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Five great moments from “Sledge Hammer!”


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Way before Alan Spencer came up with the concept for “Bullet in the Face”, he was working in the Hollywood trenches making one of the most controversial cop shows around: “Sledge Hammer!” The show ran from ran from 1986 to 1988 sparking controversy all along the way. It starred David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer, a cop on the edge always straddling the line between lawmaker and lawbreaker.

Spencer was inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character, but when writing his script, he wanted to make a cop who was even more out of control and out of line. He succeeded when he crafted San Francisco cop Hammer who had a customized .44 Magnum and a deep desire to use it. Hammer was police through and through and loved law and order, so long as he doesn’t actually have to follow the laws or police procedures himself. He was a wild card, which made his show wildly entertaining to watch. Fans of “Sledge Hammer!” will definitely want to tune in to “Bullet in the Face” when it premieres on August 16th at 10/9c. If you don’t know Sledge Hammer! we are pleased to introduce you to the sadistic, violent, and oddly lovable character.

Here are five great moments from Alan Spencer’s “Sledge Hammer!”:

1. Most cops wouldn’t even bother trying to defuse a nuclear bomb

2. Hammeroid

3. Here he is taking out a sniper with a rocket launcher, as you do:

4. Sledge knows how to stop bank robbers:

5. Sledge always gets the criminal

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The two-night Bullet in the Face event kicks off on August 16th at 10/9c

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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