It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Heil Honey, I'm Home

It takes a special kind of show to get canceled after only one episode. Sometimes it can be helpful to take a quick look at these shows to see if maybe there was a hint that they wouldn't be successful.

This week's It Seemed Like a Good Idea show was a British parody of American sitcoms of the 1950s. That seems normal enough, right? It featured a husband and wife dealing with domestic hijinks such as not getting along with the neighbors.

So why would such a show fail so quickly?

Oh, one more thing: the husband and wife? Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.

I wish I was making this up, but no. Heil, Honey I'm Home! aired precisely once on Britain's Galaxy satellite channel, right after an episode of Dad's Army.

Making Hitler look like a goofball in a sendup of classic sitcoms is one thing, but I have a feeling that the tipping point for people was that the neighbors Adolf couldn't get along with were the Goldensteins.

I would have loved to see the pitch for this one.

"OK, so it's like a '50s sitcom, but it's about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in the suburbs."

"Erm, all right..."

"Now get this: Hitler's neighbors are Jewish."

"Are you high?"

There were eight episodes in various stages of completion, but only the pilot made it on the air. Not being in Britain, I missed it in 1990, but the show has become fairly legendary as one of the most scandalous things ever aired across the pond.

To be fair, the show's creators knew they were courting controversy and that many people would find the concept to be in very poor taste. I think they just underestimated. A lot.

If you can divorce yourself from the premise, the show works pretty well as a paean to shows like The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy. It might have worked better as a short sketch, but not a full series. I didn't think it was all that funny, but your mileage may vary.

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WOW bad ideas for shows existed back then also
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This was a real show? I always thought my friend just made it up
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I don't think you have to be Jewish to find this disturbing, just human.
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Sounds like something that could either be in Cartoon form ie; family guy, South Park, or on comedy central.
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Don't get how the idea could have been passed and even filmed...
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Ummmm, CuttingTheEdge...that was a laugh track. No one in their right mind would laugh at this absurd and offensive nonsense. I'm surprised they managed to get the recorded laughs to laugh.
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I find it a little strange that anyone would make a tv show about Adolf Hilter. He wasn't a good man. Yeah it's a good thing it got canceled.
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This is the funniest show ever!! Hahaha Heil Honey hahaha. Oh my god. The audience actually cheered when Hitler entered the room! Hahaha oh my god! The Goldsteins are awesome this whole show is awesome! haha I wish it was still on!
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Im so glad its off the air(leave the Jews alone for godsake)
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I myself am not Jewish but I find this disturbing. Exactly whos idea was this?
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Even if you forget the obvious bad taste its still crap!
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scandalous does not always mean entertaining and in this case just wrong
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So creepy and disgusting.
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Funny stuff but really bad!
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So bad! Of course there was a sit-com send-up called Hi Honey, I'm Home in 1991. It was actually pretty good.
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Would have been a good show to bad.
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epic fail
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