Thunder in Paradise

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Thunder in Paradise
Created by Michael Berk
Douglas Schwartz
Gregory J. Bonann
Ending theme
Composers John D'Andrea
Cory Lerios
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producers
  • Michael Berk
  • Douglas Schwartz
  • Terry "Hulk" Hogan
  • Gregory J. Bonann
Running time45 minutes
Production companiesBerk/Schwartz/Bonann Productions
Rysher Entertainment
Trimark Pictures
DistributorRysher Entertainment
Trimark Pictures (episodes 1–2, 6–7, and 17–18)
Original network Syndication
Original releaseMarch 25 (1994-03-25) 
November 27, 1994 (1994-11-27)

Thunder in Paradise is an American action-adventure film TV series from the creators of Baywatch, which stars Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, and Carol Alt. This first-run syndicated TV series originally premiered as a direct-to-video feature film in September 1993, then ran for one season from March 25 until November 27, 1994, before being cancelled. [1] In May 1994, during a taping of WCW Saturday Night , Hogan publicly expressed a desire to return to professional wrestling and hinted that he would no longer be a part of the show. [2] The series was later rebroadcast on the TNT cable network.


Series concept

Thunder in Paradise follows the adventures of two ex-United States Navy SEALs, Randolph J. "Hurricane" Spencer and Martin "Bru" Brubaker, who work as mercenaries out of their tropical resort headquarters along Florida's Gulf Coast of the United States. Using their futuristic, high-tech boat, nicknamed Thunder, they travel around the world fighting various criminals and villains. They must also balance their dangerous undercover work with their responsibilities of raising widower Spencer's young stepdaughter Jessica, who lives with them.

Former model Kelly LaRue, who owns and manages the Scuttlebutt Bar & Grill on the beach in front of the resort, looks after Jessica whenever Spence and Bru go on their missions. Kelly also serves as a romantic foil for Bru. Edward Whitaker, Jessica's uncle, owns the beach resort and makes semi-regular appearances in the series, primarily for comic relief.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast


It's 1990s television for action fans who can't handle the subtle nuances of "Baywatch Nights." It's stupid, sexist, and embarrassing, but oh, how much fun it is.

Cornelius admits to giving the series a higher rating than usual, and selectively recommends it but warns "Those not so fond of Bad Movie fun, meanwhile, should obviously Skip It." [6] In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked it as the "cheesiest" syndicated TV series. [7]

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No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Thunder in Paradise" Douglas Schwartz Story by: Douglas Schwartz & Michael Berk
Teleplay by: Michael Berk
March 25, 1994 (1994-03-25)