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The series: Awesome Music: Ads frequently used the unrelated song "Sledgehammer" by British pop musician Peter Gabriel, which was released the same year as this series began. The producers did approach Gabriel's people about using the song for the show's theme. They said it was fine...just pay them a million dollars every time an episode airs! The producers got the hint. The theme song, provided by Danny Elfman. Executive Meddling: Early episodes had a Laugh Track added by the studio because the executives felt the show was too violent without it. It was removed from the DVD release. Screwed by the Network: Discussed in the main article. Amusingly, despite all the screwing, ABC ended up commissioning another show from New World Pictures, . The Wonder Years You Look Familiar: Mark Blankfield played three different characters in three different episodes — a professor, a henchman, and the leader of a devil-worshipping cult. The film:
The Danza: John Eastman as John. Keep Circulating the Tapes: For almost three decades. Old Shame: While the director doesn't appear to outright hate the film, he does seem completely disinterested in it in the DVD special features.