HAMMER SEASON ONE - EPISODE 1
Trivia: John Vernon played the role of Mayor, opposite Clint Eastwood, in the original Dirty Harry movie. Also, the name of Reisner assigned to the character of the police chief was an homage to one of the original screenwriters of that same film: Dean Reisner.
Another tribute takes place during a motel scene. The numbers on two adjacent doors are 86 and 99 a reference to Get Smarts fabled Control agents.
When shooting the sequence where Hammer demolishes an entire building in order to thwart a sniper on a rooftop, bystanders actually thought they were watching a real Dirty Harry movie in production.
For broadcast, the San Francisco headline of a newspaper was blurred. Broadcast standards fretted identifying any city that would allow a police inspector as unrepentantly fanatical as Sledge Hammer would yield complaints.
After Hammer rescues Doreau at the end of the pilot, she originally said Thank God you followed me here. Hammers reply, after his signature gun twirl, was: Dont thank God, thank gun. The connotation of holding a firearm in higher regard than the Almighty worried censors, as well as sponsors, so the dialogue was relooped before the show aired to Thank goodness you followed me here. This was followed by: Dont thank goodness, thank gun. Watch their lips closely, and you can see the original lines the actors were saying.
The original pilot was actually an hour, but truncated to half hour sitcom length. Seven minutes, involving a sadistic interrogation scene, were restored for the home video release. Six other minutes have yet to be seen which include a charming, yet ironic, epilogue after Hammer and Doreau exit the Mayors office.