Hogan's Heroes

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Set in a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, Hogan's Heroes is lightly based on the play/film, "Stalag 17." Hogan's Heroes focuses on the exploits of five main prisoners of war (Hogan, LeBeau, Newkirk, Carter & Kinchloe who, while under the cover of being typical prisoners of war, are really secretly doing their best to sabotage the German war effort through whatever means necessary. They communicate regularly with the outside, easily move throughout the camp and outside to town by using numerous tunnels, and have all the munitions, money, and uniforms to do pretty much as they please. While the enemy is often gullible, easily fooled or downright incompetent, the real strength of Hogan's men is the elaborate ruses and sometimes dangerous lengths they will go to in order to complete their missions. These missions included regular sabotage, helping prisoners escape, and aiding the underground opposition. The more elaborate tasks include immobilizing battalions, confusing the German general staff, and kidnapping important scientists. The silly Germans of Stalag 13 are the head Sergeant (Schultz) and the camp Kommandant (Klink). For those who only know the show peripherally, it is dismissed as being produced in poor taste because of the horrors of WWII, but this show takes place in a POW camp run by the German Luftwaffe and not the SS or Gestapo. The exploits of Hogan's heroes were often based on real POW stories from WWII. Leon Askin as General Burkhalter, Howard Caine as Gestapo Officer Major Hochstetter, and Bernard Fox as British Colonel Crittendon appear as recurring characters to cement the show's ensemble cast. Enjoy the show.moreless
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  • John Banner

    John Banner

    Sgt. Hans Schultz

    Werner Klemperer

    Werner Klemperer

    Col. Wilhelm Klink

    Bob Crane

    Bob Crane

    Col. Robert E. Hogan

    Robert Clary

    Robert Clary

    Cpl. Louis LeBeau

    Ivan Dixon

    Ivan Dixon

    Sgt. James (Ivan) 'Kinch' Kinchloe

    Larry Hovis

    Larry Hovis

    Sgt. Andrew Carter

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Real grounding TV.

      10
      You know life as it is today is so busy and noisy and filled with issues that it is just nice to be able to sit down and watch Hogans Heros. Show is funny, down to earth and for us peeps like me who were born in the 60ies brings back some simpler times filled with less stress.
    • Never had a final ending!

      3.0
      Some reviews on a final epsiode at 0058812/board/nest/236870549?p=2. It would have been funny if Klink finally gets to be a as the allies liberate POW CAMP!
    • Better than you remember!

      8.5
      If you haven't watched in a long time, give it a shot. The Allied plans for sabotage under the direction of Col. Hogan are really well done. Until recently, I hadn't realized that Hogan and his crew were actually more or less on assignment from the Underground to remain POWs for the purposes of sabotage and supplying information. Watching with this in mind, it makes more sense as to why no one escaped when they actually all had the means and could. I understand the criticism from the standpoint of minimizing Nazi cruelty and actual prison camp conditions, but this criticism isn't applied to movies (like Stalag 17 or The Great Escape), so it shouldn't be applied here. Hogan and his team take their job and their mission seriously. In the long run, it is an enjoyable show with lots of familiar guest stars, Jews portraying the lead Nazi roles (so they must have been OK with it!) and even Gene Reynolds (one of the creators of "M*A*S*H") directing many episodes.moreless
    • I know Nothing. NOOOOOOOOTHing.

      9.5
      Glad I got every episode before they were pulled from Youtube! Still today, one of my most favorite shows. So, unbelievable, and yet funny. Listen, sometimes, when Kinch has the shortwave on. You can sometimes hear real phrases when they are using morse code. Truly a show that was about, what TV was about!

      Sparky
    • A classic show with brilliant acting and some of the best humor in comedy. It's a must watch.

      9.0
      This is what good TV looks like. This show has the ability to have key characters be naive and possibly quite stupid but do it in a way were it makes you love them even more for it. The character chemistry works so well with Holgan and his fellow prisoners operating a covert operation under their dim witted, ignorant but most of all lovable Sgt. Scholttz and theiroverconfident, stubborn, and foolish Kommandant, Colonel Klink. These characters are like a banana, a bowl of ice cream, and chocolate. All good alone but together it turns into an amazing concoction that is delicious, fabulous and hilarious! OK well a banana split might not be hilarious but its still the same idea. Bottom line is that this is a classic show and has all the elements of what makes a comedy great so if you feel like changing up your flavor of comedy put this in your queue and in 3 episodes you'll be hooked.moreless
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