The many opening credits of M*A*S*H
Are you one of those people (like myself) who can tell what era a M*A*S*H episode is from just by watching the first 10 seconds of the opening credits? Do you know the subtle theme changes by heart? Do you murmur 'Season 8' when you see the wide shot of the choppers without the initial over-the-shoulder zoom behind Radar's shoulder? If you are one of those insane people then, boy, have I got a site for you!
Bob Gassel has compiled all of the opening credits to M*A*S*H and put them onto one website.
You would be amazed at how many different versions there actually were. For instance, over the 11 seasons that the show was on there were 11 variations on the theme music. In another example, the first and last seasons featured multiple versions of the opening credits; season one with three and season 11 with four versions.
What I found most interesting were the opening credits to the pilot episode of M*A*S*H, which included many scenes that were not in subsequent openings. Yet, it had most of the elements that are familiar with from the normal run of the series. By the way, my favorite variation of the theme music was from the last season of the show. It was jazzy and very heavy on the percussion.