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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 3, 1984
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Ken Olandt, Thom Bray, Perry King
  • Summary: Cody Allen and Nick Ryder are two long-time friends who had served together in Vietnam.

    Their Private Investigation business was based on Cody's boat, The Riptide, in King Harbour, Los Angeles.

    In the Pilot adventure, faced with their first big case, they decided to recruit another
    old pal from 'Nam, the bespectacled, rather nerdish but much likeable electronics genius Murray "Boz" Bozinsky. Along with his hoard of computer equipment, Murray had developed a strange-looking orange robot called "The Roboz", which had numerous unpredictable bugs but occasionally proved useful. Vehicle-wise, beyond the Riptide itself, the trio had an array of transport, including Nick's ancient, pink Sikorsky S-58T helicopter "The Screaming Mimi", which had a huge gaping mouth painted on the front, and had habit of cutting out at just the wrong moment; The Ebb-Tide - Cody's speed boat; Nick's classic Corvette; and most commonly, Cody's GMC Jimmy truck. Their investigations into cases often found them treading on the toes of Lt. Ted Quinlan, who saw them as nothing but trouble-makers. As the series progressed, Quinlan's tolerance of the trio gradually grew, albeit very slightly, and they several times co-operated to solve a case. Quinlan met his demise at the end of the third season episode Requiem For Icarus; afterwhich the trio's new police contact was the much more co-operative Lt. Joanna Parisi, introduced in Lady Killer. ======================== CREW: Directed by Chuck Bowman Bob Bralver (as Robert Bralver) Gloryette Clark Dennis Donnelly Richard Forrest Bruce Seth Green Victor Hsu Bruce Kessler Perry King Michael Lange Arnold Laven Guy Magar Kim Manners Tony Mordente Christian I. Nyby II Michael O'Herlihy Michael Preece Robert Sallin Ron Satlof Michael Switzer Michael Vejar James Whitmore Jr. Writing credits (in alphabetical order) James Andronica writer Steve Beers writer Paul Bernbaum writer Tom Blomquist writer (16 episodes) Stephen J. Cannell creator Stephen J. Cannell writer Jim Carlson writer Alan Cassidy writer Babs Greyhosky writer Mark Jones writer Frank Lupo creator Frank Lupo writer Terrence McDonnell writer Terry D. Nelson writer Bill Nuss writer Burt Pearl writer Steven L. Sears writer Original Music by Pete Carpenter Mike Post Cinematography by Ron Vargas Film Editing by John Elias Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Gary LaPoten .... first assistant director Paul Snider .... first assistant director Charles A. Tamburro .... second unit director (as Chuck Tamburro) Sound Department Laurence Abrams .... boom operator Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer William Jacobs .... sound editor Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer Mark Server .... adr mixer (1984) Special Effects by Andrew Miller .... special effects Ken Speed .... special effects assistant Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited) Stunts Rick Avery .... stunts Gretchen Becker .... stunts Clay Boss .... stunts Christopher Doyle .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Doyle) Tom Elliott .... stunts (multiple episodes) Andy Epper .... stunts Jon H. Epstein .... stunts John Gamble .... stunts Alan Gibbs .... stunts Andy Gill .... stunts Andy Gill .... utility stunts Tod Keller .... stunts (as Todd Keller) Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts Gene LeBell .... stunts Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts Eddie Paul .... stunts Sherry Peterson .... stunts Leroy Reed .... stunt driver Kerry Rossall .... stunts Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts (as Jan Schultz) Charles A. Tamburro .... stunt coordinator (as Chuck Tamburro) Other crew Arthur R. Botham .... director of photography: second unit John Burnett .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit, additional photography (1984-1986) Bruce Chudacoff .... location manager Bob Ellis .... transportation captain Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor Jim Marquette .... assistant camera Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer Leroy Reed .... transportation coordinator Nancy Rosing .... production coordinator Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot ==================== Production Companies * Stephen J. Cannell Productions Distributors * National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1984-1986) (USA) (TV) (original airing) ======================= Awards Young Artist Awards 1985 -- Nominated -- Best Young Actor - Guest in a Television Series -- John Louie ======================== SERIES TRIVIA: Bet you didn't know that this was one of three TV series created to cash in on 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. But that aspect was soon dropped in favor of more standard private-eye car chases and such. ============================== Release dates USA -- 3 January 1984 France -- 23 April 1986 UK -- 5 June 1986 ======================= Filming Locations 1. Redondo Beach, California, USA 2. Santa Clarita, California, USA ============================ Released in Germany under the title "Trio mit vier Fäusten" ============================== GERMAN CAST Cody Allen - voice dudded by Thomas Petruo Nick Ryder - voice dubbed by Ulrich Gressieker Murray Bozinsky - voiced dubbed by Wolfgang Ziffer Lt. Ted Quinlan - voice dubbed by Andreas Mannkopf Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
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