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Hearing the gentle opening notes of Johnny Mandel’s folk anthem “Suicide is Painless” transports a person back to the Korean War and the combat medics of the 4077th.

As the pandemic crushes spirits and keeps people home longer and longer thanks to the bungled response of our elected leaders, I sought somewhere—anywhere—to be. And the place I landed was M*A*S*H. The show has been part of the cultural consciousness for so long, its ubiquity is taken for granted. I know I took it for granted, at least. It was just always around. I’d watched episodes as a child with my grandfather, who watched it whenever it was on TV. By the time I was aware of it, it was long over, but the reruns are still going strong.

It felt like a comfortable place to revisit chronologically, with the eyes of an adult and the discerning gaze of a critic. And what I found was more incredible than I remembered.

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Hulu TV Shows

We’ve all probably had the experience of scrolling through hundreds of cable channels and not finding anything good to watch. But Hulu is hoping to destroy that experience by adding thousands of episodes of classic and more recent television shows to its lineup that will (hopefully) help you narrow down your choices quicker and easier. Read on for a list of these Hulu TV shows, including M*A*S*H, NYPD Blue, and many more.
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/Answers: The Best Television Episodes of All Time

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite television episode of all time?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by The Leftovers and Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof.

If you’d like to share your favorite TV episode, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite episodes below!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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VOTD: TV Kisses

In honor of Valentine’s Day, TV Squad created a three minute supercut montage of both contemporary and classic television characters kissing. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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The hypnotic intro to M*A*S*H, alongside China Beach‘s, was forever instilled in my head as a kid, even though I habitually fell asleep beside my dad two minutes into the actual show. And of course, Robert Altman’s 1970 film is one of his classics. Twenty six years later, a retired chemical engineer named Andreas Kyriacou and several other fans on behalf of the Malibu Creek State Park in California (where the original show and movie were filmed) are recreating the set.

The first order of business was to accurately recreate the famous makeshift signpost (below), but TV writer Ken Levine says much more is in store on his blog

“Using original blueprints they are also roping off the areas where the Swamp was, the Mess Tent, etc. The park may eventually institute organized overnight camping trips and videos projected on a bedsheet for campers. But step one is a formal ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the show’s finale on February 23rd. So this summer, for the first time in 26 years you’ll be able to actually walk around the MASH camp. Bring water, sunscreen, a portable fan, and your favorite memories.”

I wish I could make the trek out there. If any /Film readers do, let us know. We usually reserve Cool Stuff for memorabilia and collectibles, but as the old saying goes, this kind of experience is priceless. This is dedication on the part of film fans, and knowing that the original set was destroyed in a fire back in ’82, it’s a nice bit of commitment on their part.

 Source Link: Ken Levine / LAT