“Half Nelson” followed the story of former New York City police officer Rocky Nelson (Pesci), who quits his job and moves to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a famous actor. Despite his almost immediate rejection in Hollywood, Rocky decides to tough it out, picking up a job with a private security firm known as “Beverly Hills Patrol” so that he can continue to pursue his dream on the side.
As a member of the Beverly Hills Patrol, Rocky is tasked with providing security for the legendary Dean Martin, who plays a fictionalized version of himself in what would end up being his final acting role before his death in 1995. After one of his co-workers is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Rocky takes on the role of the hard-boiled detective and travels L.A. solving crimes –- eventually becoming embroiled in a wide-reaching blackmail scheme aimed at taking down the Hollywood elite (via TV Obscurities).
“Half Nelson” was marketed as a “light-hearted” action-adventure series, and while this amalgamation of a comedic premise and a classic noir detective story is certainly interesting, it’s clear the show wasn’t for everybody.