The cases of a private investigations agency run by three Vietnam War veterans, armed with toughness, their own helicopter, and the third's technical ability.
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Series cast summary:
Perry King ...  Cody Allen 56 episodes, 1984-1986
Joe Penny ...  Nick Ryder 56 episodes, 1984-1986
Thom Bray ...  Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky 56 episodes, 1984-1986
Jack Ging ...  Lt. Ted Quinlan 30 episodes, 1984-1985


Three vietnam veterans (Nick Ryder, Cody Allen and Murray Bozinsky) now work as private eyes in sunny southern California. Nick and Cody are the muscles and Murray is a computer wizard of the trio and together they solve even the hardest cases. Written by Harald Mayr <>

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No Case is Too Hot to Solve!


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Jack Ging, who plays the tough-as-nails Lt. Quinlan, also played the equally mean and menacing general "bull" Fullbright on "The A-Team," another Stephen J. Canell show. See more »

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Riptide was our generation's Dragnet
16 August 2005 | by pmartinsenSee all my reviews

Sure, there was Magnum PI, the A-Team, Remington Steele and Simon & Simon, but to get your PI fix you had to get with Riptide. No show during the PI era captured our imagination and entertained our wit better than Riptide. You know all those personal slave robots we were promised way back in the 1980's? It's here on Riptide. Ever wanted to be a freelance PI living on a yacht, driving a convertible vette', scoring with the Cali beach chicks and running a chopper around Southern California? It's all here. In this show we see the immortal and genius acting of Perry King. We see Joe Penny before he was Jake next to the Fatman. We see Thom Bray before he fell off the face of the earth or joined a cult and changed his name to Sunflower. This was absolutely my favorite show when I was 14, and when you're 14 your favorite show means something to you. You identify with it, you even kind of embody it. Riptide was for the discerning PI fan whereas A-Team was for moronic, mindless action-junkies infatuated with Mr. T. Only chicks watched Magnum, and Simon & Simon was but a mere blip on the PI radar. When will Hollywood realize I will never pay $75 for the Full House DVD but will gladly part with the funds for my childhood?

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3 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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