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Genre Reality
Directed by Kenny Hull
Opening theme "The Hammer Family" by M.C. Hammer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Running time 20-22 minutes
Original network A&E Network
Original release June 14 – July 26, 2009 (2009-07-26)

Hammertime is a 2009 American reality TV series that chronicles the daily life of rapper MC Hammer. The show debuted June 14, 2009 on the A&E Network and was produced by 3Ball Productions.[1] The title is derived from a lyric in Hammer's 1990 hit single "U Can't Touch This" ("Stop! Hammer time!").

The show features Hammer and his family -- his wife Stephanie; their children Bobby, Jeremiah, Sammy, Sarah, Stanley Jr., and A'keiba; his nephew Jamaris and cousin Marvin "Bigg Marv" Grant -- living in their large ranch-style house in Tracy, California.[2] The series premiere averaged a middling 1.123 million viewers, placing it outside A&E's top fifteen shows for the week.[3] The show was canceled after just one season and eleven episodes.

Reviews were mixed to negative. The New York Times wrote, "Like Snoop Dogg's Father Hood or Run's House, Hammertime goes into race-politics overload to prove that black rappers can be top-grade family men ascribing to yuppie values."[4] According to Richard Huff of the New York Daily News, "Hammertime is inoffensive, but it's also emotionless ... that just leaves viewers feeling like they've wasted their time."[5] Brian Lowry of Variety wrote that the show "continues the trend ... of celebrities demonstrating how their lives are as boring as everybody else’s. Hammertime? More like 'Sleepytime.' Either way, can’t watch this."[6]

On July 30, 2009, Grant was arrested after being accused of rape by a woman he had met online.[7] The charges were dropped in 2010.[8]


  1. Shaping Up
  2. Daddy Daycare
  3. On The Road Again
  4. That's A Bet!
  5. Moving Forward
  6. Vegas Baby!
  7. Home Cookin
  8. Lost Episode
  9. Giving Back
  10. Family Vacation
  11. Love is in the Air


  1. ^ "A&E bails out MC Hammer, orders 'Hammertime'". Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  2. ^ Barney, Chuck (June 13, 2009). "MC Hammer lets world in on his quiet home life". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hammertime: MC Hammer can't touch Raven-Symoné". TV By the Numbers. June 16, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ Bellafante, Gina (June 12, 2009). "Where a Fallen Rap Star Is Still No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ Huff, Richard (June 12, 2009). "MC Hammer-ing home a lesson: Nice is boring". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 10, 2009). "Hammertime". Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  7. ^ Farooq, Sajid (July 30, 2009). "Rape Charges Spark Manhunt for MC Hammer Cousin". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Prosecutors drop rape charge against MC Hammer's cousin". Associated Press. Twin Cities Pioneer Press. June 24, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 

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