* 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 Hasselhoff 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 [[JustifiedTrope 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.]]
** Although in 1994 (during the peak of the show's syndicated popularity), NBC took out an ad in the Hollywood Reporter admitting that they made a mistake when they canceled the show 4 years earlier.
* 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=PK9-XZIu2kg "Save Me"]], the theme song of Season 1, is epic on it's own right.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbS_hYXmbeM "Current of Love"?]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olfPszEk6xI "All My Life'']], played during the wedding of Eddie and Shauni; both awesome and heartwarming in essence.
* 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, its 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. In fact, when NBC canceled the program due to low ratings, [[NetworkToTheRescue 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 gave 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.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Film.TheMatrix Carrie-Anne Moss]] is in an episode as a woman with a SplitPersonality.
** Creator/MilaKunis appears in two episodes as two different little girls.
** Creator/DavidSpade appeared as a ''heavy'' of all things.
** Creator/BryanCranston as a yacht driver with a drinking problem.
** Creator/MariskaHargitay as a spoiled rich girl.
** Hobie hung out with Creator/CharismaCarpenter in one episode.
** Creator/WilliamFichtner appeared in a Season 1 episode as the drug dealer ex-boyfriend of Eddie's GirlOfTheWeek.
** Creator/JasonMomoa as rookie lifeguard [[TheDanza Jason]] Ioane during the final two seasons as ''Baywatch Hawaii''.
** Nicole Eggert (Summer Quinn) was previously Jamie Powell on ''Series/CharlesInCharge''.
** Kelly Packard (April Griminski) was previously Tiffani Smith on ''Series/CaliforniaDreams''.
** Brandon Call (Hobie Buchanan #1) later went on to play J.T. Lambert on ''Series/StepByStep''.
** Billy Warlock (Eddie Kramer) later went on to play A.J. Quartermaine on ''Series/GeneralHospital''.
** Creator/GregGrunberg briefly shows up in "The Red Knights" as nightclub host.
** Future ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' and ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' star Jeff Garlin appeared in an episode as a radio DJ who had a crush on Pamela Anderson's character.
** In addition to their work on ''Baywatch'', creators and executive producers Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann also served as creators and executive producers of ''Series/ThunderInParadise''. On their own, Berk and Schwartz served as co-creators and co-executive producers of ''Series/TheWizard'', and Schwartz, on his own, also served as co-developer and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Sheena}}''.
** Gus Trikonis directed 22 episodes. Trikonis previously played Indio in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** Parker Stevenson directed nine episodes and played Craig Pomeroy. Stevenson previously played Frank Hardy in ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries''.
** Anson Williams directed three episodes. Williams previously played "Potsie" Webber on ''Series/HappyDays''.
** Gillian Horvath wrote three episodes and served as executive story editor. Horvath served as developer and executive producer of ''Series/PrimevalNewWorld''.
** Ernie Wallengren wrote two episodes and served as executive producer. Wallengren also served as co-developer and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Flipper}}''.
** Kate Boutilier also wrote two episodes. Boutilier served as co-developer and co-producer of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
** Elroy Schwartz wrote an episode. Schwartz previously served as co-creator and producer of ''Series/DustysTrail''.
** Grant Rosenberg also wrote an episode. Rosenberg served as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/TimeTrax''.
** Rick Husky also wrote an episode. Husky served as creator and supervising producer of ''Series/TJHooker''.
** Michael Sloan also wrote an episode. Sloan served as creator and executive producer of ''Series/MasterNinja'' and co-creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheEqualizer''.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Its sexuality actually looks rather quaint and conservative these days.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Creator/USANetwork'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 is still visible when the clip is reused in Season 4.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: When Garner rides his horse in "Sky Rider", the music that accompanies it is suspiciously similar to "William Tell Overture".
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: In spite of its cheesiness (or perhaps because of it) Baywatch was an iconic 1990s television show. Pamela Anderson in her red one-piece swimsuit is one of the most recognized sex symbols of that decade. The show was also widely parodied, from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' to ''Series/SonOfTheBeach''.
* 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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