Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: September 23, 1986
Last Telecast: June 30, 1988
Detective Inspector Sledge Hammer..... David Rasche
Officer Dori Doreau..... Anne-Marie Martin
Captain Trunk..... Harrison Page
Officer Mayjoy..... Leslie Morris
Officer Daley (1987-1988)..... Patti Tippo
Norman Blates (1986-1987)..... Kurt Paul
This series was a spoof of every tough-cop show or movie made in the late 70's and early 80's - especially the Dirty Harry ones!
Sledge was the ultimate tough cop - a totally self-confident, square-jawed man who showed no mercy for the wimps and scumbags who inhabited his city. This included small-time offenders like jaywalkers and litterers who deserved to be shot just like all the rest of the hardened criminals! In one episode, he forced a bad guy - at gunpoint - to punch himself silly!
Hammer's appearance was very distinctive. He wore reflecting sunglasses, mismatched ties and striped shirts. His motto was "Trust me... I know what I'm doing." His one true love was his pearl-handled .44 Magnum, named "Gun." Each episode opened with the camera focusing on the ole .44 while theme music pounded in the background.
Sledge always seemed to be suspended from the force but was always reinstated and got his man. Actually, it was his beautiful partner, Officer Dori Doreau who almost always solved the cases. Capt. Trunk was their headache-ridden, always yelling superior.
Creator/Producer Alan Spencer said that much as Get Smart poked fun at the spy movies of its day, this show did the same thing for the current batch of rebel cop movies and TV shows. "Ultimately," he said, "what the show is about... is a half hour!"
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