Last month Kirk bought the whole first season on DVD. He just couldn't resist his childhood appeal of a show with a yacht, a speedboat, a helicopter AND a ro-boz.
I was about 12 when Riptide aired so for me I mostly watched it to see Perry King. At that time, I regularly crushed on Dirk Benedict (A-team), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Lee Horsley (Matt Houston), Jon-Erik Hexum (Voyagers & Cover Up), Bruce Willis (Moonlighting), Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.), Scott Baio (Charles in Charge), Daniel Kelly (Hardcastle and McCormick) and Jason Bateman (It's Your Move). Man, I know that last one seems out of place but Jason Bateman was pretty close to my age, and in that show he was a total brat, so I totally went for him like the crushing retard I was.
That is until 21 Jump Street in 1987. For many years to come, it was all about Johnny. Sigh.