History Series / SledgeHammer

13th Aug '16 4:57:40 PM nombretomado
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''Sledge Hammer!'' is a television sitcom created by Alan Spencer that ran on ABC from 1986 to 1988. It is an unrestrained {{Parody}} of the CowboyCop genre (''DirtyHarry'' specifically), with David Rasche as Inspector [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sledge Hammer]], a cop who [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shoots first and asks questions never]]. He is partnered with Detective Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin), and the two work for the ever-exasperated Captain Trunk (Harrison Page).

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''Sledge Hammer!'' is a television sitcom created by Alan Spencer that ran on ABC from 1986 to 1988. It is an unrestrained {{Parody}} of the CowboyCop genre (''DirtyHarry'' (''Film/DirtyHarry'' specifically), with David Rasche as Inspector [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sledge Hammer]], a cop who [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shoots first and asks questions never]]. He is partnered with Detective Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin), and the two work for the ever-exasperated Captain Trunk (Harrison Page).
3rd Aug '16 10:57:38 PM PaulA
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* {{Homage}}: paid by Swedish crime writer Lief Persson, who in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' novels names a retired copper frequently disciplined for a robust zero-tolerance attitude to perps '''Stalhammer'''. The appalling Båckström has had his gun licence revoked but pleads for its restoration and demands a better weapon than the standard issue. He even talks to his weapon when he gets it back and gives it a pet name.
5th Jul '16 3:51:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheLudovicoTechnique: Parodied when an evil TV company tries to brainwash Sledge Hammer by breaking his spirit with horrible scenes of violence. It backfires because Sledge is a CowboyCop AffectionateParody, so he just cheers on everything they show him and is even dismayed when they stop.


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* PretendToBeBrainwashed: Sledge is kidnapped by an evil TV company to turn him into a ManchurianAgent so he will assassinate the mayor. Attempts to give him TheLudovicoTechnique fail because he howls with laughter at all the violence they show him, but when they tap into his subconscious it seems to work. Sledge later reveals that he was just playing along, saying he doesn't ''have'' a subconscious.
5th Jul '16 3:35:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* BottomlessMagazines: A regular feature of the show, often with LampshadeHanging. During one shootout, Captain Trunk even yells, "Where the hell is he getting all this ammo?!"

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* BottomlessMagazines: BottomlessMagazines:
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A regular feature of the show, often with LampshadeHanging. During one shootout, Captain Trunk even yells, "Where the hell is he getting all this ammo?!"



* GunAccessories / HollywoodSilencer: Inverted; Sledge has a ''loudener'' for his Magnum.



* HandWave: Expecting to be canceled, the producers ended season one with [[spoiler: a nuke destroying the entire city]]. The show was then renewed for another season, so they just slapped a subtitle on the first new episode ([[spoiler: Sledge Hammer: The Early Years]]) and then carried on as if nothing had happened.
** Which creates continuity errors since the announcement states that this season takes place five years before, where Hammer met his partner only one year previously. Further, the second season includes references to current events in 1987 (the year the second season was aired), NOT 1981 or 1982.

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* HandWave: Expecting to be canceled, the producers ended season one with [[spoiler: a nuke destroying the entire city]]. The show was then renewed for another season, so they just slapped a subtitle on the first new episode ([[spoiler: Sledge Hammer: The Early Years]]) and then carried on as if nothing had happened.
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happened. Which creates continuity errors since the announcement states that this season takes place five years before, where Hammer met his partner only one year previously. Further, the second season includes references to current events in 1987 (the year the second season was aired), NOT 1981 or 1982.



* HollywoodSilencer: Inverted; Sledge has a ''loudener'' for his Magnum.



** Ann-Marie Martin was at the time married to novelist and ''JurassicPark'' creator Creator/MichaelCrichton. She recalls that his standard greeting when she arrived home after filming ''Hammer'' was "And what degrading and inelegant thing did they make you do at work today?"



* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Done with Sledge Hammer in the title sequence.
** ABC wouldn't allow Sledge to shoot directly at the screen lest the older viewers have a heart attack, but the effect is more or less the same.

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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Done with Sledge Hammer in the title sequence.
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sequence. ABC wouldn't allow Sledge to shoot directly at the screen lest the older viewers have a heart attack, but the effect is more or less the same.
5th Jul '16 3:31:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[BondOneLiner "I think I got him."]]

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** --> [[BondOneLiner "I think I got him."]]
5th Jul '16 3:31:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* DannyElfman: Composed the music for the title.
5th Jul '16 3:31:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* CatchPhrase: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (inevitably followed by disaster)

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
** Sledge's
"Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (inevitably followed by disaster)



* DisproportionateRetribution: When he catches a speeder, Hammer ties the man to the hood of his car and drives around the parking lot at high speed.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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When he catches a speeder, Hammer ties the man to the hood of his car and drives around the parking lot at high speed.



* EightiesHair: PlayedForLaughs in one episode in which Dori has got herself a new haircut, which turns out to be impractical, because it blocks her vision, forcing her to blow her hair off her face.
** Also in the episode "Sledge, Rattle, and Roll," where Sledge and Dori investigate a series of murders revolving around [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]]-esque heavy metal band The Plague.
* EmpathicWeapon: Though the audience never sees anything unusual, Hammer treats his gun as a living, breathing entity.
** Subverted in one episode in which Hammer is hallucinating and the viewers ''do'' see his gun talking, complete with animated barrel/mouth.

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* EightiesHair: EightiesHair:
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PlayedForLaughs in one episode in which Dori has got herself a new haircut, which turns out to be impractical, because it blocks her vision, forcing her to blow her hair off her face.
** Also in In the episode "Sledge, Rattle, and Roll," where Sledge and Dori investigate a series of murders revolving around [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]]-esque heavy metal band The Plague.
* EmpathicWeapon: Though the audience never sees anything unusual, Hammer treats his gun as a living, breathing entity.
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entity. Subverted in one episode in which Hammer is hallucinating and the viewers ''do'' see his gun talking, complete with animated barrel/mouth.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: in one episode where a serial killer is murdering one ElvisImpersonator after another, the chalk outlines for each slain Elvis are in the classic ''JailhouseRock'' pose (i.e. [[http://media.dvdtown.com/images/displayimage.php?id=7490 this one]].)

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: in FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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one episode where a serial killer is murdering one ElvisImpersonator after another, the chalk outlines for each slain Elvis are in the classic ''JailhouseRock'' pose (i.e. [[http://media.dvdtown.com/images/displayimage.php?id=7490 this one]].)



* TakeThat: Many examples, including a rather vicious takedown of fellow ABC program ''MaxHeadroom''. ("My god! One hour with ''you'' would be hell!") Not to forget their feud with ''[[{{Series/MrBelvedere}} Mr. Belvedere]]'', which also ran on ABC:

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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Many examples, including a rather vicious takedown of fellow ABC program ''MaxHeadroom''.''Series/MaxHeadroom''. ("My god! One hour with ''you'' would be hell!") Not to forget their feud with ''[[{{Series/MrBelvedere}} Mr. Belvedere]]'', which also ran on ABC:



* VengefulVendingMachine: When the soda dispenser in the police HQ goes on the fritz, takes money and fails to dispense soda. The member of the public involved, who must be from out of town, complains to the nearest policeman: Hammer. Who obliges by un-holstering his amigo, at which everyone runs for cover and Captain Trunk begins to bellow '''''"No, Ham..."'''''. The dispenser gives in after several direct hits.

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* VengefulVendingMachine: VengefulVendingMachine:
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When the soda dispenser in the police HQ goes on the fritz, takes money and fails to dispense soda. The member of the public involved, who must be from out of town, complains to the nearest policeman: Hammer. Who obliges by un-holstering his amigo, at which everyone runs for cover and Captain Trunk begins to bellow '''''"No, Ham..."'''''. The dispenser gives in after several direct hits.



* WouldHitAGirl: In the first episode, Sledge shoots a female terrorist, then tells her, "Call me a feminist."

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* WouldHitAGirl: WouldHitAGirl:
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In the first episode, Sledge shoots a female terrorist, then tells her, "Call me a feminist."



* {{Yandere}}: Jenkins in "Wild About Hammer".

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* %%* {{Yandere}}: Jenkins in "Wild About Hammer".
5th Jul '16 3:27:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* BuddyCopShow

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* ButtMonkey: Poor, poor Captain Trunk...

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* %%* ButtMonkey: Poor, poor Captain Trunk...



* CharacterTitle
* DaChief: Captain Trunk.

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* %%* CharacterTitle
* %%* DaChief: Captain Trunk.



* CompanionCube: Sledge's Magnum.

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* %%* CompanionCube: Sledge's Magnum.



* CowboyCop
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass

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* %%* CowboyCop
* %%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass



* DrivesLikeCrazy

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* %%* DrivesLikeCrazy



* GagSeries: The second season, even more than the first.

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* %%* GagSeries: The second season, even more than the first.



* KnightTemplar
* LampshadeHanging

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* %%* KnightTemplar
* %%* LampshadeHanging



* RuleOfFunny

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* %%* RuleOfFunny



* TestosteronePoisoning: Sledge, full stop.

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* %%* TestosteronePoisoning: Sledge, full stop.
30th Jun '16 1:39:17 PM eroock
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* LoudLastName: HAAAAMMEEEER!!
29th Jun '16 1:42:49 AM AgProv
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* Homage: paid by Swedish crime writer Lief Persson, who in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' novels names a retired copper frequently disciplined for a robust zero-tolerance attitude to perps '''Stalhammer'''.

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* Homage: {{Homage}}: paid by Swedish crime writer Lief Persson, who in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' novels names a retired copper frequently disciplined for a robust zero-tolerance attitude to perps '''Stalhammer'''. '''Stalhammer'''. The appalling Båckström has had his gun licence revoked but pleads for its restoration and demands a better weapon than the standard issue. He even talks to his weapon when he gets it back and gives it a pet name.
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