->''A long long time ago -- After ''Series/{{MASH}}'' but before ''[=AfterMASH=]''....''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (the intro to the ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' parody)

This follow-up to ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is one of the most infamous {{Spinoff}}s of all time.

What do you do after you've spent the last eleven... ahem, three years serving at an army hospital in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar? Come back to the U.S. and restage the whole shebang in a veterans hospital, of course! With the show's least interesting characters and {{Exp|y}}ies of the ones whose actors refused to come back! How could it fail?

Fail it did. The three ''M*A*S*H'' regulars to return were Potter, Klinger and Mulcahy, although Radar and Flagg dropped by as {{Special Guest}}s. What, you say? But didn't Klinger [[IChooseToStay Choose To Stay]] in Korea in the parent show's GrandFinale? Well, don't worry - that was {{Hand Wave}}d away in the {{pilot}}. Oh, and Mulcahy got his hearing back because we can't have deaf people on television. Anyway, the result is essentially the same show as ''M*A*S*H'' except without the war. Too bad the war was the dramatic driving force behind the whole thing.

Premiering on Creator/{{CBS}} in the fall of 1983, '''''[=AfterMASH=]''''' was [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]] after two seasons. The last episode never aired.

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!!''[=AfterMASH=]'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AfterShow: TropeNamer.
* ChristmasEpisode
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The first season ended with Klinger put in jail just as his wife, Soon-Lee, is going into labor.
* DisguisedInDrag: Klinger dons a nurse's uniform to elude the cops in one episode.
* DrJerk: Wainwright, in season 2. D'Angelo, in season 1, sort of vacillated between being this and a PointyHairedBoss.
* {{Expy}}: Essential ''M*A*S*H'' regulars who refused to return got replaced with these:
** Gene Pfeffier/[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Dr. Boyer]] = Hawkeye/Trapper/BJ-type character
** Mike D'Angelo/[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Wally Wainwright]] = Frank Burns
** Alma Cox = Earlier seasons version of Margaret Houlihan
* TheFifties
* GoodShepherd: Father Mulcahy
* LaughTrack
* LocalHangout: A bar is conveniently across the street from the hospital.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A pair of these are the main source of conflict now that the war's over.
* TheOtherDarrin: Mildred Potter, played by different actresses in the show's two seasons.
* PhotoMontage: Used for the opening credits in season 1.
* PunBasedTitle: ''[=AfterMASH=]''! It sounds like "aftermath"!
* PutOnABus: Neither Pfeiffer nor D'Angelo made it past the first season.
* ResetButton: Pounded on in the pilot.
* ReTool: The second season. Season one went quite well. The show recognized its limits, and ended up placing 15th -- great for a brand-new show -- unless you happen to be CBS, which wanted the numbers its predecessor always pulled (in later seasons -- early on, it too took a while). So Klinger went back into drag, Soon-Lee became a caricature, and Barbara Townsend's sturdy competent Mildred Potter was replaced by Anne Pitoniak's shrewish airhead, meant to make her "more like [[Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow Gracie Allen]]". S1 had 22 eps and placed 15th; S2 had 8-10 eps and placed 90th. ExecutiveMeddling, much?
* ThanksgivingEpisode

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