RIP Allan Arbus - the best tv psychiatrist EVER
( photo from sheknows.com )
Avoiding homework and reading 1970s LIFE magazine articles on M*A*S*H. Glorious.
“The string of jokes flows right along with the flow of blood in the surgery, until finally they intermingle in such a way that one is in the curious position of simultaneously laughing hysterically and trying to avert one’s eyes. Moreover, you should go to see M*A*S*H forewarned that its humor is not, as they say, in good taste. War is not in good taste, either.”
|Hawkeye:||Looks like a pregnant bagpipe.|
|Trapper:||Do bagpipes get pregnant?|
|Hawkeye:||Sure they do, right after they make those funny sounds.|
You know how TV theme songs are supposed to compliment or say something about the show? Set the stage before you even see the show? If it’s a comedy, the song will be happy and upbeat (Happy Days), mysterious shows get dramatic intros (Doctor Who and Sherlock), etc.
Suicide is Painless is the one theme song that compliments the sadness and the sense of hopelessness in M*A*S*H. It’s the one theme song that makes me so sad. It really is the perfect fit for my favorite TV show.
A screenshot where only M*A*S*H fans know what hilarity is ensuing at that moment.
Allan Arbus, 95, Psychiatrist With Zingers on ‘M*A*S*H’
Mr. Arbus played Maj. Sidney Freedman on the popular TV series. He worked with his first wife, Diane Arbus, as a photographer before taking up acting.
“Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice: pull down your pants, and slide on the ice.”
“Psychiatrist with Zingers”
I think he would have liked that.
Allan Arbus, who played the psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, has passed away, aged 95. His first wife was Diane Arbus, the photographer.
(via Allan Arbus, ‘M*A*S*H’ Actor, Dies at 95 - NYTimes.com)
Aww, geez. Goodbye, my dear Sidney.