sledgehammer (american tv program, not the peter gabriel song or the tool)

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on 1986-88. david rasche* plays wise-cracking, bumbling detetive inspector sledge hammer. cutty said that it might need its own thread. i agree. this is it.


*oddly enough, he had a guest appearance on malcolm in the middle

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:26 (seventeen years ago) link

And he had a gun that was really, really big, right?

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:28 (seventeen years ago) link

he slept with the gun. he loved that gun. and he was always telling people to TRUST him.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:28 (seventeen years ago) link

DVD comes out tomorrow. cha-ching!

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:29 (seventeen years ago) link

he had a very angry shouty supervisor. and didn't he end up detonating a nuclear warhead in the last episode?

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:29 (seventeen years ago) link

A total classic. I remember seeing it as a kid and not realizing it was a satire, I just thought the dude was super cool to sleep with his gun. It was reran in Finnish TV about a year or two ago, and it was really good. The best thing was Hammer's relationship with his partner.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I mean, he was supposed this tough cop and all, but in the end the (female) partner always solved the cases. And they had this wonderful love-hate relationship, where he was cold and she was condescending.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:32 (seventeen years ago) link

david rasche was forever ingrained in my mind as one of the funniest people ever beacause of this show.

i too watched this as a young kid, it seems like everyone else did too...? i was always so excited to watch it.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:33 (seventeen years ago) link

As a kid, did any of you actually realize it was all a joke? Or did you just think Hammer was a badasss?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:34 (seventeen years ago) link

i KNEW it was supposed to be funny. cause i'd laugh.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:37 (seventeen years ago) link

like i said on the other thread that mentioned the show, i've met Sledge Hammer! it was one of the greatest moments of my life--except for the fact that i such trouble trying not to lose it in front of him (plus, i'm friends with his daughter and didn't want to make a bad impression).

"trust me, i know what i'm doing"

waxyjax (waxyjax), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:39 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm beside myself with anticipation for the dvd.

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:40 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember watching it, and knowing it was funny, but probably without having a reference for what it was parodying. Being a kid is cool like that. EVerything's funny.

Huck, Monday, 26 July 2004 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

waxy, what's up with his daughter?

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:44 (seventeen years ago) link

she's really nice. i know her through an old friend who went to college with her. the whole Rasche family just moved from LA to a nice brownstone in brooklyn. David and misses are both heavily involved in theater. i met them at a play in new york and had a nice conversation with them--except the whole time i had that wanting-to-crack-up-but-i-can't look on my face.

their daughter (i don't know if she'd be cool with me posting her name on the internet in this context) just graduated and is actually looking for a job....she has a lot of experience in publicity and theater so....if anyone knows of any openings, you may just be able to meet SLEDGE HAMMER!

waxyjax (waxyjax), Monday, 26 July 2004 19:59 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.albertspage.it/sigle_tv/foto/Troppo%20forte26.jpg

kephm, Monday, 26 July 2004 20:07 (seventeen years ago) link

didn't he end up detonating a nuclear warhead in the last episode?

IIRC, what happened was that they had heard that the show wasn't going to be renewed for the next season, so in the final episode they had Sledge attempting to defuse an A-bomb, and of course he cuts the wrong wires, vaporizing the entire city. But then it turns out that at the last possible minute the show was renewed after all. So in the first episode of the next season, they had to retroactively change history so that Sledge actually did cut the right wires and defuse the bomb. The ending of the previous episode was somehow explained away as depicting what would have happened in an alternate universe if he hadn't succeeding in cutting the right wires. At least that's how I remember it. It was a great show though - probably my favorite at the time.

o. nate (onate), Monday, 26 July 2004 20:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Weird, I have never ever heard of this program but it sounds awesome.

Dan I., Monday, 26 July 2004 21:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I watched this while younger too.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Monday, 26 July 2004 21:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Great show, indeed -- didn't even realize it was coming out on DVD. Now can they do the same for the American Max Headroom series, plz?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 26 July 2004 21:46 (seventeen years ago) link

god the 80's were awesome.

dan i, Monday, 26 July 2004 23:25 (seventeen years ago) link

oops I guess according to me everything is "awesome". It is enough to say, earnestly, that the 80's were also rad.

Dan I., Monday, 26 July 2004 23:25 (seventeen years ago) link

I've a vague memory of this being shown late night on ITV about five years ago. Can't remember if it was funny or not.

Pointless post alert!

Wooden (Wooden), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 00:55 (seventeen years ago) link

yes, I was way into this show. "Scum sucker" became my insult of choice until my 7th grade social studies teacher took me aside after class and asked if I really knew what that meant. I said no, and she proceeded to describe the act of sucking a dick. I was really confused, my reality being limited to the Nintendo, especially 'Kid Icarus,' Phil Collins, and television (esp. 'Max Headroom') at the time.

LA75 (LA75), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 02:50 (seventeen years ago) link

that's her job!

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 02:54 (seventeen years ago) link

David Rasche also turns up in one of the best bad movies ever -- An Innocent Man with Tom Selleck.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 02:59 (seventeen years ago) link

this show was great. David Rasche also played a wise-cracking KGB agent in an excellent episode of "Miami Vice." Surf's up.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 03:03 (seventeen years ago) link

It was certainly shown - in a late-night but not graveyard slot - on ITV when it was current, in the late 80s. It was no Police Squad but it had its moments.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 07:48 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember it being sort of funny although the UK scheduling meant I never saw an episode while sober.

robster (robster), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 08:03 (seventeen years ago) link

IIRC, what happened was that they had heard that the show wasn't going to be renewed for the next season, so in the final episode they had Sledge attempting to defuse an A-bomb, and of course he cuts the wrong wires, vaporizing the entire city. But then it turns out that at the last possible minute the show was renewed after all. So in the first episode of the next season, they had to retroactively change history so that Sledge actually did cut the right wires and defuse the bomb. The ending of the previous episode was somehow explained away as depicting what would have happened in an alternate universe if he hadn't succeeding in cutting the right wires. At least that's how I remember it. It was a great show though - probably my favorite at the time.

-- o. nate (syne_wav...), July 26th, 2004.
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o. nate, you may very well be right, but I remember the first ep of the 2nd season starting with something like "The following episode takes place three years before that A-bomb explosion."

Needless to say, classic.

weather1ngda1eson (Brian), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 08:03 (seventeen years ago) link

ok so i now know what to get a friend of mine for his b/day - he loved this show
robster & mjones correct - saw most episodes in post-pub mode

i always thought it was maybe a pisstake of a specific 80's cop show called 'Hunter' (?)

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 13:15 (seventeen years ago) link

snowy OTM

totally a pisstake of hunter

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 13:25 (seventeen years ago) link

According to http://www.tvtome.com/SledgeHammer/eplist.html :

*To account for the fact Sledge had blown up himself, L.A., and everyone in it at the end of the previous episode, we're told that the second season is "Sledge Hammer - The Early Days", implying these episodes all happened before the first episode of the first season. Which is a gross contradiction since Doreau is in the "Early Days" episodes before she was introduced, but nobody really cared.*

weather1ngda1eson (Brian), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 13:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I BOUGHT IT FOR $24.99 YAYYY

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 29 July 2004 15:49 (seventeen years ago) link

"i'm going to stick your head in the microwave and set it on sandwich."

"you can't do that!"

"what, there's no setting for sandwich?"

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 29 July 2004 23:36 (seventeen years ago) link

HA. I want this a little too much, I think.

dean? (deangulberry), Thursday, 29 July 2004 23:45 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...

Gotta rise this thread from the grave. I bought both DVD sets and they are incredible. There's an interview I read somewhere with Alan Spencer (show's creator) where he said that the studios originally wanted someone like John Candy to take the role of Sledge, but Alan basically held out unless he could get Rasche to do it, in retrospect what a brilliant home that was, having an actual "comedian" in the role would have just killed it. The show just existed in a weird plane of meta-humor and postmodernism that I don't think many people understood at the time. They couldn't show much actual violence so they had the enemies dispatched in weird ways. Like Sledge throws a hammer that bounces off four walls and knocks the gun out of a dude's hand, and then the next scene is just a short shot of Hammer doing a small fist pump...the kind of things that would make most viewers get upset, but if you really "got it" then that was part of what made the whole thing amazing. IIRC one person slips on a banana peel and falls out the window. Yep

I particularly loved the episode where Sledge gets poisoned. Lots of great parts there but I love when he learns he's been poisoned and starts to take out his rage on his boss's office, but he's still sedated so he does it so straight-faced and casual, just dropping everything on the floor, pushing stuff over, then he gets to the American flag and salutes it. Later on he gets in a fight with a snake and says "You've had this coming for a long time" and punches it in the face. Serious WTF moment.

frogbs, Monday, 31 January 2011 18:38 (ten years ago) link

eight years pass...

I'll stick your head in the microwave and set it on "sandwich".

Most of the series is on youtube and I've been going through it for the first time since I was a kid. Great stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ9h3nxL1pY&list=PLAPGcD5LGrp4g9pNQVn-UGl7IuZ9cgiD-

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 12:35 (two years ago) link

Uh, try again. The account that uploaded this one has a whole playlist of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ9h3nxL1pY

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 12:37 (two years ago) link

I recently saw Burn After Reading for the first time and was delighted to see David Rasche in even a small role.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 13:33 (two years ago) link

That's what inspired me to go check it out again. I'd seen that movie a few times and on the most recent re-watch was like "who is that?" I had forgotten all about Sledge Hammer, but I loved it when I was 9 or so.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 13:36 (two years ago) link

I watched about 4 minutes of the episode posted above and I'm dying rn.

billstevejim, Thursday, 2 May 2019 05:42 (two years ago) link

"It's disgusting. Real men don't need women."

"Hammer, without women, you would never have been born"

"Prove it"

frogbs, Thursday, 2 May 2019 13:35 (two years ago) link

hmm this scene was a little prophetic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFh09hF6qlA&feature=youtu.be&t=6m8s

frogbs, Thursday, 2 May 2019 13:39 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

one moment in this show I think about all the time is one where he's in a plane, freaking out because he's afraid of a plane crash, and the pilot assures him that it's safe because all their pilots have at least 1000 hours of training logged. he calms down, then turns around in a panic and says "Hey!! That's not that much!!"

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:21 (one week ago) link

Trust me. I know what I'm doing.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:22 (one week ago) link

the studios originally wanted someone like John Candy to take the role of Sledge, but Alan basically held out unless he could get Rasche to do it, in retrospect what a brilliant home that was, having an actual "comedian" in the role would have just killed it.

Leslie Nielsen effect in a way

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:24 (one week ago) link

David Rasche was a Second City guy too.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 21:23 (one week ago) link

Always amused when he shows up on hbo premium teevee

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 14 October 2021 02:39 (one week ago) link


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