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Posted on Monday 23 February 2009 at 9:38 am

Guilty Pleasures


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While I was sick and only able to stay awake for maybe four hours at a time, I needed something to do during those four hours that required no brain power. Staring at the wall got boring so I decided to buy some DVDs and ended up getting the entire series of Hogan's Heroes. For those that are unfamiliar with the wonder that is Hogan's Heroes, let me try to explain.

The show is a comedy set at a Prisoner of War camp in the middle of Germany during World War II. The basic premise of the show is that the Nazis only think they are in charge of the camp. In reality, Hogan and his small band manipulate the bumbling and inept Germans so much that Hogan basically runs everything and gets away with anything. This anything consists largely of constructing a huge expanse of underground tunnels with entrances and exits in the prisoner barracks, the guard dogs' pens (the dogs like the prisoners better than they do the Germans), the camp commander's personal quarters, the solitary confinement cells, and a few hollowed-out tree stumps outside of camp so the prisoners can come-and-go as they please. They use these tunnels to help other escaped prisoners, defectors, and captured Nazis get to England, to spy on the Nazis, and to blow up all kinds of bridges, trains, rockets, factories, and anything else. Basically they are POWs by day and a sabotage and espionage unit by night.

It is important to realize that this show makes absolutely no sense. I think we can all acknowledge that it is completely impossible for POWs to do any of the things that Hogan and his men do on a regular basis, even assuming that real Nazis were as incompetent as the ones in the show. Reality just does not function that way. Ignoring that, the show doesn't even have its own internal consistency. One week the prisoners have a tunnel leading into some building and two episodes later they can't complete a mission because they have no access to that building and supposedly never have had a tunnel to it. Every episode is kind of treated as a self-contained unit and it doesn't seem to matter if anything is the same from one episode to the next.

Hogan's Heroes is completely ridiculous and incomprehensible from start to finish and has no business existing (who came up with the idea for a comedy set in a Nazi POW camp?). And I love it. It is hilarious and so much fun. It is also mindless, which made it the perfect thing to watch while I was sick, but I love it even when I'm feeling fine. I've almost finished the entire show (six seasons) because I've been watching the DVDs so much the past few weeks (they aren't complicated plots and are good to have on in the background). This rekindling of my love for Hogan's Heroes got me thinking about guilty pleasures in general. We all have things that at one level we know are stupid, ridiculous, make no sense, and are actually kind of bad, but for whatever reason we absolutely love them anyway. I know several flisters feel that way about Twilight (and others love it and don't think it is bad and wouldn't classify it as a guilty pleasure at all). Anybody have any other extreme guilty pleasures, something that you know is wrong in so many ways, but you love to watch, read, listen to, or whatever anyway?

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Dorothy
labellerose at 3:34 pm on 23 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I remember watching HH when I was growing up.My favorite was Sargeant Schultz-"butI know Nuff-ink! NUFF-ink!"
Guilty pleasure would have to be Georgette Heyer, and a cup of hot chocolate. Now, of course, there's lj....
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 6:33 pm on 23 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Schultz is always good for a laugh :)
drumher
drumher at 6:25 pm on 23 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Hogan's Heros was one of my fav shows growing up and it still plays here on one of the PBS stations. The only trouble is that the audio and video don't line up so i don't watch it often. I may have to Netflix once I'm done getting the Monkees episodes.

Great cast. Great writing and I absolutely love the theme song!

My guilty pleasures would have to include The Partridge Family and Green Acres.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 6:35 pm on 23 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I love the Monkees. I should try to get a hold of those at some point.

Did you know Bob Crane (Hogan) played the drums in the theme song and on-screen in a couple of episodes?

I never really liked Partridge Family but I used to watch Green Acres. I haven't watched it in years.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 6:16 am on 24 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I suspect that some people would consider Jeeves and Wooster and Jonathan Creek, which I've watched so many times I can quote along with the episodes, guilty pleasures, but I prefer to think loftily that people who don't like or have never seen them have either no sense of humour or just don't know what they're missing. :) A true guilty pleasure, however, would have to be watching the trashy hour that is Fashion Police on E! I can't help myself.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:57 pm on 24 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen Jeeves and Wooster but I've heard many good things about it. Fashion Police sounds like a perfect guilty pleasure.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 6:17 am on 24 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Also, your layout is awesome. :)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:57 pm on 24 February 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks :)
Crystal Rose of Pollux
rose_of_pollux at 2:04 pm on 21 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)
LOL, Hogan's Heroes is my guilty pleasure fandom, too--I just put up an entry about it last night confessing it. XD

I *love* this icon, btw. Thanks so much!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:23 pm on 23 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)
It is an excellent guilty pleasure.

Glad you like the icon :)


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