Sledge Hammer! is a satirical police sitcom produced by New World Television that ran for two seasons on ABC from 1986 to 1988. The series was created by Alan Spencer and starred David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer, a preposterous caricature of the standard "cop on the edge" character, with a name parodied from Mike Hammer. Al Jean and Mike Reiss, best known for their work on The Simpsons, wrote for the show and worked as story editors.
Shaw is a neighborhood located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. It is roughly bounded by M Street, NW or Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south; New Jersey Avenue, NW to the east; Florida Avenue, NW to the north; and 11th Street, NW to the west. However, the area also includes the U Street Corridor, which is the commercial hub of the Shaw area, extending westward to 16th Street NW.