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
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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 <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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No Case is Too Hot to Solve!


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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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Trio mit vier Fäusten See more »

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(58 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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This was one of three TV series partly influenced by the success of the theatrical movie Blue Thunder (1983). Like Airwolf (1984) on CBS and Blue Thunder (1984) on ABC, "Riptide" initially featured prominent use of a helicopter; although whereas those other two instances portrayed super-slick hi-tech choppers, the "Riptide" helicopter ('The Screaming Mimi') was clunky and old, and had trouble just staying in the sky. Prominant featuring of the helicopter was somewhat dropped later in favor of more standard private-eye car chases and such. See more »

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The best of "the Buddy Show Era"
20 July 2005 | by dpowers25See all my reviews

In the 80's private investigators ruled the airwaves. Magnum, Simon&Simon, Remington Steele, Matt Houston and even Knight Rider could be considered a detective show, but this was the best of the era. The characters of Nick Ryder played by Joe Penny, Cody Allen played by Perry King, and Murray Bozinski played by Thom Bray were huge role models for me. I was in my mid teens when this show was on {3 seasons on The NBC network Jan. 84- Aug of 86} The friendship these guys shared from serving in Vietnam to working together in their own private investigator business was something that everybody wanted, lifelong friendships. The show performed very well in the ratings it's first two seasons Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm following The A-Team, but was killed by Moonligthing in the 85-86 season. To this day I dis-like Bruce Willis for that. I think NBC gave up on Riptide way to early because the re-runs of Riptide ran on The USA network with very good success for three years 86-89, and Riptide's successors on NBC, Crimestory, and JJ Starbuck were not very good Television. I just hope that someday soon this great show will be released on DVD


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