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TV Shows - Hogan's Heroes

Hogan's Heroes is an American television situation comedy that ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to July 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Starring Bob Crane as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, the show was set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during the Second World War. The program featured Werner Klemperer as the commandant of the camp, Colonel Klink, and John Banner as the portly inept sergeant-of-the-guard, Schultz, as well as a crew of Allied prisoners who assisted Hogan in running a Resistance group from the camp. Hogan's Heroes was produced by Bing Crosby Productions.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Nazi's Not Really Evil More like Keystone Cops
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4 Same Character Different Actor Ivan Dixon
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5 Auto Focus The Bob Crane Story Shows Dark Perversions
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6 Bad Taste Only Funny Nazis
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1 Just for the sake of those who will read these comments in the future, it should be made clear that the Germans who ran the Prisoner of War camp, Stalag 13 in "Hogan's Heroes" were not Nazis. They were "Regular Army/Military". Even the rotund General Burkhalter, whom Kommandant Klink and Sergeant Shultz were deathly afraid of, was not a Nazi. Klink, Shultz and even Burkhalter often had disparaging remarks about the Nazis and the Nazi Party. When Nazis were shown on the series, they were presented in a non-comedic manner and were always portrayed as the real Nazis were - Evil. The series did combat this "Nazi POW Camp" misunderstanding during it's original run. The producers and actors, especially Werner Klemperer who played Klink, did their best to make the truth of the series set-up understood. Obviously most viewers at the time, and through the decades that the show has been in syndication, did (and do) understand the set-up or else the show would not have been highly rated in it's original run and would never have made it into syndication. (In fact, the show was still doing great in the ratings when it became a victim of the infamous CBS "Purge" which saw highly rated series such as "The Beverly Hillbillies", "Green Acres" and "Mayberry RFD" removed from the CBS Network as these "rural" sitcoms didn't fit in with the then-CBS Bosses vision of their "Tiffany" Network.) - - - - - As for Boning the Fish? Even though the show was flailing a bit during it's last year, and retreading script ideas, it was still fresh enough and funny enough that it never boned. -- Submitted By: () on July 31, 2012, 9:47 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 "I KNOW NOTHING!!!" Classic. I love Hogan's Heroes and I can't say it ever boned. Every character was lovable in their own way; Hogan, Schultz, Klink, Newkirk, LeBeau, Carter... And a word about Kinch: How could the writers be racist? Aside from the fact that many of them were Jewish (including several actors), Hogan's Heroes was one of the first TV shows to cast a black actor in a non-Sissy type role. Even more groundbreaking for that time, Kinch's blackness is alluded to several times, but it was never a central part of the show. He was another one of the guys; extremely unusual for shows of this era. -- Submitted By: (Oleander29) on June 26, 2012, 10:27 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 This show is before my time, so I don't know much about it. Were the German characters actually Nazis? I'd heard that they were actually regular military and not Nazis. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on June 13, 2012, 4:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I've reached the point in my life where people being offended genuinely offends me. Enough is enough!!! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 13, 2012, 3:37 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Has it occured to anyone that if "funny nazis" weren't offensive to the Jewish actors (Werner Klemperer and John Banner) who portrayed them, nor were they offensive to the Jewish writers who wrote their lines, nor should they offend you? I don't recall ever hearing about the Jewish people involved in the production or acting in this show ever throwing any paychecks back in anyone's face over content issues. Seems a little "revisionist" to be offended by it now. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 12, 2012, 5:01 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 R.I.P. Newkirk. Anyway, I try to catch this show whenever it's on TV. Some say it isn't PC these days, but people should remember that the Germans were portrayed by Jewish actors. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on June 4, 2012, 11:35 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Re: Ivan Dixon, it's true that Kinch didn't have too many good lines. But he was portrayed as the most responsible and intelligent of the POWs (aside from Hogan himself), and that must surely have counted for something. Besides, character development wasn't really a focus of the show; none of the characters was really fleshed out all that much during the show's six years. The weirdest thing about this show is that all the major German characters were played by Jewish actors. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 9, 2011, 2:33 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Ivan Dixon, to my knowledge, got fed up with the lack of diversity in his character. I agree with him, in seems the creators patted themselves on the back for having a African American on the show, and that was that. Having said that, I don't compare, but do put this show in the same general category as "The Producers". Totally lamponing the Nazi's made for great comedy. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:08 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Unbelievable that Nazi's were so gullible and naive and that Hogan is able to operate spy ring right under their noses without arousing suspicions -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on March 29, 2011, 5:22 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Again another show which didn't seem to change much as far as I recall. I don't seem to recall anything more to it than the same thing repeated to the bitter end. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on February 24, 2011, 8:05 am - (-3 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Lrbloom, seems like Crane was yet another person ahead of his time, since almost everyone today is as perverted and demented as he is. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on January 26, 2011, 6:11 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 It never really seems like a POW camp because the Nazi's are all so dumb. What really sucked though was Bob Crane's perversions. I sat through "Auto Focus" when it was first released, thinking it might be an insightful biopic regarding Crane's murder. I swear to God - that if there is anytruth to that movie at all - then Bob Crane was one of the most warped, demented, pererted men in Hollywood and it's almost surprising that someone didn't kill him sooner. I have never seen anyhone so obsessed with sex, the size of genital, videotaping himself with married women and basically all because he was the star of this short-lived tv show. Face it Bob, you weren't that good! -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on January 25, 2011, 6:43 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 If you canget over the location and tiem of this show it's kind of amusing in a F Troop sort of way. Sometimes the Hitler jokes are a bit much -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on November 30, 2010, 8:42 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I still say that even 60 years later, Germany (and Japan) will have the last laugh. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on October 8, 2010, 8:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Anyone who can make a comedy out of a Nazi POW camp rocks. -- Submitted By: (rick283) on March 22, 2009, 1:44 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote

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