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January 31st, 2005 (01:49 pm)

I purchased the complete first season of Sledge Hammer! on DVD.

...wow. I *so* had forgotten how great the show was. And you'd think I'd remember, being as it's about a man who talks to his gun. And sleeps with it. And tells it, on waking up, "I dreamed about you last night." If anything, it's even funnier now; the show is set in San Francisco, and it's hysterical to imagine a hard-hard-Right cop like Sledge trying to cope with life in today's very unconservative San Francisco.

Interesting note: gun nuts *love* Sledge Hammer. The character and the show. I think it's because we're secure enough in our insanity to laugh at ourselves. And, y'know, we actually root for the guy. We probably aren't alone. According to the supplemental materials, the show had to do location shooting around the courthouse occasionally, and when the *real* cops there saw David Rasche in character, they were known to break into applause.

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Posted by: Smitty (smittywing)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
The Batman

...I used to LOVE that show. Of course I was like, age...good grief, why did my parents let me watch that?

I also liked Spencer For Hire which was on around the same time, because Avery Brooks was Hawk and he wore sunglasses all the time. It took me a few years to appreciate how he pulled two-foot guns from his pants.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)

... your last sentence sounds really, really dirty.

(I liked Brooks's spin-off, too. Moses Gunn was great as Old Man.)

Posted by: Smitty (smittywing)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Fishnets

It was really, really dirty. *grin* Mom used to wonder how he was able to walk with the shotgun down the pantleg but the question takes on an entirely different tone when you phrase it correctly. ;)

Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Geek chic

Okay, I liked Sledgehammer, but I *loved* Spenser for Hire! I was already reading the books and Robert Urich and Avery Brooks looked *exactly* the way I'd pictured the characters. And Hawk...Hawk ruled.

I still quote at people a scene in which some bad guy has been threatening Susan Silverman and Hawk goes and gets the evidence out of the guy's house. Susan holds up the evidence, which I seem to recall was a diary or something.

Susan: Isn't he going to miss this?
Hawk: Yeah, and he's gonna miss his front door, too.

::goes off to pull one of the Spenser novels off the bookshelf to reread::

Posted by: Smitty (smittywing)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
The Batman

I went through a year or two in high school where I went through and read just about all of them, and the thing you just quoted sounds really familiar. :) I saw the show first, so of course in my head, all the characters look exactly like the actors. Spenser cooked, I remember how cool that was, and to this day, I put rosemary on chicken because Spenser did.

But Hawk ruled my world with an iron fist.

Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Geek chic

The books are the kind of thing you either love or hate, I think. I seem to recall that my father (who I usually agree with) doesn't like them at all. The style is very spare on description, and I happen to like that :)

I loved the way Spenser could be a totally tough guy who knew how to take care of himself and use a gun and whatnot, but he also cooked and loved Susan so very very much and took in a kid who needed a father.

Interesting note: Robert B. Parker didn't particularly like the TV show or the actors chosen! He says Robert Urich looked right, but didn't play the character well.

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)

"Hammmeer!" *giggles*

Oh, man, it's coming back to me! His car, his romantic obliviousness. The face he did after he shot the camera. His *gun*.

Now I'll be smiling the whole evening. Thanks!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
archie skull

"Trust me. I know what I'm doing."

I so need a Sledge icon.

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)

Oh. yes!

Mayhap you'll bring some up with you?

Posted by: Grey Bard (grey_bard)
Posted at: January 31st, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)

I never saw it before I rented the dvd, but now it is *definitely* a favorite. And in such nice little half hour sized chunks! I love my hour long shows, but they're harder to fit in the time for.

Posted by: cmar_wingnut (cmar_wingnut)
Posted at: February 1st, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)

This was one of my favorite shows ever, and I had no idea it was out on DVD. My copy is now on its way. Thanks for letting me know!

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