Poll: Which M*A*S*H character had the best introduction?

See the first lines of the principal cast — then vote on your favorite!

There is more than one way to introduce a character on a television show, especially a show that ranges from heartstring-tugging drama to gut-busting comedy. M*A*S*H featured a large ensemble of principal characters. The audience met them in moments of both crisis and mirth.

Several main characters first appear in the opening montage of the pilot episode, an extended version of what would become the show's credit sequence. The 4077th goofs off — until a helicopter delivers a batch of wounded soldiers.

"Fore!" Trapper John shouts while taking a whack with his golf club.

"Here they come," Radar announces, hearing the copters long before the others with his preternatural detection skills (hence his name).

"This guy's got a rapid pulse!" Hawkeye declares over the roar of the chopper blades.

We later meet Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan in the operating room, behind surgical masks.

Burns asks for an instrument.

"Everything under control?" she asks.

From here on out, most characters are introduced with humor.

"Radar! Don't do that!" Henry Blake barks when Radar sneaks up on him. "I wanted to see you before I see you."

"I trained a number of boys to box back home," Father Mulcahy explains, before offering up a single word of ring advice: "Prayer."

"Halt! Friend or foe!" Klinger barks, carrying a rifle and sporting a skirt.

"Captain Pierce?" B.J. asks, offering his hand, as Hawkeye kvetches about missing the departure of Trapper John.

"On your feet soldier," Col. Potter orders.

"Double pair," Winchester smugly declares in a card game at his relatively cozy hospital post. "That's 121 points… and the game!"

Watch the very first lines of dialogue from these beloved M*A*S*H characters in the video above. Then, we'd like to hear from you: Which character had the best introduction on M*A*S*H?

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  1. Which character had the best introduction on 'M*A*S*H,' as seen in the video above?

Poll: Which M*A*S*H character had the best introduction?

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JohnGibbons 13 months ago
Didn’t see the video but hard to beat BJs “what say Ferret Face?”
SusannaSS JohnGibbons 7 months ago
That wasn't his first line.
sportster1988 46 months ago
This IS NOT a quiz, it's a poll! Something that CNN might have come up with to determine the outcome of the conflict in Korea.
Corey 46 months ago
Potter had the best but Radar is also great.
UTZAAKE 46 months ago
Disappointed that the Father Mulcahy option wasn't the original one played by George Morgan in the pilot. https://www.mash4077tv.com/2010/05/a-salute-to-george-morgan/ Had it been, I would've voted for Father Mulcahy instead of Klinger.
Corey UTZAAKE 46 months ago
George Morgan's Mulcahy barely had any lines if any.
TheFanFromUNCLE Corey 7 months ago
Zero lines for Mr. Morgan.
DIGGER1 46 months ago
1. Which character had the best introduction on 'M*A*S*H,' as seen in the video above?
Trapper John
Father Mulcahy
30% similar
30% similar to the most popular responses
I chose "POTTER".
stephaniestavropoulos 46 months ago
He never had an "introduction," but to me he had the best lines: The P.A. announcer.
Lucyneenah19701 46 months ago
I think Henry had the best introduction. 20% similar.
bettyluvsgators 46 months ago
come on METV enough of the constant MASH push - commercials, stories, quizzes, the actors from the show interviewed talking about the show and their characters as if they are gods, I personally think it is the worst show on METV.
anthony 46 months ago
I picked Potter.My second choice would be Klinger.This should have been in the stories category instead Quizzes.I thought it was gonna be like the TAGS "first line" quiz.
teire anthony 46 months ago
I picked Margaret, I could hear her most clearly in the video and what she said played well out of context. I agree this was/is an awkward mix of story and quiz.
AnnaRentzVandenhazel 46 months ago
What kind of math does this quiz use? I chose Henry Blake, the bar next to his name turns green and says "100%", then the message at the bottom says my response is "20% similar to others". REALLY? What did the other 80% say that didn't get documented???
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