Trivia / Baywatch

  • 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.
    • Mitch also mentions Knight Rider in "Sweet Dreams"; he asks a baby that he's babysitting if he wants to watch it.
  • 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 has also revealed that she was offered a role in the film, but is undecided whether or not to accept.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • 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.
  • 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.
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