Hogan's Heroes

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Hogan's Heroes is a popular television series that aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971. The series, which starred Bob Crane as Colonel Robert Hogan, is set at Stalag 13, a German prisoner-of-war camp for Western Allies prisoners during World War II. In the series' plot, Stalag 13 is a "Luft Stalag", located near the village of Hammelburg, run by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) for Allied Air Forces personnel. The prisoners, in turn, run an Anti-Nazi organization beneath the camp right under the Germans' noses.

During its six-year run, the series received twelve Emmy Award nominations, winning two (Werner Klemperer won twice as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series), with the series itself receiving three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series (1965-1968). 168 episodes were produced. The show continues to be presented in syndication. Series writers created the fictional device gonculator which has since entered the English language.

At the moment, all of the episodes are available on VHS tape from Columbia House, while all six seasons of the series are now available on DVD from Paramount.


Hogan and the Gang with Hilda

Main Cast[]

Recurring Cast[]

Production Staff[]



Publicity Photo of John Banner, Bob Crane and Werner Klemperer in civilian clothes

View of the RKO "Back 40" lot in Culver City, 1965, looking west. The Stalag 13 set is near the northwest corner, which is beside the junction of Higuera Street to the north and Lucerne Avenue to the west. Palm trees along Lucerne and the water tower at Desilu Studios were visible in numerous episodes.

Season 1[]

Season 2[]

Color photo of the series' three main characters

Season 3[]

Season 4[]

Season 5[]

Season 6[]

Theme Music[]

The show's theme music is written by Jerry Fielding (1922-1980) for Bing Crosby Productions, Inc.. Like many other television series, the theme music or theme song itself is never sung during both the show's tile sequence and its opening credits, but it did contain actual lyrics. The lyrics are presented below:

Hogan's Heroes March (by Jerry Fielding):

Heroes, heroes, husky men of war,

Sons of all the heroes, of the war before. 

We're all heroes up to our ear-o's 

You ask questions,

We make suggestions, 

That's what we're heroes for.

All good heroes love a great big fight. 

Open up the bomb bays; brighten up the night. 

We earn laurels solving your quarrels.

You pull the roses, 

We punch the noses, 

That's what we're heroes for. 

What's a hero do? 

We're never gonna tell ya

'Cause we wish we knew. 

That's why we heroes are so few. 

We got our slogan 

From Colonel Hogan, 

And Colonel Hogan's a hero too.

Never flinch, boys. Never be afraid. 

Heroes are not born, boys. Heroes all are made. 

Ask not why, boys. Never say die, boys. 

Answer the call;

Remember we'll all

Be heroes forever more.


The following quotes are used several times during the series, with some actually becoming part of popular culture:

Colonel Klink[]

  • "Dis-missed!" - Colonel Klink at the end of each roll call of the prisoners.
  • "Ho-gaaan!" - Klink to Hogan after he'd done something he probably wasn't really supposed to (frequently).
  • "There has never been a successful escape from Stalag 13!" - Klink's boastful claim to fame, not realizing that his prison camp is actually part of a prisoner escape route out of Germany.

Sergeant Schultz[]

Other variations include:

  • "I hear nothing! I see nothing! Nothing!" - when Schultz doesn't want to hear or see what the prisoners are up to.
  • "I see nothing! Nothing!" - when Schultz doesn't want to see what is going on.
  • "Jolly Jokers" - when the Heroes were up to something.

Major Hochstetter[]

Hochstetter would also say:

  • "Who is this man!?" - in relation to Hogan's appearances in Klink's office.
  • "All heads will roll!" or "I will surround this camp with a ring of steel!"- whenever something goes wrong.


  • Askin, Leon and C. Melvin Davidson. (1989) Quietude and Quest: Protagonists and Antagonists in the Theatre, on and off Stage, as Seen through the Eyes of Leon Askin. Ariadne Press (CA). ISBN 0929497074.
  • Clary, Robert. (2002) From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary. Madison Books. ISBN 1568332289.
  • Graysmith, Robert. (2002) Auto Focus: The Murder of Bob Crane. Berkley Publishing Group. ISBN 0425189023.
  • Graysmith, Robert. (1993) Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of "Hogan's Heroes"? Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 0517592096.
  • Lynn, Cynthia, with Edward Ansara. (2000) Escape to Freedom: The Autobiography of Cynthia Lynn. AuthorHouse. ISBN 1588206467.
  • Royce, Brenda Scott. (1998) Hogan's Heroes: Behind the Scenes at Stalag 13! Renaissance Books. ISBN 1580630316.
  • Royce, Brenda Scott. (1993) Hogan's Heroes: A Comprehensive Reference to the 1965-1971 Television Comedy Series, With Cast Biographies and an Episode Guide. McFarlane & Company. ISBN 0899507964.
  • Auto Focus (2002) DVD.
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete First Season (2005) DVD.
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete 2nd Season (2005) DVD.
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Third Season (2006) DVD.
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Fourth Season (2006) DVD.
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Fifth Season (2006) DVD.
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Sixth Season (2007) DVD.

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