This got me thinking: How would we get Hawkeye Pierce back on TV today? If it's been 30-something years since M*A*S*H signed off, then it's been 30-something years since the end of the Korean War in Hawkeye Time. Which means it's somewhere in the 1980s. Which means.... he could be on This Is Us, in one of the Pearson family flashbacks! Maybe the family goes to Maine on a vacation, ends up in Crab Apple Cove (Hawkeye's hometown), and Jack takes ill in a bit of foreshadowing to his eventual demise that we know won't actually happen until at least the 90s. So they go to the doctor, the only doc in town, Dr. Ben "Hawkeye" Pierce, a kindly old man, the kind who should be retired but he's still going strong. He's delivered all the babies in town over the years. He tells corny jokes with a twinkle in his eye. He doesn't like to talk about the war... except that he always does, especially when he's teaching someone a lesson about life. Which is what he does, of course, for the visiting Pearson family.