASH is an American sitcom produced as a spin-off and continuation of M*A*S*H that aired on CBS from September 26, 1983, to May 31, 1985. The series takes place immediately following the end of the Korean War and chronicles the adventures of three characters from the original series: Colonel Sherman T. Potter (played by Harry Morgan), Maxwell Klinger (played by Jamie Farr) and Father John Mulcahy (played by William Christopher). M*A*S*H supporting cast-member Kellye Nakahara joined them, albeit off-camera, as the voice of the hospital's public address system. Rosalind Chao rounded out the starring cast as Soon-Lee Klinger, a Korean refugee whom Klinger met, fell in love with and married in the M*A*S*H series finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen."

AfterMASH title screen (season 1)
Created byLarry Gelbart
Gene Reynolds
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
Based onMASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
StarringHarry Morgan
Jamie Farr
William Christopher
Rosalind Chao
John Chappell
Jay O. Sanders
Barbara Townsend
David Ackroyd
Anne Pitoniak
Peter Michael Goetz
Brandis Kemp
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes31 (1 unaired in America)
Executive producer(s)Burt Metcalfe
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–25 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26) 
May 31, 1985 (1985-05-31)
Preceded byM*A*S*H
Followed byW*A*L*T*E*R
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Season one

In the one-hour pilot episode "September of '53/Together Again", Colonel Potter returned home from Korea to his wife Mildred (Barbara Townsend) in Hannibal, Missouri. He soon found physically forced retirement stifling, and Mildred suggested he return to work. Potter was soon hired by the bombastic and bureaucratic hospital administrator Mike D'Angelo (John Chappell) as the chief of staff at General Pershing Veteran's Hospital ("General General"), located in the fictional River Bend, Missouri.

Max Klinger had found himself in trouble with the law in Toledo. Colonel Potter wrote to him and offered him a job as his administrative assistant. Klinger's nemesis at General General was D'Angelo's executive secretary Alma Cox (Brandis Kemp), a mean-spirited woman who was forever trying to "get the goods" on him, from rifling through his desk to giving him just one day to prepare for a civil service exam, the latter of which, despite her underhanded efforts, he still manages to pass.

Father Mulcahy, whose hearing was damaged in the final episode of M*A*S*H, was suffering from depression and drinking heavily. Potter arranged for Mulcahy to receive an operation at another VA Hospital in St. Louis. After his hearing was surgically corrected, he stopped drinking and joined Potter and Klinger at "General General" as its Catholic chaplain.

Also on hand was the idealistic, talented, and often hungry young resident surgeon Gene Pfeiffer (Jay O. Sanders), attractive secretary Bonnie Hornbeck (Wendy Schaal), who had an eye for Klinger, and old-timer Bob Scannell (Patrick Cranshaw) who served under then-Sergeant Potter in World War I and was now a hospital resident of 35 years (thanks to his exposure to mustard gas). Unlike the other patients and staff who addressed Potter by his retired rank of colonel, Scannell called him "Sarge" at Potter's request.

Halfway through the first season, Dr. Ron Boyer (David Ackroyd) was introduced as a hardened veteran who lost a leg in Korea and had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. Despite only having signed on for two episodes,[1] his character began appearing more often toward the end of the season, so often that Dr. Pfeiffer was suddenly pulled from the cast after Dr. Boyer's debut episode.

The only other main character from the original series to appear on AfterMASH was Radar (played by Gary Burghoff), who appeared in a first season two-part episode. As Potter, Klinger, and Mulcahy prepare to head to Iowa for Radar's wedding, Radar shows up in a panic at Potter's house in Missouri, believing his intended fiancée has cheated on him in "It Had to Be You". The Radar character later appeared in a pilot called W*A*L*T*E*R, in which Radar moved from Iowa to St. Louis, after his wife left him on his wedding night, and he became a police officer. (The series was never picked up, and the pilot was aired in July 1984 as a TV special on CBS exclusively in the Eastern and Central timezones; the show was pre-empted in Pacific and Mountain timezones by the 1984 Democratic National Convention. The pilot/special was broadcast by CBS only once.)

The season included home scenes with the Potters, most notably when they were deluged with guests in "Thanksgiving of '53", and Potter tried to keep the phone occupied so Klinger could not call his relatives, who were on the way over to surprise him; this episode also marked the only onscreen appearance of Potter's oft-mentioned daughter, Evvy Ennis, and Potter's grandson, Corey. One of the season's standout episodes was the Emmy-nominated "Fall Out", where Potter and Klinger considered leaving General General, but reconsidered when they linked the leukemia seen in a patient with exposure to atomic testing; writer-director Larry Gelbart received a Peabody Award for this episode. The season closed in March with Klinger being arrested for assaulting a real estate agent as pregnant Soon Lee went into labor. In May, CBS announced the show was renewed for a second season.

Season two

Season Two opened with Klinger escaping from the River Bend County Jail to attend the birth of his child and remaining a fugitive until a judge sent him to the psychiatric unit at General General, where Klinger feigned insanity to avoid prison and the Potters took in Soon Lee and the (as yet unnamed) baby. Mike D'Angelo was transferred to Montana and was replaced by smarmy new administrator Wally Wainwright (Peter Michael Goetz). Anne Pitoniak was brought in to replace Barbara Townsend as Mildred Potter. David Ackroyd was promoted to a regular cast member after multiple guest appearances in the second half of the first season. An attractive new psychiatrist, Dr. Lenore Dudziak (Wendy Girard), arrived to begin the daunting task of evaluating Klinger, while Potter was horrified that Wainwright assigned Alma Cox as his new secretary.

The recurring M*A*S*H character Colonel Flagg (played by Edward Winter) appeared in the second season, now working for an unspecified intelligence agency whose agents are authorized to carry sidearms in their shoes; he is only too eager to testify against Klinger in "Trials". Character actors Arliss Howard, Timothy Busfield, William Sadler and David Graf all appeared as patients.

Only three other characters from M*A*S*H were ever mentioned in the sequel series. Hawkeye was referenced in the one-hour opening episode in a voice-over thought by Mulcahy. Frank Burns was mentioned once in the first season (Episode #14: "Chief of Staff") and once in the second season, both times by Sherman Potter. In a second-season episode (#26: "Madness to His Method"), Dr. Potter writes a letter to Sidney Freedman, who is mentioned as now working at the University of Chicago, but does not appear in the episode. There is also a touching moment at the end of the episode "Chief of Staff" in which Potter is surprised to see that his hospital office has been redecorated with his desk, paintings, saddle, and other items from the 4077th as "Suicide Is Painless" is played; Potter's portrait of Radar and his group portrait of Hawkeye, BJ, Houlihan, Winchester, Klinger, and Mulcahy (from the 10th-season episode "Picture This") continued to be seen in his office through the remainder of the sequel series.

In the penultimate episode, "Saturday's Heroes", the Klingers' baby is finally named. This episode (the final broadcast of the series) aired on May 31, 1985. (Several sources incorrectly claim that this episode ran on December 11, 1984, which was the originally intended air date for this episode. However, CBS had put the series "on hiatus" just a few days earlier and abruptly pulled the episode from the scheduled airing of December 11, even though it had been advertised in several newspaper listings and in TV Guide for that date.)


  • Note: Similar to the list on the M*A*S*H page, this table counts double episodes as 2 episodes, and therefore there are 22 episodes in the first season (with the first episode being double length), and 9 episodes in the second season, the total being 31.
Harry MorganCol. Sherman Potter1983–19851–231
Jamie FarrMaxwell Klinger1983–19851–231
William ChristopherFather John Mulcahy[2]1983-19851–231
Kellye NakaharaPA Announcer1983-19851–227
Rosalind ChaoSoon-Lee Klinger1983–19851–225
Brandis KempAlma Cox1983–19851–221
Barbara Townsend and Anne PitoniakMildred Potter1983–1984, 1984–19851, 2 (actress replaced between seasons)20
Patrick CranshawBob Scannell1983–19851–220
John ChappellMike D'Angelo1983–1984119
David AckroydDr. Mark Boyer1984–19851 (second half)–214
Lois ForakerNurse Coleman1984–19851–213
Jay O. SandersDr. Gene Pfeiffer1983–19841 (first half)12
Peter Michael GoetzWally Wainwright1984–198527
Noble Willingham/Wally DaltonHarry (Recovery Room bartender)1984–19851–26
Wendy GirardDr. Lenore Dudziak1984–198525
Wendy SchaalBonnie Hornbeck198314
Carolsue WalkerSarah (prostitute turned Recovery Room waitress)1983–198414
Tom IsbellDr. Andy Caldwell1984–198523
Gary BurghoffWalter "Radar" O'Reilly198412
Edward WinterSamuel Flagg198421



AfterMASH made frequent references to M*A*S*H, and likewise featured storylines that highlighted the horrors and suffering of war, from the non-combat perspective of a veterans' hospital. The series was canceled after twenty-nine broadcast episodes. "Wet Feet", the thirtieth episode, was never aired.


AfterMASH premiered in late 1983 in the same Monday at 9:00 P.M. EDT time slot as its predecessor, M*A*S*H. It finished 10th out of all network shows for the 1983–1984 season according to Nielsen Media Research television ratings. For its second season, CBS moved the show to Tuesday nights at 8:00 EST, opposite NBC's Top 10 hit The A-Team, and launched a marketing campaign featuring illustrations by Sanford Kossin of Max Klinger in a female nurse's uniform shaving off Mr. T's signature mohawk, theorizing that AfterMASH would take a large portion of the A-Team audience.[3] In fact, however, the opposite occurred, as AfterMASH's ratings plummeted to near the bottom of the television rankings, leading to its cancellation just nine episodes into its second season, while The A-Team continued until 1987, with 97 episodes.


Season 1 (1983–1984)

No.TitleDirected by[n 1]Written by[n 1]Original air dateProduction Code[n 2]
1"September of '53"Burt MetcalfeLarry GelbartSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26)2E01
A fresh-from-Korea and bored Potter takes a job as Chief of Staff at the General Pershing VA Hospital. He writes a letter to a struggling Klinger, offering him the job of secretary, and Klinger accepts.
2"Together Again"Nick HavingaLarry GelbartSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26)2E02
Potter arranges for a depressed, alcoholic Father Mulcahy to come to St. Louis for ear surgery and he eventually decides to take a job as the hospital chaplain.
3"Klinger vs. Klinger"Will MackenzieKen Levine, David IsaacsOctober 3, 1983 (1983-10-03)2E03
Klinger and Soon-Lee argue about Soon-Lee wanting to get a job, Potter and Pfeiffer operate on a patient without proper identification, and Mulcahy rushes to write his monthly report.
4"Snap, Crackle, Plop"Nick HavingaDennis KoenigOctober 10, 1983 (1983-10-10)2E04
Klinger takes his civil service exam on less than 12 hours' notice, Potter tries to get D'Angelo, who'd rather buy a new canopy, to get a new autoclave, and Mulcahy deals with a patient who thinks God is trying to kill him.
5"Staph Inspection"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David IsaacsOctober 17, 1983 (1983-10-17)2E07
Potter deals with a dying World War I friend and patient, Klinger tries to get organized, and Mulcahy tries to control a flasher, all while a staph infection grips the hospital and an inspection is on its way.
6"Night Shift"Edward H. FeldmanEverett Greenbaum, Elliott ReedOctober 24, 1983 (1983-10-24)2E06
During the night shift at the hospital, Pfeiffer deals with fatigue and overwork, Mulcahy helps a patient see his son, and Klinger searches for missing mattresses, while Potter tries to get back home to a fancy dinner with his wife.
7"Shall We Dance"Will MackenzieKen Levine, David IsaacsOctober 31, 1983 (1983-10-31)2E05
Alma tries to get From Here to Eternity banned from General Pershing, while Pfeiffer tries to win the affections of Alma's secretary Bonnie, who only has eyes for Klinger.
8"Little Broadcast of '53"Burt MetcalfeDennis KoenigNovember 7, 1983 (1983-11-07)2E08
During an October week at General General, a new nurse adjusts to hospital work and hijinks, Klinger begins to do lunchtime P.A. broadcasts, and Mulcahy deals with a clingy patient.
9"Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"Nick HavingaDennis KoenigNovember 14, 1983 (1983-11-14)2E09
On Visitor's Day at General Pershing, D'Angelo flirts with Mildred Potter's niece, much to Alma's chagrin, a freelance preacher gives false hope to patients, and a healthy man tries to get admitted.
10"Thanksgiving of '53"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David IsaacsNovember 21, 1983 (1983-11-21)2E10
It's the first Thanksgiving at home since Korea, and the Potters are deluged with guests, including a camera-bug Mulcahy, all the Klingers from Toledo, a mooching Pfeiffer, and a lonely D'Angelo. Notably, Potter's daughter and grandchildren, who were often mentioned in the original series, appear in this episode.
11"Fallout"Larry GelbartLarry GelbartDecember 5, 1983 (1983-12-05)2E12
Potter and Pfeiffer consider leaving the bureaucratic VA hospital, but a patient who contracted leukemia from government atomic testing bring them back. Larry Gelbart was nominated for the Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Emmy after directing this episode.
12"The Bladder Day Saints"Nick HavingaEverett Greenbaum, Elliott ReidDecember 12, 1983 (1983-12-12)2E11
During the annual bladder inspection for local vets, Pfeiffer deals with his first death, a patient tries to fake back pain to stay in the hospital, and Klinger begins to feel uncomfortable when he meets a friend from Korea who didn't come back whole.
13"All About Christmas Eve"Burt MetcalfeDennis KoenigDecember 19, 1983 (1983-12-19)2E13
On Christmas Eve, the Klingers announce they are having a baby and a depressed Alma consoles herself by trying to fire Klinger.
14"Chief of Staff"Burt BrinckerhoffGordon MitchellJanuary 2, 1984 (1984-01-02)2E15
As Klinger plans a special surprise for Col. Potter's birthday, Mr. D' Angelo finds out he needs prostate surgery, and a Southern African–American nurse finds it hard to adjust to an integrated hospital.
15"C.Y.A."Burt BrinckerhoffJanis HirschJanuary 9, 1984 (1984-01-09)2E14
Father Mulcahy fights bureaucracy to get the V.A. to pay for his ear surgery and another patient's transportation, Klinger helps out a paralyzed patient, and the hospital scrambles to find a missing patient.
16"Yours Truly, Max Klinger"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David IsaacsJanuary 16, 1984 (1984-01-16)2E16
Klinger writes Radar a letter about recent events in his life, including Soon-Lee being pregnant with his child, his struggle to sell frozen beef to make a little extra money, and a troublesome new surgeon, Dr. Boyer. This episode is the last appearance of Jay O. Sanders as Dr. Gene Pfeiffer, the first appearance of David Ackroyd as Dr. Boyer, and features a guest appearance by Gary Burghoff reprising his role as Radar O'Reilly.
17"It Had to Be You"Larry GelbartDennis Koenig, Ken Levine, David IsaacsJanuary 23, 1984 (1984-01-23)2E17
Radar takes refuge at the Potters' after he discovers his fiancée was unfaithful. Meanwhile, Doctor Boyer finds it hard to approach women at a local bar.
18"Odds and Ends"Peter LevinEverett Greenbaum, Elliott ReidJanuary 30, 1984 (1984-01-30)2E18
Klinger resorts to gambling to get money for the coming baby, and Mulcahy helps Scannell write a new will before Scannell goes under the knife.
19"Another Saturday Night"Jamie FarrStory by: Dennie Koenig
Teleplay by: Ken Levine, David Isaacs
February 6, 1984 (1984-02-06)2E19
With the Mrs. out of town for the night, Dr. Potter heads for the local bar for a meal and someone to talk to. Meanwhile, on Potter's advice, D'Angelo begins to socialize with the hospital patients, but causes more harm than help, and Klinger tries to keep up with Soon-Lee's cravings.
20"Fever Pitch"Burt MetcalfeDennis KoenigFebruary 27, 1984 (1984-02-27)2E21
A hot day brings a patient who needs his fever cooled. Dr. Boyer wants to use a cooling blanket, but it is not V.A. approved, so he turns to Klinger to get one. Meanwhile, Father Mulcahy is in search of a new place to stay, after life in the rectory turns substandard.
21"By the Book"Gabrielle BeaumontLarry BalmagiaMarch 5, 1984 (1984-03-05)2E20
Mulcahy must stop a man who thinks he is Superman from endangering other patients.
22"Up and Down Payments"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David IsaacsMarch 12, 1984 (1984-03-12)2E22
Klinger gets arrested for punching a crooked real estate agent. Soon-Lee goes into labor. This episode is the last appearance of John Chappell as Mark D'Angelo and Barbara Townsend as Mildred Potter.

Season 2 (1984–1985)

No.TitleDirected by[n 1]Written by[n 1]Original air dateProduction Code[n 2]
23"Less Miserables"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David Isaacs, Dennis KoenigSeptember 23, 1984 (1984-09-23)[n 3]2W01
While Soon-Lee is being rushed to the delivery room, Klinger stands in a jail cell worried about his wife, and later conspires with another inmate in order to make his escape. Meanwhile, V.A. Administrator Burt Philbrick (Max Wright) tours the hospital, later informing Dr. Potter that Mr. D'Angelo has been replaced. Soon-Lee gives birth to her son, with Max at her side, after he tells everyone he is going to hide out at the hospital.
24"Calling Doctor Habibi"Hy AverbackDennis Koenig, Ken Levine, David IsaacsSeptember 25, 1984 (1984-09-25)2W02
Wally Wainwright arrives and immediately runs into Klinger, who is still on the run from the law. After introducing himself as Dr. Habibi, Klinger is asked to show Mr. Wainwright around. Meanwhile, Alma is demoted to Potter's clerk and Boyer tries to prove himself to Wainwright, despite his prosthetic leg.
25"Strangers and Other Lovers"Burt MetcalfeDennis KoenigOctober 2, 1984 (1984-10-02)2W03
Potter tries to deal with the overbearing Alma Cox, Boyer beds the wife of a patient, and Klinger is finally arrested.
26"Trials"Charles S. DubinKen Levine, David IsaacsOctober 9, 1984 (1984-10-09)2W04
Max Klinger's trial finally takes place, with the result of Klinger being found not guilty by reason of insanity. Klinger is also ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at General General. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Mr. Wainwright forces Dr. Boyer into performing a difficult operation. Edward Winter reprises his M*A*S*H role of Colonel Flagg to testify against Klinger.
27"Madness to His Method"Burt MetcalfeTom StrawOctober 16, 1984 (1984-10-16)2W05
Dr. Potter writes to Dr. Sidney Freeman about recent events at the hospital, including news of the hospital's brand new psychiatrist, Dr. Lenore Dudziak (Wendy Girard), who has arrived to perform Klinger's psychological evaluation. Meanwhile, Boyer flirts with Dudziak, Potter tries to connect with a silent patient, and Wainwright decides to serve deluxe meals in the cafeteria to prevent malcontent from the patients.
28"The Recovery Room"Charles S. DubinJay FolbOctober 30, 1984 (1984-10-30)2W06
The Klinger baby causes friction between Mr. and Mrs. Potter, while Klinger tries to get mental disability from the VA and Dudziak tries to convince Boyer to attend group therapy. Meanwhile, Dr. Andy Caldwell arrives at the hospital for an internship.
29"Ward Is Hell"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David Isaacs, Dennis KoenigDecember 4, 1984 (1984-12-04)2W09
Klinger runs a hospital lottery, but trouble ensues when Soon-Lee has the winning ticket. Meanwhile, Dr. Boyer is laid up with a staph infection, bringing his anger and bad attitude to the post-op ward.
30"Saturday's Heroes"Burt MetcalfeKen Levine, David IsaacsMay 31, 1985 (1985-05-31)[n 4]2W07
Attempts at weekend romances are interrupted when the Potters' car breaks down and Wainwright revokes passes for the psychiatric ward. Elsewhere, the Klinger baby is christened and named.
31[n 4]"Wet Feet"Hy AverbackDennis KoenigNot Aired in America[n 4] (Not Aired in America[n 4])2W08
A Missouri thunderstorm leads Alma to practice her role as the hospital Civil Defense officer, the doctors to take refuge at a supply room poker game, and a mental patient to lock himself in the hospital fallout shelter after mistaking the storm for nuclear war.[4]
32[n 5]"All Day All Night, Mary Ann"TBAKen Levine, David IsaacsNot Produced[n 5] (Not Produced[n 5])None[n 5]


Critics were mostly negative about the program. In 1999, Time magazine listed the show as one of the 100 worst ideas of the century, and in 2002, TV Guide listed it as the seventh-worst TV series ever.[5][6]


  1. Credits from episode title cards
  2. Production Code from end credits
  3. The premiere episode of the second season aired in a time slot different from the regular schedule.
  4. The episode "Wet Feet" was set to air at 8:00 p.m. on May 31, 1985, immediately before the airing of "Saturday's Heroes". See The Courier-Journal May 31, 1985 TV listings. However, CBS instead showed a CBS News special, Tax Reform: Other Views, in that time slot, as announced on the CBS Evening News that day. "Saturday's Heroes" was originally scheduled to air December 11, 1984, according to TV Guide. However, CBS pre-empted AfterMASH for its annual presentation of Frosty the Snowman. See the television listings in the Observer-Reporter, December 11, 1984, p. B4.
  5. The script for "All Day All Night, Mary Ann" was written but the episode was never produced.


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  2. Richard Wolff (25 March 2010). The Church on TV: Portrayals of Priests, Pastors and Nuns on American Television Series. A&C Black. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-1-4411-5797-3.
  3. "Bayraider TV". Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  4. Koenig, Dennis. "Wet Feet". AfterMASH (in Czech). TV Nova.
  5. "The 100 Worst Ideas of the Century". January 19, 2000. Archived from the original on May 5, 2011.
  6. "50 worst shows of all time". Archived from the original on August 2, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
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