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Hogan's Heroes is an American military sitcom. It is set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. The Allied prisoners (mostly American, but also some British and French) are using it as a base of operations and cover story for a super secret special operations group.

The group is headed up by American Air Force Colonel Robert E. Hogan (Bob Crane). He has a perpetually sunny disposition and upbeat attitude that doesn't quite fit with his status as a prisoner of war. However, it does fit the plot that he is really running the show and remains a prisoner by choice in order to be better positioned to pull off "impossible" missions.

The camp is nominally run by an incompetent German officer named Colonel Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer). Hogan and his "heroes" do all in their power to keep Colonel Klink in charge and make him look good in order to preserve their ability to do as they please right under his nose. This includes jumping through hoops to preserve the camp's record of zero escapees: When they do need to get someone out, they arrange substitute prisoners or transfers to keep this record intact.

Colonel Klink is easily kept in the dark in part because Sergeant of the Guard Hans Schultz (John Banner) routinely looks the other way. Thus, Klink's right hand man essentially covers for the prisoners when they aren't doing what they are supposed to be doing. This empowers Hogan and his men to pull hacker style stunts in support of their ongoing secret missions.

The show depicts a crack team of diverse characters, like Staff Sergeant James Kinchloe (Ivan Dixon). He is fluent in French, a talented mimic who can impersonate German officers via radio, and the person responsible for radio, telegraph and similar communications. He is also shown as a very skilled boxer.

CBS
6 Seasons, 169 Episodes - Canceled
September 17, 1965
Comedy, Military & War
7.9/10
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  • Hogan partners up with a pretty underground agent to destroy a missile battery.

  • Hogan starts an avalanche.

  • Hogan must pass himself off for a German officer to avoid being taken in by a Gestapo.

  • Hogan hatches a plan to get more information to England.

  • A rocket lands near camp, but Hogan and his men can't come up with a way to get it to London for an evaluation.

  • Klink is ordered to serve as the defense for a German officer on trial for treason against Germany. Hogan helps Klink prove the man's innocence so that he can get his hands on secret plans.

  • Hogan has a beautiful Russian woman to convince Klink that he should volunteer to fight on the Russian front.

  • Newkirk fakes that he's a general's wife so that he can get penicillin to the underground.

  • Hogan and his men pass themselves off for Nazi officers in order to get information out of an American traitor.

  • Klink and Hogan are sent to London to steal an Allied airplane.

  • Three scientists are helped to escape by Hogan.

  • Hogan is able to fake that LeBeau is a fortune teller in order to get German anti-radar machines to London.

  • Hogan uses a radio to communicate with London.

  • Hogan and his men work to save an underground leader being sent to Berlin for execution.

  • Hogan plans on taking down a dynamite truck, but things don't go as planned when the truck doesn't follow its route.

  • Klink gives the prisoners tape recorders so they can send messages home.

  • Hogan tells a prisoner about his operation, but soon learns that the man is a German spy.

  • Schultz is named camp kommandant, but his new found power goes straight to his head.

  • The Gestapo take over Stalag 13 and plan on sending Klink and Schultz to Russia.

  • Hogan's plan goes awry when Chittlerly escapes.

  • An English traitor comes to camp with a message for Hitler.

  • Hogan tricks Klink into thinking that he's an artist in order to get contact with an underground art gallery.

  • Hogan hatches a plan to save a radio expert.

  • LeBeau decides to escape from camp.

  • Hogan tricks Klink into thinking he's capturing a group who works on helping POWs escape.

  • Crittendon and his men parachute into Rommel, but only Crittendon escapes without being captured.

  • Hogan sets Klink up with a female agent in order to get documents to the Allies.

  • Hogan and a singer stop the Gestapo from arresting some Allied agents.

  • Hogan has to save Klink from being turned in.

  • Carter has to convince the Germans that he's one of them after being captured.

  • Hogan uses the distraction of Burkhalter's niece's wedding to get defectors out of Germany.

  • Kinchloe fights a German boxing champ, which distracts the Germans while Hogan pulls of his latest plan.

  • Hogan works to get a train full of artwork to London.

  • Hogan helps Klink get in shape so he won't have to fight on the Russian front.

  • Hogan throws Klink an anniversary party.

  • Hogan has to get information out of Schultz about an atomic installation.

  • Hogan uses propaganda radio to get information to London.

  • Hogan has Klink open an antique business in which clocks with secret information inside of them are sold.

  • Hogan uses a parachute to distract the Germans while he steals a briefcase.

  • Hogan works on a plan to get a defector back to England.

  • Hogan has to find a way to stop the Germans from getting their hands on a secret device.

  • Hogan hatches a plan to get back the picture that Klink is being blackmailed by the Gestapo with.

  • To get in the way of a new weapon from being tested, Hogan steals the blue prints.

  • When the Gestapo finds Klink with information Hogan planted on him, he is ordered to be executed.

  • Hogan captures Burkhalter's sister and plans on trading her for an Allied agent.

  • A gasoline station is the target of Hogan's mission.

  • Hogan and the men volunteer to go on a train to Russia in order to get their hands on top-secret documents.

  • Hogan is able to get his hands on a codebook, but things don't go as planned when the book is dropped down a well.

  • Hogan uses a propaganda film to get news back home.

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