Riptide 40 years old


Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from December 3, 1983 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray. Riptide was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell, and produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions in the wake of Magnum PI's success. 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.


Joe Penny
Joe Penny

Nick Ryder

Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston

Sherry Meyers

Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis

Andrew Fitzsimmons Carlton III

Ken Olandt
Ken Olandt

Kirk Dooley

Gianni Russo
Gianni Russo


Anne Francis
Anne Francis

Mama Jo


Name Character
Joe Penny He was 27 , now 67 years old as Nick Ryder
Kelly Preston She was 21 , 57 years old when she died as Sherry Meyers
Richard Lewis He was 36 , 71 years old when he died as Andrew Fitzsimmons Carlton III
Ken Olandt He was 25 , now 66 years old as Kirk Dooley
Gianni Russo He was 40 , now 80 years old as Straightaway
Anne Francis She was 53 , 80 years old when she died as Mama Jo
June Chadwick She was 32 , now 72 years old as Lt. Joanna Parisi
Perry King He was 35 , now 76 years old as Cody Allen
Marsha Warfield She was 29 , now 70 years old as Max
Jack Ging He was 52 , now 92 years old as Lt. Theodore Quinlan
Thom Bray He was 29 , now 70 years old as Dr. Murray Bozinsky


Name Job title
Riptide poster
Riptide (40 years)


  • First Air Date: 1984-01-03
  • Runtime: [48] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 58