Regular price: $14.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $14.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Few American television series are as deeply entrenched in twentieth-century popular culture as M*A*S*H, a Korean War medical comedy characterized by its dark tone and finesse in tackling serious social and political issues. By the end of its run, M*A*S*H had been a mainstream hit for several seasons and won fourteen Emmys, leading it to be called, "the most popular pre-Seinfeld series in television history." In this comprehensive study of M*A*S*H, David Scott Diffrient analyzes the series' contextual issues such as its creation, reception, and circulation as well as textual issues like its formal innovations, narrative strategies, and themes.
The book is published by Wayne State University Press.
©2008 Wayne State University Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

"Among the most beloved programs ever produced in the history of American television, M*A*S*H has been the subject of countless books, articles, and reviews. This critical survey by David Scott Diffrient offers a well-researched and historically grounded assessment of a show whose influence on the larger popular culture is beyond dispute. The author's delight with shines through but not at the expense of addressing some of the weaknesses and contradictions he finds in select episodes. This volume belongs in the reference library of all serious scholars of American cultural history." (Darrell Y. Hamamoto, author of Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Politics of TV Representation)<
"As both detractors and extollers of the small screen admit, separating American culture from television culture is not easily done. In offering us a kind of "thick description" (as ethnographer Clifford Geertz might deem it) of M*A*S*H, David Scott Diffrient's monograph has much to say about both. With wonderful clarity and deep knowledge of both film and TV, he tells us just about everything scholars, students, and fans might want to about this quintessential black comedy while at the same time providing unexpected insights into its historical context." (David Lavery, founding editor of Critical Studies in Television)
Show More Show Less
No Reviews are Available
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc