Sledge Hammer! - Season Two
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(Apr 12, 2005)
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Top Customer Reviews
On to the show, Sledge Hammer aired on ABC for two seasons on ABC in the mid 80's, 1986 to 1987 to be exact. The show was hilarious and it is truly remarkable that such a cult classic that only ran for two seasons made it to DVD. Fans truly should be grateful to the shows creator Alan Spencer and Anchor Bay for bringing this show to DVD. The show was a spoof of cop shows, but the writing was so good, that the laughs weren't always laugh out loud laughs, but if you paid attention and got the joke, you were bound to chuckle. The lead character, Sledge Hammer, yes that was his name on the show was portrayed by actor David Rasche. He was really fun on the show during it's run and fans of him and the show were suprised that he didn't flip a huge film career after the show ended it's run. Although he didn't become a big time star, he has continued to work in Hollywood quite steadily over the years. His most notable recent role was in the 2003 Ashton Kutcher hit Just Married.Read more ›
In our second season, there are plenty of sendups both of 1980s era stuff and other classic material. Hitchcock gets it in "Vertical," and there is a loving tribute to Bela Lugosi in the Halloween episode "Last of the Red Hot Vampires." Fans of the first season will like the chance to see Harrison Page take charge in "They Call Me Mr. Trunk" and everything from 1940s Bogart detective movies to Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan to Paul Verhoeven's ultraviolent "RoboCop" right on to the 1980s pop culture (and dark future) touchstone "Max Headroom" get sent up in this second season. Also, "Dressed to Call" spoofs the phone call horror film genre seen most recently with "Scream."
On a more serious note, the show continued the powerful dramatic arc which made it unique among other comedies of the time, most nobatly in the final episode of the season, and, as it turned out, the series.
The 1940s detective episode is a personal favorite of mine, and lovers of good spoof comedy and film in general will find interesting takes on the material. "Hammer" fans who liked the first set should get a kick out of these as well.
Fnally, I will love the chance to complete the set. There are very few shows I have been able to watch once, then remember so much for years, as this one - and most of those shows are dramas. It wil be fun to see these again. Another nice touch is that some comedy and film buffs who didn't catch the show's first run will be able to catch some of these.Read more ›
Season One introduced viewers to Inspector Sledge Hammer (David Rasche), a parody of Dirty Harry, his glamorous sidekick Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin) and their perpetually frazzled boss, Captain Trunk (Harrison Page). Brilliant, witty scripts and the great comic acting skills of this exceptional group of actors resulted in an outstanding Season One. All the 22 episodes of Season One were great, but two in particular - Haven't Gun, Will Travel (a superb performance by David Rasche wherein Sledge lost his beloved 44 magnum) and Desperately Seeking Dori (where Anne-Marie Martin will have you rolling on the floor laughing as she brilliantly mimics Sledge) - made that Season truly exceptional.
Season Two not only maintained the brilliant comedy, but it had much more heart as the characters were fleshed out as real people you cared about. This second season had three outstanding episodes - It Happened WHAT Night? (Sledge and Dori were caught in bed), Icebreaker (where Dori's heart was broken), and best of all Here's To You, Mrs. Hammer (the finale where Sledge grew up). The second season finale had more emotional impact than the 1st Season's finale that ended in a nuclear explosion.
Not only do the episodes on Season Two outgun Season One, but the extras are much better (which is saying quite a lot). This DVD box set has just set a new Gold Standard for DVD extras.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good as Season 1. The only issue is the final season it defaults to the commentary with the show creator. I have not found a way to shut that off.Published 2 months ago by David
It's great!!! It's a classic sitcom that was not appreciated in it's time..Published 6 months ago by BYETokyo
Trust me, I know what I'm posting : I remembered liking the series, so I ordered season 1 & 2 from two different sellers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Carpenter
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