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Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from January 3, 1984 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray.

Riptide
1st season Title Card image
Title Card for the first season
Genre Detective fiction
Created by Stephen J. Cannell
Frank Lupo
Starring Perry King
Joe Penny
Thom Bray
Jack Ging
June Chadwick
Anne Francis (1984 only)
Composer(s) Pete Carpenter
Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 56 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Stephen J. Cannell
Frank Lupo
Babs Greyhosky (Seasons 2 and 3)
Producer(s) Babs Greyhosky (Season 1)
J. Rickley Dumm
Tom Blomquist (Season 3)
Running time 48 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network NBC
Original release January 3, 1984 – August 22, 1986

The series was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell, and produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions in association with Columbia Pictures Television for NBC. The main theme was composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. A mid-season replacement, it debuted as a two-hour TV movie in early 1984. After its cancellation, reruns were aired on the USA Network during the late 1980s.

Contents

PremiseEdit

Cody Allen (Perry King) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) are two former Army buddies who decided to open the Pier 56 Detective Agency (later known as the Riptide Detective Agency) in Los Angeles, California. Realizing that computers and technology play a major role in many investigations, they recruit the help of Murray "Boz" Bozinsky (Thom Bray), a brilliant but nerdy scientist and computer hacker whom they met while serving in the military.

The team operate out of Cody's boat, the Riptide, moored at Pier 56 at King Harbor Marina.[1] The men have several other tools in their fight against crime and injustice. These included Murray's robot, The Roboz (which, unlike most television robots, does not speak); Nick's aging Sikorsky S-58T helicopter, The Screaming Mimi,[2] which Nick occasionally used for his sideline business, aerial harbor tours; and Cody's speedboat, the Ebb Tide. Nick also owns a classic red Chevrolet Corvette and in early episodes Cody drives an orange "Woodie" station wagon which is later replaced by a four-wheel custom GMC Jimmy.

Lt. Quinlan (Jack Ging) is a local police officer who continually harasses the trio. Lt. Parisi, the agency's police contact during the final episodes, is more cooperative. During the first few episodes, Mama Jo (Anne Francis) is the crusty skipper of the Barefoot Contessa, a tourist boat with an all-female crew. Introduced later in the first season is Max, a comedian at a local club. Second season episodes also feature Dooley (Ken Olandt), a dock boy who occasionally assists the team in their escapades.

The show's penultimate episode, "If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em", shows Cody and Nick acting as consultants to a television series that closely resembles and parodies Moonlighting, Riptide's former prime time competition on Tuesday nights.[3] Although local mobsters were depicted in most episodes, some reflected sensitive topics, like corruption among the U.S. Army, high-level cover-ups, and black ops by corporate America. The third season's "Home for Christmas", with a performance by James Whitmore, has a strongly emotional tone.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 3, 1984 (1984-01-03)May 22, 1984 (1984-05-22)
222October 2, 1984 (1984-10-02)May 14, 1985 (1985-05-14)
321October 1, 1985 (1985-10-01)August 22, 1986 (1986-08-22)

Season 1 (1984)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byOriginal air date
11"Riptide"TBAJanuary 3, 1984 (1984-01-03)
22"Conflict of Interest"TBAJanuary 10, 1984 (1984-01-10)
33"Somebody's Killing the Great Geeks of America"TBAJanuary 17, 1984 (1984-01-17)
When an attempt is made on the life of Murray's friend Natalie Kramer (Cindy Pickett) from the high IQ society, the agency investigates, uncovering a larger plot to assassinate U.S. Senator Billings.
44"Hatchet Job"Ron SatlofJanuary 31, 1984 (1984-01-31)
Murray tries to get more involved in the physical elements of the investigations, and while employed by the Pier 56 merchant's association to locate a burglar plaguing the docks, the agency is also hired by an escaped mental patient (Maylo McCaslin) to solve her boyfriend Jack's murder.
55"The Mean Green Love Machine"Guy MagarFebruary 7, 1984 (1984-02-07)
The guys are hired by their old friend and dock neighbor Brandy to help her find her father Lane and his wife Dee-Dee Preston (Mary-Margaret Humes), who've gone missing in Cabo San Lucas.
66"Diamonds Are for Never"Gloryette ClarkFebruary 21, 1984 (1984-02-21)
After witnessing the murder of her friend Arthur Truman, Connie (Kathryn Witt), a flight attendant, encounters Murray in a movie theater and the agency helps her seek out Arthur's archaeologist brother Walter (John Anderson) in Peru, uncovering a diamond smuggling operation in the process.
77"The Hardcase"Victor HsuFebruary 28, 1984 (1984-02-28)
When the agency investigates a suspicious boat that appears in a slip at King Harbor, they find that it's connected to the murder of a doctor, which the police suspect Sherry Meyers (Kelly Preston) of committing. Marsha Warfield appears as a comedian working at Straightaways restaurant, and Paul Gleason as the detective.
88"Four-Eyes"TBAMarch 6, 1984 (1984-03-06)
99"#1 with a Bullet"TBAMarch 20, 1984 (1984-03-20)
1010"Long Distance Daddy"TBAMarch 27, 1984 (1984-03-27)
1111"Double Your Pleasure"TBAApril 3, 1984 (1984-04-03)
1212"Raiders of the Lost Sub"TBAMay 15, 1984 (1984-05-15)
1313"Something Fishy"TBAMay 22, 1984 (1984-05-22)

Season 2 (1984–85)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
141"Where the Girls Are"October 2, 1984 (1984-10-02)
152"The Orange Grove"October 16, 1984 (1984-10-16)
163"Catch of the Day"October 23, 1984 (1984-10-23)
174"Mirage"October 30, 1984 (1984-10-30)
185"Beat the Box"November 13, 1984 (1984-11-13)
196"Father's Day"November 20, 1984 (1984-11-20)
207"Be True to Your School"November 27, 1984 (1984-11-27)
218"It's a Vial Sort of Business"December 4, 1984 (1984-12-04)
229"Peter Pan Is Alive and Well"December 11, 1984 (1984-12-11)
2310"Catch a Fallen Star"December 18, 1984 (1984-12-18)
2411"Gams People Play"January 8, 1985 (1985-01-08)
2512"Prisoner of War"January 15, 1985 (1985-01-15)
2613"Baxter and Boz"January 22, 1985 (1985-01-22)
2714"Curse of the Mary Aberdeen"January 29, 1985 (1985-01-29)
2815"Boz Busters"February 5, 1985 (1985-02-05)
2916"Oil Bets Are Off"February 12, 1985 (1985-02-12)
3017"Girls Night Out"February 19, 1985 (1985-02-19)
3118"Polly Want an Explanation"March 5, 1985 (1985-03-05)
3219"The Twisted Cross"March 12, 1985 (1985-03-12)
3320"Fuzzy Vision"March 19, 1985 (1985-03-19)
3421"Arrivederci, Baby"May 7, 1985 (1985-05-07)
3522"Harmony and Grits"May 14, 1985 (1985-05-14)

Season 3 (1985–86)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
361"Wipe Out"October 1, 1985 (1985-10-01)
372"Thirty-Six Hours Till Dawn"October 22, 1985 (1985-10-22)
383"Does Not Compute"October 29, 1985 (1985-10-29)
394"The Bargain Department"November 5, 1985 (1985-11-05)
405"Who Really Watches the Sunset?"November 12, 1985 (1985-11-12)
416"Still Goin' Steady"November 19, 1985 (1985-11-19)
427"Robin and Marian"December 3, 1985 (1985-12-03)
438"Requiem for Icarus"December 10, 1985 (1985-12-10)
449"Home for Christmas"December 17, 1985 (1985-12-17)
4510"Lady Killer"January 7, 1986 (1986-01-07)
4611"A Matter of Policy"January 14, 1986 (1986-01-14)
4712"The Wedding Bell Blues"January 21, 1986 (1986-01-21)
4813"The Frankie Kahana Show"February 11, 1986 (1986-02-11)
4914"Smiles We Left Behind"February 25, 1986 (1986-02-25)
5015"The Pirate and the Princess"March 7, 1986 (1986-03-07)
5116"Playing Hardball"March 14, 1986 (1986-03-14)
5217"The Play's the Thing"March 21, 1986 (1986-03-21)
5318"Dead Men Don't Floss"April 4, 1986 (1986-04-04)
5419"Chapel of Glass"April 11, 1986 (1986-04-11)
5520"If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em"April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18)
5621"Echoes"August 22, 1986 (1986-08-22)

Home mediaEdit

United StatesEdit

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released a three-disc DVD set of Riptide: The Complete First Season on February 14, 2006, available in the United States only. Although the Sony release includes all of the episodes from the season, many of the opening teasers are missing.

CanadaEdit

Visual Entertainment has released all three seasons of Riptide, available in Canada only. Unlike the U.S. release, all of the opening teasers are intact. However, several episodes have music replaced and sequences edited out due to copyright issues. On October 14, 2008, VEI released Riptide: The Complete Series, a 13-disc box set featuring all 58 episodes of the show.[4] The release was initially scheduled to be released on September 9, 2008, but was delayed for unknown reasons. As of 2013, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print.

DVD name Ep. # Release date
Riptide: The Complete First Season 14 November 7, 2006
Riptide: The Complete Second Season 22 October 30, 2007
Riptide: The Complete Third and Final Season 22 February 12, 2008
Riptide: The Complete Series 58 October 14, 2008

GermanyEdit

In Germany the show is known under the title Trio mit vier Fäusten (Trio with Four Fists).

Universum Films has released all three seasons of Riptide for Germany on May 29, 2009 (Season 1),[5] July 31, 2009 (Season 2)[6] and September 25, 2009 (Season 3).[7]

The DVD sets feature 4:3 Pal, DD 2.0 mono German and English, no teasers, but with a bonus episode of 21 Jump Street (Season 1). The Season 2 boxes will contain an episode not broadcast in Germany, "The Twisted Cross", in English with German subtitles. The German box sets have the original music of the U.S. series, unlike the Canadian box sets 2 and 3.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ King Harbor is located in Redondo Beach, California
  2. ^ Pigasus Press (2005). "Riptide - helicopter TV show review for Rotary Action". rotaryaction.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  3. ^ "Spoofing Around on Riptide", Los Angeles Times, April 16, 1986.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  5. ^ German release of Season 1
  6. ^ German release of Season 2
  7. ^ German release of Season 3 Archived 2015-12-29 at the Wayback Machine.

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