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Sledge Hammer! (1986–1988)

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The adventures of a deranged and dumb police detective who always looks for the most violent solution to any problem.


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1988   1987   1986  
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Complete series cast summary:
 Sledge Hammer (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Anne-Marie Martin ...
 Dori Doreau (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Captain Trunk (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Leslie Morris ...
 Officer Majoy (31 episodes, 1986-1988)


"HAMMERED: The Best of Sledge" (Laserdisc) - Prepare yourself for four crime stories that pack more punch than Sledge Hammer's trusty Magnum. And loaded with more misadventure than there is air between Sledge's ears. Our hero find himself up against the likes of the infamous Elvis impersonator serial killer, a powerful Mafioso Don, the sex-starved Elizabeth, and a violent revolutionary. Armed only with a Magnum, grenades, several Uzi machine-guns, and a bazooka, our hero singlehandedly makes the streets safe again for law-abiding citizens. Written by <damour@sanders.com>

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23 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Sledge Hammer: The Early Years  »

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Did You Know?


Episode 7, "All Shook Up", featured a sarcastic jab towards the series' lead-in at the time, Mr. Belvedere (1985), and caused a subsequent feud between the two shows. This bad blood carried over to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), where "Mr. Belvedere" star Bob Uecker made a wisecrack about "Sledge Hammer" while guesting. This would lead Spencer to hurl an even more vicious insult at "Belvedere" in a later episode. See more »


Sledge Hammer: Don't ever touch my hand when I'm going for my gun!
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Crazy Credits

Before the first episode of the second season was shown, this "disclaimer" appeared: The following season of Sledge Hammer! takes place five years before that nuclear explosion. Thank you. See more »


Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #2.3 (2006) See more »

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Definitely a Cult Show Classic!!!!
14 February 2005 | by (Somewhere, CA) – See all my reviews

Sledge Hammer was a comedy series that was a spoof of Dirty Harry. David Rasche (Sledge Hammer) was a overly violent, over-the-top detective who frequently talked and did everything with his gun. The charm of the show stems from his bone-headed clashes with Captain Trunk and partner Detective Doreau. Also his every attempt to solve problems with guns makes the show absolutely hilarious.

He doesn't like criminals, small children or babies. This NOT for the overly sensitive or politically correct types. This series was no where near the aforementioned attributes. The premise of the show was to show how silly violence could be in solving every problem that could possibly arise. Yes, it trivialized death. Yes, it dealt with guns in light-hearted way. Yes, there were random incidences of unnecessary violence. But that is where the humor is at. If you don't understand that statement, you'll never get this series so just walk away.

Though this series lasted two seasons, I am very pleased that Anchor Bay went ahead and obtain the rights to releasing both seasons on DVD. I've purchased the first one and am very pleased with the results.

There haven't been too many TV shows that have come across in my time that I really enjoyed, but I did enjoy this one. It was different from all of the other stuff that is put on television. There has not been a comedy with this premise and format since Sledge Hammer. I think that says a lot.

10 out of 10

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