What do you get when you give the guys from Surfside 6 a helicopter and replace one of them (Troy Donahue, as if anyone would tell the difference) with a robot? You get Riptide!
Riptide was the next big Stephen J. Cannell production after his huge success with The A-Team. It was the closest thing to the definition of television being chewing gum for the eyes. Tasty, easy to watch and barely memorable.