Sledge Hammer! (1986–1988)
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Under the Gun 

Violence-prone Sledge Hammer is assigned to head up the investigation when the mayor's daughter is abducted, but he predictably objects to a requirement that he work with female detective Dori Doreau.


Martha Coolidge


Alan Spencer




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Rasche ... Sledge Hammer
Anne-Marie Martin ... Dori Doreau
Harrison Page ... Captain Trunk
John Lawlor ... Chief Reisner
John Vernon ... Mayor Jack Flambo
Judie Aronson ... Francine Flambo
Don Stark ... Kurt Kruggle
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Flambo
D.W. Brown ... Weird Williard Luxley
Jesse Aragon Jesse Aragon ... Feliz Navidad
Larry Wilmore ... Terrorist #3
James Carrington James Carrington
Joe Unger ... Soda Machine Guy
Mie Hunt Mie Hunt ... TV Reporter
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Newscaster


Mayor Flambeau demands immediate results when his daughter is abducted by the Allied Violent Offense Network. He orders the police chief to take violence-prone Sledge Hammer off suspension and assign him to direct the investigation. Sledge is pleased to be back on duty, but he objects to working with female detective Dori Doreau, who is given the assignment because of her background in terrorist psychology and defense tactics. Sledge correctly deduces that a member of the mayor's family is involved in the abduction, but he damages his credibility when he impetuously brings in the mayor's wife bound and gagged. He is taken off the case and Dori is assigned to deliver the ransom, but Sledge has developed considerable respect for Dori's courage and abilities. He surreptitiously follows Dori into the dangerous situation and greatly assists her in apprehending the real culprits. Dori subsequently demonstrates her own admiration for Sledge by declining a publicly-awarded promotion that ... Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Comedy



Release Date:

23 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


This very first episode includes what would go on to become Captain Trunk's trademark line: "HAMMER! In my office RIGHT NOW!" See more »


The bullet hits in Sledge's practice target are visible in the close-up before he shoots (there are 4 indentations that become holes one at a time). See more »


Captain Trunk: You sadistic, depraved, bloodthirsty, barbaric-!
Sledge Hammer: Is that why you called me in here, to shower me with compliments?
Captain Trunk: No!
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Alternate Versions

The 2004 DVD release contains an alternate unaired version of this episode which is longer than the broadcast version. Differences in the DVD version include:
  • A different theme song composed by Arthur B. Rubinstein.
  • A newspaper vending machine is shown featuring the story of the kidnapping. A pair of hands is shown taking the entire stack of papers. (The hands belong to series creator/writer Alan Spencer).
  • Doreau's slide presentation includes pictures of the third terrorist named Cottage Cheese Clodman and Doreau's baby nephew.
  • Hammer pulls Kruggle's towel off and sees his ridiculous looking boxers. At the station, Hammer interrogates Kruggle by pouring hot coffee in his lap. Then, Hammer makes Kruggle stand against of a wall of balloons and fires a rifle at them.
  • An epilogue in which Hammer and Doreau talk outside City Hall and Hammer says Dirty Harry was "too violent". A freeze frame of this scene was shown in the closing credits of the broadcast version.
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References Get Smart (1965) See more »

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A farce for good
23 March 2018 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

The mayor's daughter's been kidnapped and her best hope is an NRA poster child with a badge. You can almost hear the comedy writing itself, but that's doing the writers a disservicce. Sledge Hammer is extremely likable, gleefully putting everyone around him in peril with outsized ordnance. David Rasche is an ideal fit for this role (and it's evident he loves this gig), he's got got great supporting players, and the pilot benefits from a John Vernon guest shot. Seriously, what's not to love? The humor's great, the one-liners flow and it's the perfect breezy comedy that'll have you returning next week.

I love this show.


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