Heil Honey I'm Home! is a comedy show about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun moving next door to a Jewish couple.
The show was written by British comedy writer Geoff Atkinson (one of the main writers of Spitting Image) in the 1990s, and is an almost perfect example of a Stealth Parody show. Possibly the most bizarre example of a "reimagining", the series set out to depict Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun living in suburban bliss, with their lives interrupted only by Hitler's dislike for their next door neighbours, an incredibly stereotypical Jewish couple. It was presented to the viewer as a "long lost", "recently rediscovered" 1950s sitcom, parodying and distorting beyond recognition the worst features of such programs (with unnecessary canned applause for every character entrance, hideously vacuous plots and dialogue, and a truly awful title sequence).
The show's ultimate intent seemed to be to illustrate and parody the banal, cookie-cutter nature of most shows in this style. However, if one changed the names of the main characters, along with a couple of lines, the show would be indistinguishable from a genuine post-war sitcom, and the humour is largely derived from the jarring fact that the domestic fool main character just happens to be Hitler. That said, it's hard to see how the premise, originally envisioned as a comedy sketch, would've been maintained over a series of shows.
Needless to say, the show proved to be more than controversial. Many found it to be offensive for its trivial attitude towards Nazism, whilst others considered it to be a legitimate comedy along the lines of The Producers and other Third Reich parodies, with the undeniable crassness being an intentional part of the wider stealth parody. And others just thought it was a boring sitcom pastiche that wasn't made funny simply by the fact a guy dressed as Hitler was in it. Eight episodes were commissioned and planned by the now-defunct Galaxy channel of the now equally defunct British Satellite Broadcasting network, but only the pilot was ever aired. The show's filming was immediately canceled upon Sky's acquisition of BSB.
Despite never being shown again, several episodes were filmed, and have since found their way onto the Internet.
This has no relation to another short-lived sitcom (on Nickelodeon), Hi Honey, I'm Home! (aside from being a more overt spoof of 50s sitcoms).
Heil Honey I'm Home! provides examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: Hitler is not a Nazi or a dictator here. The show is set in a reality where he is a simple suburban man who hasn't done anything really heinous like his real-life counterpart.
- Adolf Hitlarious: Although on a far smaller scale than the premise implies. Hitler is portrayed as your average sitcom husband with the Catchphrase "I've been a baa—ad Hitler" if he did something foolish or Nazi-esque.
- Artistic License History: The first episode depicts Neville Chamberlain as single, allowing the Goldensteins to try and set him up with their niece Ruth. In reality, Chamberlain had been married for over thirty years by the time he became Prime Minister.
- Aside Glance: Used by Hitler after he becomes suspicious. He looks at the camera and says "SHE KNOOOOWWWS!"
- Ask a Stupid Question...:Hitler: [answering the phone] Hi, Hitler here. [Beat] No, Bob Hitler, who do you think?
- Catchphrase: "Honey, I've been a baaaaaaaad Hitler!"
- Cringe Comedy: The show was meant to run on this, being that its main character was Adolf Hitler. The humor was meant to come from how absurd it all was.
- Dinner with the Boss: The plot of the pilot, only with Neville Chamberlain instead. The pilot was actually supposed to be a parody of this plot, but ended up invoking Poe's Law.
- The Ditz: The unseen Goebbels is portrayed here as a huge idiot.
- The Ghost: Josef Goebbels (who's the guy on the phone at the airport).
- Laugh Track: The audience laughs at everything. Though, that's obviously part of the appeal.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Everyone except Neville Chamberlain speaks in a fakey approximation of an American accent.
- Retraux: Written and filmed like a stereotypical '50s American sitcom. Many felt it achieved this goal too well, draining the premise of what little punch it might have had.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Averted, for the most part. The Nazi party, for the most part, doesn't exist in this setting. The jokes are expected to come from the audience knowing they do exist and reading their nature into Hitler's lines and actions (like his rivalry with the Jewish family next door).
- Truth in Television: Strangely enough — Hitler did his best to maintain a quiet, bourgeois lifestyle with Eva Braun.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Well, yes. It's Hitler. The show doesn't expect the audience to take his side at any given time.