The effect of tether-riser dynamics on the response characteristics of deep water tension leg platforms in water depths 900 m and 1800 m under random waves is investigated using a developed nonlinear finite element analysis program in the time-domain. Updated Lagrangian coordinates and incremental iterative solution based on Newmark’s integration scheme are adopted. Linear wave theory is used. Relative velocity form of Morison’s equation is used for estimating the wave forces. Current forces are also included in the analysis. Results are reported in the form of statistical values of responses. The statistical values of responses are found to increase with water depth and significant increase is observed when risers are included.