Characterizing the type of criticism that's occurred in this thread as "Alda bashing" seems not at all accurate. It's certainly possible to be a fan of someone's overall work, yet still find fault with certain aspects of that work, or of a particular direction taken in the work. I would imagine virtually anyone who is a fan of the MASH series overall is a fan of Alda. Describing any criticism of him whatsoever as "bashing" greatly oversimplifies the situation. This also seems a straw man argument, if it's intended to characterize the criticism that's appeared here. No one is condemning Alda, nor even criticizing him with the emotionality or stridency you are suggesting. I think MASH (and the Hawkeye character) were better before they started taking themselves so seriously. Alda's writing was a big part of that change. I still enjoyed the show in its later years, just not as much as I had before. If that is "bashing" then the bar for what constitutes bashing has been lowered to the point a flea could not limbo underneath it.[/QUOTE] That about sums up how I feel about him.