Hogan’s Heroes is an American television sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 17, 1965, to March 28, 1971. The show was created by Bernard Fein and Albert S. Ruddy and starred Bob Crane as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, the commander of a group of Allied prisoners of war who use their POW camp as a base of operations to carry out sabotage and espionage missions against the Nazis.

The show also starred Werner Klemperer as Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the commandant of the POW camp; John Banner as Sergeant Hans Schultz, the camp’s guard; Richard Dawson as Corporal Peter Newkirk, Hogan’s second-in-command; and Ivan Dixon as Corporal Louis LeBeau, the camp’s chef.

Hogan’s Heroes was popular with viewers but not with critics, and it was cancelled after six seasons.

The show has been criticized for its comedic portrayal of the Nazi regime and its use of offensive racial stereotypes.

Regardless of its controversial aspects, Hogan’s Heroes remains an iconic part of American pop culture and is fondly remembered by fans of classic television.

5 little known facts about the show:

1. The show was created by Bernard Fein and Albert S. Ruddy, who also produced the show.

2. Bob Crane was originally only supposed to appear in one episode but ended up being a regular cast member.

3. Werner Klemperer was actually Jewish, and his parents had fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

4. John Banner had been a concentration camp inmate during World War II.

5. Ivan Dixon was the only cast member who served in the military during the war.