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Hogan's Heroes Complete First Season

 

Hogan's Heroes - The Complete First Season
 

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 4/3/16

I've always loved this show. I've watched it since I was a kid, and I always enjoy it. It's just very funny to me, and I love Bob Crane. I used to have a huge crush on him, and on Richard Dawson.  Although the show is a sitcom, it also has some drama and even romance. No matter how many episodes I see, I always love the show.

It's very strange to think that 20 years after World War II ended, they made a comedy about a Nazi concentration camp. I doubt they would think of such a thing today. However, many of the cast of were Jewish, such as Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink) and John Banner (Schultz) were Jews, and some of them had also fled the Nazis in Germany or had even been held in concentration camps or had family members die there. I guess that gave the show the authenticity it needed to make sure they wouldn't be insensitive.

All of the German characters in the show were either total idiots, or evil, or both. All of the allies were the good guys. Nowadays they would no doubt have more three-dimensional characters, but back then, shows only had good guys and bad guys. It was essential that the show put a positive spin on they were doing on the show. No one would have wanted to see any German soldiers acting heroic (Although they did show plenty of German collaborators, such as Sergeant Schultz, or Klink's secretary). No one would have wanted to show any of the Allied people as bad guys (they were Hogan's HEROES, after all). They did sometimes have soldiers who were idiots, such as Colonel Crittendon, a buffoonish Englishman.

The show pretty much was the same thing every week. Hogan and his people were helping other prisoners escape, or blowing up something, or stealing something, to further the war effort and sabotage the Germans. They had to do so without arousing suspicions from Klink and the others. The show was loosely based on the dramatic movie "Stalag 17," but it was very different.

Of all of the 1960's sitcoms, I think this one holds up as one of the best. I did enjoy shows like "Gilligan's Island," "I Dream of Jeannie," and "Bewitched," but they were more children's shows than anything adults would want to watch.  This show is as good as "Addams Family," "Get Smart," or "Dick Van Dyke Show." These are great classic shows.

It's great to finally have all of the episodes on DVD, even though I'm seen them all a million times. They never get old.  The series went on for 6 years, although it was most popular its first two years.

There aren't too many features, just some audio commentary on a few of the episodes, a gag reel, some promos, photos and a few other things. Unfortunately, most of the actors on the show are long dead.  Robert Clary (LeBeau) and Kenneth Washington (Baker) are the only two left. I think they dug up as many show-related extras as they could.

The packaging of the show is not very new. They just sort of re-packaged previous packages together. Also, the sound in my copy was really variable. It went up and down in an annoying fashion during some episodes.  Other than that, I really enjoyed it. I'm glad to have it. You should buy this for yourself or any TV fan!

MORE INFORMATION:

Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series Available on DVD March 8

Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series will be available on DVD March 8, 2016 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Media Distribution. 

Headlined by Bob Crane, Americaís favorite television sitcom Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series arrives on DVD this March full of exclusive bonus features, including audio commentaries, gag reels and photo galleries. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including John Banner, Robert Clary, Richard Dawson, Larry Hovis, and Werner Klemperer, the 1960s comedy series follows a World War II German POW camp.  

Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series is available for the first time in new shelf-friendly packaging. Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series set includes 168 episodes from all 6 seasons, just in time for Easter, as well as Motherís Day and Fatherís Day gift giving. Bob Crane stars as Col. Robert Hogan, an irascible wise guy who leads his fellow prisoners in a variety of mad escape plots. The butts of the jokes are the starched-stiff Germans, particularly Col. Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer), whose exasperated cry of "Hogan!" became one of the show's many repeatable catchphrases.
Hilarity finds a home in the most unlikely of places in this fan-favorite classic comedy, Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series. Set in a World War II German POW camp, Bob Crane stars as Col. Robert Hogan, an irascible wise guy who leads his fellow prisoners in a variety of mad escape plots. The butts of the jokes are the starched-stiff Germans, particularly Col. Wilhelm Klink (two-time Emmyģ Award winner Werner Klemperer), whose exasperated cry of ďHogan!Ē became one of the show's many repeatable catchphrases. The all-star ensemble cast also includes John Banner, Robert Clary, Richard Dawson, and Larry Hovis.
Hoganís Heroes: The Complete Series arrives in convenient, shelf-friendly packaging and includes 168 episodes from all 6 seasons along with special features fans will love.

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