Created by Aubrey Solomon
Oh, the hilarity! ROCKY NELSON is an abrasive, pint-sized (but big-haired) former New York undercover cop, who cracks a major bust and sells the film rights to Hollywood. Bitten by the bug, he decides to shuck it all and head off to Hollywood to make it as an actor, in the 1985 pilot -- and its subsequent, appropriately short-lived TV series -- both called Half Nelson (Get it? Huh? Huh?).
Alas, the big breaks just aren't coming his way, so Rocky takes a gig working for the swanky Beverly Hills Patrol, a private security agency that caters to the sometimes peculiar needs of the Hollywood high and mighty. Rocky figures this could help him come in contact with some Tinsel Town big shots who could give him the break he needs. However, Rocky's in-yer-face approach to almost everything (and nobody does annoying like Joe Pesci) doesn't endear him to his boss (played by Fred Williamson), the police or the clients anymore than it did to producers and directors.
Ah well, at least he gets to live in Dean Martin's guest-house. Which gives Martin plenty of chances to pop up. (Rocky refers to Dino as "Mr. Martin").
Poor Joe. He don't get no respect. One of the few books that even bother to mention this show is Craig Nelson's Bad TV: The Very Best of the Very Worst.
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