Chief Petty Officer Sharkey (Don Rickles) is in charge of some young recruits. They are stationed in San Diego. Now, Sharkey is a 24 year naval veteran but by the time we got to know him he was simply a cantankerous old fart. With his scalding wit and his laughable facial expressions he is able to bother everyone and anyone. In Season 2 a new Captain shows up to make Sharkey’s life even more miserable than it already has been. Captain Buckner (Richard X. Slattery) is going to give Sharkey a run for his money.
Later in the season Buckner is ordered to take Sharkey on as his personal aide. The show titled “Captain’s Right-Hand Man,” was one of the best of Season 2. “The Used Car Dealer” is also up there as one of the best of the second season. Sharkey helps his men recover their losses against a crooked used car dealer. Unfortunately this was the last show of the series. It aired on April 28th, 1978, some 38 years ago this month.
CPO Sharkey was only on NBC for two years. It brought Don Rickles to the small screen on a weekly basis. Rickles had performed his insult brand of humor for so long it almost made sense for him to break into a starring role on TV. In the 1960’s and 70’s you could catch him performing guest spots or the variety shows on the small screen. He was a favorite for The Tonight Show and would be on several times a year. He had been in films and you thought the show would have been on TV much longer than the mere two years that it lasted. Don Rickles was a comic genius but the network only allowed him the two years before it was canceled.
Time Life is bringing this comical genius to DVD on March 29th, 2016. These six episodes from Season 2 are the best of that year. Along with the two that were mentioned earlier you will get “The New Captain”, “Sharkey Flies Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Close Encounters Of The Worst Kind”, and “Fear Of Flying”. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This definitely is one DVD that you will want to add to your collection. Don Rickles was one of the best and this show ranks at the top for him.