Colonel Hogan leads a ragtag band of POW's caught behind German lines in this popular television comedy. 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. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
If you liked World War II, you'll love Hogan's Heroes!
Did You Know?
The series was originally supposed to take place in a regular American prison. But creators Bernard Fein
and Albert S. Ruddy
rewrote the script when they heard that NBC was developing the pilot Campo 44
(1967) which took place in an Italian POW camp. See more
The Germans usually address each other by the U.S. equivalent of their ranks. Sergeant Schultz's rank is "Oberfeldwebel". Colonel Klink is "Oberst". Captain Gruber is "Hauptmann". The Gestapo and S.S. had their own rank system, which was different than the traditional military rank system, so Major Hochstetter should not be called 'Major'. See more
[Hogan pretends to have passed out from drinking
... Disgraceful. Can't hold their liquor. Can't finish wars they start.
Referenced in Mad Men: Tomorrowland