Series: Thunder in Paradise

Hulk Hogan and comic relief sidekick use a super-powered transforming powerboat (the CG was just about cool enough for them to use it on the opening titles) to fight crime at sea, Knight Rider style. It worked surprisingly well, really, possibly due to the catchy theme tune.

''Thunder, in par-a-dise!
Messin' with him is like rollin' the dice.
Thunder, in par-a-dise!
Mess with him an' you're playing with your life..."

If you've seen Knight Boat on The Simpsons, you know the concept already.

Tropes featured include:

  • Bigger on the Inside: The 'Thunder' itself.
  • Buried Treasure: The MacGuffin of the pilot.
  • The Cameo: Several wrestler friends of Hogan appear as background characters, including Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Brutus Beefcake, and Jimmy Hart. The latter two are even 2nd & 3rd Best Men his wedding in the pilot.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Spencer calls his daughter to wish her luck on her first school day - while he's in a firefight in the middle of South America. He tries to convince her that the gunfight is a fiesta.
  • Continuity Snarl: In the pilot movie, Jessica is the daughter of Uncle Edward's niece Megan, and thus becomes Spencer's step-daughter. But for the rest of the show's run, Jessica is now retconned to be Spencer's biological daughter.
  • Cool Boat: The 'Thunder'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Spencer, Bru, Kelly, and Uncle Edward.
  • Military Salute: In a flashback, the protagonists are shown sharing a goofy salute with their commanding officer.
  • Name's the Same: Out of universe. During co-star Carol Alt's appearance on Later with Greg Kinnear she mentioned that Sting was guest starring in an upcoming episode. Kinnear reacted as though she meant the musician Sting but she was referring to Sting the wrestler.
  • Marriage of Convenience: see On One Condition.
  • On One Condition: In the Pilot, Megan Whitaker, who has been pining for Spencer, talks him into marrying her, because he needs money to pay off a bank loan and she needs to get married in order to fulfill her father's will's demand.
  • The Other Darrin: Spencer's daughter Jessica is played by Robin Weisman in the pilot movie, and by Ashley Gorrell for the rest of the show's run.
  • Pool Scene: Repeatedly.
  • Spy Satellites: In one episode, one of the heroes looks for a spy satellite nearby to hack into from his Cool Boat, finds one, and acts as a Mission Control for his partner.