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The "AfterMASH" Twist You Won't Believe! How a Ratings War Buried a Beloved Show... and Its Secret Finale!
2024/05/14

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The Unseen Finale: The Curious Case of AfterMASH's "Wet Feet"

The iconic MASH franchise, born from Robert Altman's cynical 1970 film and blossoming into the beloved CBS series, ended not with a bang, but a whimper. While the original series concluded with a record-breaking finale, its spinoff, AfterMASH, faced a much less glorious end. Its final episode, "Wet Feet," never even aired in America, vanishing into obscurity for decades.

A Spinoff Drowned in the Ratings

AfterMASH, reuniting Colonel Potter, Father Mulcahy, and Klinger in a veteran's hospital, arrived just six months after the original series finale. The intention was to capitalize on the show's popularity, but the sequel never quite found its footing. Though initially successful, AfterMASH was ultimately destroyed in the ratings by a formidable foe: "The A-Team." This scheduling disaster led to the show's swift cancellation, leaving its final episodes, including "Wet Feet," unaired.

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While many consider AfterMASH one of the worst spinoffs ever produced, the truth is more nuanced. The show suffered from an identity crisis, unsure whether to embrace the comedic tone of its predecessor or lean into a more serious medical drama. The absence of beloved characters like Hawkeye and Margaret also contributed to its downfall.  Had the show focused on character development and poignant storytelling, like in "Wet Feet," it might have found a dedicated audience.

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