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Old 09-18-2017, 05:17 PM   #16
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Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce is perhaps a perfect example of a character who is written to be virtuous but is really a jerk. He's obviously highly skilled surgeon whom we are supposed to like because he "cares". But in truth, Hawkeye was a sex-obsessed, womanizing alcoholic (hell, Hawkeye was even a jerk even when he was sober but that was likely more Alan Alda than the original conception of the character)/slob who got so hung up on his self-righteousness that in one episode he takes the side of a enemy spy who tried to kill one of his patients. And M*A*S*H progressed and Alana Alda got more and more control over the scripts, this gradually becomes more evident.
I'm glad somebodyelse agrees with me Hawkeye. Looking at the show now, there are times I applauded Major Winchester more than Hawkeye and B.J. who are a - holes at times. The same goes for Potter. This show I say goodbye to.
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I don't know if it counts, but I always think of The Doris Day Show because it went through several format changes. It started as a rural sitcom, where she lived on a farm with 2 kids and Gramps. Then the next season, she got a job in the city, and in season 3 she and the kids moved to San Francisco. In season 4, the kids were dropped from the show and never mentioned again as if they never existed! Season 5 put more emphasis on her romantic life.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:41 PM   #18
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Dark Shadows is another show that comes to mind. It started as a gothic soap opera, but was failing in the ratings. After about a year, it was facing cancellation, so in a last ditch effort, the writers introduced a new character: vampire Barnabas Collins and the ratings skyrocketed! He became the star of the show, and it became a full blown supernatural soap and introduced science fiction aspects like time travel.
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