Hammerman hit the screens in 1991 and hung around for 13 episodes all featuring rap star MC Hammer who hosted the show in live action segments and also sang the show’s theme song, telling about the origin of Hammerman.
The plot revolved around Youth center worker Stanley Burrell (Hammer’s real name) who owns a pair of magical dancing shoes (which are alive and can speak), which when worn cause Burrell to transform into the superhero Hammerman.
Stanley frequently gets advice from his “Gramps”, who was a former owner of the shoes and was known as Soulman. While in the guise of Hammerman, Burrell was dressed in MC Hammer’s signature purple parachute pants and myriad golden chains.
Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Gramps (real name unrevealed) was the superhero Soulman, but as he grew older, he grew weaker and was forced to retire. Gramps and his granddaughter Jodie traveled to find the next new superhero. Their search was over when they met Stanley and he put on the shoes.
Each episode, Hammerman faced various social issues; at the end of each episode, a puppet version of the magic shoes would speak to a live child audience and provide methods the children could use to address these issues themselves.
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