Hogan's Heroes, a comedy that made Nazis in general look like buffoons, began its run in 1965--20 years after the end of World War II and, incidentally, the year I was born.
20 years ago this year was the September 11th terrorist attack. I can't imagine today making a tv show in which we laugh about al-Qaeda terrorists. Have we lost something as a society? Or is it that we haven't completely defeated and humiliated them yet? But even if we had, do you think such a show, mocking people who aren't White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, would fly in today's culture?
It's wild to think that I was born as close to World War II as we are today to 9/11. I was born as close to World War II as my current students were to New Coke and the Reagan Era.