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Hogan's Heroes - The Complete 2nd Season

4.9 out of 5 stars 158 customer reviews

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The inmates of a German World War II Prisoners of War camp conduct espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their wardens. While the enemy is often gullible, easily fooled or downright incompetent - the real strength of Hogan's men are the elaborate ruses and sometimes dangerous lengths they will go to complete their mission.

A top 10 show in its first season (a top 20 show in its second), Hogan's Heroes, like Gilligan's Island, got little love from critics during its seven-year run, but it would come to be ranked among TV's guiltiest pleasures. Hogan's Heroes has gotten something of a bad rap. It is not a situation comedy set in a concentration camp. It is, instead, set in a P.O.W. camp, where Col. Hogan (Bob Crane, a former top radio jock, in his star-making role) and his men "trick the dumb Germans," to quote the late Crane's former wife, Sigrid Valdis, in her enlightening commentary on the episode, "Hogan Gives a Birthday Party." While Valdis reveals that the film Von Ryan's Express was a key inspiration for the series, the show seems to takes its cue from Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, with its blend of comedy (albeit more broad than darkly cynical) and espionage action. Though camp commandant Col. Klink (Werner Klemperer, who would win an Emmy for his career-defining role) was, in the words of one character, "a bubble-headed fool," Hogan's Heroes was not quite a burlesque of bad taste.

Seemingly in response to wide-ranging outrage over the show's misunderstood premise (a Mad magazine parody at the time was brutal), there are some bracing dramatic moments that cut through the comedy. In "Operation Briefcase," Hogan is recruited to assist an attempt to assassinate Hitler. Hogan disdainfully tells the German plotter, "It's the least you can do, considering you're the same bunch of guys who put him in business." In the episode "Will the Real Adolf Hitler Please Stand Up?" Hogan explodes at one of his men when he imitates Hitler. "Imitating that nut in Berlin," he fumes. "It's not all that funny." But somehow, Hogan's Heroes is, thanks to Crane and Klemperer ("You talk about two people born to play a part," remarks Valdis), not to mention John Banner as the jowl-cheeked buffoon, Sgt. Schultz, and the rest of the crack ensemble, including real-life concentration camp survivor Robert Clary as LeBeau, Richard Dawson as Newkirk, Ivan Dixon as "Kinch," and Valdis herself, who debuted this season as Klink's secretary, Hilda, she of the scene-stealing tight sweaters and low-cut peasant blouses, and whose chief dialogue consisted of "Col. Hogan to see the commandant." The extras are a retro blast. The most bizarre is a commercial in which Carol Channing is smuggled into the barracks to enjoy a Jello dessert with Hogan and company. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Rare home movies
  • Bloopers
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Cast appearances on TV shows, in commercials and original promos

Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Robert Clary, Richard Dawson
  • Directors: Bob Sweeney, Edward H. Feldman, Gene Reynolds, Howard Morris
  • Writers: Albert S. Ruddy, Art Baer, Ben Joelson, Bernard Fein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 762 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T1J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hogan's Heroes - The Complete 2nd Season" on IMDb

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By J. McAndrew on July 27, 2005
Hogan's Heroe's will continue on DVD with the complete second season, this season should consist of the next 30 episodes of the show. Unlike season one however the second season will have some awesome bonus features including episode commentaries, bloopers, rare home movies, and the casts appearances on TV shows, in commercials and the original promos. It seems that Paramount may be changing their ways with their TV shows on DVD sets and start including bonus features like other studios do. Here is a list of the episodes that will be included in this release.

33: Hogan Gives a Birthday Party

34: The Schultz Brigade

35: Diamonds in the Rough

36: Operation Briefcase

37: The Battle of Stalag 13

38: The Rise and Fall of Sergeant Schultz

39: Hogan Springs

40: A Klink, a Bomb and a Short Fuse

41: Tanks for the Memory

42: A Tiger Hunt In Paris (1)

43: A Tiger Hunt In Paris (2)

44: Will the Real Adolf Please Stand Up?

45: Don't Forget to Write

46: Klink's Rocket

47: Information Please

48: Art for Hogan's Sake

49: The General Swap

50: The Great Brinksmeyer Robbery

51: Praise the Führer and Pass the Ammunition

52: Hogan and the Lady Doctor

53: The Swing Shift

54: Heil Klink

55: Everyone Has a Brother-in-Law

56: Killer Klink

57: Reverend Kommandant Klink

58: The Most Escape-Proof Camp I've Ever Escaped From

59: The Tower

60: Colonel Klink's Secret Weapon

61: The Top Secret Top Coat

62: The Reluctant Target

Thanks to for the above list.
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They say that humor is the best medicine for what ails you. They are not kidding. When I need a boost, I plug in Hogan's Hereos and find myself in fits of laughter. I found out from a friend of mind, that the German's actually love this show. Even though the sitcom is not an accurate portrayal of WWII (it was not meant to be), it still serves it's purpose well in providing a humorous look at something that otherwise would be sad. My favorite scenes, with out spoilers, is whenever Le Beau speaks to the dogs and scolds them and gets them to do what he needs them to do. One time, Le Beau sent the dogs away saying that it was not time for him to be found yet. Another good scene is when Kinchloe impersonates a German Kommandant. Richard Dawson even had the chance of doing a very bad impersonation of Klink over the phone to give orders to the gate guards. It was hillarious. All truth being told, I'd have to rate the entire series as 10 stars. I saw it way back when, and saw it now, it still pops a gut! I would have to admit that my telling of the funny parts is not so funny. So, give it a try, I am sure you'll love it!
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Season Two picks up where Season One left off. The only significant change was that Sigrid Valdis joined the cast permanently as Klink's secretary. Valdis guest starred in an earlier Season One episode. One of the things that makes Season Two so enjoyable is that there are no significant changes in plot or characters. Hogan and his men continue to foil the Nazis while at the same time protecting Klink from being sent to the Eastern Front.

By its second season, HOGAN'S HEROES lost its top ten spot in the ratings, but maintained a very respectable position in the top 20s. This was no easy feat for a World War Two sitcom. John Banner is just as loveable as Sergeant Schultz. During the second season there was increased professioal rivalry between Banner and Klemperer in each episode. In the end, Schultz, even when he is in the background of a shot, always steals the scene with his boyish expressions.

True to all Season Two DVD releases, HOGAN'S HEROES boasts special features including home movies taken on the set with narration by Sigrid Valdis. There are also some promotional spots by Klemperer and short clips of cast appearances on other shows. Additionally the opening DVD selection menu has more graphics and sound effects. The quality of the DVD release is exceptional.

Realize too that this show is 40 years old. Its historical setting makes the sitcom timeless. HOGAN'S HEROES continued its Bing Crosby Production schedule at Desilu studios and the outdoor lot adjacent to Gomer Pyle and Mayberry. Note too that most of the outdoor episodes are supposed to be taking place in the wintertime.
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I watched just four episodes of "Hogan's Heroes - Second Season" last night, and I must say what I have viewed already convinces me the show has lost none of its charm since I first saw it, way back in 1966. Even my 16 year old daughter was pleading to watch more of the zany antics from the cast of Stalag 13; she couldn't stop laughing.

I too was amazed -- after not having seen the syndication of the show in over 20 years -- at how good Werner Klemperer, Bob Crane, John Banner et al really were; they were such comedic geniuses. Their timing and acting was so convincing, no matter how farcical their schemes. Moreover, the concept of Hogan's Heroes was in itself a clever premise for satirising the Nazis.

All of the shows have been digitally remastered, albeit pan and scan format. The sound is in Dolby 5.1 (mono). Only the filmlet extras, i.e. the gags, Bob Crane-Sigrid Valdis' wedding, Jello/DreamWip commercial with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggums appearance, Air Force recruitment ommercials and two promo spots with Gary Moore-John Banner and the entire cast, are in their original condition. There are also a number of radio interviews. Nevertheless, they are wonderful additions of the show for fans.

With so much jocularity going for it, I can't wait to watch the other episodes on this 5-DVD set, which incidentally is packaged in three slim DVD cases. There's also a nice synopsis of each show on all of the cases. Based on the few shows I've seen of "Hogan's Heroes: Season Two" I've already placed my order for "Hogan's Heroes: Season One", and quite possibly "Hogan's Heroes: Season Three".

The programme was, and remains, absolutely hilarious! "Hogan's Heroes: Season Two" is one hearty laugh after the after...a genuine feel-good show for the whole family.
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