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Enjoy it for the trip back in time in television history
on March 17, 2015
I saw this box set and thought why not go back in time to my childhood of the 70's where Hogan's Heroes was in syndication and played almost constantly on local Chicago stations. For the price I was glad I did and for the most part it has been enjoyable, but after watching a few seasons, you wonder how the show made it as long as it did. You notice that plots and character actors are recycled often and you wonder why there never was any summer in the 6 seasons of HH. Kind of a hard trick to pull off, especially since the series was filmed on the famous Desilu lot, "40 acres" in southern California, where The Andy Griffith Show and other classic shows were filmed. I'm sure at times it was almost unbearable for the actors in the heavy German uniforms during the hotter months. Lol.
To get back to the reasons why the series still has fans to this day is pretty simple when watching any episode. The great John Banner who played Sergeant Schultz was a scene steal-er for sure and I still laughed out loud at his antics. The talent the producers of this show assembled for this series was spot on. Bob Crane always gave me a creepy vibe, but was good at playing Hogan as the rest of the cast was in their roles. Werner Klemperer was fantastic at playing the role of Col Klink and in my opinion, he along with John Banner really made the show work. This show came from a different era in not only TV, but this country's time as well. It's silly, kind of dumb at times with the impossible plots and story lines, but has a charm to it that a number of the shows back then did, but would be lost on audiences today. People today may forget that in 1965 TV was still finding it's way and a lot of shows were still in black and white, like the Hogan's Heroes pilot is in this box set.
Great addition for any classic tv fan who enjoys the silliness and almost campy story writing that was a staple of quite a few shows back then. I'm glad for the memories it brought back and will hopefully enjoy this box set for years to come.