Shows that Should Be Forgotten: Heil Honey I’m Home!
If there are any television shows that should be forgotten, it’s shows that were cancelled after one episode. Some shows are a mistake from the get-go. A sitcom about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun is one of them. Heil Honey I’m Home!, which was broadcast in 1990 by the ill-fated BSB’s defunct Galaxy channel, should not exist. Not because it’s in poor taste or offensive, but because it’s just an awful show.
Heil Honey I’m Home! is meant to be an ironic satire of 1950s sitcoms. The show was a British creation that revolved around Hitler and Braun arguing about getting along with their Jewish neighbors, the Goldensteins. The pilot has British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain coming over for dinner and Hitler wants to impress him without having the Goldensteins around. Braun suggests that getting along with the Goldensteins will give him a good reputation as a “Nice Guy Fuhrer.” Weird.
This is not poorly disguised anti-semitism. This is not bigotry. It’s solely about a curmudgeon who hates his neighbors. Complete with hackneyed punchlines, an obligatory laugh track and arbitrary applause after a character enters, this is a poorly excuted attempt of satire. The fact that Hitler was a character, complete with American accent no less, only made a bad show seem worse.
The show didn’t need Hitler. It was a parody of iconic shows, such as I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. The plot about annoying neighbors could have been clever if it was not a conflict between Nazis and Jewish people. I wasn’t horribly offended, but just hearing about this show made me shake my head. If it was hilarious, it might have been a groundbreaking show that pushed boundaries. It obviously wasn’t. It was cheap, badly written, and badly acted to an extent that seemed like it was meant to be atrocious. Hitler’s inexplicable New England accent didn’t help because it was just plain strange.
The fact that anyone thought Heil Honey I’m Home! was a good idea is appalling, but fortunately this was pulled before most people could really know that it existed. However, it does live in infamy on the Internet. It’s been 22 years since the pilot aired. Thankfully, none of the 7 unaired episodes of Heil Honey I’m Home! have surfaced. The show was terrible. It was a sitcom about Nazis, yet managed to have nothing to do with Nazis. Nonetheless, I’m glad people were offended by this show and it was pulled after one episode. It ceased any pathetic attempts at satire that may have been ahead. It will forever be known as a terrible mistake or at least in bad taste.
Here are all three parts of the pilot (and only broadcast) episode of Heil Honey I’m Home!:
Posted on June 16, 2012, in British Television, Shows That Should Be Forgotten and tagged 1950s sitcoms, british television, bsb, classic sitcom parody, eva braun, galaxy, goldensteins, heil honey i'm home, hitler, neville chamberlain, sitcom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.