Home Television Drama Riptide


1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 6 (USA)
56 x 60 minute episodes

Three Vietnam veteran army buddies – Cody Allen (Perry King), Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) and Murray ‘Boz’ Bozinsky (Thom Bray) – were private detectives who ran the Pier 56 Detective Agency and lived on Cody’s trawler, the Riptide, docked at Pier 56 in King’s Harbor, a Southern California marina.

They also had a Corvette, a speedboat named the Ebbtide and an ageing helicopter called the ‘Screaming Mimi’ – a bulky Sikorsky painted pink with a gaping mouth on the front.

Cody and Nick were hunks while Boz was a likeable nerd and a computer whiz. Together, the three of them tackled cases that invariably involved high-speed chases, explosions, and beautiful girls in bikinis.

‘The Dool’ (Ken Olandt) was a dock boy who occasionally did some of the legwork for the trio.

The Riptide was moored next to a charter cruise ship – the Barefoot Contessa – owned by Mama Jo (Anne Francis) and staffed by an all-girl crew of lithe beauties with names like Tami, Bambi and Brandy.

Cody Allen
Perry King
Nick Ryder
Joe Penny
Murray ‘Boz’ Bozinsky
Thom Bray
Lt. Ted Quinlan
Jack Ging
Mama Jo
Anne Francis
Kirk ‘The Dool’ Dooley
Ken Olandt
Lt. Joanna Parisi
June Chadwick