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Hogan's Heroes

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Hogan's Heroes
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Premiere September 17, 1965
Finale April 4, 1971
Airs Mondays to Fridays at 9 p.m. on MeTV
Creator Bernard Fein & Albert S. Ruddy
Network CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Bing Crosby Productions
Seasons 6
Episodes 168
Origin USA

Hogan's Heroes told the story of United States Army Air Corps Colonel Robert E. Hogan, the senior prisoner of war at Nazi Luft-Stalag 13, a German prisoner of war camp for Allied air force personnel, and his multinational team of saboteurs as they deal with the war and their bumbling camp commandant, Colonel Wilhelm Klink. Each week, Hogan's Heroes would sabotage the Nazi war effort in some way under the nose of Colonel Klink and his sergeant of the guard, the pudgy Sergeant Schultz.

While the camp was used as a center of spy activity and escape aids (the surrounding area was criss-crossed with tunnels and there were huge cave areas under the Stalag used as everything from radio rooms to barber areas), Klink maintained that "no one had ever escaped from Stalag 13" even as he was constantly outmaneuvered by the wily Hogan (or occasionally saved from being shipped to the Russian Front by Hogan, since it was made painfully clear over the course of the show's six seasons that the only reason they were able to use Stalag 13 as effectively as they did was a combination of Klink's incompetence and Schultz's indifference).

Hogan's Heroes, while popular, was eventually canned during a reorganization of CBS's evening schedules that also saw the departure of several other popular shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies, all casualties of CBS' shift to watching demographics rather than ratings.

The show was produced by Bing Crosby Productions, with the distribution rights currently handled by CBS Television Distribution.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Bob Crane Colonel Robert E. Hogan 1 2 3 4 5 6
Werner Klemperer Commandant Wilhelm Klink 1 2 3 4 5 6
John Banner Sergeant Hans Schultz 1 2 3 4 5 6
Robert Clary Corporal Louis LeBeau 1 2 3 4 5 6
Richard Dawson Corporal Peter Newkirk 1 2 3 4 5 6
Larry Hovis Sergeant Andrew Carter 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ivan Dixon Sergeant James "Kinch" Kinchloe 1 2 3 4 5
Kenneth Washington Sergeant Richard Baker 6
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Leon Askin General Albert Burkhalter 1 2 3 4 5 6
Cynthia Lynn Helga 1
Howard Caine Major Wolfgang Hochstetter 3 4 5 6
Sigrid Valdis Hilda 2 3 4 5 6


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 17, 1965 April 29, 1966 32
Season Two September 16, 1966 April 7, 1967 30
Season Three September 9, 1967 March 30, 1968 30
Season Four September 28, 1968 March 22, 1969 26
Season Five September 26, 1969 March 27, 1970 26
Season Six September 20, 1970 April 4, 1971 24


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Komplete Series November 10, 2009 28 purchase
Season Sets
The Complete First Season March 15, 2005 6 purchase
The Complete Second Season September 27, 2005 6 purchase
The Complete Third Season March 7, 2006 6 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season August 15, 2006 6 purchase
The Complete Fifth Season December 19, 2006 7 purchase
The Sixth & Final Season June 5, 2007 6 purchase

External Sites