History Series / Baywatch

25th Jun '16 11:41:29 AM Prfnoff
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'''''Baywatch''''' was a [[LongRunner long-running (1989-2001)]] American television series about a group of fictional ocean lifeguards [[note]]''Baywatch'' is actually the name of the red and white rescue boat class that have been used by LA County lifeguards for many years. In the show, they were replaced with the yellow Scarab speedboats in the second season. But in real-life, the Baywatch rescue boats are still the primary rescue boats[[/note]]. A {{Rescue}} show with [[SoapOpera soap-operatic elements]], mixed with [[ActionSeries action]], [[RomanceArc romance]], [[DramaTropes domestic drama]], [[DetectiveDrama occasionally crime]], and the [[{{Fanservice}} ever-present PG-rated Fanservice]] into an hour of "wish you were here" [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} beautiful Southern California]] (for the first 9 seasons) and UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}} (last 2 seasons) locales. The show was created by Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk and Gregory Bonann, the latter of whom was a real-life [[Usefulnotes/LosAngeles Los Angeles County]] lifeguard: the basic premise and the storylines of many episodes were often based on rescues he and his colleagues had made.

On 23 April 1989, the PilotMovie '''''Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier''''' aired on Creator/{{NBC}}. However, ''Baywatch'' was cancelled by NBC after its initial season (1989-90) on network television. The co-creators and lead actor Creator/DavidHasselhoff bought back the rights to make more episodes for a mere $100. Hasselhoff’s stardom in Germany at the time (due to ''Series/KnightRider'', as well as his [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff singing career]]) brought the producers $300,000 in advance for every episode. The show's setting also provided ample opportunity for ProductPlacement of swimwear, sportswear and motor vehicles. Independently financed, the show went into its second season (1991-92) in first-run UsefulNotes/{{syndication}} and proved to be insanely popular, particularly overseas: and as America's top television export in the [=1990s=], ''Baywatch'' was seen in 140 countries by over one billion viewers each week, as estimated by [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]. The show's amazing international popularity led Entertainment Weekly to proclaim ''Baywatch'' as "The Most Popular Television Series in the History of the Planet" in an October 1993 cover story.

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'''''Baywatch''''' ''Baywatch'' was a [[LongRunner long-running (1989-2001)]] American television series about a group of fictional ocean lifeguards [[note]]''Baywatch'' is actually the name of the red and white rescue boat class that have been used by LA County lifeguards for many years. In the show, they were replaced with the yellow Scarab speedboats in the second season. But in real-life, the Baywatch rescue boats are still the primary rescue boats[[/note]]. A {{Rescue}} show with [[SoapOpera soap-operatic elements]], mixed with [[ActionSeries action]], [[RomanceArc romance]], [[DramaTropes domestic drama]], [[DetectiveDrama occasionally crime]], and the [[{{Fanservice}} ever-present PG-rated Fanservice]] into an hour of "wish you were here" [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} beautiful Southern California]] (for the first 9 seasons) and UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}} (last 2 seasons) locales. The show was created by Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk and Gregory Bonann, the latter of whom was a real-life [[Usefulnotes/LosAngeles Los Angeles County]] lifeguard: the basic premise and the storylines of many episodes were often based on rescues he and his colleagues had made.

On 23 April 1989, the PilotMovie '''''Baywatch: ''Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier''''' Pier'' aired on Creator/{{NBC}}. However, ''Baywatch'' was cancelled by NBC after its initial season (1989-90) on network television. The co-creators and lead actor Creator/DavidHasselhoff bought back the rights to make more episodes for a mere $100. Hasselhoff’s stardom in Germany at the time (due to ''Series/KnightRider'', as well as his [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff singing career]]) brought the producers $300,000 in advance for every episode. The show's setting also provided ample opportunity for ProductPlacement of swimwear, sportswear and motor vehicles. Independently financed, the show went into its second season (1991-92) in first-run UsefulNotes/{{syndication}} and proved to be insanely popular, particularly overseas: and as America's top television export in the [=1990s=], ''Baywatch'' was seen in 140 countries by over one billion viewers each week, as estimated by [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]. The show's amazing international popularity led Entertainment Weekly to proclaim ''Baywatch'' as "The Most Popular Television Series in the History of the Planet" in an October 1993 cover story.
21st Jun '16 2:57:41 AM SnowHesher
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An [[Film/{{Baywatch}} upcoming new action-comedy movie adaptation]] is slated to be released in 2017 starring Wrestling/DwayneJohnson as Mitch Buchannon, Creator/AlexandraDaddario as Summer Quinn and Creator/ZacEfron as Matt Brody. Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are said to have {{Remake Cameo}}s.

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An [[Film/{{Baywatch}} upcoming new action-comedy movie adaptation]] is slated to be released in 2017 starring Wrestling/DwayneJohnson as Mitch Buchannon, Creator/AlexandraDaddario as Summer Quinn Quinn, Kelly Rohrbach as C.J. Parker, and Creator/ZacEfron as Matt Brody. Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are said to have {{Remake Cameo}}s.
24th May '16 10:59:42 PM Chubzhac
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* OscarBait: Baywatch has the distinction of being the longest running show to never win an Emmy and, despite what Pamela Anderson says, this isn't from a lack of trying. The series is littered with two-parters and {{Very Special Episode}}s about characters getting cancer, getting crippled or something that makes for dramatic storytelling. These episodes failed because they were often clumsily written, had awkward product placement, and they usually featured a cheesy subplot such as fighting jewel thieves or mafia gangsters.
13th May '16 2:37:56 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Stephanie has a fear of helicopters, as shown in "Trading Places" when assigned to an exchange program with the UsefulNotes/CoastGuard. The reason? Her father was killed in a helicopter crash in TheVietnamWar.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Stephanie has a fear of helicopters, as shown in "Trading Places" when assigned to an exchange program with the UsefulNotes/CoastGuard. The reason? Her father was killed in a helicopter crash in TheVietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
1st May '16 11:35:35 AM tropeminer
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Although some people may argue that the show was already a parody of itself, ''Baywatch'' has been parodied quite a lot. Most of its parodies boiled down to the slow motion scenes, the bounce, and the inconsistent acting. While most parodies were one-shots in other series, one series was a dedicated parody: ''Series/{{Son of the Beach}}''.

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Although some people may argue that the show was already [[SelfParody a parody of itself, itself]], ''Baywatch'' has been parodied quite a lot. Most of its parodies boiled down to the slow motion scenes, the bounce, and the inconsistent acting. While most parodies were one-shots in other series, one series was a dedicated parody: ''Series/{{Son of the Beach}}''.
1st May '16 11:34:16 AM tropeminer
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* {{Fanservice}}: Oh yes, practically the sole reason for the show's popularity and existence. So much so that it has the FanNickname of "Babewatch."

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* {{Fanservice}}: Oh yes, practically the sole reason for the show's popularity and existence. So much so that it has the FanNickname of "Babewatch.""Babewatch" as well as "Poor Man's Porn".
26th Apr '16 11:21:50 PM tropeminer
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An [[Film/{{Baywatch}} upcoming new action-comedy movie]] is slated to be released in 2017 starring Creator/DwayneJohnson as Mitch Buchannon, Creator/AlexandraDaddario as Summer Quinn and Creator/ZacEfron as Matt Brody. Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are said to have {{Remake Cameo}}s.

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An [[Film/{{Baywatch}} upcoming new action-comedy movie]] movie adaptation]] is slated to be released in 2017 starring Creator/DwayneJohnson Wrestling/DwayneJohnson as Mitch Buchannon, Creator/AlexandraDaddario as Summer Quinn and Creator/ZacEfron as Matt Brody. Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are said to have {{Remake Cameo}}s.
26th Apr '16 11:15:32 PM tropeminer
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->''"Can't, you see, that I am in love, with you? You, your pool, the whole thing?"''
-->--'''Ryan Stiles''', parodying the inconsistent acting in ''Baywatch'' on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''



An [[Film/{{Baywatch}} upcoming new action-comedy movie]] is slated to be released in 2017 starring Creator/DwayneJohnson as Mitch Buchannon, Creator/AlexandraDaddario as Summer Quinn and Creator/ZacEfron as Matt Brody. Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are said to have {{Remake Cameo}}s.



* YouLookFamiliar:
** Richard Jaeckel played Mitch's old mentor who dies in the PilotMovie; and starting in the 2nd season, Lieutenant (later Captain) Ben Edwards.
** Nancy Valen had a small part in the PilotMovie, many years before getting cast as Captain Samantha Thomas in the 7th season.
** Jeff Altman first appears as Fred Rachins, a guy who wants to be a lifeguard, in "The Drowning Pool", then as a man on his honeymoon in "Lifeguards Can't Jump", but later appears as a completely different character, a Hollywood movie producer, in "Rescue Bay". He later appears in "Scorcher", playing secret service agent Dudley Dawson, and AGAIN in three 1998 episodes, playing medical supply salesman Ed Symes. Sure are a lot of guys running around L.A. that look exactly like the same man, aren't there?
** Similarly, Jennifer Campbell first appeared as a biker named Jessie Majors in "Point Doom", before later being the third actress to portray Neely.
** And Kelly Packard played two different girls on two separate two-parters (in 1991 and 1995) before landing the role of April in 1997.
** Alexandra Paul returned in "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding", but not as Stephanie (for obvious reasons).
** John O'Hurley played Fred Adler the dockmaster in "Masquerade", and later played Bill Cooper in "Red Wind". He also appeared as a villain in the ''Baywatch Nights'' episode "Bad Blades".
** Heather Campbell, who played Neely for one episode, later appeared in ''Baywatch Nights'' as a phone sex operator.
** Carmen Electra played a character named Candy in an episode of ''Baywatch Nights'' before playing Lani in ''Baywatch'' proper.
3rd Apr '16 3:58:14 PM SnowHesher
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* HelloNurse: In ''Hawaiian Wedding'' there's a rather funny scene where C.J. is sunbathing in a very skimpy bikini, and the camera then pans over to a group of several men openly ogling her as though they've never seen anything more sexy in their lives.
27th Mar '16 12:58:57 PM SnowHesher
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* GenreShift: The television series was a drama (albeit a campy one with lots of fan service), but the 2016 ''Baywatch'' film is going to be an R-rated comedy.

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* GenreShift: The television series was a drama (albeit a campy one with lots of fan service), but the 2016 2017 ''Baywatch'' film is going to be an R-rated comedy.
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