Trivia / Baywatch

Series

  • Actor Allusion: In "Nevermore", C.J. tells Cody, "Don't call me babe.", which Pamela Anderson frequently said in the previous year's Barb Wire.
    • Listen carefully to the dialog that ends "Rescue Bay". The group starts talking about syndication, and someone mentions Knight Rider, another David Hasselhoff production.
    • There's another one in "Game of Chance," where Harvey claims the amphibious jeep he's in is so advanced, the only thing it can't do is talk. Mitch sarcastically responds with "Doesn't talk? Forget it."
    • Mitch also mentions Knight Rider in "Sweet Dreams"; he asks a baby that he's babysitting if he wants to watch it.
    • There are multiple references to Hasselhoff's singing career in Europe, including an Imagine Spot in "Second Time Around" that uses actual footage from some of his concerts.
    • Caroline Holden to cast member Alexandra "Stephanie Holden" Paul, whose real-life twin sister is also named Caroline.
  • California Doubling: Subverted. Baywatch was mostly set on LA County beaches, where most of if was actually filmed.
  • Career Resurrection: David Hasselhoff was a big star on Knight Rider, but he was in some forgettable roles during the late '80s. Starring on Baywatch rocketed him back into the spotlight.
  • The Cameo: Hasselhoff will appear in The Movie. Pamela Anderson initially turned down a role in the movie, but agreed after being offered more money.
  • Cast the Expert: Michael "Newmie" Newman, the only real lifeguard on the show (and likely one of the few actors who could actually swim like a pro).
  • Channel Hop: Debuted on NBC and lasted one season, then found a new life in syndication lasting 10 years. Also applies behind the scenes, as the NBC version was produced by GTG Entertainment (short for Grant Tinker-Gannettnote ), while The Baywatch Production Company (later Tower 12 Productions) did the syndicated one.
  • Dawson Casting: Nicole Eggert and David Charvet were both 20 when they began playing Summer and Matt, who were in high school at the start of syndicated season 2. Not too bad, but it still technically falls into this trope.
    • Meanwhile, Billy Warlock was already 28 when he started to play 18-year-old Eddie Kramer in the first season.
  • Directed by Cast Member: "Come Fly With Me", directed by David Hasselhoff.
    • Numerous episodes were directed by Parker Stevenson (who played Craig).
  • Fan Nickname: Babewatch, for the show itself.
  • Fake American: Pamela Anderson is Canadian, David Charvet is French.
  • Name's the Same: Two episodes have the title "Homecoming".
  • Old Shame:
    • For Erika Eleniak (and other cast members).
    • In early 2016, Donna D'Erico became a born-again Christian. She now regrets her role on Baywatch and has said that she'll never again appear in roles that require her to wear a swimsuit or other revealing attire.
    • Kelly Slater never really wanted to be an actor, and only did Baywatch because his manager convinced him it'd be a career boost. In a 2014 interview, he revealed that he frequently clashed with the writers over the quality of the scripts, which was one of the reasons he eventually asked to be written out of the show for good.
    • Nicole Eggert didn't realize what type of show Baywatch was when she signed on, thinking it'd be akin to something like Beverly Hills 90210. She quickly grew frustrated with the low writing quality and the absurd amount of Fanservice, the latter of which caused her to develop self-esteem and body image issues. She eventually asked to be let out of her contract before the show could damage her career any further, though she did later come back for the reunion movie.
    • While not quite as negative as some of the other cast members, Jason Momoa has said that the show's cheesy reputation really hurt his career and made it very difficult for him to find work for a long time.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Hobie was first played by Brandon Call on the NBC episodes, then by Jeremy Jackson in syndication.
    • The character of Neely Capshaw was played by three different actresses, believe it or not. The most famous one was Gena Lee Nolin, who portrayed her from syndicated seasons 6 to 8. But she was also played by Heather Campbell in her debut appearance, syndicated season 5's finale, "Wet and Wild". In syndicated season 9, Nolin was replaced by Jennifer Campbell.nhttps://vimeo.com/luigibenvistov
    • Matt's dad was originally played by Dirk Benedict (of The A-Team and Battlestar Galactica fame), but Benedict was replaced by Jim McMullan in Season 4.
    • Mitch's brother Buzz was played by Tim Thomerson in Season 2 and by John Beck in Season 4.
  • Out of Order: A particularly bad one: Stephanie's latest boyfriend, Dr. Tom Morella, discovered Stephanie had skin cancer in "Bash at the Beach", but in the very next aired episode, "Free Fall", which was a holdover from season 5, Stephanie and Dr. Morella first meet.
    • "Forbidden Paradise", originally written for season 5 and debuting on VHS in 1995, later debuted on TV as a two-parter in 1996. This is awkward if you're watching in airdate order on DVD, since the episode still featured Matt as a regular character, despite that David Charvet had left the show by that point.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Season 1 used "Save Me" by Peter Cetera, while the rest of the series used the iconic "I'm Always Here" by Jimi Jameson, a reorchestrated instrumental of which was used for the first season of Baywatch Hawaii; the second used "Let Me Be the One" by Fiji and Glenn Medeiros.
    • The Seasons 2-4 end theme was "Current of Love" by David Hassehoff, who joined Laura Branigan for the Season 5 end theme, "I Believe". Seasons 6-10 used an instrumental of "I'm Always Here", the second Hawaii season using an instrumental of the main theme.
    • The DVD's replaced "Save Me" with "Above the Waterline" by Kim Carnes, while "I'm Always Here" was replaced by "Strong Enough" by Evan Olson. Generic music replaced the end themes.
  • Recycled Script: There are several different episodes where a character has prophetic dreams about a coming catastrophe. Said precognitive abilities are almost never mentioned again.
  • Sleeper Hit: According to the executive producers, the pilot movie "Panic at Malibu Pier" was one of the few made-for-TV movies which actually got higher ratings in repeats than it did initially.
  • Star-Making Role: For Pamela Anderson. Before she joined the show, she was somewhat well-known as a Playboy Playmate and as the Tool Time Girl from Home Improvement, but her role on Baywatch turned her into a household name and one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1990s.
  • Those Two Actors: For the movie, Alexandra Daddario played Dwayne Johnson's daughter in San Andreas; meanwhile, she and Priyanka Chopra respectively voiced the Wasp and Ms. Marvel in Avengers Academy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Reportedly, David Hasselhoff was against casting Pamela Anderson on the show because he was afraid that her large breasts would draw attention away from the other cast members. But he was overruled.
    • A young Leonardo DiCaprio was nearly cast as Hobie, but David Hasselhoff complained that Mitch having a visibly-teenage son would make him seem too old.
  • Write What You Know: A couple of the people working on the show, most notably co-creator and co-executive producer Gregory Bonann, were lifeguards in real life and used their experiences as plotlines on the show.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • AJ Langer guest starred as Caroline in "The Trophy" (a girl who files a False Rape Accusation against Eddie), and a few seasons later as a multi-named character in "Guys & Dolls" (a teenage scam artist working with her father).
    • Daniel Quinn played Eddie's vengeful former friend Jimmy in "Second Wave" and Mitch's disabled buddy Eric in "The Trophy" from the following season.
    • Buzz Belmondo briefly appeared in "The Fabulous Buchannon Boys" as a huckster named Eduardo and in "War of Nerves" as a chef named Vito, before becoming a recurring character in Season 3 as Gudio.
    • Richard Jaeckel played Mitch's old mentor who dies in the Pilot Movie; and starting in the 2nd season, Lieutenant (later Captain) Ben Edwards.
    • Nancy Valen had a small part in the Pilot Movie, 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.
    • Loren Avedon played a baddie in "Princess of Tides" and the main villain in "Kicks" the following year.
    • And Kelly Packard played two different girls on two separate two-parters (in 1991 and 1995) before landing the role of April in 1997.
    • Dorian Gregory appeared as an extra in "Money Honey" and later appeared in Baywatch Nights as Diamont Teague, one of the main characters.
    • 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.
    • Michelle Williams played Bridget in "Race Against Time: Part 1" and an uncredited groupie in Hobie's Imagine Spot from "Second Time Around".

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