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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
23 September 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If This is Law Enforcement, God Help us All! See more »
Plot:
The adventures of a dumb police detective who always looks for the most violent solution to any problem. Full summary »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
User Reviews:
A true cult classic.... See more (59 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 36)

David Rasche ... Sledge Hammer (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Anne-Marie Martin ... Dori Doreau (41 episodes, 1986-1988)

Harrison Page ... Captain Trunk (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Leslie Morris ... Officer Majoy (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
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Series Directed by
Bill Bixby (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Charles Braverman (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jackie Cooper (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Wechter (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Reza Badiyi (3 episodes, 1987)
Gary Walkow (3 episodes, 1987)
Dick Martin (3 episodes, 1988)
Daniel Attias (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bruce Bilson (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Alan Spencer (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Brian Pollack (10 episodes, 1986-1988)
Mert Rich (10 episodes, 1986-1988)
Al Jean (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mike Reiss (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Rod Ash (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Curtiss (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Anthony DiMarco (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Ketchum (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Chris Ruppenthal (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jim Fisher (2 episodes, 1986)
Jim Staahl (2 episodes, 1986)
Gerald Gardner (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Alan Spencer .... executive producer / producer (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Thomas John Kane .... producer (28 episodes, 1987-1988)
Byron Chudnow .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Ewing .... associate producer (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ron Friedman .... supervising producer (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Ragan .... co-producer (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Birnbaum .... co-producer (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
William P. D'Angelo .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Alan C. Blomquist .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Lance Rubin (28 episodes, 1986-1988)
Richard Stone (3 episodes, 1986)
Ron Grant (3 episodes, 1987)
Don Davis (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Norman Leigh (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Chuck Colwell (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Film Editing by
Craig Ridenour (11 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter V. White (11 episodes, 1986-1987)
Briana London (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Janet Ashikaga (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Casting by
Barbara Hanley (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Cathy Henderson (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Steven Wolff (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gregory Melton (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alex Hajdu (8 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gregory Melton (28 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Michael Parker (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Diana Allen Williams (4 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Susie DeSanto (12 episodes, 1987)
Nancy G. Fox (10 episodes, 1986-1988)
Rona Lamont (7 episodes, 1987)
Giovanna Ottobre-Melton (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
June Brickman .... makeup artist (40 episodes, 1986-1988)
Jay Wellington .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Hallowell II .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jules Warren .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Production Management
James Ragan .... unit production manager (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Birnbaum .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Larry Levin .... post-production supervisor (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan C. Blomquist .... unit production manager (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy King .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Glen Sanford .... second assistant director / first assistant director (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mary Ellen Canniff .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
Louis Race .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1987-1988)
Candace Allen .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Linda Rockstroh .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1987)
Robert P. Cohen .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1986)

Karen Miller Ehrlich .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Jeff Ozimek .... set designer (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Raymond Camaioni .... construction coordinator (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Christopher Amy .... property master (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Héctor López .... assistant property master (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tommy Estridge .... property master (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Cheri Paul .... property master (9 episodes, 1987)

Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Tom Koester .... sound (40 episodes, 1986-1988)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Charles E. Dolan .... special effects (32 episodes, 1986-1988)
Bruce Robles .... special effects (8 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunt coordinator (38 episodes, 1986-1988)
Terry Jackson .... stunts (3 episodes, 1986)
Walter Robles .... stunts (3 episodes, 1986)
Spiro Razatos .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1986)
Marian Green .... stunt double / stunt performer (2 episodes, 1987)

Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Andy Gill .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dylan Shephard .... key grip (40 episodes, 1986-1988)
Walter Stewart .... gaffer (36 episodes, 1986-1988)
Tony Baggot .... camera operator (15 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jack Lester .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tom Fraser .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1986)
Karl Alexander .... gaffer / key grip (4 episodes, 1986)
Michael Levine .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1988)
Philip D. Schwartz .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1986)

Kevin Edwards .... grip (unknown episodes)
David E. Elkins .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Steven R. Monroe .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Gregory Peters .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Ron Wisnesky .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy G. Fox .... key costumer (7 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Editorial Department
Michael L. Sale .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Music Department
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme music / music supervisor (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Steve Mccroskey .... supervising music editor (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator (6 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... transportation captain (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Mitch Friedman .... driver (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Geno Hart .... transportation co-captain (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard Rollison .... transportation coordinator (19 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ron Holmstrom .... transportation captain (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Sanford Hampton .... transportation coordinator (2 episodes, 1986)
Gary W. Shaw .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Other crew
Leonard Stern .... creative consultant (41 episodes, 1986-1988)
Brian Pollack .... story editor / executive story editor (40 episodes, 1986-1988)
Mert Rich .... story editor / executive story editor (40 episodes, 1986-1988)
Rickie Byars .... assistant: Alan Spencer (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael R. Casey .... location manager (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Al Jean .... story editor (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mike Reiss .... story editor (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Nancy Rosing .... production coordinator (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Erica Fox .... production auditor (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bonnie Jordan .... production coordinator (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Chris Ruppenthal .... story editor (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tracy Yeager .... assistant: Alan Spencer (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rod Ash .... story editor (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Curtiss .... story editor (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nancy Edwards .... assistant: Thomas Kane (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sherry Gamlin .... assistant: Alan Spencer (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Betty Martin Mallin .... production controller (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Nancy Friedman .... script supervisor (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Patricia Althouse .... assistant: Mr. D'Angelo (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Anthony J. Saenz .... location manager (12 episodes, 1987)
Tino Insana .... story editor (11 episodes, 1986)
Molly Zimmerman .... assistant: Thomas Kane (9 episodes, 1987)
Coby Turner .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1987)
Rene Botana .... location manager (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alessandra Mazzola .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Connie Barzaghi .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1986)
Jim Fisher .... story editor (5 episodes, 1986)
Jim Staahl .... story editor (5 episodes, 1986)
Barry Gurstein .... story editor (4 episodes, 1986)
David Pitlik .... story editor (4 episodes, 1986)
Anne Warner .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1987)
Patricia Depew .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1986)

Peter Devaney Flanagan .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Brad Stephens .... publicist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Bela Lugosi .... in memory of (1 episode, 1987)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sledge Hammer: The Early Years" - USA (second season title)
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Runtime:
30 min | Argentina:60 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In "All Shook Up", Sledge sings an Elvis-style song with mutters. David Rasche came up with one of the "songs" and used generic love-themed phrases.See more »
Quotes:
Dori:I had a pervert call me once.
Sledge Hammer:Oh, how'd you get him to stop? Change your number?
Dori:No, I stopped dating him.
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FAQ

What is the deal with season 2 being set five years before season 1?
How many people do we see Sledge shoot during the series?
Why doesn't Sledge sing any Elvis songs during 'All Shook Up'?
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A true cult classic...., 29 March 2003
Author: David Powell (David_Powell3006@msn.com) from New Jersey, USA

Ah, the comedies of the 1980s. The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Night Court. There are shows like those, classics indeed, for their own reasons, and then there is "Sledge Hammer!"

It's just a _bit_ different. Imagine if you will the ability of a show to consistently spoof movies, or whole genres of tv show/film, and consistently nail it dead on in a 30 minute time slot. That's the quality of writing the show had, but the execution is what made it work. The three leads had consistent timing and brutally funny comic delivery. David Rasche, as the lead, was a standout, often getting the most manic material, though Page and Martin made it truly a triple threat. On one of the shows, Martin's character takes on Hammer's personality, and she nails that stuff pretty well.

In short, Hammer is the ultimate send-up of the classic loose cannon police detective. Dirty Harry is a great inspiration, but there are other aspects that work their way in as well. A few of the shows sent up the film noir detective genre. While some have compared it to "Get Smart" or "Police Squad," the thing that amazed me about it was how it reminds me at times of British comedies like "Blackadder" or some of Monty Python's skits. It is great that send-ups this consistently good got on American TV. Especially as there was almost always another, more subtle layer of humor under the more over-the-top gags. The main running current of humor was the sending up (by exaggeration) of the ultra-violent tone the action genre had taken on at the time. Yet underneath the people involved managed to work in genuine warmth, sybtle moments of humor, and genuine emotion across the board.

The show only ran for two seasons, agaist stiff competition (Put in a timeslot for example, against CBS' "Dallas" and NBC's "Miami Vice.") If only there was a better timeslot.. and maybe more budget, though the show did quite well with what they had.

I saw this in it's initial ABC run, then a few years later when a local station in Philadelphia put it on in reruns. Some of it held up very well, especially when classic genres/films were "given tribute." Some of the 80s references date it, but it wasn't bad. In fact, it rocked. Plus I remember seeing the first run as a kid, and the scene with the bazooka in the first show hooked me. Hilarious. In short, although it struggled, it built a pretty strong following among fans, and that is the definition of a cult classic. Websites have sprung up in recent years, allowing fans to chat about this truly unique show. When they put this one together, they really did know what they were doing.

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