Sunday, April 30, 2017

Heil Honey, I'm Home!

What do you get when you cross the racist 1970’s Brit sitcom Love Thy Neighbour . . . 

. . . with the 1960’s American sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, set in a Nazi POW camp?

One possible offspring is . . . 

Heil Honey I'm Home! is a British sitcom that was produced in 1990 and was cancelled after one episode. Dubbed "perhaps the world's most tasteless situation comedy", it depicts a fictionalised version of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun living next door to a Jewish couple, Arny and Rosa Goldenstein in 1937.

The show was intended to be a spoof of the sitcoms produced in the United States between the 1950's and 1970's. It adopted the characterisations and techniques of those sitcoms, even to the extent of the characters having New York accents as in I Love Lucy and having the characters applauded as they came on set.

Defended by some as being in the same vein as ‘Allo ‘Allo!, The Producers and Hogan’s Heroes, it nonetheless received considerable criticism as trivialising the Nazis and the Holocaust. 

Although 8 episodes were filmed, only one was shown before being cancelled.

To see the first episode uncut, click on the following link:

(By the way, I like one of the comments posted below the video in the above link: “Hitler wasn't so bad. After all, he did kill Hitler.” Also the comment that “I give it a nein out of ten.”)



Australia still holds the honour for the fastest cancellation of a TV show.

In 1992 Doug Mulray hosted a one off episode of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos called Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos. It contained sexually explicit content, including animals having sex, couples having sex in parks and a child grabbing a kangaroo’s scrotum. Kerry Packer, the owner of the Nine Network which was screening the show, was informed of the content by friends while having dinner and tuned in at the point with the kangaroo. Packer rang the station and angrily shouted "Get that shit off the air!" The series was taken off a few minutes later and replaced by a repeat episode of Cheers. The station told viewers “We apologise for this interruption. Unfortunately, a technical problem prevents us continuing our scheduled programme for the moment. In the meantime, we bring you a brief, alternative programme.”

In 2008, Bert Newton justified the broadcast explanation: "It's technically very difficult to keep a show on air with Mr. Packer on the phone, yelling at you."

The next day Packer told his management that he considered the program to be "disgusting and offensive shit." Mulray and many of the staff who were involved with the creation of the special were fired, and Mulray was banned for life from Channel Nine.

(Once again, comic sans font! Get that shit off the air or use a different font!)

Kerry Packer (James's dad)

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