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Riptide was a television detective series that ran on NBC from 1984 to 1986, the series stars Perry King, Joe Penny, Thom Bray, Jack Ging, and June Chadwick. The series concerned Cody Allen and Nick Ryder, two former army buddies who decided to open up the Pier 56 Detective Agency (later known as the Riptide Detective Agency).

However, realizing that computers and technology play a major role in many investigations, the guys recruited the help of Murray Bozinsky, a brilliant (but socially inept) scientist that the guys had met while serving in the military.

Operating from the Riptide, Cody's boat, which was moored at Pier 56 in King Harbor, California, the guys had a number of tools in their fight against crime and injustice including Murray's robot (The Roboz—who, unlike most television robots, did not talk), Nick's aging helicopter The Screaming Mimi, and Cody's speedboat the Ebbtide. Lt. Quinlan was a local police officer who continually harassed Nick, Cody, and Murray. Lt. Parisi, the guys' police contact during the final episodes, proved much more cooperative. Dooley was a dock boy who sometimes helped the guys and Mama Jo was the crusty skipper of the Barefoot Contessa (a tourist boat crewed by an all-female crew). Max managed the Contessa crew during the latter part of the first season.

Riptide was created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo and produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions. The main theme was composed by Mike Post.We've not had time to write about this TV show yet. If you were a fan, we'd love to have you help us out by writing a synopsis or review!


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"This is one of my all-time favorite shows, from the first episode with the broken nose contest to the final episodes. I was a teenager and loved the Southern California action with the ocean and adventure. The guys were all different, but they were friends and those differences sometimes helped and sometimes got in the way. Joe Penny was my favorite and I followed him to "Jake and the Fatman", but I loved watching all of the guys. The episodes showing "The Screaming Mimi", the pink helicopter, that needed "the Fonzie" touch were funny."


"I still have all of my VHS tapes of RipTide. I enjoy them as much now as then. I liked it because the characters evolved and the relationships between the 3 guys were good. My favorite episode was the one about "sensitivity and caring in relationships" or something like that, where Murray got all excited about a seminar he teased Cody and Nick into attending with him. There was a cameo by Lyle Alzado. They spent most of the episode bickering and the dialog was genuinely funny. The end was touching and satisfying. And it was all broken up with the proper amount of private-eye action, of course. I wish Mr. Steven Cannell (hope I spelled his name right!) would put all of those episodes on DVD, like they've done with "The Avengers" and a few other series. Pretty soon people will be burning their own DVD's from their VHS tapes, and he'll lose his chance to make the money. Besides that, those episodes really deserve to be preserved. They are great!"


"[My favorite episode was] a Christmas episode where the guys help an old man find his MIA son, killed in Laos or Cambodia. The final scene, with the camera pulling away from a military funeral in a small country church graveyard, snow falling, to the tune of "So This Is Christmas". I still get tears in my eyes every time I hear the song, thinking of this episode."


"I remember an episode where Murray devised this lie-detector that played the song "Do-wa-Ditty" each time anyone told a fib. I don't remember the specifics of the plot, but that particular scene is still fresh in my mind. I laughed so hard that it hurt. I loved this show and would like to see it again."

--The Wiseman

"Joe Penny is a fantastic actor and a big hunk! The show was truly underrated. I would love to see it come back in syndication!"


"My niesce's father was a grip on the show (and even was an extra in one) and I used to watch them film at Redondo Pier during my lunch hour. Was kind of funny watching girls from the barefoot contessa in bikinis in the winter months (how do you act when you are blue?). Wish it was available on DVD."


"Hello, I was listening to Christmas music this evening and I heard "So This Is Christmas" and I immediately thought of Riptide and an episode but I couldn't remember the name of it. Finally, after searching on the internet, I found the name of it. Home For Christmas. It is probably my favorite show/movie about the holidays. I remember the first time I saw it and I cried for days after seeing it. I am so hoping that I can find a recording of it so I can show it to my son. That type of programing is becoming a rare treat. If anyone can help me find one, please let me know."


"I am a teacher of English from Germany, just turned 26. So, when RIPTIDE (Trio mit vier Fäusten) first came on German television, I was 7 years old. I was allowed to watch the guys' adventures because -even though people were shot at or died- there was no blood, no brutality in this show. And at the base of it all, there was the wonderful concept of friendship.

Life has changed a lot since 1985. The wall is gone, and life on the whole has become faster, harder . . . . I, too, have changed. But I still adore the series. It is hard to say which episode is my favourite. The Christmas episode IS brilliant. It has a certain depth quite uncommon of TV series. But I think I definitely go for the strong friendhip episodes, like "Who really watches the sunset?, " or the episode, in which Nick and Cody join a baseball team. I really love the fact that the series not only tell a story (a case), but give this emotional background. I also used to be into Simon and Simon and The Scarecrow and Mrs King (Agentin mit Herz), but they do not mean as much to me today as they used to. I still enjoy watching the old videos of RIPTIDE."


"A action detective show based on two buddies who run a boat tour and helicopter tour who are also private detectives who realize they need an edge in modern crime fighting. So they recruit an old friend who was the Bill Gates type of computer whiz. The show was fun, featuring a pink helicopter, fast boats, a '59 hotrod Corvette, and an orange robot that kept falling off the boat into the water.

How could it go wrong?"

--R Randall

"I was roughly 12 years old when the TV Series "Riptide", created by Stephen J. Cannell & Frank Lupo first aired. Even today I remember that show and still view my VHS tapes from 1984-1986. My favorite episode is "The Curse Of The Mary Aberdeen". I Believe it was aired around Halloween, although I do not recall precisely. The main villain was a well known actor, I do not know his name, but the show was suspenseful & eery.

During this episode, the main characters, Cody Allen (Perry King), Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) & Boz (Thom Bray) are hired to investigate the mysterious curse and location of an old yacht last known as the "Mary Aberdeen." Upon investigation they discover that the ship is actually their own yacht, the Riptide which is where they live an operate from. The man who has hired tham is actually a professional magician who has used magic to mislead our private detectives so he can snoop about their boat and try and to find a missing map.

Throughout the entire episode their are a family (a father & two sons) who we discover are the true villains. Apparently they took part in a murder long ago of an associate of the man who hired the boys to investigate this boat.

In the end, all turns out well, as with most Awesome80s sitcoms based on PI's. Many Car chases, crash scenes, Boat chases and helicopter pursuits. Overall, the story was very well written with intrigue and a lot of mystery for a youngster who still remembers it in 2005! I only wish this series had made it to DVD or even VHS for that matter, but I don't believe it ever did. Unfortunately, even the re-runs are not aired. I sure wish TBS, USA or TNT would pick this one up so I could watch it again!!

Living in vintage memories!"

--Mike from Jersey



Aired: January 3, 1984 - April 18, 1986

Cast: Perry King, Joe Penny, Thom Bray

Network: NBC

Genre: Detective Drama

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