Was It M*A*S*H or Hogan's Heroes?


By: Becky Stigall

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About This Quiz

How well do you know TV shows "M*A*S*H" and "Hogan's Heroes?" If you think you are ready for battle, take this quiz.

Both "M*A*S*H" and "Hogan's Heroes" were television shows that were set in wartime. Both were also comedies, although "M*A*S*H" also often showed the more serious side of life in a war zone. But the similarities pretty much stop there. 

Let's start with what came first...

"Hogan's Heroes" aired first, hitting the airwaves in September 1965. The show ran for six seasons and a total of 168 episodes. "Hogan's Heroes" was about a German POW camp that housed a multinational crew of sly spies each dedicated to the goal of bringing down the Germans in World War II. The show starred Bob Crane as Colonel Robert E. Hogan. 

"M*A*S*H" aired its first episode on September 17, 1972. Set in the Korean War, the show depicted life at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (yup, that's where the acronym "M*A*S*H" stands for) and starred Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, McLean Stevenson, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, and David Ogden Stiers (yes, we did have to list them all... who would you have left out?). The show ran for 11 seasons and a total of 256 episodes.

Can you ace this "M*A*S*H" vs. "Hogan's Heroes" quiz?

5 o'clock Charlie just can't hit his target.

Every day at 5 p.m., a North Korean bomber attempts to blow up an ammo dump near the camp. Get out your lawn chairs, folks.


Leaving your teddy bear behind must mean you've grown up.

When Radar leaves the camp, he leaves his bear behind, signaling a new maturity for the character.


A Frenchman, a Brit and Americans, oh my!

Hogan and his heroes are a diverse crew, all working together to end World War II.


Little Deer Who Goes Swift and Sure Through Forest.

This is Technical Sergeant Andrew Carter's Sioux Indian name.


Periscopes are in the sink, a water barrel and outside the fence.

Hogan and his gang had a full view of all camp goings-on. Very resourceful.


It's lonely being head nurse.

Margaret often wants to be part of the nurses gang, but her intense leadership skills just won't let that happen.


GOODBYE written in stone.

This is B.J.'s message to Hawkeye, written with stones on the helipad. Hawkeye is going home.


How to give a bomb a physical.

Hawkeye, Trapper and Frank need to defuse a bomb. Frank passes out, so it's up to Hawkeye and Trapper.


If this man ever tries to escape, let him.

Said by Hitler about Colonel Hogan.


No escaped prisoners is a perfect camp record.

Colonel Klink has never lost a prisoner. After all, prisoners break into Stalag 13, not out of it.


Barracks 2 is home sweet home.

Hogan and his band of merry men reside in their own secretly customized barracks.


The Russian Front is a place, and a threat.

Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz were always in danger of being sent to the Russian Front for their ineptitude on "Hogan's Heroes."


The 38th parallel.

The line in the sand for the Korean war. This is referred to often in the show.


When desks fly.

Hawkeye and Trapper trade Henry's desk for some much-needed hydrocortisone. One wall and a helicopter later, Henry's desk is in the air.


"She hugged the stuffing out of me!"

A nurse is very grateful to Father Mulcahy for his help in getting her into medical school. She's also got a bit of a crush on him.


Gorilla suits during a war?

Only Hawkeye and B.J. can get away with gorilla suits in the ER. It's complicated.


By the way (the) prisoners act, it hard to tell who caught whom.

The Germans believe they caught the prisoners. The prisoners believe they have captured the Germans. Which is it?


What say you, Ferret Face?

When B.J. Hunnicutt arrives, Hawkeye tells him about the nickname Frank's brothers had for him. B.J. is drunk when he meets Frank and calls him "Ferret Face".


"Gee Mom I Wanna Go Home."

While waiting for Klinger to repair a movie, the characters of the 4077th make up new verses for the "Army Life" song.


Where the prisoners plot to get in, not out.

Stalag 13 is where Hogan and his band of heroes fight against the Germans.


"I see nothing!"

Sergeant Schultz had a habit of burying his head in the sand. He said this phrase so often!


"Due to circumstances beyond our control, lunch will be served today."

On "M*A*S*H," the P.A. announcers had some of the funniest lines. Some fans may not have noticed.


Looking like a big red bird with fuzzy pink feet.

This is an apt description of Klinger in a hang glider. The episode is "The Trial of Henry Blake."


Stalag 13 is a POW camp.

Luft Stalag 13 is a fictional prisoner of war camp run by Colonel Klink during World War II.


Blood! I must give blood or die!

Klinger really enjoys giving blood. Or so he says, to Radar.


Generals inside of latrines are the stuff nightmares are made of.

Hawkeye needs some sleep. He's sleepily under the impression that a latrine will end the war.


There is a periscope at the end of the secret tunnel.

It's important to see what's going on beyond the secret entrance.



Ferret face... needle nose... no lips: it all described Frank. This particular depiction, needle nose, was given by Margaret.


The resident magician, pick-pocket, card shark, forger, bookie, tailor, lock picker and safe cracker has a Cockney accent.

Corporal Peter Newkirk, the British Hero, is obsessed with women - or birds, as he calls them.


The camp cooler is not really a place to cool off.

There is a secret entrance to the camp cooler on Hogan's Heroes - a place where Allied prisoners are supposedly secure.


"Goodnight, supermen."

Radar whispers this to Hawkeye and Trapper after he tucks them into bed.


Nylon stockings, French perfumes and chocolate are luxuries during wartime.

Although, technically, either answer would have been correct, we were looking for "Hogan's Heroes" because these were favorites of Fraulein Helga and Fraulein Hilda.


It's hard to be a diminutive, claustrophobic chef, but somebody's gotta do it.

Corporal Louis LeBeau, a Frenchman, often uses his cooking skills to the Heroes' advantage.


"He took my whistle."

Frank's dejected response to Colonel Potter's confiscation of his whistle as the gang is trying to set up a hospital in a brothel.


Best care anywhere.

The M*A*S*H 4077 medical crew are famous for keeping soldiers alive. Their motto is "best care anywhere."


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