...but this ensemble program, brilliantly (for the most part) written, gave me much pleasure, and many memorable moments. Sure, at the end of the series, it was almost the "Alan Alda Show" - but even then, there was sufficient work given to the remainder of the cast to keep the show interesting. The moment the show was doomed was not when Wayne Rogers left (for Mike Farrell replaced him brilliantly), nor when McLean Stevenson left (Harry Morgan replaced him even more brilliantly), nor when Larry Linville left (David Ogden Stiers, as Major Winchester, was simply fantastic). However, the producers could not replace Gary Burghoff, despite Jamie Farr's valiant efforts to replace Radar as company clerk. In fact, Radar, although unseen, played a key role in a later episode.
The final episode, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", prevented me rating the show about one-half point lower - the last season was rather dire, compared to the 4077th's glory seasons. Well worth watching again and again.