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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The executives, producers and story editors at NBC all thought a show about lifeguards was a dumb idea with a limited premise. NBC cancelled the show after its first season but the David Hasslehoff and the show's creators were able to continue Baywatch through syndication and with a budget that came from excessive ProductPlacement, all at the cost of proper scripts and not being able to do retakes. Although Baywatch would go on to become one of the most successful shows in the world, NBC can't exactly be called wrong for their lack of faith in the show since [[BestKnownForTheFanservice its success clearly didn't come from good stories or interesting characters.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmauMVxHSds That theme song]](the piano solo is pretty awesome).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3zhMDw_nI and the one on the spin-off]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbS_hYXmbeM "Current of Love"?]]
* BestKnownForTheFanservice:
** Without a doubt, the thing Baywatch is most-remembered for is slow-motion shots of attractive lifeguards (both male and female) running across the beach on their way to rescue a civilian in need.
** Although Baywatch was once the most popular syndicated TV show in the world, it's popularity declined rapidly once home broadband Internet became affordable to the average person. Baywatch served as a [[PoorMansPorn porn substitute]] for people who didn't have access to actual porn.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Newmie, for some, given that there was an official Newmie fanclub back in the day, and even moreso now thanks to ''Creator/AllisonPregler'' and her Baywatching series.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: ''Baywatch Nights'' is rightly ridiculed for adding explicitly supernatural elements to a franchise about ''lifeguards'', but people often ignore that the original show had plenty of ridiculous supernatural elements too. There are several episodes where characters have unexplained precognitive visions, one that ends with an alien abduction, and several involving ghosts.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Why else do you think the series got a complete DVD release (and "Baywatch Nights" too) in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} and not the U.S.?
** It was also extremely popular in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} United Kingdom]] as well. [[NetworkToTheRescue In fact, when NBC canceled the program due to low ratings, London Weekend Television stepped in to help save it.]] At that time, the show had aided Creator/{{ITV}} (London Weekend had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the weekend ITV franchise in London and most of the Home Counties]]) to regain the ratings war from Creator/TheBBC in its time slot.
* HarsherInHindsight: "The Life You Save" features the Baywatch team facing a 25% budget cut, which would of course mean some of the lifeguards would be reduced to working part-time hours. This was in 1994. Watching the episode again today, in the midst of one of the worst financial crises ever, it's eerie how it's even MORE relevant.
* HeReallyCanAct: David Hasslehoff actually gives a pretty powerful performance in the two-part episode "Shattered," but was unfortunately let down by the ludicrous script and the obscene ProductPlacement.
* HilariousInHindsight: "A Little Help" has CJ training for a dancing competition, which doesn't end too well for her. (See WardrobeMalfunction on the main page.) 17 years later, Pamela Anderson competed in the Fall 2012 season of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''...and was the first one eliminated.
* HoYay: Inevitable on a show where most of the men are often hanging around together while shirtless, but the standouts are probably Mitch and Garner. Fans have also joked that despite being in a LoveTriangle with Summer, Matt and Jimmy also had way more chemistry with each other.
* HypeBacklash: While the show was wildly popular across the globe during the '90s, it recently made the #21 spot in TV Guide's Top 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: Pamela Anderson famously stated (paraphrasing) that the show wasn't high art, and wasn't trying to be, so you should just enjoy it for what it is.
--> '''Pamela''': Everyone loved Baywatch. [[SelfDeprecation If the sound was off.]]
* JustHereForGodzilla: Plots? Who cares about the plots or subplots? Just show us the slow-motion shots of the lifeguards running with their boards. And the pecs and bouncing jugs.
* MemeticMutation: Oh, those red lifeguard swimsuits and trunks. And that orange thing they always carry.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Its sexuality actually looks rather quaint and conservative these days.
* SpiritualSuccessor: USA Network's "Pacific Blue". Except the show starred beach cops instead of lifeguards.
* StockFootageFailure: The Season 4 episode "Lover's Cove" reuses footage of a car plunging into the ocean from the Season 2 episode "If Looks Could Kill." The problem? The car crash victim in Season 2 was a murderer who had a wrapped up corpse in her backseat, which still appears in the Season 4 episode.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: When Garner rides his horse in "Sky Rider", the music that accompanies it is suspiciously similar to "William Tell Overture".
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Joey from "Silent Night, Baywatch Night". Doesn't help that Joey is a gender neutral name.
* WhatAnIdiot: How Mitch didn't catch onto Gwen and Mattie being the same person (until it was too late) in "Mirror, Mirror" is beyond belief.
* WheelchairWoobie: Jason in "Shattered".
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