Among the many series axed from Netflix’s lineup in 2016 is the prolific series MASH. The series was and in many respects is still a cultural phenomenon. What we’re going to be looking at here is why firstly the show and movie were removed from Netflix and look ahead to the future to see if it’ll ever return.
The movie and TV series are of course separate entities but given they both have the same general premise, we’ll group them together. The show is based around the medics in the Korean war. The show lasted 11 seasons through the 1970’s and had plenty of accolades under its belt. It’s largely considered to be the highest rated show in history, one the most watched shows at the time and some of the episodes were ranked the best of all time too.
As you may remember, the series was scheduled to leave Netflix on April 1st 2016 and while we cautioned that it could be the case that it was simply up for renewal, April 1st rolled around and sadly it was removed in its entirety, along with the movie too. This has caused outraged among the millions of Netflixers relying on Netflix to give them their fix for MASH.
The question we’re asking here to today is whether or not the show will ever return to Netflix? To learn the answer, you have to understand how Netflix actually gets TV shows in the first place. In the case of MASH, it’s produced and sold by CBS who control the rights and will give platforms like Netflix the rights to stream their show for a price over a fixed period of time. In the case of Netflix, it was streaming for quite a few years before being yanked.
So is MASH likely to come back? Probably not is the brutal honest truth. CBS has clearly been shifting their programs to favor their own streaming platform called CBS All Access. Since the removal of MASH, the show hasn’t been picked up by Hulu or Amazon Prime meaning it’s now only available on VOD and on CBS All Access and that’s likely how it’ll remain going forward.