Sep. 17, 1965
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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Hogan's Heroes

Colonel Hogan leads a band of POW's caught behind German lines. The Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink (Commandant) is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan.

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Col. Robert E. Hogan

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Character Bio

Hogan was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, sometime in the early 1900s. Before the war, Hogan lived in several major cities in the American Midwest. Among these were Indianapolis, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio (which he frequently claims as a birthplace; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. By his own admission he was something of a wild child in his youth, and was known for his talents in the fine art of vandalism. His womanizing began in his teens and would stay with him for the rest of his life. As an adult he became a career Army man, having enlisted at his local recruiting center, and by the time of World War II he has risen to the rank of full colonel. He claimed to have been assigned to The Pentagon, but as it was still under construction, apparently elected instead to go fight in the war as a bomber pilot.

Known for his wit and daring, Hogan found it easy to manipulate the Germans running the Luft Stalag. Hogan is a true master at reverse psychology and with Klink he has the perfect blank slate on which to paint.

Hogan always manages to get Klink to do what Hogan wants Klink to do but the key to manipulating Klink is to inflate his ego and make Klink think that the idea is really Klink's own idea, and to say that what he is doing will not lead him into trouble. Klink is so insecure and neurotic about being punished by his superiors (Burkhalter, Hochstetter and any other German officer who either outranks Colonel Klink or has special connections to high ranks) that it is often easy to get Klink to do things he otherwise wouldn't have done or even have thought of.

By continually reminding Klink of his "perfect no-escape record at Stalag 13" and that Klink "deserves to be promoted to General" Hogan is able to control all of the action at the camp through Klink or just as often through Schultz, who never wanted to be in the German Army in the first place. Schultz's reluctance to see things or report things or know things comes from his desire to go back to normal civilian life and to avoid getting into trouble so Hogan always has Schultz over a barrel.

As well as manipulating Klink, Hogan has constantly been able to save Klink, Major Hochstetter, General Burkhalter, and Sergeant Shultz from ending up being fatally punished when the four are placed in situations that seem impossible to crack, thanks to his quick wit.

Episode Screenshots

04x02 - Klink vs. the Gonculator
Season 4, Episode 02
01x05 - The Flight of the Valkyrie
Season 1, Episode 05
06x15 - Easy Come, Easy Go
Season 6, Episode 15
05x09 - The Big Gamble
Season 5, Episode 09
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