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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
By the way Bob Crane and his fellow prisoners act, it hard to tell who caught who. In color. (season two)
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Did You Know?
(Kinch) left the series at the end of the fifth season (the only regular cast member to do so), stating that he was fed up with the posturings of Bob Crane
, Werner Klemperer
, and Richard Dawson
. He was replaced by Kenneth Washington
for the final twenty-four episodes. Also, there was no mention of what happened to Kinch following Dixon's departure. See more
The Gestapo did not wear black uniforms as seen in Hogan's Heroes. While it was certainly a nice touch of artistic license to differentiate the more sinister Gestapo like Major Hochstetter from the relatively benign Luftwaffe guards, this type of black uniform was a ceremonial uniform seen mostly on the guards at important buildings or at state functions. The appearances by the Gestapo in plain clothes and a Nazi party tie pin are closer to the truth. See more
General der Infanterie Albert Burkhalter
[to Klink and Schultz
You two are the only ones that could bring the Third Reich to it's knees.
A cropped, high-definition version of the series, with a 1.78 : 1 aspect ratio, is currently showing on the Universal HD cable channel. (All programs are shown in a widescreen format on Universal HD.) At the time "Hogan's Heroes" was originally shown, there was no such thing as widescreen TV, and all television shows were presented in a 1.33:1 "Academy ratio" format. "Hogan's Heroes" was filmed in this aspect ratio, not in the current HD 16:9 television ratio so popular today. See more