1984 - 1986, Crime, Drama
Two beach bums and army friend become private detectives.

Episode Guide

  • Riptide - Echoes (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:


    Nick's suspicions that a man convicted of murder may have been framed lead the detectives to a remote town with its own brand of justice.

  • Riptide - If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

    Bickering TV co-stars seek to add realism to their TV-detective roles by asking Nick, Boz and Cody to bring them along on a real case.

  • Riptide - Chapel of Glass (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Chapel of Glass

    The detectives have the unhappy task of telling Lt. Parisi that her fiance (Vincent Baggetta) is involved in government bid tampering.

  • Riptide - Dead Men Don't Floss (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Dead Men Don't Floss

    After a magazine piece credits Nick as the brains behind the Riptide agency, the trio competes for the title of most valuable detective.

  • Riptide - The Play's the Thing (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    The Play's the Thing

    The detectives join a scavenger hunt when Boz's friend Gloria finds a slain professor's notes on an unpublished Shakespearean manuscript.

  • Riptide - Playing Hardball (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Playing Hardball

    Owners of a minor-league baseball club hire the detectives to identify a suspected drug dealer on the team.

  • Riptide - The Pirate and the Princess (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    The Pirate and the Princess

    A wealthy adventurer (César Romero) hires the detectives to help him recover a legendary 17th-century sunken treasure; guest Ava Lazar.

  • Riptide - Smiles We Left Behind (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Smiles We Left Behind

    Cody and old flame Janet (Jane Badler) find they have a mutual interest in locating the missing cousin of Cody's client.

  • Riptide - Smiles We Left Behind (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Smiles We Left Behind

    In San Francisco trying to find a friend's missing cousin, Cody rekindles a romance with his college sweetheart, Janet (Jane Badler), a government employee whom he later recruits to help him find his elusive quarry.

  • Riptide - The Frankie Kahana Show (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Frankie Kahana Show

    Though Hawaiian crooner Frankie Kahana's act falls short of spectacular, the detectives consider the mob's execution plans extreme.

  • Riptide - Wedding Bell Blues (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Wedding Bell Blues

    Marriage-minded Andrew Carlton III hires Nick, Cody and Boz to find a billboard model, unaware that she is a crime kingpin's daughter.

  • Riptide - A Matter of Policy (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    A Matter of Policy

    Nick and the niece (Kim Darby) of a dead man face losing sizable inheritances when an insurance company claims that the man was murdered.

  • Riptide - Lady Killer (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Lady Killer

    The detectives try to prevent newly engaged Lt. Parisi (June Chadwick) from being the next victim of a serial killer who targets brides.

  • Riptide - Home for Christmas (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Home for Christmas

    The father (James Whitmore) of a soldier killed in training claims that the body, which Nick escorted home, does not belong to his son.

  • Riptide - Requiem for Icarus (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Requiem for Icarus

    The detectives cross the border in the Screamin' Mimi to rescue an air-traffic controller (Clu Gulager) from an alien-smuggling ring.

  • Riptide - Robin and Marian (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Robin and Marian

    The Roboz is one of the items pilfered by a would-be Robin Hood, bringing Nick, Cody and Boz into a case of counterfeiting and abduction.

  • Riptide - Still Goin' Steady (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Still Goin' Steady

    Nick and Cody try to defend love-struck Boz from a conniver (Kay Lenz) who wants the computer wizard to design a solar-powered car.

  • Riptide - Who Really Watches the Sunset? (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Who Really Watches the Sunset?

    A reporter (Darleen Carr) hires the detectives when she links the deaths of several scientists to the development of a food additive.

  • Riptide - The Bargain Department (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Bargain Department

    Nick stubbornly resists the tempting offer of a huge security corporation to purchase the Riptide Detective Agency; guest Robert Walker.

  • Riptide - Does Not Compute (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Does Not Compute

    Quinlan is forced to consult the detectives when a city councilman's (Larry Linville) credit rating is destroyed by computer wizardry.

  • Riptide - Thirty-Six Hours 'Til Dawn (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Thirty-Six Hours 'Til Dawn

    The detectives agree to escort a government witness (Cristina Raines), a crime boss's estranged wife, from Mexico to the United States.

  • Riptide - Wipe Out (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Wipe Out

    An anonymous note concerning a 20-year-old surfing accident prompts Cody, Nick and Boz to call on a 1960s singing star (Richard Hatch).

  • Riptide - Harmony and Grits (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Harmony and Grits

    A harmony-seminar visit finds the detectives brawling with a participant (Lyle Alzado) and agreeing to investigate a newlywed engineer.

  • Riptide - Arrivederci, Baby (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Arrivederci, Baby

    Cody fends off culprits in a mini-submarine while investigating an oceanographer's (César Romero) report of a deep-sea toxic-waste dump.

  • Riptide - Fuzzy Vision (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Fuzzy Vision

    The detectives find big trouble in a small town when Cody suffers from mistaken identity and the whole trio winds up suspected of murder.

  • Riptide - The Twisted Cross (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    The Twisted Cross

    Dooley infiltrates a boys military camp to rescue a cadet from his father, a radical who plans to send his charges on a suicide mission.

  • Riptide - Polly Want an Explanation (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Polly Want an Explanation

    The detectives are tricked by a Vietnam War buddy who claims the CIA wants to prevent him from publishing an expose on the government.

  • Riptide - Girls Night Out (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Girls Night Out

    Two housewives (Lenore Kasdorf, Belinda Montgomery) use Boz's computer gadget to execute several burglaries in a prosperous neighborhood.

  • Riptide - Oil Bets Are Off (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Oil Bets Are Off

    Nick, Cody and Boz use electronics to infiltrate a heavily armed gambling yacht linked to the murder of Boz's friend, a noted geologist.

  • Riptide - Boz Busters (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Boz Busters

    Cody and Nick suspect kidnapping when they discover that the job for which Boz left the agency is with a non-existent electronics firm.

  • Riptide - The Curse of the Mary Aberdeen (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    The Curse of the Mary Aberdeen

    Cody, Nick and Boz wind up back where they started after a mysterious man (Richard Lynch) sends them on a search for a haunted old boat.

  • Riptide - Baxter and Boz (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Baxter and Boz

    An appreciative gesture from a multimillionaire genius (John Astin) makes Boz the recipient of a recently developed attack helicopter.

  • Riptide - Prisoner of War (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Prisoner of War

    Nick searches King Harbor's back streets for his troubled girlfriend (Nancy Stafford), who has ignited a fierce battle between two pimps.

  • Riptide - Gams People Play (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Gams People Play

    The director (Bill Macy) of the annual Miss King Harbor Beauty Pageant hires the trio to uncover who has been threatening a competitor.

  • Riptide - Catch a Fallen Star (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Catch a Fallen Star

    Cody, Nick and Boz aid a former Hollywood screen star after her escape from the asylum where she had been held for more than 50 years.

  • Riptide - Riptide (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:


    While under cover at a Malibu club, Nick, Cody and Boz learn that an old friend working as a club lifeguard may be involved in extortion.

  • Riptide - Peter Pan Is Alive and Well (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Peter Pan Is Alive and Well

    While under cover at a Malibu club, Nick, Cody and Boz learn that an old friend working as a club lifeguard may be involved in extortion.

  • Riptide - It's a Vial Sort of Business (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    It's a Vial Sort of Business

    Dooley's prior involvement with a racetrack syndicate could jeopardize the life of the would-be actor the detectives were hired to find.

  • Riptide - Be True to Your School (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Be True to Your School

    While accompanying Nick to a high-school reunion, Cody and Boz discover Nick's former football teammates are involved in drug-running.

  • Riptide - Father's Day (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Father's Day

    A priest (Robert Logan) brings a baby girl to Nick, Cody and Boz in hopes that the detectives can locate the infant's threatened mother.

  • Riptide - Beat the Box (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Beat the Box

    Cody and Nick use Murray's lie-detector to crack a tough case of an author who killed himself just prior to a scheduled TV appearance.

  • Riptide - Mirage (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Part-time teacher Murray hires Nick and Cody to protect him after he falls for a student who happens to be the wife of a volatile tycoon.

  • Riptide - Catch of the Day (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Catch of the Day

    A fisherman asks Nick, Cody and Boz to investigate a tale of murder after police dismiss him because he claims a mermaid was involved.

  • Riptide - The Orange Grove (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Orange Grove

    Cody, Nick and Boz re-enlist in the Army to determine whether their former commander (Gerald S. O'Loughlin) is guilty of drug smuggling.

  • Riptide - Where the Girls Are (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Where the Girls Are

    Cody, Nick and Boz join forces with dockworker Kirk "The Dool" Dooley (Ken Olandt) to prevent the kidnapping of three wealthy coeds.

  • Riptide - Something Fishy (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Something Fishy

    Boz and Nick both fall for the same beautiful dolphin-trainer, whose charges become implicated as accomplices in a drug-smuggling scheme.

  • Riptide - Raiders of the Lost Sub (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Raiders of the Lost Sub

    Murray's brilliant sister (Geena Davis), Melba, convinces the detectives to help her find a sunken, gold-laden World War II submarine.

  • Riptide - Double Your Pleasure (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Double Your Pleasure

    Cody agrees to help his most recent girlfriend (Marta Du Bois) find her missing sister, who is supposedly fleeing from organized crime.

  • Riptide - Long Distance Daddy (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Long Distance Daddy

    Two Cambodian orphans stow away on a jet to visit their American sponsor, Nick, only to be marked for death after witnessing a murder.

  • Riptide - No. 1 With a Bullet (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    No. 1 With a Bullet

    A simple assignment to deliver flowers to a dead rock singer's hospitalized partner puts the detectives in the middle of a musical scam.

  • Riptide - Four Eyes (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Four Eyes

    Nick and Cody compete with a pair of private eyes (Stepfanie Kramer, D.D. Howard) to help a woman framed for the murder of her husband.

  • Riptide - The Hard Case (There Goes the Neighborhood) (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Hard Case (There Goes the Neighborhood)

    While trying to rescue an old girlfriend, Nick and Cody become embroiled in a bizarre investigation involving murder and kidnapping.

  • Riptide - Diamonds Are for Never (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Diamonds Are for Never

    Nick and Cody race to rescue Boz and their client, a diabetic stewardess, held hostage by a killer desperate to retrieve stolen diamonds.

  • Riptide - The Mean Green Love Machine (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Mean Green Love Machine

    A friend of Nick and Cody's hires the detectives to help find her father, who vanished in Mexico while looking for his kidnapped wife.

  • Riptide - Hatchet Job (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Hatchet Job

    An escaped mental patient asks Cody, Nick and Boz to find her boyfriend's murderer -- who just might be the unbalanced client herself.

  • Riptide - Somebody's Killing the Great Geeks of America (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Somebody's Killing the Great Geeks of America

    Nick and Cody work to rescue a lovely executive analyst held captive by an assassin responsible for the deaths of two of her co-workers.

  • Riptide - Conflict of Interest (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Conflict of Interest

    An old girlfriend (Kristen Meadows) seeks Nick and Cody's help after she overhears her husband plotting to murder a police lieutenant.

  • Riptide - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    Nick and Cody's search for the sunken remains of a charter boat puts them in conflict with a mob kingpin (Robert Viharo).

  • Riptide - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Detectives Cody Allen (Perry King) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) take the case of the survivor of a charter boat explosion.