There are few shows that stand the test of time like those that aired in the 60s and 70s. One of those shows is Hogan’s Heroes which ran from 1965-1971 on CBS starring Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Ivan Dixon, Kenneth Washington, Larry Hovis, Robert Clary, and Richard Dawson. Now you can return to the POW camp full of laughs with Hogan’s Heroes the complete series.
In case you have been locked up in a bunker somewhere and never saw the show, it follows Colonel Hogan who leads a ragtag band of POW’s caught behind German lines. The bumbling Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow prisoners. This is one of those shows that there is no way it could be made today. This is a topic that has left a lot of people put off by it, but if you really look at what they were doing you see that it isn’t so much mocking this horrible time in history, but instead trying to bring some sort of focus to the time and inject some much needed light on a dark time. The cast are all brilliant bringing their unique personalities to life along with some of the best banter between them in the history of television. The dialogue alone has created some of the most iconic pop culture quotes of all time and whether you even know it or not have heard most if not all of them.
For a show that really boils down to a standard sitcom, the time that went into it to create the visuals to bring the POW to camp to life is great. Much like the classic series MASH, Hogan’s Heroes would not have worked if you did not believe that they were in the prison camp. They not only created some great sets for this show, but also used them for more of the fun with the secret underground doors and such. When watching this series you have to understand the time it was made to fully appreciate it, but either way it still holds up as one of the most unique and funny in sitcom history and there will surely never be another like it.
Each episode in this collection looks as beautiful as the day it aired and not only does it offer up all 168 episodes from all 6 seasons, but special features including commentary, a gag reel, photo gallery and more that takes you deeper inside the fun of the series. This is the perfect collection for anyone that grew up or just loved this show like most people did, but if you are one that never really spent any time at the POW camp then now is your chance with Hogan’s Heroes the Complete Series on DVD from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment.