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hammer slammer and slade tv series

i've only found out there was a tv series made! does anyone here have it and possibly like to share.thanks


On December 15, 1990, the hour-long television pilot program called Hammer, Slammer, & Slade was shown on ABC-TV.[8] It was directed by Michael Schultz.

Isaac Hayes (Hammer), Jim Brown (Slammer), and Bernie Casey (Slade) continued in their parts from the movie I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Also returning were Ja'net Dubois and Steve James. Although Keenen Ivory Wayans wrote the pilot, and he served as the executive producer, he did not appear in this pilot. Instead, the character of Jack Spade was portrayed by Eriq La Salle, who later acted in the TV series ER. Also acting in the pilot was the little-known (at the time) Martin Lawrence in Kadeem Hardison's former role as Willie "Ya-te-dee" (Mr. Big's nephew and one of his henchmen). Bentley Kyle Evans played the role of Lenny (Willie's sidekick).

Hammer, Slammer, & Slade was not sold to any TV network, but it was shown several times in syndication.


I can kind of tell why the pilot wasn't picked up for a full series. They pretty much stripped all of the goofy, free-wheeling, farcical, tongue-in-cheek humor for something played fairly straight and safe. Plus, even for something from 1990, the pilot looks startlingly cheap and bland. It feels like it wants to be a "'hood" variant of '80s PI shows like Spencer for Hire or Magnum PI or a blaxplotation spin on those "old fogies solve crimes" shows (i.e. Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, Barnaby Jones, Father Dowling Mysteries, Diagnosis Murder). I would've figured that a show based on I'm Gonna Git You Sucka would've been more like say Police Squad or Sledge Hammer.