Heil Honey I’m Home & Other TV Shows About Nazis, Dictators & Murderers

Today, someone sent us a Buzzfeed list of TV shows cancelled after one episode that culminated with Heil Honey I’m Home!–a show about domestic screwball bliss between Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun–which reminded us the show existed in the first place. Here, editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff try to parse what makes one joke about Hitler acceptable and another “in poor taste.” Then, they try and one-up the brains behind Heil Honey! and shit gets pretty dark.

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    • kit

      I don’t know what’s crazier: that this show existed, or that I would totally watch a show about Qaddafi opening a fancy espresso bar. So many fair trade jokes!

    • Lyle

      Finally! A ladyblog that cares about Colonel Klink as much as I do.

    • Lemona

      I made my gentleman watch Swing Kids. I justified by claiming it shows aspects of Nazi Germany that other WWII movies do not (conscription into the HJ, the deliberate manipulation of teenage angst by the Party, and, you know, dancing) . . . but at the end of the movie, I apologized to him.

      Sidebar: Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? That is, you think a movie is good until you watch it with someone else, and, suddenly aware of how they might be judging it, you realize it is terrible?”

      • Sarah!

        Haha yes this happens to me pretty frequently. I readily admit that I enjoy some pretty terrible entertainment, but usually I can tell the difference between garbage and not garbage? Not always though. Then I’m scrambling to justify why I made someone watch Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.

    • MR

      I was laughing pretty hard when Jennifer lauched Mao’s killer cat, his pet Cultural Revolution. The Producers and Hogan’s Heroes were a product of the Cold War. The (West) Germans were now our allies, thanks to the Soviet threat. The Japanese got the same treatment. It’s like the Brits getting a pass on the Irish Famine, cause they were our allies in two world wars.

    • Jennifer Wright

      So, I’ve been watching this and I think a big problem is that I just keep remembering that it’s historically inaccurate. We know too much about Hitler! I really, really think this premise works better with a dictator we don’t generally know quite so many details about. Who has an agent for Meow and Mao? I really think we can do this, guys.

      • MR

        Hitler wss pure evil. Lenin changed the world, Mao not so much, and your view on either really depends on your politics. Stalin was a madman equal to Hitler – aka the Soviets fought against the Nazis to defend Mother Russia, not to preserve Stalin’s system.

    • Brandt Hardin

      Hitler was just a misunderstood artist. Rejection is the most brutal of human conditions and young Adolf underwent the metamorphosis into the monster of our historical lore by his rejection from art school. See him his happiest and read all about it at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-little-hitler.html