M*A*S*H Forty years ago, on Sept. 17, 1972, a TV show about an army surgical hospital premiered. Although it had been based on a popular movie, many wondered if a dramedy about war would be successful. It was slow going in the first season, but "M*A*S*H" gained a devoted audience and became one of the most beloved and longest-running series in history.
1915-2011 -- Harry Morgan, who acted in hundreds of movies and television shows but was best known as the wise and wisecracking Col. Potter on 'M*A*S*H,' died on Dec. 7 at his Los Angeles home. He was 96. Morgan was already a veteran of iconic TV shows like 'Dragnet' and 'December Bride,' as well as movies like 'High Noon,' when he joined the cast of 'M*A*S*H.'