First it must be said that Bob Crane was born to play Colonel Hogan. He was absolutely brilliant. John Banner ranks close to the top when it comes to supporting actors in a comedy series, and the irrepressible Colonel Klink (played perfectly by Werner Klemperer - who picked up two Emmys for Best Supporting Actor for his trouble) is truly a character for the ages. It's hard to believe this show is now forty years old, some of its star players long dead. I swear, though, I think it's funnier now than it's ever been. I love it!
To give you the straight facts - Hogan's Heroes is just an incredibly funny show, but it's more than that. It took talented writers to think up so many crazy capers week in and week out. These characters are as well-defined as any you will find anywhere else, thanks to a fantastic cast (Colonel Klink is one of my favorite characters of all-time). Everything about this show works, and I'm sure that you'll still be hearing Schultz's catchphrase and seeing children walk around with quarters in their eyes pretending they're monocles a hundred years from now.