List of Sledge Hammer! episodes

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Sledge Hammer! is a satirical American television series broadcast on ABC in the United States. The series was created by Alan Spencer and stars David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer,[1] a preposterous caricature of the standard "cop on the edge" character. It was first broadcast on September 23, 1986 and ran until February 12, 1988, after just two seasons. The series has received generally favorable reviews from critics.

Many of the episode titles are parodies of film and TV show titles.

Series overview[edit]

Seasons Episodes Originally aired in the US
Season premiere Season finale
Season 1 (1986–1987) 22 September 23, 1986 April 28, 1987
Season 2 (1987–1988) 19 September 17, 1987 February 12, 1988

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1986 - 1987)[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Short Summary
1 1 Under the Gun Martha Coolidge Alan Spencer September 23, 1986 (1986-09-23) 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.[2]
2 2 Hammer Gets Nailed Chuck Braverman Al Jean, Michael Reiss September 26, 1986 (1986-09-26) A local TV newscaster creates bitter public feeling toward the police department when he reports and editorializes adversely on what he sees during a day-long ride with Sledge and Dori.[3]
3 3 Witless Jackie Cooper Alan Spencer October 3, 1986 (1986-10-03) When an organized crime boss puts a price on his head, Sledge is able to take refuge with a peace-loving "Maninote" farmer and his daughter.[4]
4 4 They Shoot Hammers, Don't They? David Wechter Diana Ayers, Susan Sebastian October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17) Prison escapee John Kogan commandeers a bus and launches a one-man wave of crime and violence, pledging to stop only if Sledge agrees to meet him in a one-on-one gunfight.[5]
5 5 Dori Day Afternoon James Sheldon Mert Rich, Brian Pollack October 24, 1986 (1986-10-24) Sledge and Dori find themselves in a hostage situation as a result of a foiled bank robbery.[6]
6 6 To Sledge, with Love David Wechter Jim Fisher, Jim Staahl October 31, 1986 (1986-10-31) Sledge is assigned to bring order to a notoriously dangerous local high school that is dominated by four young toughs who supply stolen cars to a crime boss.[7]
7 7 All Shook Up Jackie Cooper Alan Spencer November 6, 1986 (1986-11-06) Sledge goes undercover to learn why Elvis impersonators are being systematically murdered with a gold microphone.[8]
8 8 Over My Dead Bodyguard Charles S. Dubin Michael Reiss November 13, 1986 (1986-11-13) The commissioner personally assigns Sledge to guard Captain Trunk in order to ensure the Captain's safety until he is able to provide critical testimony before a grand jury.[9]
9 9 Magnum Farce Chuck Braverman Jim Fisher, Jim Staahl November 22, 1986 (1986-11-22) Sledge becomes even more violent than usual as part of an attempt to infiltrate a group of vigilante police officers who are executing recently acquitted criminal defendants.[10]
10 10 If I Had a Little Hammer Kim Manners Deborah Raznick, Daniel Benton November 29, 1986 (1986-11-29) Sledge and Dori pose as a well-to-do childless couple in an attempt to catch a pair of thieves who steal babies and sell them to prospective parents with ready cash.[11]
11 11 To Live and Die on TV Daniel Attias Mert E. Rich, Brian Pollack December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13) Sledge becomes a contestant on "The Million Dollar Question" in an attempt to prove that the show's host was responsible for the murder of a successful contestant.[12]
12 12 Miss of the Spider Woman Charles Braverman Mike Reiss, Al Jean December 20, 1986 (1986-12-20) An exotic woman attempts to exact revenge on her ex-lover by poisoning him, but the near-sighted assassin gives the poison to Sledge instead.[13]
13 13 The Old Man and the Sledge Charles Braverman Mert Rich, Brian Pollack January 3, 1987 (1987-01-03) Sledge tries to provide help and guidance to Gil Yates, a retired trigger-happy police officer whom he idolized as a boy.[14]
14 14 State of Sledge Dan Attias Al Jean, Michael Reiss January 10, 1987 (1987-01-10) After Sledge arrests the leader of a Satanic cult, the undermanned precinct soon finds itself under siege by a mob of the cult leader's bloodthirsty followers.[15]
15 15 Haven't Gun, Will Travel David Wechter Alan Spencer, Gerald Gardner January 17, 1987 (1987-01-17) Sledge experiences a complete loss of confidence when his beloved .44 Magnum is stolen by a conniving gang of thieves.[16]
16 16 The Color of Hammer Bruce Bilson Mert Rich, Brian Pollack January 24, 1987 (1987-01-24) When a hard-line judge is blackmailed and later murdered, Sledge and Dori's best available clue is that he was an inveterate pool player.[17]
17 17 Brother, Can You Spare a Crime? Charles Braverman Alan Spencer, Gerald Gardner January 31, 1987 (1987-01-31) A man shows up claiming to be Hammer's brother. Everyone's taken with him including Doreau who goes out with him. But while on their date she catches him in a lie proving that he isn't Hammer's brother.[18]
18 18 Desperately Seeking Dori Bob Sweeney Mike Reiss, Al Jean February 7, 1987 (1987-02-07) Bad news for the city's scum suckers: a blow to the head results in Dori Doreau adopting the ultra-violent personality and mannerisms of her partner, Sledge Hammer.[19]
19 19 Sledgepoo Thomas Schlamme Alan Spencer, Alan Mandel February 14, 1987 (1987-02-14) The Earl of Curl beauty parlor is a front for a cat burglar ring targeting wealthy women. Sledge infiltrates the ring by going undercover as a second-story man.[20]
20 20 Comrade Hammer Bruce Bilson Tony DiMarco, Dave Ketchum February 21, 1987 (1987-02-21) Sledge and Dori must safely escort a defecting Soviet scientist on a passenger train filled with communist agents determined to take him back.[21]
21 21 Jagged Sledge Reza Badiyi Chris M. Ruppenthal April 21, 1987 (1987-04-21) Sledge is on trial for the cold-blooded murder of racketeer Hugo Victor. Serving as his own attorney, Sledge sets out to prove his innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence of his guilt.[22]
22 22 The Spa Who Loved Me Jackie Cooper Tino Insana, Robert Wuhl April 28, 1987 (1987-04-28) A bevy of bikini-clad 'terrorettes' steal a nuclear warhead and threaten to blow up the city unless their billion dollar demand is met. Sledge and Dori trace the suspects to a health spa operated by aerobics video magnate Jill Taylor.[23]

Season 2 (1987 - 1988)[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Short Summary
23 1 A Clockwork Hammer Reza Badiyi Chris Ruppenthal September 17, 1987 (1987-09-17) Sledge is abducted by a former television executive whose brainwashing operation reprograms its victim's minds through unrelenting and unmerciful exposure to television programming.[24]
24 2 Big Nazi on Campus Chuck Braverman Mert Rich, Brian Pollack September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24) Sledge and Dori investigate the murder of a history student who was studying Hitler's Third Reich. Suspects include her burly quarterback boyfriend and her kindly, old history professor.[25]
25 3 Play It Again, Sledge Bill Bixby David Ketchum, Tony DiMarco October 1, 1987 (1987-10-01) When Sledge gets suspended, he decides to try being a private investigator.[26]
26 4 Wild About Hammer Gary Walkow Alan Spencer October 8, 1987 (1987-10-08) A female cop with a sadistic/masochistic fetish falls for and kidnaps Sledge.[27]
27 5 Death of a Few Salesmen Bill Bixby Mark Curtiss, Rod Ash October 15, 1987 (1987-10-15) Sledge poses as an Australian car magnate, Crocodile Bruce, to catch whoever has been killing used car dealers.[28]
28 6 Vertical Reza Badiyi David Ketchum, Tony DiMarco October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29) While suffering from vertigo, Sledge must protect the girlfriend of a mobster.[29]
29 7 Dressed to Call Jackie Cooper Mert Rich, Brian Pollack November 5, 1987 (1987-11-05) Sledge must discover who's making threatening calls to a radio psychologist.[30]
30 8 Hammer Hits the Rock Bill Bixby Mark Curtiss, Rod Ash November 12, 1987 (1987-11-12) Sledge poses as an assassin to discover a mobster's secret hideout.[31]
31 9 Last of the Red Hot Vampires Bill Bixby Alan Spencer November 19, 1987 (1987-11-19) An old time actor who played vampires in the movies dies, but a vampire is then seen at two murders where the victims are drained of blood.[32]
32 10 Hammeroid Gary Walkow Ron Friedman, Alan Spencer November 26, 1987 (1987-11-26) After breaking nearly all his bones, Sledge encases himself in a robotic suit to stop a robot.[33]
33 11 Sledge in Toyland Gary Walkow Brian Pollack, Mert Rich December 3, 1987 (1987-12-03) Sledge is sent to investigate when a toy manufacturer is attacked by one of his own toys.[34]
34 12 Icebreaker Bill Bixby Mark Curtiss, Rod Ash December 10, 1987 (1987-12-10) Sledge finds himself competing with a British cop who later turns out to be an international terrorist known as "The Pelican".[35]
35 13 They Call Me Mr. Trunk Seymour Robbie Mark Curtiss, Rod Ash December 17, 1987 (1987-12-17) Trunk must solve the puzzle of why the army has surrounded the entire precinct before the entire staff dies.[36]
36 14 Model Dearest Dick Martin David Ketchum, Anthony DiMarco January 7, 1988 (1988-01-07) Dori poses as a model to get the dirt on a white slavery ring.[37]
37 15 Sledge, Rattle & Roll Bill Bixby Mert Rich, Brian Pollack January 15, 1988 (1988-01-15) Hammer investigates the mysterious deaths of a heavy metal group and their manager.[38]
38 16 Suppose They Gave a War & Sledge Came? Dick Martin Chris Ruppenthal, Alan Spencer January 22, 1988 (1988-01-22) To investigate the death of a prominent businessman, Sledge joins a weekend paintball tournament organization.[39]
39 17 The Secret of My Excess Dick Martin Alan Spencer, Alicia Marie Schudt January 29, 1988 (1988-01-29) Sledge tracks down a yuppie's dirty deeds.[40]
40 18 It Happened What Night? Bill Bixby Mark Curtiss, Rod Ash February 5, 1988 (1988-02-05) The precinct thinks that Sledge and Dori have slept together when all that appears on a surveillance tape is them drunk and in bed.[41]
41 19 Here's to You, Mrs. Hammer Bill Bixby Mert Rich, Brian Pollack February 12, 1988 (1988-02-12) Sledge's ex-wife marries his best high school friend & forces Sledge to think about his lifestyle.[42]

References[edit]

Note: The IMDb is not a valid reference to verify data.
  1. ^ O'Connor, John. (Sept. 23, 1986) "2 New Series, 'Matlock' and 'Sledge Hammer'". The New York Times. Page C18
  2. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 1: Under the Gun
  3. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 2: Hammer Gets Nailed
  4. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 3: Witless
  5. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 4: They Shoot Hammers, Don't They?
  6. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 5: Dori Day Afternoon
  7. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 6: To Sledge, with Love
  8. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 7: All Shook Up
  9. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 8: Over My Dead Bodyguard
  10. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 9: Magnum Farce
  11. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 10: If I Had a Little Hammer
  12. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 11: To Live and Die on TV
  13. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 12: Miss of the Spider Woman
  14. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 13: The Old Man and the Sledge
  15. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 14: State of Sledge
  16. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 15: Haven't Gun, Will Travel
  17. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 16: The Color of Hammer
  18. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 17: Brother, Can You Spare a Crime
  19. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 18: Desperately Seeking Dori
  20. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 19: Sledgepoo
  21. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 20: Comrade Hammer
  22. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 21: Jagged Sledge
  23. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 1, Episode 22: The Spa Who Loved Me
  24. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 1: A Clockwork Hammer
  25. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 2: Big Nazi on Campus
  26. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 3: Play It Again, Sledge
  27. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 4: Wild About Hammer
  28. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 5: Death of a Few Salesmen
  29. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 6: Vertical
  30. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 7: Dressed to Call
  31. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 8: Hammer Hits the Rock
  32. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 9: Last of the Red Hot Vampires
  33. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 10: Hammeroid
  34. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 11: Sledge in Toyland
  35. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 12: Icebreaker
  36. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 13: They Call Me Mr. Trunk
  37. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 14: Model Dearest
  38. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 15: Sledge, Rattle & Roll
  39. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 16: Suppose They Gave a War & Sledge Came?
  40. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 17: The Secret of My Excess
  41. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 18: It Happened What Night?
  42. ^ Sledge Hammer! Season 2, Episode 19: Here's to You, Mrs. Hammer

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