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Sledge Hammer! ran on ABC from 1986 to 1988 and starred Inspector Sledge Hammer, a comically over-the-top and incompetent police inspector who fights crime in San Francisco. His only friends are his partner Dori and his .44 revolver, which Hammer brings into the shower and to bed (on a satin pillow). The first season ended when Hammer accidentally blew up the city trying to disarm a nuclear bomb. When the show was unexpectedly renewed, the writers were forced to set the second season five years in the past. Following cutbacks and dwindling viewership, the show was canceled after Season Two, though it enjoyed a cult following throughout its run and was in talks for a reboot in 2018.


Fleming, Mike. (2018, May 11). "Creator Of ’80s Satire ‘Sledge Hammer!’ Eyes Reboot For Trigger-Happy Hero." Deadline

O'Connor, John. (1986, September 23). "2 New Series, 'Matlock' and 'Sledge Hammer'". The New York Times. Page C18.

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