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Sledge Hammer: Season One (1986)

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Commentary 1: (on 4 episodes): Creator/executive producer Alan Spencer Rating:7.5/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on April 9th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Alan Spencer contributes 4 terrific solo commentaries to the 1st season of "Sledge Hammer!" For the pilot episode, Spencer details the numerous steps to bringing "Sledge" to the ABC network, after a brief flirtation with HBO and Joe Piscopo in the lead. Alan drops the most low-key, dryly hilarious comments, while giving fans of the show essentially everything they would want to know about "Sledge Hammer!" He gives extra kudos to Martha Coolidge, who directed the pilot. With this, and the subsequent "Plain Clothes," Coolidge was able to show that female directors could deliver solid action television. The commentaries for "Witless," and "All Shook Up" follow in the set, and they give Alan a chance to spoof "Witness," and profess his love for all things Elvis. It was fascinating to learn that "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was a cheap, public domain option, when the rights to the King's catalogue proved too expensive. For the Season 1 finale, you get a real sense of Alan's "kamikaze" approach to ending the "Sledge" series. The chutzpah to end the season with a nuclear detonation, essentially daring the network to cancel the show, is commendable. When "Sledge" was given a last-minute reprieve, Spencer's solution to continue the series is quite clever, if a bit of a cheat. For the total of these 4 episodes, Spencer has nearly 2 hours of gags, political commentary, and production information. Fans of such varied pop-culture figures as Marty Feldman, Mel Brooks, and Andy Kaufman as well as those familiar with TV shows like "Mr. Belvedere", and the short-lived "Starman" series, will find lots to chew on, during these rambunctious, entertaining-as-hell sessions with Alan Spencer. 9/10