* ActorAllusion: In "Nevermore", C.J. tells Cody, "Don't call me babe.", which Creator/PamelaAnderson frequently said in the previous year's ''Film/BarbWire''.
** Listen carefully to the dialog that ends "Rescue Bay". The group starts talking about syndication, and someone mentions ''Series/KnightRider'', 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 "[[Series/KnightRider Doesn't talk? Forget it]]."
** Mitch also mentions ''Series/KnightRider'' 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 ImagineSpot 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
* CareerResurrection: David Hasselhoff was a big star on ''Series/KnightRider'', but he was in some forgettable roles during the late '80s. Starring on ''Baywatch'' rocketed him back into the spotlight.
* TheCameo: Hasselhoff will appear in TheMovie. Pamela Anderson initially turned down a role in the movie, but agreed after being offered more money.
* CastTheExpert: Michael "Newmie" Newman, the only real lifeguard on the show (and likely one of the few actors who could actually swim like a pro).
* ChannelHop: Debuted on NBC and lasted one season, then found a new life in syndication lasting 10 years.
* DawsonCasting: 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.
* DirectedByCastMember: "Come Fly With Me", directed by Creator/DavidHasselhoff.
** Numerous episodes were directed by Parker Stevenson (who played Craig).
* FanNickname: Babewatch, for the show itself.
* FakeAmerican: Pamela Anderson is Canadian, David Charvet is French.
* NamesTheSame: Two episodes have the title "Homecoming".
* OldShame:
** 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.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** 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.
** Matt's dad was originally played by Dirk Benedict (of ''Series/TheATeam'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' 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.
* RealSongThemeTune: Season 1 used "Save Me" by [[{{Music/Chicago}} Peter Cetera]], while the rest of the series used the iconic "I'm Always Here" by [[{{Music/Survivor}} 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.
* RecycledScript: There are several different episodes where a character has prophetic dreams about a coming catastrophe. Said precognitive abilities are almost never mentioned again.
* 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/JasonMomoa as rookie lifeguard [[TheDanza Jason]] Ioane during the final two seasons as ''Baywatch Hawaii''
** Nicole Eggert was previously Jamie Powell on ''Series/CharlesInCharge''.
** Brandon Call later went on to play J.T. Lambert on ''Series/StepByStep''.
** 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''.
* SleeperHit: 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.
* StarMakingRole: For Pamela Anderson. Before she joined the show, she was somewhat well-known as a Playboy Playmate and as the Tool Time Girl from ''Series/HomeImprovement'', but her role on ''Baywatch'' turned her into a household name and one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1990s.
* ThoseTwoActors: For the movie, Creator/AlexandraDaddario played Creator/DwayneJohnson's daughter in ''Film/SanAndreas''; meanwhile, she and Creator/PriyankaChopra respectively voiced the Wasp and Ms. Marvel in ''VideoGame/AvengersAcademy''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** 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 Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was nearly cast as Hobie, but David Hasselhoff complained that Mitch having a visibly-teenage son would make him seem too old.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: 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.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** AJ Langer guest starred as Caroline in "The Trophy" (a girl who files a FalseRapeAccusation against Eddie), and a few seasons later as a multi-named character in "Guys & Dolls" (a teenage scam artist working with her father).
** 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 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.
** Creator/MichelleWilliams played Bridget in "Race Against Time: Part 1" and an uncredited groupie in Hobie's ImagineSpot from "Second Time Around".