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The Slap Maxwell Story is a situation comedy broadcast in the United States by ABC as part of its 1987-88 lineup.

It stars Dabney Coleman as "Slap" Maxwell, an egocentric sportswriter for a newspaper called The Ledger, somewhere in the American Southwest. The Ledger was a very old-fashioned newspaper -- Slap still composed his column, "Slap Shots," on a typewriter -- and Slap was a very old-fashioned guy. Despite the newly litigious environment of journalism, Slap insisted on filling his column with rumor and innuendo, drawing lawsuits and Slap's frequent termination, to be followed by a groveling apology and his rehiring.

He had an on-again, off-again relationship with girlfriend Judy, one of the paper's secretaries, due primarily to his off-putting personality. Annie was Slap's ex-wife, who nonetheless retained a soft spot for him.

A recurring event throughout the series' run is that at some point in each episode, someone would hit Slap, with a nun even doing the honors in one episode.

The show was created by Jay Tarses, who in 1983 was co-creator of Buffalo Bill, an NBC sitcom in which Coleman starred as a similarly off-putting character, the host of a TV talk show.

  1. Jay Tarses


Series Cast

  1. Dabney Coleman

    Dabney Coleman

    22 Episodes

  2. Jeff Doucette

    Jeff Doucette


    22 Episodes

  3. Megan Gallagher

    Megan Gallagher

    22 Episodes

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Season 1

1987 | 22 Episodes

Season 1 of The Slap Maxwell Story premiered on September 23, 1987.

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The Slap Maxwell Story
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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 30m



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